The Dallas Cowboys got a much needed win this afternoon against their rivals, the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. The final score was 30-10 but the score doesn’t indicate that Dallas was tied with the Giants 10-10 all the way until the fourth quarter. Major players returning this game were linebacker Sean Lee for the Cowboys and quarterback Eli Manning for the Giants. Here’s a recap of how the game went.
Dallas starts off with the ball and drives down the field only to get a 21 yard field goal from veteran Dan Bailey. Giants drive down and fumble twice but recover the ball both times. Giants are held to a field goal thus tying the game 3-3. Cowboys first drive consisted of 16 plays and the Giants’ consisted of 17.
Cowboys marched down the field and Dak Prescott connects with back up tight end James Hanna for a great first down catch. Despite that, both Dez Bryant and Cole Beasley get incomplete passes and the Cowboys are forced to go for a 53 yard field goal that is missed by Bailey. This is the first field goal he has missed this season. The Giants get the ball back and drive down the field. Eli Manning throws a TD pass to Rhett Ellison making the score 10-3 Giants. With under two minutes remaining, Dallas gets the ball back and Prescott throws to Dez Bryant who gets it at the 50 yard line, breaks a tackle, and runs it into the end zone. The game is tied 10-10 after the 1st half. Prescott ended the 1st half with 120 yards.
Giants start with the ball but are forced by the Cowboys defense to go three and out. This is the 2nd game in a row that our defense has forced a three and out in the first drive of the 2nd half. Cowboys get the ball and have to go for a 50 yard field goal. Dan Bailey misses again from 50 yards which is only the 3rd time in his career that he’s missed two field goals back to back.
Giants have the ball at 2nd and four at their own 26 yard line. Linebacker Sean Lee reads the reverse and tackles Sterling Shepard for a nine yard loss. This leads to the Giants having to punt and Dallas getting the ball at their 18 yard line. At 3rd and two, Prescott connects with Cole Beasley who gains 54 yards (longest of Beasley’s career). Next snap, Prescott finds tight end Jason Witten in the end zone for a 20 yard TD pass. The score is now 17-10 Dallas. Giants drive it to the 50 yard line but fail to get the first down and Cowboys get the ball back. At 3rd and three on their own 19th yard line, Prescott throws to Rod Smith who catches it and runs for 81 yards to score another touchdown bringing the score to 24-10 Cowboys. Giants get the ball back and on 2nd and 6th Eli Manning throws a pass thats tipped by Chidobe Awuzie and caught by Sean Lee for the interception. Cowboys on 3rd and four give it to Rod Smith who runs it in for another TD making the final score 30-10.
Dak Prescott completed 20 out of 30 throws, threw three TD passes, and had 332 passing yards (career high). Rod Smith had a stellar game scoring 2 TDs. Sean Lee made his presence known with one 18 tackles this game and an interception. This keeps Dallas’ hopes of a wildcard spot alive. Next week we travel to Oakland to face the Raiders.
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