EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., SEPT. 20 -- Roger Ruzek kicked his third field goal of the game with 5:12 to play today as the Dallas Cowboys ended their longest regular season losing streak since 1963 with a 16-14 victory over the struggling NFL champion New York Giants.

The Cowboys had lost six straight games over the past two seasons heading into the matchup with the Giants, who sought to recover from an embarrassing season-opening loss to Chicago.

"I think they {the Giants} are going to find out if you win the Super Bowl, the next year everyone is out there looking for you," said veteran Dallas tackle Randy White. "Every week you play it's going to be tough."

Dallas was no exception. The Cowboys forced five turnovers and the Giants lost their second straight game for the first time since 1985.

"There is anger here," said Giants center Bart Oates. "There is disappointment. We didn't put enough pressure on them offensively."

New York did have one final chance to win after stopping Herschel Walker on a fourth-down dive inside the Giants 1-yard line.

With no timeouts remaining, Phil Simms drove the Giants to the Dallas 29, but Raul Allegre was wide left on a 46-yard field goal attempt with six seconds to play.

"I was just trying to reach it," said Allegre. "Everything was perfect. I just missed it. I'm not going to make any excuses."

Trailing by 14-10 midway through the third quarter after a 69-yard interception return by Terry Kinard set up a one-yard touchdown pass from Simms to Mark Bavaro, Dallas closed the gap to one point when Ruzek hit a 43-yard field goal.

With the New York offense sputtering at every opportunity, Dallas took the lead by driving 65 yards in 11 plays to set up Ruzek's 28-yard field goal. The key play in the six-minute march was a 35-yard, third-down pass to Walker that gave the Cowboys a first down at the 12.

Ruzek, who played here with the USFL's New Jersey Generals, then drilled the game-winner from 28 yards. Since taking over for Rafael Septien, he is perfect on all five field goal attempts for Dallas.

Dallas took advantage of four New York first-half turnovers for a 10-7 halftime lead on a 46-yard field goal by Ruzek and a one-yard touchdown pass from Danny White to Thornton Chandler.

New York scored on a five-yard touchdown pass from Simms to Stacy Robinson in the first quarter. But the Giants' offense looked nothing like the crew that scored 39 points against Denver in the Super Bowl.

The Giants had moved ahead, 14-10, midway through the third quarter when Kinard made the second of his three interceptions and returned it 69 yards to inside the Dallas 1. Simms then faked a handoff and hit Bavaro for the score.

The Cowboys' Tony Dorsett ran for 75 yards on 18 carries, which allowed him to join Jim Brown and Walter Payton as the only players in NFL history to gain 15,000 all-purpose yards. Dallas 3 7 3 3 16 N.Y. Giants 7 0 7 0 14

First Quarter

NY -- Robinson 5 pass from Simms (Allegre kick), 8:01

D -- FG Ruzek 46, 9:34 Second Quarter

D -- Chandler 1 pass from White (Ruzek kick), 3:20 Third Quarter

NY -- Bavaro 1 pass from Simms (Allegre kick), 6:54

D -- FG Ruzek 43, 11:40 Fourth Quarter

D -- FG Ruzek 28, 9:48

A -- 73,426

Cowboys Giants First downs 21 14 Rushes-yards 38-114 20-60 Passing yards 242 205 Return yards 66 98 Passing 23-38-4 17-37-4 Sacked-yards lost 5-34 2-14 Punts average 4-42 4-40 Fumbles-lost 1-0 1-1 Penalties-yards 9-70 5-51 Time of possession 41:42 18:18


RUSHING -- Dallas: Dorsett 18-75, Walker 17-27, Newsome 2-14, White 1 minus 2. N.Y. Giants, Morris 8-26, Rouson 5-22, Anderson 2-6, Carthon 2-3, Simms 1-2, Adams 2-1.

PASSING -- Dallas: White 23-38-4, 276 yards. N.Y. Giants, Simms 17-36-4, 219, Rutledge 0-1-0, 0.

RECEIVING -- Dallas: Banks 6-96, Cosbie 4-67, Dorsett 4-12, Walker 3-50, Newsome 3-19, Barksdale 1-20, Renfro 1-11, Chandler 1-1. N.Y. Giants: Galbreath 5-59, Bavaro 3-64, Robinson 3-31, Manuel 2-24, Ingram 1-14, McConkey 1-12, Rouson 1-8, Anderson 1-7.

MISSED FIELD GOALS -- N.Y. Giants: Allegre 46.