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Giants hold off Cowboys for 20-19 victory

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 11:  Victor Cruz #80 of the New York Giants catches a touchdown pass during the fourth quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on September 11, 2016 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Getty Images

When the Giants and Cowboys met in Week One last season, the Giants blew a six-point lead in the final 94 seconds of the game to lose by a point.

They found themselves in a similar position this season, but they got a better result. Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams failed to get out of bounds after picking up a first down in the final seconds. Rather than getting Dan Bailey a long try to win the game with a field goal, the clock ran out on a 20-19 Giants victory that ended a five-year losing streak in season openers.

The winning points came with another welcome change from last season. Eli Manning hit Victor Cruz for a three-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to take the lead. It was Cruz’s first touchdown since Week Three of the 2014 season and the return of his salsa dance was reason for celebrate for the Giants.

It had been a fitful offensive half for the Giants after they moved the ball quickly for two first half touchdowns and Eli Manning opened the third quarter with an interception that allowed the Cowboys to grab the lead. Ezekiel Elliott scored his first NFL touchdown to mark a highlight on a day that otherwise saw him find little running room against the Giants’ front.

That lack of running room left a lot for Dak Prescott to do in his first regular season outing. The fourth-round pick was 25-of-45 for 227 yards, but was never able to connect with Dez Bryant for big plays down the field. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie had a couple of good plays in coverage on Bryant, who ended the day with just one catch for eight yards as the Giants forced the rest of the Cowboys to beat them.

They couldn’t pull it off, dropping them to 1-14 in games without Tony Romo since Romo became the starter. On the other side, Ben McAdoo is now 1-0 as Giants coach and his team exorcised one demon from last year by holding on to win a game in the final minutes.

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  1. footballfan72 says: Sep 11, 2016 7:37 PM

    Why oh why didn’t Terrance go out of bounds!

  2. abninf says: Sep 11, 2016 7:39 PM

    Terrance, man. I mean.. dude. Dude. What the…. Oh my God man. Bailey would have nailed it from there. Tell me that was a dream.

  3. ctiggs says: Sep 11, 2016 7:40 PM

    We lol at the cowboys, poor Jerrah hahahah show starts tomorrow night! #Nobodyhasitbetter

  4. logicalvoicesays says: Sep 11, 2016 7:42 PM

    All I saw today are three teams that the Redskins are light years ahead of in the NFC East. Thank you for making it so easy despite having a bad quarterback like Kirk Cousins. The Redskins are going to show you how a real football team plays on MNF.

  5. jakec4 says: Sep 11, 2016 7:42 PM

    Dallas’ play calling was horrendous. Who lets a rookie throw that many times? What’s the point of even trying to go playaction? Nobody believes you’re going to actually run it.

  6. skinstowin says: Sep 11, 2016 7:43 PM

    Haahaa. Cowboys will be 0-2 in one more week after the skins route them about 38-0. The REDSKINS secondary is phenomenal. Probably 3 first ballot hof’er on it, breeland, Norman, hall. I would put the over line on pics for REDSKINS D @ 4.

  7. theseekeroffun says: Sep 11, 2016 7:43 PM

    Well at least the Giants have two idiots with terrible hair. McAdoo with a mullet and the peroxide of the diva.
    If this is the best the Giants have, welcome to a losing season and Dak is the real deal.

  8. ncphinsfan says: Sep 11, 2016 7:46 PM

    Remember when the Cowboys fans were all going to the Dak Prescott Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony a few weeks ago? Fell back to earth today. Romo would have won this game.

  9. abninf says: Sep 11, 2016 7:48 PM

    jakec4 says:

    Dallas’ play calling was horrendous. Who lets a rookie throw that many times? What’s the point of even trying to go playaction? Nobody believes you’re going to actually run it.
    ======================================

    Dallas had over 100 yards rushing and Dak threw zero interceptions. Play calling wasn’t the problem.

  10. jwalters121 says: Sep 11, 2016 7:49 PM

    New season, same Cowboys. One more year of choking and tearing their fans guts out!

  11. nhpats says: Sep 11, 2016 7:51 PM

    Elliot looks like a bust….

  12. demskinsbaby says: Sep 11, 2016 7:52 PM

    Domonique Cromartie had him beat to the spot. Terrance would have gotten tackled so he just tried to do something with it…just couldn’t. 200 defense worked today…Giants run Defense made the difference.

  13. coltsreign says: Sep 11, 2016 7:53 PM

    America’s game of the week?????,
    I thought that goes to SNF? Whatever man, this game was about poor offense, that’s it.

