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Instant Analysis: Cowboys 30, Giants 10

Posted Dec 10, 2017

Giants.com brings you an instant postgame recap of Sunday's game: 


AT A GLANCE

A week that began with the dismissals of head coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese ended with a 30-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

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The New York Giants fell to 2-11 on the season in Steve Spagnuolo’s first game as interim head coach.

UP NEXT

The Giants stay home and will host the Philadelphia Eagles, who entered Week 14 tied for the best record in the NFL.

Philadelphia won the first leg of the series in Week 3 on a 61-yard field goal as time expired at Lincoln Financial Field.

WHAT WE LEARNED ON OFFENSE


*For the 223rd time in the Giants’ last 224 games (including postseason), Eli Manning started under center a week after his historic streak came to an end in Oakland. The Giants faithful at MetLife Stadium gave him a standing ovation when he came out for the first drive. He went 31 of 46 for 228 yards with a touchdown and two late interceptions after Dallas took a 13-point lead with 4:08 to play.  

*Geno Smith, who started against the Raiders, was back to being the No. 2 quarterback. Rookie Davis Webb was inactive.

*The Giants, who entered Sunday ranked 31st in scoring, have now scored 17 points or fewer in eight games.

*For the third time this season, defensive tackle Robert Thomas lined up at fullback for a goal-line play. And for the third time, the Giants found the end zone. As opposed to the last two when Orleans Darkwa ran in for one-yard touchdowns, this time Manning threw a touchdown to Rhett Ellison for the veteran tight end’s first score since Week 4. Rookie tight end Evan Engram sparked the scoring drive with a 35-yard reception.

*Rookie running back Wayne Gallman had an active game, rushing 12 times for 59 yards. He also had seven receptions for 40 yards.


WHAT WE LEARNED ON DEFENSE

*Spagnuolo, who has secondary/safeties coach David Merritt as his right-hand man while he is interim head coach, continued to call the defense while offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan did the same on the other side of the ball.

*After the Giants scored their first touchdown late in the second quarter, the Cowboys fired right back with a 50-yard touchdown by wide receiver Dez Bryant, who sprung free on a missed tackle by cornerback Brandon Dixon.

*The Cowboys lived off the big play on Sunday. On third-and-two midway through the fourth quarter, Cole Beasley found an opening and broke a 54-yard gain down to the Giants 20. Safety Landon Collins was injured on the play, and on the next snap, Dak Prescott threw the go-ahead touchdown to tight end Jason Witten. On the next drive, fullback Rod Smith put the game away with an 81-yard catch-and-run score with 4:08 remaining.

*Dallas scored 20 of its 30 points in the final eight minutes of a game that was tied 10-10 heading into the fourth quarter.  

WHAT WE LEARNED ON SPECIAL TEAMS

*Aldrick Rosas made his lone field goal attempt from 39 yards. Meanwhile, the Giants benefitted from two rare misses by Dallas’ Dan Bailey. The most accurate kicker in NFL history hit the right upright on a 53-yard attempt in the second quarter and missed wide right on a 50-yarder late in the third. He also missed an extra point.

*For three quarters, it was a game of field position. Brad Wing punted eight times and had three downed inside the 20. However, two also bounced in the end zone for touchbacks.

INACTIVES

NYG: LB B.J. Goodson (ankle), OL Justin Pugh (back), CB Eli Apple (hip/back), WR Travis Rudolph (hamstring), WR Tavarres King, DT Kyri Thornton, QB Davis Webb

DAL: LB Justin Durant (concussion/illness), DL David Irving (concussion), CB Orlando Scandrick (back), WR Brice Butler (foot), RB Trey Williams, DT Daniel Ross, TE Blake Jarwin

LINEUP CHANGES

NYG: Bobby Hart for Pugh at RT; Darius Powe for King at WR; Calvin Munson for Goodson at MLB

DAL: Chidobe Awuzie for Scandrick at CB; Richard Ash for Irving at DT

INJURY REPORT

NYG: DT Damon Harrison (finger, returned), S Landon Collins (ankle)

GIANTS CAPTAINS

QB Eli Manning, DT Damon Harrison, LS Zak DeOssie (former running back Rashad Jennings, who retired as a Giant this past week, was an honorary captain for the coin toss)