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5 Greatest Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants Games

Dallas leads the series 71-47-2.
New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys

The Giants and Cowboys have played each other at least once every season since 1960, except for the strike-shortened '82 campaign.

The Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants face off on "Monday Night Football" in this early season matchup. This will mark their 121st meeting since the Cowboys joined the NFL in 1960, with Dallas holding a commanding (71-47-2) lead in the series.

Along the way, the teams have played some great games, including their lone playoff meeting when the Giants stunned the top-seeded Cowboys on their way to winning the Super Bowl. But that one does not top this list because these five were greater.

5. Dallas Cowboys 31, New York Giants 28

Nov. 23, 2014  East Rutherford, N.J.

The Giants led 21-10 at halftime, but Tony Romo reeled off three touchdown passes in the second half. His last was a 31-yard strike to Dez Bryant with 1:19 remaining for the win. In addition to the exciting back-and-forth, this game also featured Odell Beckham Jr.'s famous 43-yard one-handed touchdown reception.

4. New York Giants 31, Dallas Cowboys 31

Dec. 4, 1960  New York

The Cowboys opened their inaugural season with 10 straight losses and averaged only 13 points a game. However, Dallas head coach Tom Landry had an ace up his sleeve in the fact that he had been the Giants' defensive coordinator the past six seasons and knew the scheme inside and out. Cowboys quarterback Eddie LeBaron threw for 258 yards and three touchdown passes, including an 11-yard strike to Billy Howton in the fourth quarter for the tie. It would be the only game that season that Dallas did not lose.

3. New York Giants 13, Dallas Cowboys 10

Dec. 19, 1981  East Rutherford, N.J.

In a war of attrition, rookie Lawrence Taylor and the Giants defense sacked Danny White twice and recovered two fumbles. The game went into overtime and Byron Hunt intercepted White's pass and took it down the Cowboys' 24-yard line. Joe Danelo kicked the 35-yard field goal for the win that ultimately gave the Giants their first playoff berth in 17 years.

2. New York Giants 37, Dallas Cowboys 34

Dec. 11, 2011  Arlington, Texas

In this NBC "Sunday Night Football" matchup, New York led 22-20 going into the fourth quarter when Romo threw touchdown passes to Miles Austin and Bryant to put the Cowboys up 34-22. But New York scored on its next two possessions and D.J. Ware converted a two-point play to give the Giants a 37-34 lead. Dallas drove into position for a 47-yard field goal with six seconds left, but a timeout by Giants head coach Tom Coughlin negated Dan Bailey's successful kick and Jason Pierre-Paul blocked the next attempt. Without this win, New York does not win the NFC East at 9-7 and make its successful Super Bowl run.

1. Dallas Cowboys 16, New York Giants 13

Jan. 2, 1994 — East Rutherford, N.J.

Both teams entered the final week of the season at 11-4 with the NFC East and the No. 1 seed in the playoffs on the line. Playing with a separated shoulder, Emmitt Smith rushed for 168 yards, averaging 5.3 yards a carry, and had 61 yards receiving. Giants kicker David Treadwell kicked a 32-yard field goal in the final seconds to tie the game at 13-13 and send it into overtime. There, Smith accounted for 41 yards on the drive where Eddie Murray booted the 41-yard game-winner. So tough was Smith's performance that John Madden made his only visit to the locker room to congratulate a player. The win put the Cowboys on their path to their second straight Lombardi Trophy.

— Written by Aaron Tallent, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Tallent is a writer whose articles have appeared in The Sweet Science, FOX Sports' Outkick the Coverage, Liberty Island and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter at @AaronTallent.