The New York Giants scored a long touchdown against the host Dallas Cowboys on the fifth play of Monday night's U.S. National Football League game, on the way to a 36-22 victory.

Eli Manning's 50-yard scoring toss to Plaxico Burress put the first points on the scoreboard. Later on, Kevin Dockery capped the Giants' onslaught with a 96-yard interception return. His long touchdown sprint gave New York a 36-15 lead with less than three minutes left in the game.

The Cowboys' backup quarterback, Tony Romo, threw the final interception. He was brought in at halftime to replace ineffective starter Drew Bledsoe.

Romo also tossed two other passes to the wrong team, including an interception on his first play in the second half. He also threw two touchdown passes.

Bledsoe was benched after throwing an interception into the end zone just before halftime - botching a play that would have given the Cowboys the lead.

New York star defensive player LaVar Arrington will likely miss the rest of the season after tearing his left Achilles tendon in the second quarter.


Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.