ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Giants quarterback Eli Manning disgustedly swiped his right arm in the air when his short pass got tipped into the waiting hands of Brandon Carr, and again as the Dallas Cowboys cornerback ran past him on the way to the end zone.
This was a new experience for Manning, even with 450 yards passing and four touchdowns. The turnover-plagued Giants lost in Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' $1.2 billion showcase stadium for the first time.
Carr's 49-yard interception return with 1:50 left, a screen pass that deflected off running back De'Rel Scott, pushed the Cowboys to a 36-31 victory in the season opener Sunday night.
"It was kind of a bad break," Manning said. "I thought he was going to sit there and I was just going to pop it to him. He made a move and it was just kind of unfortunate that it popped off his arm. Just a bad break, but we've got some young running backs and some young guys, and we've just got to get on the same page."
That was the third interception by Manning and the sixth turnover by the Giants, matching their most since 1987.
"Six times. We gave the ball away — six times," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. "I'm totally, totally disappointed, embarrassed about that football. That's sloppy, sloppy football."
Dallas safety Barry Church also returned running back David Wilson's second fumble 27 yards for a score in the third quarter, when there was also a botched punt by the Giants that set up another short Cowboys touchdown drive.
New York started the game with turnovers on their first three drives, all in the first 6½ minutes. There were two interceptions by Manning, including his first pass of the night. In between those picks was a fumble by Wilson on the Giants' first running play — and came inside the Dallas 10. Wilson fumbled on his second career carry as a rookie last season.
"He's not going to play unless he can hang onto the ball. It's demoralizing to the whole team. He's a talented young man," Coughlin said. "We'll get him right even if he has to run around the whole field with two hands on the ball. We need him. De'Rel Scott did some good things, but popping that ball up — there's needs to be a sense of urgency."
The Cowboys managed only a field goal from those first three turnovers, but New York gave them more chances.
"The whole game was a total disregard, carelessness with the ball, a lack of understanding of that's how you lose," Coughlin said.
Two of the latter turnovers resulted in touchdowns, and a muffed punt set up a short TD drive by Dallas in the third quarter.
Despite all those miscues, the Giants still had a chance to improve to 5-0 in the Cowboys' stadium that opened in 2009 with New York's 33-31 victory on a field goal as time expired.
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