IRVING - The New York Giants had their way with Drew Bledsoe so much that he got benched at halftime. Tony Romo's promotion thrilled Dallas Cowboys fans - until he threw an interception on his first snap.
That's how it went Monday night: The Giants made all the big plays, the Cowboys made the big mistakes.
"That was really a poor performance," coach Bill Parcells said. "A recipe for disaster. It was a real bad performance. And there's really no excuse for it."
Eli Manning threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress on the fifth play, LaVar Arrington sacked Bledsoe for a safety soon after and the Giants fended off several potential momentum-changers, beating the Cowboys 36-22.
A week after sacking Michael Vick seven times, New York got four against Bledsoe - two by Michael Strahan, tying Lawrence Taylor's club record - and two against the more-mobile Romo.
More important for the Giants (4-2) was their four interceptions.
Sam Madison picked off Bledsoe on a potential go-ahead pass into the end zone, costing the quarterback his job, at least for the rest of the night.
But Parcells said it wasn't just the one play that drove his decision to give Bledsoe the hook.
"Too many mistakes," he said. "Too much improvisation."
Romo was intercepted three times, with Kevin Dockery taking the last one 96 yards with 2:33 left for the game-sealing touchdown, leaving Parcells out of answers for Dallas (3-3).
While Romo sparked the offense at times, his miscues were too much to overcome. He got little comfort from Bledsoe, who stood alone on the sideline.
Romo, who hung his head after the last interception, perked up with a 53-yard touchdown pass to Patrick Crayton soon after. But it was too little, too late.
"I don't feel very good about the situation right now," Romo said. "I definitely would have liked to have performed better. Hopefully next week that will change."
Will Romo get another chance?
"I don't know yet," is all Parcells would say.
Giants' running back Brandon Jacobs celebrated a touchdown T.O.-style - on the Cowboys' star logo in the end zone.
New York should be happy now that it has beaten each division foe - Dallas (3-3), Washington and Philadelphia - and gets to play its next three game at home. However, the Giants also come away facing two serious injuries.
Arrington tore his left Achilles tendon and is likely for the season, and defensive end Osi Umenyiora missed most of the second half with a strained hip.
Manning was 12-of-26 for 189 yards and two touchdowns, with an interception. Tiki Barber retained his NFL rushing lead by gaining 114 yards on 27 carries, but also had a fumble in the second quarter.
Bledsoe was 7-of-12 for 111 yards. Romo, whose only experience in four NFL season was going 2-for-2 at the end of last week's lopsided win over Houston, was 14-of-25 for 227 yards with two touchdowns.
New York jumped ahead 12-0 behind the deep pass to Burress, Arrington's safety and a field goal after a 44-yarder to Burress. Dallas got within 12-7 on a drive that featured several big plays by Terrell Owens, and Bledsoe finished it off with a tough 1-yard run.
Barber's fumble followed and the Cowboys were driving for the go-ahead score when Bledsoe threw a terrible pass aimed at Terry Glenn that Madison read the entire way and easily picked off.
The quarterback change was obvious when Dallas came out for the second half. Bledsoe stood by in his visor while Romo took snaps and threw passes. With team owner Jerry Jones watching from the sideline, the backup went in to a standing ovation and chants of "Ro-mo!"
He flashed his mobility immediately, rolling out to his right to avoid pressure. But Strahan followed close enough to swat the pass and linebacker Antonio Pierce caught it at the Dallas 14. Three plays later, Manning hit Jeremy Shockey for a touchdown.
Romo's next drive was better and might've led to points if Owens hadn't dropped a pass on fourth-and-2 at the New York 32. T.O. was so wide open that he probably was thinking more about the run than making sure he had the catch. Manning answered with a drive that soaked up half the quarter, ending with Jacobs' TD run.
Romo threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Owens on the next drive, capping it with a keeper to run in the 2-point conversion. Then the Dallas defense forced a quick punt and things got interesting again.
But after moving the Cowboys to the Giants' 30, Romo was sacked, then double-clutched an ugly short pass that was easily intercepted by lineman Fred Robbins on the next play. Jay Feely followed with a 32-yard field goal, his second of the game, and New York was up by 14 with 3:58 left.
Romo's attempt at a Brett Favre-like scrambling rally fizzled when Dockery, a rookie playing his fourth game, caught a pass intended for Patrick Crayton and ran it all the way back, with Romo the last one he beat.
Dallas still hasn't beaten a team with a winning record and now its perfect home record is history. The Cowboys will have to snap out of it quickly to keep hope alive this season as they are going into the toughest part of their schedule: three road games, starting Sunday against Keyshawn Johnson and Carolina, then come home to play Indianapolis, with their annual Thanksgiving game four days later.