The Cowboys went home as the Giants made the playoffs and went on to win the Super Bowl.
It has fueled their motivation throughout the offseason and training camp.
Owner Jerry Jones he did a high five when the schedule came out in April, putting the Cowboys at the Giants in the season kickoff game at MetLife Stadiium.
"I relished the opportunity," Jones said. "It was a great opportunity to come in and beat the world champs. I felt it would do a lot of good for our team. It was a very significant win for our franchise."
Tight end Jason Witten also satisfied. His bitter memories of last year was one reason he played despite a lacerated spleen in the preseason. The doctors cleared him on Tuesday.
"There was no way I was not going to play," Witten said. "This feels good. Now we can't get ahead of ourselves. It's just one game. But let's be honest. This is a big step for our team. This is a big win for our team."
Quarterback Tony Romo and linebacker DeMarcus Ware had a similar mindset about the win. It felt good but they say the Cowboys need to build on it and not be satisfied.
This is how we need to play the whole season," Ware said. "It lets us know what we can do. It's good to get over the hump. But now that we are over hump are we going to keep working or go back down."
Said Romo: "It's tough to beat a division rival on the road, beat the defending champ. But if you want to get to where you want to go you got to go put your head down and go grind again. Its the only way to get to where want to be in this league."