EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Call it "Separation Sunday" for the Dallas Cowboys.
Terrell Owens separated himself from the New York Giants secondary for a pair of second-half touchdown passes from Tony Romo and the Cowboys separated themselves from the Giants atop the NFC East.
A 31-20 victory at Giants Stadium snapped New York's six-game win streak and solidified the Cowboys' hold on first place in the division.
By sweeping the season series, Dallas has, in essence, a three-game lead over the Giants with seven left to play.
Romo was an efficient 20-for-28 through the air for 247 yards and four TDs. He found Owens for scores of 25 and 50 yards as the Cowboys' high-octane offense registered 30 points or more for the sixth time this season.
"Tony's giving everyone, including myself, a chance," Owens said.
"He's back there just dissecting defenses."
Romo, who recently signed a six-year, $67.5-million contract, hasn't let the money or his high-profile love life get in the way of becoming one of the NFL's top quarterbacks.
He has thrown for 23 touchdowns -- seven in two games since the contract signing -- and 2,555 yards to build an superb 103.3 QB rating.
"Tony's worth every penny," Owens said. "He has solidified his place in this organization. He's our quarterback for the future and the guys are going to play hard for him."
Romo won the much-publicized quarterback battle with the Giants' Eli Manning.
Manning overcame an early interception to go 13-for-15 for 115 yards in the first half, including an eight-yard TD pass to tight end Jeremy Shockey as the Giants fought to a 17-17 draw at halftime.
Shockey had a career-high 12 catches for 129 yards.
But the Giants, who had a 83-yard kickoff return to the Dallas 3 by Ahmad Bradshaw and a TD run by Brandon Jacobs wiped out by holding penalties, managed only a field goal in the second half.
"The second half wasn't good enough," said Giants coach Tom Coughlin.
"We were our own worst enemy. We have no excuses."
The Giants defense, much improved since getting ripped apart by Romo and Brett Favre in their 0-2 start, played the Cowboys tougher this time. They limited Dallas to just 82 yards rushing.
But while they got to Romo for a pair of sacks, they couldn't get enough pressure on him when it mattered.
He eluded the rush to find Tony Curtis on his first TD pass and moved around the pocket just enough to allow Patrick Crayton and Owens to get deep for other scores.
"Anytime it's a big game and the lights are on, I try to be a playmaker," Owens said. "Tonight everyone made plays and I just happened to be on the receiving end of a few."
It's clear that Owens, who now has 50 catches for 855 yards and eight touchdowns, is having a much better time than he did with the Eagles in his abbreviated 2005 season or when Bill Parcells was in charge in Dallas in 2006.
"We're having fun on the practice field, which is carrying over to the games," he said. "We are loose at practice while still being focused."