Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants

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NYG
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Game Information
Location: MetLife Stadium East Rutherford, New Jersey
Attendance: 78,125

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The Dallas Cowboys needed a big win to stay in the playoff hunt and they got it with the big play in spoiling Steve Spagnuolo's debut as New York interim coach and the return of quarterback Eli Manning to the Giants' starting lineup.

Dak Prescott threw two of his three touchdown passes, including a go-ahead 20-yarder to Giants' nemesis Jason Witten, and linebacker Sean Lee set up a touchdown run by Rod Smith as the Cowboys scored three times in a 4:41 span late in the fourth quarter to beat the still reeling Giants 30-10 on Sunday.

"To me, the biggest part of this game was the finish," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "That's always a huge emphasis for us, finishing plays, finishing drives and ultimately finishing the game."

The Cowboys (7-6) did just that in keeping their slim playoff hopes alive.

The biggest play might have been Prescott's 54-yard third down pass play to Cole Beasley. Witten scored on the next play to break a 10-all tie with 7:38 to play and it seemed to take the air out of the Giants (2-11).

"We know what we got to do," Beasley said. "We can't play that way. We have to focus on Dallas Cowboy football, taking it one at a time. You can't think ahead. We could win all of them and not get in."

After a punt, Rod Smith scored on an 81-yard pass play on third down with 4:08 to play and he closed out the scoring with 2:57 to play with his run on a play that looked as if no one on the Giants wanted to tackle him.

"We knew we needed a play. Guys aren't panicking," Beasley said. "I wouldn't say we were desperate. When you're desperate, you start reaching a little bit, maybe start trying too hard. You have to stay within the system and stay within the game and keep playing and eventually have faith that those things will happen."

Prescott, who was 20 of 30 for a career-high 332 yards also threw a 50-yard scoring pass to Dez Bryant as the Cowboys stayed in the playoff hunt with three games left in the regular season. Dan Bailey added a 21-yard field goal as the Cowboys finished with 454 yards.

Manning, who got a standing ovation taking the field, threw a 1-yard TD pass to Rhett Ellison late in the second quarter that gave New York a brief 10-3 lead. Aldrick Rosas had a 39-yard field goal. Manning finished 31 of 46 for 228 yards with a touchdown and two late interceptions.

"Nothing's easy, but we hung in there and have played tough," Manning said. "Dallas made a couple big plays, and we didn't."

The game capped a hectic week for the Giants that started Monday with the firing of second-year coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese and saw Spagnuolo promoted from defensive coordinator to interim coach. He coached the St. Louis Rams from 2009-11.

The moves came with the Giants spiraling out of control in a season where much was expected following their first playoff appearance since 2011.

Fans were also upset with the benching of Manning days earlier in a loss to Oakland, a decision that ended the two-time Super Bowl MVP's streak of 210 consecutive starts.

"I'm really proud of the men in that locker room. I told them that," Spagnuolo said. "After all we went through this week, I thought the way we came out and the way we played for three and a half quarters was something we could be proud of. We do have to figure out a way in the fourth quarter when it gets down to gut-wrenching time to make a play or two."

Losing close games has been a theme for the Giants this season, and it happened again despite all the changes.

"We knew the situation that they were in," Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul said. "We knew that they had to come and get this win to keep the run going for the playoffs and we just couldn't execute and finish right."

Bailey, who usually never misses a field goal against the Giants, had a 53-yarder hit the right upright in the second quarter and he was wide right from 50 in the third.

The first half ended 10-all with both teams having long opening drives that ended in field goals and then getting late touchdowns passes.

Manning found Ellison from a yard out to cap a 68-yard drive and Prescott drove the Cowboys 75 yards in four plays with Bryant breaking a tackle and scoring from 50.

UP NEXT

Cowboy: at Oakland on Sunday night.

Giants: host Philadelphia on Sunday.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Cowboys Giants
07:14 Dan Bailey 21 yd FG 3 0

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Cowboys Giants
12:50 Aldrick Rosas 39 yd FG 3 3
02:07 Rhett Ellison 1 yd pass from Eli Manning (Aldrick Rosas kick) 3 10
01:38 Dez Bryant 50 yd pass from Dak Prescott (Dan Bailey kick) 10 10

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Cowboys Giants
No scoring this quarter.

