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SACK OF THE NIGHT: Coming close all night, Linval Joseph split the first sack of the season for the Giants with Justin Tuck midway through the fourth quarter. Jason Pierre-Paul followed up for back-to-back takedowns of quarterback Tony Romo, forcing the Cowboys to punt and give the ball back to the Giants with a chance to take the lead.
WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE OFFENSE: The first quarter and the season as a whole couldn’t have started more poorly for the offense. But after three turnovers on the first three possessions – two Eli Manning interceptions and a David Wilson fumble – the Giants remained in the game with help from the defense. However, after Wilson’s second fumble that was recovered and returned by Dallas for a touchdown, the turnovers – six total -- eventually became too much to overcome, as they usually do throughout the course of a game on the road. The good news coming out of Dallas was that Hakeem Nicks and Cruz both looked healthy and that the Giants will keep on fighting back. In the first half, Nicks ripped off a 57-yard catch-and-run, and Cruz hauled in a 70-yard touchdown from Manning for the wide receiver’s first of three scores on the night. Add in Rueben Randle, and all three receivers finished with more than 100 yards each, giving the Giants a chance to take the lead late in the fourth quarter. However, the sixth and final turnover sealed the Giants’ fate for their first loss in AT&T Stadium.
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WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE DEFENSE: Three turnovers by the offense left the Giants defense on the field for 21:31 in the first half. With that in mind, the defense responded well, holding the Cowboys to just a field goal off the three turnovers. They kept Dez Bryant in check, limiting him to four catches for 22 yards. However, they again couldn’t find an answer for tight end Jason Witten, who had eight catches for 70 yards and two touchdowns. Witten had 18 catches in the last meeting between the two teams. The turnovers on offense wore out the defense, which spent 37 minutes on the field.
ROOKIE WATCH: First-rounder Justin Pugh started at right tackle; QB Ryan Nassib, DT Johnathan Hankins, DE Damontre Moore did not dress.