  14. n0hopeleft says: Sep 11, 2016 7:58 PM

    Cowboys fans are so mad!!!!!!

    GGGGGGGGGGMEN!!!!!!!!

  15. cowboy2016 says: Sep 11, 2016 7:59 PM

    My 5-11 prediction for the Cowboys stands. That might be rosy at this point.

  16. duncanthecat says: Sep 11, 2016 8:02 PM

    Enough of this Dak stuff.

    Romo wins the game.

  17. dezbryant says: Sep 11, 2016 8:03 PM

    Poor coaching !!

    1) Beasley catches the ball for the first down and proceeds to get up and run with the ball to the middle of the field. If he would hand it to the official for them to spot it would have saved 5 seconds.
    2) Everybody knows if you have no timeouts and you have the chance to get out of bounds you do it.

    These guys play like they have never played football before.

    It starts from the top.Time for Garrett to go. He actually looked happy after the game. These things happen game after game with the cowboys.

  18. famundacheese says: Sep 11, 2016 8:04 PM

    But, but Dak is Brett Farve/Joe Montana and Zeke is Jim Brown/gayle Sayers. How could this happen????????

  19. emmitt22bates40 says: Sep 11, 2016 8:04 PM

    Giants look like a solid team. I’m disappointed with the loss but I’ll take it considering it was Dak and Zeke’s intro to the league. We have to get Dez and Alfred Morris more involved next week.

  20. jakec4 says: Sep 11, 2016 8:04 PM

    abninf says:
    Sep 11, 2016 7:48 PM
    jakec4 says:

    Dallas’ play calling was horrendous. Who lets a rookie throw that many times? What’s the point of even trying to go playaction? Nobody believes you’re going to actually run it.
    ======================================

    Dallas had over 100 yards rushing and Dak threw zero interceptions. Play calling wasn’t the problem.

    =======================================

    45 pass attempts compared to 28 running plays is not balanced. Dallas wasn’t even forced to throw it until late. They chose to make their green rookie some wannabe gunslinger. Elliot kind of stunk but Morris was finding some room. They just never stuck with it, and they lost.

  21. jpk6044 says: Sep 11, 2016 8:08 PM

    Great job by the dallas GM taking a running back with the 4th pick in the draft. He looked like Earl Campbell and was a real difference maker.

  22. myworldurjuslivinit says: Sep 11, 2016 8:09 PM

    1 game…nuff said. Seems folks spend more time hatting than cheering for their own team…sigh.

  23. suncawy says: Sep 11, 2016 8:15 PM

    The good news for Dallas is that they are 0-1 and in the running for Myles Garrett, the top DE in next years draft. The Cowboys defense was dreadful, they let Manning pass all day, except for maybe a couple of times. Then the Giants gashed them with the run up the middle.

  24. knowledgeoverpower says: Sep 11, 2016 8:21 PM

    abninf says:
    Sep 11, 2016 7:48 PM
    jakec4 says:

    Dallas’ play calling was horrendous. Who lets a rookie throw that many times? What’s the point of even trying to go playaction? Nobody believes you’re going to actually run it.
    ======================================

    Dallas had over 100 yards rushing and Dak threw zero interceptions. Play calling wasn’t the problem.

    ———————————————————————————–Dallas had 28 run plays over 40 passing. Dallas won’t win if they are going to ask Dak to win games via passing. They have to run to pass. Everything they do must revolve around the run to give Dak / Dallas the best chance at winning. Coaching / play calling is not good at all.

  25. taeh324 says: Sep 11, 2016 8:23 PM

    demskinsbaby says:
    Sep 11, 2016 7:52 PM
    Domonique Cromartie had him beat to the spot. Terrance would have gotten tackled so he just tried to do something with it…just couldn’t. 200 defense worked today…Giants run Defense made the difference.

    ________________

    Umm no you go down if you can’t get out of bounds instead of keeping fighting for extra yards. If he would have just choice to go down it would have left about 5 to 6 seconds on the clock

  26. Hitdog18 says: Sep 11, 2016 8:23 PM

    Cowboys will make the playoffs this year, and no I’m not a fan, just liked a lot of what I saw, except for the boneheaded play by williams

  27. jag1959 says: Sep 11, 2016 8:24 PM

    Man, what an unexpected joy to see Cruz out there contributing again!

  28. dirtydrynn27 says: Sep 11, 2016 8:25 PM

    Thats what you get Cowboys fans for acting as if you had the best team to ever play the game!!!!!!

    Last place again!!!!

