In a game in which the Dallas Cowboys lost star quarterback Dak Prescott to injury, backup Andy Dalton threw for 111 yards leading a game-winning drive giving Dallas a 37-34 win over the winless New York Giants.
Dalton’s 38-yard strike to receiver Michael Gallup set up a 34-yard Greg Zuerlein field goal as time expired. Gallup made good on all four of his targets catching four passes for 73 yards while rookie CeeDee Lamb led in both catches and yards with eight for 124. On the ground running back Ezekiel Elliott led with 91 yards and two touchdowns on 91 carries.
Despite the offense rolling up 402 yards and 28 first downs, it was the Cowboys defense that came up big after a rough start to the season. They held the Giants to 300 yards on 62 plays, sacked quarterback Daniel Jones three times, and even found the end zone on a DeMarcus Lawrence strip-sack returned by corner Anthony Brown. Most importantly they held New York to four field goals.
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The Giants jumped out to a 14-3 lead including a pick-six before Dallas came roaring back in the second outscoring New York 21-6 including a beautiful receiver reverse pass from Cedrick Wilson to Prescott giving Dallas a 24-20 lead. However, perhaps the biggest play of the game came at the 9:39 mark of the third quarter when the Giants executed a perfect fake field goal resulting in a touchdown to tight end Evan Ingram. To the dismay of the Giants, it was called back for illegal procedure resulting in a 50-yard field goal.
On the next drive, Prescott got twisted during a tackle injuring his ankle getting carted off the field. He is expected to have surgery on it tonight. Dalton came off the bench and finished the drive that was capped off by a 12-yard Elliott run. Dalton’s lone mistake came with 10:55 in the fourth when he fumbled the snap, the Cowboys seventh of the season a league-high. The Giants capitalized on it scoring a touchdown and taking a 34-31 lead.
Zuerlein hit a 40-yard field goal with 2:00 left to tie things up. After a quick stop, Dalton found Amari Cooper for a 15-yard gain to keep the drive alive. After passes to both Lamb and Gallup Dallas called a timeout with three seconds left and hit the field goal for the win.
With the win and the Philadelphia Eagles loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the 2-4 Cowboys are in the NFC East lead. They return home next week hosting the 3-2 Arizona Cardinals.