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Dec 10, 1:00 PM Cowboys at Giants
Game 13
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Giants lose to the Cowboys 30-10.
Eli Manning was 31 of 46 for 228 yards, 1 TD, and 2 INTs.
Wayne Gallman rushed for 59 yards on 12 carries, and caught 7 passes for 40 yards.
Orleans Darkwa rushed for 29 yards on 10 carries, and caught 2 passes for 15 yards.
Shane Vereen rushed for 23 yards on 6 carries, and caught 3 passes for 24 yards.
Evan Engram caught 4 passes for 54 yards.
Roger Lewis caught 7 passes for 46 yards.
Rhett Ellison caught 4 passes for 20 yards.

Sterling Shepard caught 2 passes for 16 yards, and ran 1 for -9 yards.

Darius Powe caught 2 passes for 13 yards.
Ereck Flowers recovered a fumble.
Aldrick Rosas kicked a 39 yard field goal.

"It was really hard to watch the game last week without Eli Manning playing. The fans were glad to see him back on the field. The game started with a real long drive by the Cowboys that took up half of the first quarter. They kept moving the ball downfield until they had a first down at the Giants 4-yard line. The defense dug in and kept them out of the endzone. The Cowboys had to settle for a field goal.
When the fans greeted Eli Manning taking the field, I hoped it wouldn't be one of those three-and-out drives that we see all too much. Manning didn't disappoint, and this drive lasted even longer than the Cowboys, taking us into the second quarter. It ended with an Aldrick Rosas 39 yard field goal to tie the score at 3-3.
The Giants got lucky when the Cowboys followed up with a missed field goal, and I was thinking maybe, just maybe things were going to go our way today. I felt that even more when the Giants offense started clicking in and didn't even need a third down play getting down to the Cowboys 1-yard line. Manning hit Rhett Ellison with a touchdown pass, and the Giants were up 10-3.
With only about two minutes left in the half, the Cowboys took over, and four plays later Dez Bryant was running 50 yards to the endzone after catching a pass from Dak Prescott, and it was all tied up at halftime.
Almost as a tribute to Manning's return and his jersey number, neither team did much in the third quarter, and the score remained 10-10. The Cowboys had even missed on another field goal attempt during that time, but in the fourth quarter the Giants defense fell apart. Dak Prescott completed a big 54 yard pass play to Cole Beasley, and on the next play Jason Witten caught a touchdown pass. The defense gave up an 81 yard touchdown on the Cowboys next possession to have the Giants trailing 23-10.
With time running down, everyone knew that Manning had to pass, and working with what he had, Manning threw two interceptions trying to make something happen. The Cowboys added another touchdown, and the final score was 30-10 Next week the Giants will play the Eagles at MetLife Stadium. They're going to be awfully tough to beat."

"The Giants held their own in the first half. It's too bad they couldn't continue. Eli Manning had completed 14 of his 18 passes for 117 yards, and a touchdown in the first half. They punted only twice and that was pretty decent compared to how the last few games had gone. The furthest downfield they got in the second half was around midway before they either had to punt (six times) or Manning was intercepted (twice).
With the lack of wide receiver talent, Manning is still saddled with having to throw passes to his running backs, and he did so 16 times in this game. They actually had more catches on less throws, and for slightly more yardage than the receivers. In fact, a
t the start of the second half it looked like they were trying to wear Wayne Gallman out. Five of the six plays involved him running or catching the ball up until his last carry, where he ran for a minus 2 yards.
Shane Vereen got those two yards back, but when Manning's deep pass to Roger Lewis didn't work out, the Giants had to punt. Overall Gallman, Vereen, and Orleans Darkwa ran for 111 yards on 28 carries, averaging about 4 yards a carry. The receivers, Roger Lewis Jr., Sterling Shepard, and tight end Evan Engram, all dropped some passes on Manning that could have extended drives.
The secondary let down big time in the fourth quarter. There were pass completions of 54, 81, and 50 yards. It seemed as though every time the Giants tried to blitz, Dak Prescott made them pay. They scored touchdowns on two of those long passes, and a field goal on another. It didn't help that safety Landon Collins aggravated his ankle injury trying to chase down wide receiver Cole Beasley on one of those plays when the game was tied.
It all makes you wonder what the deal is with cornerback Eli Apple. He hasn't been on the field for four straight games. He was inactive today after saying earlier in the week that he was ready to play. I would have thought that any issues with Apple would have been resolved with Steve Spagnuolo taking over from Ben McAdoo. A head coach's job is to get the best talent on the field for each game. Hopefully that happens next week for the game with the Eagles, because the Giants will need all they have and then some."

First Quarter

COWBOYS - FIELD GOAL
Play: Dan Bailey 21 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 16 plays, 73 yards, 7:46
Cowboys 3-0

Second Quarter

GIANTS - FIELD GOAL
Play: Aldrick Rosas 39 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 17 plays, 62 yards, 9:24
Tied 3-3

GIANTS - TOUCHDOWN
Play: Rhett Ellison 1 Yd pass from Eli Manning (Aldrick Rosas Kick)
Drive info: 8 plays, 68 yards, 4:17
Giants 10-3

COWBOYS - TOUCHDOWN
Play: Dez Bryant 50 Yd pass from Dak Prescott (Dan Bailey Kick)
Drive info: 4 plays, 75 yards, 0:29
Tied 10-10

Third Quarter

NONE

Fourth Quarter

COWBOYS - TOUCHDOWN
Play: Jason Witten 20 Yd pass from Dak Prescott (Dan Bailey Kick)
Drive info: 4 plays, 82 yards, 1:51
Cowboys 17-10

COWBOYS - TOUCHDOWN
Play: Rod Smith 81 Yd pass from Dak Prescott (Dan Bailey PAT failed)
Drive info: 3 plays, 88 yards, 0:25
Cowboys 23-10

COWBOYS - TOUCHDOWN
Play: Rod Smith 15 Yd Run (Dan Bailey Kick)
Drive info: 3 plays, 21 yards, 0:19
Cowboys 30-10


Notes:

Giants Eli Manning returned as the starting quarterback one week after his 210 streak ended.

Giants Eli Manning's 46 passes increased his career total to 7,266, moving him past Pro Football Hall of Famer John Elway (7,250), and into sixth place on the NFLís career list.

Giants WR Roger Lewis, Jr. and RB Wayne Gallman each had a career high 7 receptions.

Giants, with 13 total points, had their lowest total in a season series vs. Dallas since 1998.

Giants former running back Rashad Jennings, who had announced his retirement, participated in the coin toss.
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