  29. myworldurjuslivinit says: Sep 11, 2016 8:26 PM

    Dallas Defense…terrible, worst in the league, just gosh awful…..NY Giants scored…wait for it…any second now…20…sigh.

  30. abninf says: Sep 11, 2016 8:27 PM

    jakec4 says:
    Sep 11, 2016 8:04 PM
    abninf says:
    Sep 11, 2016 7:48 PM
    jakec4 says:

    Dallas’ play calling was horrendous. Who lets a rookie throw that many times? What’s the point of even trying to go playaction? Nobody believes you’re going to actually run it.
    ======================================

    Dallas had over 100 yards rushing and Dak threw zero interceptions. Play calling wasn’t the problem.

    =======================================

    45 pass attempts compared to 28 running plays is not balanced. Dallas wasn’t even forced to throw it until late. They chose to make their green rookie some wannabe gunslinger. Elliot kind of stunk but Morris was finding some room. They just never stuck with it, and they lost.

    ========================================

    They had 30 running plays. 30/45 isn’t out of the ordinary. Dallas had over 100 yards rushing and Dak had zero interceptions, Play calling wasn’t the problem. They lost by one point to a two time Super Bowl winner, and if someone knew to get the hell out of bounds they may have won it. If anything Morris should have got more carries and Elliot less.

  31. Hitdog18 says: Sep 11, 2016 8:27 PM

    helicopterpilot13 says:
    Sep 11, 2016 8:13 PM
    There is one very distinct reason the Patriots have, year after year after year, more white players than any other NFL team.
    Hint: see Terrance Williams brilliance at end of today’s game.

    ___________________________________

    always a good time when the Fox News crowd chimes in!

  32. justintuckrule says: Sep 11, 2016 8:43 PM

    Game wouldn’t have been close but for Dallas OL. that unit is awesome. Giants gonna win a lot of games this year. That will be the most physical game the revamped DL will play this year. Stats for that unit will be coming by the boatload.

  33. rodgray39 says: Sep 11, 2016 8:47 PM

    Two years ago, Terrance Williams was the best #2 WR in the league. Now he’s Just Another Guy, highlighted by his brain cramp!! 8-8 Cowboys!!

  34. nflrule says: Sep 11, 2016 8:50 PM

    Too soon for the fire Ginger Garrett chants?

  35. gauchosporlife says: Sep 11, 2016 9:02 PM

    Poor coaching, no tds in red zone, no situational awareness during the last drive. Still can’t win without Romo.

  36. bubbasmithguy says: Sep 11, 2016 9:03 PM

    helicopterpilot13 says:
    Sep 11, 2016 8:13 PM
    There is one very distinct reason the Patriots have, year after year after year, more white players than any other NFL team.
    Hint: see Terrance Williams brilliance at end of today’s game.

    ——————————————————————-
    helicopterpilot13

    Why go there? Just shows your stupidity.

  37. janvanflac says: Sep 11, 2016 9:05 PM

    Every year there is so much hype about the Cowboys….Best OL in football, Rookie QB destined for the hall of fame. Every year it’s the same old same old. Crap defense, boneheaded play calling, Terrible ownership.

    They do have a great kicker, though…

  38. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 11, 2016 9:13 PM

    Good on the Giants for overcoming all the uncalled holding that led to most of Dallas’ points and holding on for the win. Pun intended.

  39. cosmicredneck81 says: Sep 11, 2016 9:15 PM

    The real problem was Elliot he was supposed to b our salvation looked like a bust 2nite totally disappointing that said all u haters on here r just 2 pathetic even when we’re losing we’re still in your head jealousy breeds ignorance losers

  40. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 11, 2016 9:16 PM

    justintuckrule says:
    Sep 11, 2016 8:43 PM
    Game wouldn’t have been close but for Dallas OL. that unit is awesome. Giants gonna win a lot of games this year. That will be the most physical game the revamped DL will play this year. Stats for that unit will be coming by the boatload.
    ———-

    Awesome at getting the refs to ignore them holding all game.

  41. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 11, 2016 9:17 PM

    cosmicredneck81 says:
    Sep 11, 2016 9:15 PM
    The real problem was Elliot he was supposed to b our salvation looked like a bust 2nite totally disappointing that said all u haters on here r just 2 pathetic even when we’re losing we’re still in your head jealousy breeds ignorance losers
    ———

    1. Giants run defense will rival Seattle’s as best in the NFC if not the entire league, stop overreacting because Zeke got shut down today.

