Giants downed by Cowboys 30-10: Instant analysis


The Dallas Cowboys are back above.500 following a huge victory over the New York Giants and remember the name Dak Prescott as the main reason why.

The Cowboys stormed into NY, wearing a new jersey combo and needing a win against the Giants to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Eli Manning's time on the bench did not last long.

In the end, Dallas found some offense in the fourth quarter and got some key defensive stops to beat the New York Giants 30-10 at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.

For three quarters it was a dog fight with the Boys scrapping for every inch, even finding themselves behind 10-3 to the two-win Giants. The field goal that resulted was hardly the kind of statement that the Cowboys wanted to make, but the Bryant touchdown was a precursor.

The Cowboys finally broke the tie in the fourth quarter when Prescott connected with tight end Jason Witten on a 20-yard touchdown reception.

Dallas remain a distant second in the NFC East behind the 10-2 Philadelphia Eagles, who play the Los Angeles Rams in California later Sunday. With one game to go before he comes back, he'll need to have another performance just like that. The Cowboys led 23-10 after a missed extra point. But with a first-and-goal at the NY 4-yard line, Dallas was unable to punch it in, Dan Bailey's 21-yard field goal feeling like somewhat of a disappointment.

Smith rolled up 47 yards on the ground and one touchdown on six carries and added 113 receiving yards on five grabs, one of those an 81-yard score. Both of which made this game look much less competitive than it really was.

Again, Bailey was off all day in the windy conditions in East Rutherford, New Jersey. New York even wore it's white jerseys and trousers along with helmets that featured the word 'Giants, ' as opposed to 'NY'. With the Cowboys up 17-10 later in the quarter, Manning's third-and-8 pass for Evan Engram was incomplete and left the Giants begging unsuccessfully for a pass interference flag.

The unsung performer totaled 160 yards from scrimmage and scored as a runner and a receiver. Sean Lee was big on several occasions, which included his fourth quarter interception that put the Cowboys in position to run away from a weakened and demoralized opponent.

It's worth noting that running back Ezekiel Elliott's return is right around the corner.