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October 25, 2012

Giants have had home-field advantage at Cowboys Stadium

The Cowboys have made themselves right at home at Cowboys Stadium. They are 3-0 in Jerry Jones' $1.2 billion stadium.

I hope it continues," Giants defensive end Justin Tuck said on a conference call Wednesday. "But I don’t have any magical secrets of why we’ve had success down there. Every game has gone down to the wire -- games that we needed something special to happen to pull them out. We have had success down there. That’s no doubt. But I don’t think there’s any one thing you can point at. I think it’s just count our lucky stars I guess."

All three losses to the Giants at Cowboys Stadium were particularly painful for the Cowboys.

The Giants’ 33-31 victory, on a last-play, 37-yard field goal by Lawrence Tynes, spoiled the regular-season debut of Cowboys Stadium in front of a record crowd of 105,121 in 2009. The next season, Giants linebacker Michael Boley knocked Tony Romo out for the season and dropped the Cowboys to 1-5 with a 41-35 victory. Last season, the Giants rallied from a 12-point deficit with 51/2 minutes to play to beat Dallas 37-34 in a game that helped kick-start their Super Bowl run.

You guys keep record of that. We don’t," Cowboys defensive end Marcus Spears said. "I think we’re just focusing on winning and playing the best we can play and try to get the job done. We absolutely need to protect home, and we need to do a good job of that. I don’t think it’s a surprise when a team wins and usually when they’ve been here they played better than us. That’s usually what dictates us playing against the Giants. We played well enough to beat them early this year and their house, and we won the game. That’s usually how it goes in this division." 

The Cowboys are 14-12 at Cowboys Stadium during the regular season since it opened, including 1-1 this season.

-- Charean Williams

Twitter: @NFLCharean


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