    2. Dallas ain’t in no one’s head. This post is also about the Giants, while the whole world was watching.

  42. cboys4life2014 says: Sep 11, 2016 9:17 PM

    Dallas started a rookie 4th round pick at QB and played with a defense that’s missing some good players and was expected to suck anyways against Eli and the Giants with their super awesome offense that includes Beckham and Cruz and a revamped defense and only gave up 20 points, forced an INT, kept the game close the whole way while leading through most of it and barely lost by 1 point which more than likely wouldn’t have happened had Williams gone out of bounds. The Giants won and I’m one of those a win is win people so I’m not going to try to take anything away from NY today but with all things considered I’m not sure Dallas should really be the team anybody should be doggin right now after that game. IMO if that’s the best the Giants could do against Dallas right now and only get the W cause of a bone head decision by Williams then there in for a long season.

  43. bleedgreenphilly says: Sep 11, 2016 9:23 PM

    I thought Dak looked good but struggles under pressure. I’m not surprised he has a flaw, there were tiny signs of it in the preseason. Had the Cowboys finished some of their drives, there wouldn’t have seen so much pressure at the end, but they still had a chance to win it. I’d be much more worried about how the run defense looked at the end.

  44. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Sep 11, 2016 9:27 PM

    cboys4life2014 says:
    Sep 11, 2016 9:17 PM
    Dallas started a rookie 4th round pick at QB and played with a defense that’s missing some good players and was expected to suck anyways against Eli and the Giants with their super awesome offense that includes Beckham and Cruz and a revamped defense and only gave up 20 points, forced an INT, kept the game close the whole way while leading through most of it and barely lost by 1 point which more than likely wouldn’t have happened had Williams gone out of bounds. The Giants won and I’m one of those a win is win people so I’m not going to try to take anything away from NY today but with all things considered I’m not sure Dallas should really be the team anybody should be doggin right now after that game. IMO if that’s the best the Giants could do against Dallas right now and only get the W cause of a bone head decision by Williams then there in for a long season.

    Yo lifer: the boys have the best line in the history of football (according to the idiot talking heads), the best rookie running back, the best wide reciever, the best tight end, and they scored how many points? and how many touchdowns? and the rook looked pretty good, despite the low pass completion percentage….

    and if the guy runs directly out of bounds its a 61 yard field goal… so the bonehead decision wasn’t exactly determinant…

  45. pologroundsvet says: Sep 11, 2016 9:31 PM

    Blue game balls all around, but did I ever misjudge the O line. They played when the money was on the table.

  46. a1b24312 says: Sep 11, 2016 9:41 PM

    McAdoo, though, looks nothing like a head coach…. much like his opposing head coach…(clap, clap)

  47. punxrawk124 says: Sep 11, 2016 9:42 PM

    He should have gone out of bounds but you people act like it was a sure field goal.
    Look at that play again if he goes out immediately he is on the 45 I don’t know about you but I haven’t seen many 62 yard field goals made.

  48. bkostela says: Sep 11, 2016 9:45 PM

    taeh324 says:
    Sep 11, 2016 8:23 PM
    demskinsbaby says:
    Sep 11, 2016 7:52 PM
    Domonique Cromartie had him beat to the spot. Terrance would have gotten tackled so he just tried to do something with it…just couldn’t. 200 defense worked today…Giants run Defense made the difference.

    ________________

    Umm no you go down if you can’t get out of bounds instead of keeping fighting for extra yards. If he would have just choice to go down it would have left about 5 to 6 seconds on the clock
    ___________________________________

    If Williams went down right away, it would have been a 67 yard field goal. Makes sense.

  49. cboys4life2014 says: Sep 11, 2016 10:00 PM

    Yo milergrogan anybody who had high hopes or expectations for Dallas this season cooled on that once Romo went down (again). If any Giants fan or any fan period is using this game as a gauge for how “good” the Giants are gonna be this season is more idiotic than the talking heads you’re referencing. And apparently you’re one of em. And it ain’t like the Giants haven’t had their offense put on a pedestal since McAdoo took over as OC and what’d they do against Dallas’ sorry secondary and makeshift D line. Put up 20 points. I don’t care if you and others like you begin celebrating already. That just makes it more enjoyable when they crash and burn. And you’re stretching it a bit by saying it would’ve been a 61 yarder. Would’ve been more than 56 but not 61 but with Bailey I still like those odds. Not that you’d know what a good kicker looks like since yours seems to struggle with extra points.

  50. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 11, 2016 10:09 PM

    Only “gauge” was run defense (spin it however you want, either your line is overrated or the GIants run defense — which shut down everyone in preseason — is indeed top notch) clock management in the end. Giants win with ease if officials didn’t turn a blind eye to Dallas offensive line antics.

