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Sept. 16, 8:20 PM Giants at Cowboys
Game 2
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Giants lose to the Cowboys 20-13.
Eli Manning was 33 of 44 for 279 yards, and 1 TD.
Saquon Barkley rushed for 28 yards on 11 carries, and caught 14 passes for 80 yards.
Wayne Gallman rushed for 2 yards on 1 carry and caught 1 pass for 11 yards.
Jonathan Stewart rushed for 1 yard on 2 carries.
Evan Engram caught 7 passes
for 67 yards.
Odell Beckham Jr. caught 4 passes for 51 yards.
Cody Latimer caught 2 passes
for 41 yards.
Sterling Shepard caught 3 passes for 24 yards.

Rhett Ellison caught 2 passes for 5 yards.

Aldrick Rosas kicked 28 and 38 yard field goals.

"Watching the game at home is so different from the stadium experience. Still, I'm glad I didn't see what I saw happening tonight first hand. After last week, even though they lost, the Giants showed such promise playing the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Cowboys are thought to be a weaker team, so I'm not ashamed to say I was expecting to see the Giants come away with their first win. Instead they seemed overwhelmed from the start.
I don't know what weaknesses the Cowboys saw from watching game film, but they certainly did their job. Three plays into the game and the Cowboys had a touchdown. On their next possession they added a field goal. All the Giants could do was punt for the whole first half, and at the end of it they were trailing 10-0.
The Giants got the ball to lead off in the third quarter, and I was hoping for a comeback, but after a few plays Eli Manning was overwhelmed, and in taking yet another sack, he fumbled the ball over to the Cowboys. They were about 27 yards out, but the defense was able to hold them to just a field goal. Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard seemed to be almost invisible so far tonight, but on Manning's next shot, he connected with Cody Latimer for 37 yards.
It got the Giants to the Cowboys 25-yard line, and they got down to the three. Unfortunately there was an offensive holding call on Rhett Ellison, and the Giants ended up with a field goal to make it a 13-3 score. After watching Manning take another sack, you saw the Cowboys start off a drive that seemed to last forever into the fourth quarter, and they finished it off with a touchdown. The Cowboys were now up by 17 points.
The Giants came back right away with their first touchdown of the game on a Manning to Evan Engram pass from the Cowboys 18-yard line. Now the Giants were down by ten with about a minute and a half left. They did recover the onside kick, and Aldrick Rosas went on to kick a field goal with 11 seconds left. The next try on the onside kick went out of bounds to end things 20-13 in favor of the Cowboys. It wasn't a pretty game by any means, and I guess the best part about watching from home is you got to switch off the TV set and be done with it instead of fighting traffic while thinking about what could have been."

"You would have thought the Giants paid Saquon Barkley the money that Odell Beckham Jr. got the way they used Barkley and ignored Beckham in this game. Last week Barkley rushed for 106 yards on 18 carries, had one touchdown, and caught 2 of 6 passes for 22 yards. This game Barkley had 11 carries for 28 yards and ended up being the top receiver, catching 14 of 18 passes for 80 yards. Evan Engram was next, catching (and hanging on to) all 7 passes thrown his way for 67 yards, including one for a touchdown. Beckham was targeted 9 times and he pulled in 4 for 51 yards.
So all in all Barkley was the key man tonight. As a running back he had one long 10 yard play which was good, but even with that, his average was only 2.5 yards a carry. His receiving average was 5.7, which was less than any other receiver who caught a pass except for Rhett Ellison who was 2 for 2 for just 5 yards.
Behind this offensive line, Manning barely has a chance to check down receivers as other quarterbacks do. It seems as though Manning has to look to ensure his check down option, and then if there is no defender in his face (usually there is), he can take a quick look-see for a deeper pass. That's not how it's supposed to work, and the result is what we got tonight, lots of completions for minimal yardage.
The Giants defense was caught in the headlights at the start of the Cowboys opening drive. The third play of the game was a Dak Prescott to Tavon Austin pass that went for a 64 yard touchdown. The Cowboys had to work to get downfield for their field goal on their next drive, and then the Giants defense settled in. There was no scoring for the rest of the half.
A sack fumble gave the Cowboys great field position at the start of the third quarter at the Giants 27 yard line, and they added a field goal. They worked to score one more touchdown at the start of the fourth quarter and that was it for them. The Giants offense managed one touchdown and two field goals in the game, so the Cowboys had a 20-13 win. The Giants will need a better offensive game plan if they hope to get their first win of the season in Houston next Sunday. Like the Giants, the Texans are also struggling and have two losses on the season."

First Quarter

Play: Tavon Austin 64 Yd pass from Dak Prescott (Brett Maher Kick)
Drive info: 3 plays, 75 yards, 1:34
Cowboys 7-0

Play: Brett Maher 37 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 64 yards, 3:58
Cowboys 10-0

Second Quarter


Third Quarter

Play: Brett Maher 29 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 16 yards, 2:39
Cowboys 13-0

Play: Aldrick Rosas 28 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 66 yards, 6:12
Cowboys 13-3

Fourth Quarter

Play: Ezekiel Elliott 6 Yd Run (Brett Maher Kick)
Drive info: 14 plays, 82 yards, 8:23
Cowboys 20-3

Play: Evan Engram 18 Yd pass from Eli Manning (Aldrick Rosas Kick)
Drive info: 11 plays, 75 yards, 4:18
Cowboys 20-10

Play: Aldrick Rosas 38 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 33 yards, 1:16
Cowboys 20-13


Giants are 0-2 for the second year in a row and for the fifth time in the last six seasons.

Giants have lost three games in a row to Dallas since sweeping the Cowboys in 2016.

Giants Saquon Barkley set a Giants franchise record with 14 receptions (for 80 yards).
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