IRVING, TEX., SEPT. 16 -- The New York Giants brought the Dallas Cowboys back to the real world today, even handling the 104-degree heat better than the Texans.
The defending NFC East champions used Phil Simms's offense and Lawrence Taylor's defense to bury the Cowboys, 28-7, a week after Dallas's opening victory over San Diego.
"I thought we played pretty good although we didn't have a lot to show for it in the first half," which ended with the Giants on top by 14-7, New York Coach Bill Parcells said. "But we ran it and threw it and controlled the game. Our defense didn't have to play much. Generally speaking, I have to be happy."
The Giants (2-0) kept the ball for 41:40 and limited the Cowboys (1-1) to 156 total yards.
Simms ran in from the 4 and hit Mark Bavaro for a four-yard score, but it was Taylor who made the most exciting play of the day.
He batted a Troy Aikman pass into the air, caught it, and sprinted 11 yards for a fourth-period touchdown.
"Aikman was looking right at where he was going to throw it and I had a wide-open field," Taylor said. "That's always fun to score one. A lot of fun. I tipped it, caught it, and away I went."
"L.T. just made a great play," Aikman said. "It was just a great individual play. It's very frustrating."
It was the fifth consecutive victory by the Giants over the Cowboys, and improved Parcells's mark against them to 8-7.
A Texas Stadium field thermometer registered 104 degrees. The Giants seemed more at home than the Cowboys, who had several players leave with heat problems.
Two fumbles by the Giants prevented a first-half runaway, wide receiver Mark Ingram losing the ball at the Cowboys 1 and Simms at their 12.
In the second quarter, Simms scored from the 4 and Ottis Anderson from the 1. Cowboys rookie Alexander Wright returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yards to make it 14-7. Simms connected with Bavaro in the third period.
The tight end missed nine games last year after knee surgery and didn't catch a pass last week. Today he caught five for 72 yards.
Ex-Cowboy Everson Walls intercepted Aikman's pass at the Giants 1 as the first half ended. "It felt strange on the other sideline," he said, "but the boos made me feel at home."