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Dec. 30, 1:00 PM Cowboys at Giants
Game 16
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Giants lose to the Cowboys 36-35.
Eli Manning was 24 of 41 for 301 yards with 2 TDs and 1 INT.
Saquon Barkley had 17 carries for 109 yards and 1 TD, and caught 4 passes for 33 yards.
Wayne Gallman had 6 carries for 23 yards and 1 TD, and caught 1 pass for 7 yards.

Evan Engram caught 5 passes for 81 yards and 1 TD.

Cody Latimer caught
4 passes for 72 yards and 1 TD.
Sterling Shepard caught 4 passes for 67 yards, and had 1 carry for 9 yards.
Bennie Fowler caught 3 passes for 21 yards
Scott Simonson
caught 2 passes for 14 yards.
Elijhaa Penny caught 1 pass for 6 yards.
Olivier Vernon had 2.5 sacks.
B.J. Hill had .5 sacks.

Aldrick Rosas kicked 48 and 38 yard field goals.

"This home game with the Cowboys was the last of the season, and I was really hoping for a win. The Giants had the ball first and got off to a good start. Corey Coleman ran the kickoff all the way out to the 38-yard line. Eli Manning completed a pass to Sterling Shepard that he took to the Cowboys 38-yard line. Then Saquon Barkley ran the ball for 26 yards. It almost looked like the Cowboys were hesitant to make real contact, with their playoff game coming up next. Unfortunately, that first drive ended when Eli Manning’s pass into the end zone for Shepard was intercepted.
The defense held, but the Giants second drive also ended with a turnover when Manning's arm was hit while he was being sacked, and the fumble was recovered by the Cowboys. They had good position at midfield, and got down to the Giants 15-yard line. Olivier Vernon sacked Dak Prescott on the next play, and luckily for the Giants, the Cowboys missed with their field goal attempt.
On the Giants next try, they had two false start penalties and so it ended up being a three-and-out as the game drifted into the second quarter. So far, it wasn't encouraging to see how the Giants offense was playing. They had lost the ball on one interception, had one fumble, and had one drive killed by two penalties.
The Cowboys first drive in the second quarter had them moving well against our defense, and helped along by two penalties, the Cowboys scored the first points of the game when Prescott threw a touchdown pass to Blake Jarwin. The Giants responded with a lackluster three-and-out drive that lasted less than one minute. The Cowboys offense was back on the field, and though Vernon sacked Prescott for a second time, they converted on a 3rd-and-10 play. Then B.W. Webb was hit with a 23-yard pass interference penalty, and soon the Giants were down 14-0 when Prescott connected with Jarwin again for another touchdown.
There weren't too many happy fans, and not much was expected at that point when the Giants took the field with less than two minutes left, but Manning started connecting with some nice passes to his receivers. The drive chewed up the clock and it ended with Manning throwing a 21 yard touchdown pass to Cody Latimer. When the half was over, the score was 14-7 in favor of the Cowboys.
The Giants scored first in the third quarter with a field goal, but the Cowboys came right back with a touchdown. The Giants looked like they were going nowhere on the next drive after Manning threw an incomplete pass, and Barkley's 6-yard run was erased by an offensive holding penalty. It was 2nd-and-20 from the Giants 17 yard line when Barkley took off with a 68 yard run that had everyone on their feet. Manning closed out the drive with a touchdown pass to Evan Engram. Manning hit him again for a two point conversion, and that left the Giants trailing by just three points.
Next, Vernon and B. J. Hill combined for a sack on Prescott to basically ruin the Cowboys drive near the end of the third quarter. The Giants started off the fourth strong with Manning soon hitting Engram with a pass that he took 51 yards down to the Cowboys 14-yard line. Wayne Gallman ran the ball three straight times, finishing in the end zone with a touchdown that put the Giants in the lead for the first time in the game, with a 25-21 score.
The Giants defense couldn't stop Prescott from making two big pass plays on their next drive, and the Cowboys soon scored another touchdown. At this point, Pat Shurmur wasn't holding back, and he even had Manning pull a quarterback sneak on a fourth-and-one from their own 35-yard line. Manning then went on to hit Shepard with a 19 yard pass, and soon Latimer came down with a nice one handed 31 yard catch. This time it was Barkley running the ball three straight times, and Barkley had a touchdown when he reached the ball high over everyone into the end zone.
It actually looked to be a fumble when a Cowboys player swatted it away, but the ball had crossed the goal line, and the Giants now had a four point lead. I was hoping the defense would hold, and they did just that when B.J. Goodson recovered a Cowboys fumble on the very next play. There were three minutes left, and with the Giants in the Cowboys redzone, I knew they wouldn't be able to run the clock out to end the game.
I was hoping for a touchdown as that would put the game out of reach, and on their first play Manning completed a pass to Scott Simonson for 9 yards down to the Cowboys 9-yard line. After a costly offensive holding penalty, Barkley ran the ball twice and lost yardage. The Giants had to settle for a field goal to put them up 35-28.
The defense let Prescott complete two long passes on the next drive, and he got his team down to the Giants 32-yard line. It was fourth-and-15, and I held my breath when Prescott threw a long pass downfield into the end zone. Cole Beasley dove for it and looked to be out of bounds, but it was a touchdown. Going for it all, the Cowboys converted on a two point try to take a one point lead. Things looked good when Latimer took the Cowboys kickoff all the way to midfield, but Manning threw four straight passes that fell incomplete, and the Cowboys went on to win 36-35. It looked like the Giants were really going to do it this time. Instead It was a disappointing end to the game, and to the season for all the fans."