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Cowboys Giants
07:38 Jason Witten 20 yd pass from Dak Prescott (Dan Bailey kick) 17 10
04:08 Rod Smith 81 yd pass from Dak Prescott (missed kick) 23 10
02:57 Rod Smith 15 yd run (Dan Bailey kick) 30 10

Team Stats
  Dallas New York
1st Downs 19 21
Total Yards 454 330
Passing 332 228
Passing Completions/Attempts 20-30 31-46
Yards/Pass 11.1 5.0
Rushing 122 102
Rushing Attempts 31 29
Yards/Rush 3.9 3.5
Turnovers 0 2
Fumbles Lost 0 0
Interceptions Thrown 0 2
Possession 27:07 32:53

Dallas Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Dak Prescott 20 30 332 11.1 3 0

New York Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Eli Manning 31 46 228 5.0 1 2

Dallas Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Alfred Morris 19 62 3.3 0 9
Rod Smith 6 47 7.8 1 15
Dak Prescott 6 13 2.2 0 8

New York Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Wayne Gallman 12 59 4.9 0 13
Orleans Darkwa 10 29 2.9 0 6
Shane Vereen 6 23 3.8 0 9
Sterling Shepard 1 -9 -9.0 0 -9

Dallas Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Rod Smith 5 113 22.6 1 81
Dez Bryant 3 73 24.3 1 50
Cole Beasley 3 59 19.7 0 54
Terrance Williams 3 25 8.3 0 10
Alfred Morris 3 23 7.7 0 11
Jason Witten 1 20 20.0 1 20
James Hanna 1 16 16.0 0 16
Keith Smith 1 3 3.0 0 3
Noah Brown 0 0 0.0 0

New York Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Evan Engram 4 54 13.5 0 35
Roger Lewis 7 46 6.6 0 16
Wayne Gallman 7 40 5.7 0 8
Shane Vereen 3 24 8.0 0 10
Rhett Ellison 4 20 5.0 1 8
Sterling Shepard 2 16 8.0 0 11
Orleans Darkwa 2 15 7.5 0 9
Darius Powe 2 13 6.5 0 8

Dallas Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Anthony Hitchens 10 4 0 0
Sean Lee 10 8 0 0
Jeff Heath 7 2 0 0
Jourdan Lewis 5 1 0 0
Richard Ash 3 0 0 0
Demarcus Lawrence 3 1 0 0
Benson Mayowa 3 0 0 0
Jaylon Smith 3 2 0 0
Xavier Woods 3 1 0 0
Chidobe Awuzie 2 1 0 0
Taco Charlton 2 0 0 0
Tyrone Crawford 2 0 0 0
Datone Jones 2 0 0 0
Byron Jones 2 4 0 0
Anthony Brown 1 0 0 0
Kavon Frazier 1 1 0 0
Damien Wilson 1 0 0 0
Justin March-Lillard 0 0 0 0
Keith Smith 0 0 0 0

New York Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Landon Collins 6 1 0 0
Damon Harrison 5 0 0 0
Calvin Munson 5 4 0 0
Kelvin Sheppard 5 5 0 0
Devon Kennard 4 0 0 0
Darian Thompson 4 0 0 0
Ross Cockrell 3 1 0 0
Dalvin Tomlinson 3 0 0 0
Brandon Dixon 2 0 0 0
Jason Pierre-Paul 2 3 0 0
Jay Bromley 1 0 0 0
Darryl Morris 1 1 0 0
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie 1 1 0 0
Kerry Wynn 1 0 0 0
Jerell Adams 0 0 0 0
Nat Berhe 0 0 0 0
Zak DeOssie 0 0 0 0
Rhett Ellison 0 0 0 0
Evan Engram 0 0 0 0
Jon Halapio 0 0 0 0
Kalif Raymond 0 0 0 0
Aldrick Rosas 0 0 0 0
Shane Smith 0 0 0 0
Robert Thomas 0 2 0 0
Olivier Vernon 0 1 0 0

Dallas Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Sean Lee 1 9 0
Jeff Heath 1 3 0

New York Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

Dallas Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Ryan Switzer 2 50 25.0 0 28

New York Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Kalif Raymond 3 48 16.0 0 18
Shane Vereen 1 20 20.0 0 20

Dallas Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Cole Beasley 2 19 9.5 0 15
Ryan Switzer 2 17 8.5 0 10

New York Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Kalif Raymond 1 -3 -3.0 0 -3

Dallas Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Dan Bailey 1 3 33.0 21

New York Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Aldrick Rosas 1 1 100.0 39

Dallas Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Chris Jones 4 190 58

New York Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Brad Wing 8 347 55