Cowboys vs. Giants Score, Takeaway: CeeDee Lamb, Ezekiel Elliott Key Dallas Second Half Thanksgiving

With or without Odell Beckham Jr., the Cowboys offense is a force to be reckoned with. A week after scoring 40 points in Minnesota, Dallas scored touchdowns on three consecutive drives in the second half against the Giants on Thanksgiving. The Cowboys’ scoring spree resulted in a 28-20 victory to put them at 8-3. The Giants fell to 7-4 after losing their second straight game.

Down 13-7 at halftime, the Cowboys took the lead on Dak Prescott’s 15-yard touchdown pass to Dalton Schultz midway through the third quarter. The score capped a 14-play, 75-yard drive that saw the Cowboys impose their will in both rushing and passing.

Prescott and Schultz teamed up again in the end zone moments later after the Cowboys defense stopped the Giants on fourth-and-1 at the New York 40-yard line. Daniel Jones, facing pressure from Donovan Wilson, threw a pass wide of the target to Saquon Barkley which Barkley was unable to block from behind.

The Cowboys provided the final blow on their next drive when Peyton Hendershot scored on a two-yard jet sweep. CeeDee Lamb made an impressive three catches on the drive, including a one-handed catch two plays before the Hendershot score.

The Giants briefly gave their fans a slight glimmer of hope when Richie James caught a short touchdown pass with eight seconds left. But the Cowboys quickly snuffed that hope when Lamb recovered the onside kick.

The Giants led at halftime on two interceptions by Prescott. The second pick, courtesy of safety Julian Love, set up Graham Gano’s 47-yard field goal on the last play of the half. Barkley put the Giants ahead on a one-yard touchdown run less than six minutes into the second quarter.

Here’s a closer look at what’s on in Dallas.

Because the Cowboys won

As they did in their Week 3 win over the Giants, the Cowboys dominated on the field. Elliott rumbled for 92 yards and one score on 16 carries. Pollard contributed 60 rushing yards as the Cowboys as a team rushed for 169 yards and two scores on 39 carries.

Prescott rebounded after a so-so first half. He went 11 of 14 for 145 yards and two touchdowns and no picks. Prescott, now on a 10-game winning streak on the Giants, managed to get the ball to Lamb, who caught six passes for 106 yards. Prescott was also successful in getting the ball to tight ends Jake Ferguson and Schultz, who caught a total of seven passes for 88 yards.

On defense, the Cowboys dominated possession goes down. They held the Giants to 3 of 11 on third down and 0 of 2 on fourth down. As usual, the Cowboys enjoyed a stellar game from Micah Parsons, who had two sacks and two tackles for a loss.

Because the Giants lost

It was a tough night for the Giants offense, particularly in the second half. Barkley had only 39 yards on 11 carries in the game. Slayton only had one catch for five yards in the second half. Jones threw for just 105 yards in the second half, with a good portion of those yards coming when the Giants trailed by double digits.

Without much help from their offense, the Giants’ defense — playing without cornerbacks Adoree’ Jackson and Fabian Moreau — wilted in the second half. They couldn’t get off the field, as the Cowboys went 7 of 11 on third down. New York also allowed touchdowns on each of Dallas’ trips inside the 20-yard line.

turning point

It looked like a shootout might be in the works after the Cowboys scored on their first drive of the second half. The Giants quickly picked up a first down on a short run by Barkley on their next drive. But a sack two plays later by Parsons and a five-yard completion by Barkley set up a 4th and 1 on 45 for the Giants.

The Giants, who chose to punt at a similar point in the first half, decided to go for it. The game call looked good, as Barkley was open in the apartment. But Wilson’s pressure seemed to affect Jones’ accuracy, as the ball was behind an open Barkley, who tried but was unable to make the pass. The Cowboys added to their lead seven plays later.

The Giants had only 10 men on the field on that deciding play.

Game play

Lamb’s one-handed catch was impressive for multiple reasons. Not only was it an incredible catch, it came at a crucial time, with the Cowboys looking to take a double-digit lead. It was one of several catches that raised eyebrows for Lamb, as he went over 100 receiving yards for the second time in three games.

A shout is also in order for Ferguson’s Herculean obstacle on the Cowboys’ last round of goals.

Quotable

“Our defense can win a lot of games, so we have to rely on them. Those guys played well tonight…half and it just kept growing.” –Prescott, to postgame by Fox’s Erin Andrews when asked about the second-half performance of his defence

What’s next

Dallas will face the Colts in the second of the Cowboys’ three straight home games. The Colts, who host the Steelers on Monday night, split the final two games after naming Jeff Saturday as interim head coach. Indianapolis played well under Saturday; they beat the Raiders in week 10 before being narrowly defeated by Philadelphia last Sunday.

The Giants will host Washington in the second of four straight games against their NFC East division foes. After a 1-4 start, the Commanders are 6-5 following victories over the previously undefeated Texans and Eagles. Washington is 4-1 this season with Taylor Heinicke as the starting quarterback. The Commanders’ quarterbacks have enjoyed the continued excellence of Terry McLaurin, who has nearly 300 more rushing yards than Washington’s sophomore receiver.

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