"The Giants finished up the season scoring more points than any other team in the NFC East. Unfortunately, they also gave up more points than any of those teams. The Giants were competitive in their last two games of the season, playing against teams that were good enough to move on to the playoffs, and they lost by just one point in those games. In each game the Giants held a fourth quarter lead with less than four minutes remaining before their opponents turned things around with their come-from-behind drives.
That makes you look at the defense, and you should, considering that going into this game with the Cowboys, the Giants had allowed an NFL-high 154 fourth quarter points. Add in today's results - it totals 169 on the season, and I'm sure that will take the 'prize'. Still, you can't absolve the Giants offense. In this game today, as in the other, they had one last shot to get into field goal range to steal back the win.
This one really hurt, as the Cowboys messed up after their successful two-point conversion by drawing a taunting penalty. Kicking off from 15 yards deeper, the ball was fielded by Cody Latimer at the Giants 14-yard line, and he returned it to the Giants 48-yard line. The Giants needed maybe 15 more yards for kicker Aldrick Rosas to do what he's been doing best all this season.
However, the 48-yard line is where the ball stayed as Manning threw incompletions to Bennie Fowler, Evan Engram, Sterling Shepard, and finally Latimer, to end their chances. The fans did not get to celebrate a comeback win to end the Giants season on a high note. Instead, the Giants lost another close one to finish the season with a 5-11 record, with eight of the eleven losses having been by a touchdown or less.
The Giants finished up last in the division, and th
e way things had moved along all this year, who would have thought that not one, but two of these NFC East teams would be in the playoffs? Do either of them stand a chance? The Cowboys and the Eagles are the worst of the playoff teams in terms of points scored, and in points deferential.
The Cowboys on the season have scored only 15 points more than they've given up. Their last Super Bowl win was Super Bowl XXX, and since, they've won only three playoff games spread out over 21 years. The Eagles have scored only 19 points more than they've given up. They hope to repeat on last years performance, and to be the Super Bowl 53 Champions. The Giants are out of it, so for now, just sit back and enjoy the playoffs"

First Quarter


Second Quarter

Play: Blake Jarwin 13 Yd pass from Dak Prescott (Brett Maher Kick)
Drive info: 13 plays, 65 yards, 6:37
Cowboys 7-0

Play: Blake Jarwin 19 Yd pass from Dak Prescott (Brett Maher Kick)
Drive info: 9 plays, 75 yards, 5:24
Cowboys 14-0

Play: Cody Latimer 21 Yd pass from Eli Manning (Aldrick Rosas Kick)
Drive info: 10 plays, 73 yards, 1:35
Cowboys 14-7

Third Quarter

Play: Aldrick Rosas 48 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 15 yards, 4:10
Cowboys 14-10

Play: Blake Jarwin 39 Yd pass from Dak Prescott (Brett Maher Kick)
Drive info: 8 plays, 76 yards, 4:00
Cowboys 21-10

Play: Evan Engram 6 Yd pass from Eli Manning (Manning Pass to Engram for Two-Point Conversion)
Drive info: 5 plays, 73 yards, 3:07
Cowboys 21-18

Fourth Quarter

Play: Wayne Gallman 2 Yd Run (Aldrick Rosas Kick)
Drive info: 8 plays, 81 yards, 4:14
Giants 25-21

Play: Rod Smith 1 Yd Run (Brett Maher Kick)
Drive info: 5 plays, 75 yards, 1:27
Cowboys 28-25
Play: Saquon Barkley 2 Yd Run (Aldrick Rosas Kick)
Drive info: 12 plays, 74 yards, 5:50
Giants 32-28

Play: Aldrick Rosas 38 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, -2 yards, 0:34
Giants 35-28

Play: Cole Beasley 32 Yd pass from Dak Prescott (Prescott Pass to Gallup for Two-Point Conversion)
Drive info: 9 plays, 70 yards, 1:23
Cowboys 36-35


Giants Eli Manning passed for over 4000 yards for the seventh time in his career.

Giants Saquon Barkley rushed for more than 100 yards for the seventh time this season, .

Giants Saquon Barkley is the first running back to lead in catches since Tiki Barber in 2003.

Giants have lost all of their home games within the NFC East for the first time since 2003.

Giants have lost eight games by seven points or less, the most by any NFL team this season.
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