  51. cboys4life2014 says: Sep 11, 2016 10:19 PM

    Mr Wright I’m not gonna waste my having a discussion or debate with anybody who seems to always cry holding. If that’s the only football term you know then don’t bother trying to address any actual fans on a football site. All I’ll say in response to that is that run D didn’t look so impressive when it was Morris carrying the ball instead of a rookie. And I’ve never got on here and praised Elliott for how “great” I thought he was or could be. I’d rather wait and see and today I did and wasn’t impressed so don’t try to come at me with BS about how “every Cowboy fan said he was the best” cause I never said that. But again Morris made that run D look like sheep in wolf’s clothing.

  52. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 11, 2016 10:43 PM

    Waste time?

    Everyone who watched the game and watches every Dallas game says the same thing.. So only Dallas fans disagree. Sure thing.

    Easy to be a “great offensive line” when you get away with the same tactics every week, while the Giants got called for back to back phantom holding penalties.

    And you’re supposedly the one “wasting time” here?

    Morris broke one run with Frederick tackling — another holding not called — Hankins and you think one play negates the accurate assertion that the Giants run defense is top notch.

    Who’s really wasn’t time responding? I can’t get my two minutes back.

  53. demskinsbaby says: Sep 11, 2016 11:24 PM

    I kept telling people Daks accuracy goes way down when runs to his right…pressuring him from his left. Watch the film. DC’s are going to eat this kid up.

  54. gammynomnom says: Sep 11, 2016 11:39 PM

    I would love it if some of you gave an actual quote where anyone anywhere said Dak was a future HOFer. For a rookie in his first start, he apparently showed enough poise to make a lot of you worry.

    Jason Garrett, however, continues to prove he is only an NFL coach because Romo carries him.He is just terrible.

  55. benfranklinshat says: Sep 11, 2016 11:45 PM

    How bout them Eagles!

  56. twoteamsforlosangeles says: Sep 11, 2016 11:52 PM

    Well, Fox got the ratings it wanted, so I guess that’s all right.

  57. mrba4775 says: Sep 12, 2016 12:15 AM

    The Cowboys will bounce back to kick the deadskins butt. How About Them Cowboys!!

  58. taintedsaints2009 says: Sep 12, 2016 1:18 AM

    Watch out. Could be one of those years for the Giants.

  59. key740 says: Sep 12, 2016 4:31 AM

    So Dallas has a rookie QB taken in the 4th round , a rookie RB and according to experts a bottom 5 defense and loses by a point . The Giants with all the money spent on defense and 2 time SB winning QB barely scrape by and they are the all conquering beasts of the league. Hmmm

  60. cowboys2016 says: Sep 12, 2016 9:17 AM

    Are you kidding me logicalvoicesays?? Your redskins are pathetic!!!. Come Monday night the Steelers will show the whole how pathetic they are. Then in week 2 when my Cowboys come into town, we’ll just beat ya’ll down base off of principle!!!!

  61. famundacheese says: Sep 12, 2016 9:59 AM

    Both these teams stink!!!!!!! Morris didn’t have trouble running on that great (ha ha) run defense. Zeke is over rated and Dak is good inside 10 yards. Both defenses stink.

  62. jmuller516 says: Sep 12, 2016 10:57 AM

    Morris ran 7x for 35 yards.. 5 YPC.. Nothing crazy..

    Giants ran the ball better, stopped the run better, had 15 hurries on Dak against the #1 OLINE.

  63. famundacheese says: Sep 12, 2016 11:50 AM

    15 hurries wow! Dallas O-line is good but extremely over rated. What exactly have they done? They got a 1,000 yard back, wow amazing. They couldn’t throw the ball with Romo out. Great lines don’t have records of 4-12. They don’t win without Romo. Thank goodness all that money went to Vernon. Hurries are his specialty. Since you love them so much. Take away the run and make dink and dunk Dak beat you. Not a tough game plan.

  64. hawkwind8 says: Sep 12, 2016 11:51 AM

    famundacheese says:
    Sep 11, 2016 8:04 PM
    But, but Dak is Brett Farve/Joe Montana and Zeke is Jim Brown/gayle Sayers. How could this happen????????

    Now that’s funny! Great comment.

  65. hawkwind8 says: Sep 12, 2016 12:00 PM

    The refs can’t be blamed for the loss… They did everything they could to give the girls the game. I hope the refs in NY return the favor when the girls visit. (a Skins fan)

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