The Dallas Cowboys are in East Rutherford, New Jersey for a divisional bout with the putrid, 2-10 New York Giants.
New York has Eli Manning back at the helm, one week after being benched in favor of newly-acquired QB Geno Smith -- a decision that snapped Manning's streak of 210 consecutive starts. In the week since, the Giants have fired head coach Ben McAdoo and General Manager Jerry Reese.
The Cowboys' offense -- and especially Rod Smith -- came to life in the final quarter. Following a Sean Lee interception, Smith rushed for a 15-yard score. Less than two minutes earlier, Dak Prescott found Smith for an 81-yard catch-and-run to put Dallas up 24-10 with just over four minutes to go.
A bad day for Dan Bailey got worse when he missed the extra point.
Previously, No. 82 capped off an 82-yard drive for the Cowboys, grabbing a 20-yard touchdown to give Dallas the lead with seven-and-a-half minutes to play. The touchdown was Witten's first catch of the day.
The Giants punted on each of their first three possessions of the fourth quarter.
Dan Bailey's second missed field goal of the day left the score at 10-10 with just over two minutes to play in the third. Bailey has missed multiple field goals in a game just three times in his career (Dec. 18, 2016 and Dec. 4, 2011).
A sluggish start to the second half -- the first three possessions of the third quarter resulted in punts, with a Cowboys three-and-out sandwiched between two short New York drives.
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Down a touchdown with less than two minutes to go in the half, the Cowboys responded with a 50-yard strike to Dez Bryant to tie it up. Bryant had dropped two passes in the first half, recording his first catch of the half two plays before the touchdown catch-and-run.
The Giants scored their first touchdown of the afternoon on a 1-yard pass to tight end Rhett Ellison, capping a 68-yard drive. A 35-yard completion to Evan Engram was the big play on that drive.
A rare missed 53-yard field goal by Dan Bailey on the Cowboys' second drive of the afternoon, the two teams traded punts.
Through 18 minutes of game action, there have been just two drives and six points. After a 7:46 drive by Dallas to open the game, the Giants had the ball for 9:24 and finished with a field goal of their own.
The Cowboys settled for a 21-yard Dan Bailey field goal after a 16-play opening possession that took more than half of the first quarter.
Dallas left points on the board after a 73-yard drive to the four-yard line, but it could've ended with a punt much earlier. Rod Smith kept the drive alive on a 3rd-and-8 play near midfield when he caught a pass that was tipped at the line of scrimmage and ran it for a first down.
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