AT A GLANCE: Injuries took their toll on the New York Giants (1-4), who fell 44-20 to the NFC East-leading Dallas Cowboys (4-1) in Week 5. During the game, the Giants lost quarterback Daniel Jones (concussion), running back Saquon Barkley (ankle), wide receiver Kenny Golladay (knee), and cornerback Rodarius Williams (knee).
UP NEXT: After back-to-back road games, the Giants return to MetLife Stadium for a two-game homestand, starting with a visit from the Los Angeles (4-1) Rams in Week 6. The Giants lost their last two meetings against the Rams in 2017 and 2020 after winning seven consecutive games in the series from 2002-2016. After that, the Giants welcome back Sam Darnold to MetLife Stadium for a Week 7 matchup with the Carolina Panthers.
Check out the best photos from the New York Giants' Week 5 matchup against the Dallas Cowboys.
WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE OFFENSE
*Leading up to Sunday's matchup, the Giants announced that four players would not play due to injuries against the NFC East-leading Cowboys. Three were on offense. Wide receivers Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton, who each have hamstring injuries, and offensive lineman Ben Bredeson (hand) missed their second consecutive game. Safety Jabrill Peppers missed his first game this season due to hamstring injury suffered in last week's overtime victory in New Orleans.
*The only other player on the final injury report was left tackle Andrew Thomas, who was listed as questionable with a foot injury. He suited up in Dallas, but the promising second-year pro did not start. Veteran Nate Solder slid over from right tackle, where Matt Peart took over and made his first start of the year. Peart, a 2020 third-round draft choice, started one game as a rookie at left tackle.
*Running back Saquon Barkley suffered an ankle injury when he inadvertently stepped on the foot of a defender on the second drive of the Giants' Week 5 game against the Cowboys. He was carted off the field and ruled out for the remainder of the game. The injury occurred a week after the best performance in Barkley's comeback from a season-ending knee injury a year ago. The dynamic running back recorded 126 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns – including the game-winner – in the overtime victory in New Orleans.
*The injuries continued to mount when quarterback Daniel Jones, the reigning NFC Offensive Player of the Week, took a hard hit from linebacker Jabril Cox on a third-and-goal run at the one-yard line. He suffered a concussion and did not return. Devontae Booker, who filled in for Barkley, punched it in on the next play with a dive over the pile. Booker later caught a touchdown to make it a two-score day.
*Mike Glennon took over for Jones and completed 16 of 25 passes for 196 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. The first was thrown to Trevon Diggs, who leads the NFL in interceptions, and the second was returned 45 yards for a touchdown by Anthony Brown to put the game away for the Cowboys.
*Wide receiver Kenny Golladay left in the first half with a knee injury.
*Rookie wide receiver Kadarius Toney continued his upward trajectory and recorded his first 100-yard game. The electric first-round draft choice hauled in 10 passes for 189 yards and even took a snap at quarterback on a goal-line play. But the performance was spoiled when he was disqualified for throwing a punch in late in the fourth quarter.
*The Giants elevated offensive tackle Korey Cunningham from their practice squad on Saturday. They also announced that offensive lineman Jonotthan Harrison, who was elevated the previous two weeks, suffered an Achilles injury.
WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE DEFENSE
*Fourth-year linebacker Lorenzo Carter grabbed his first career interception on the opening drive of the game, thwarting the Cowboys' fourth-down conversion attempt in the process. Carter tipped Dak Prescott's pass straight in the air and came down with the ball near midfield. The Cowboys entered Week 5 with a plus-7 turnover differential, tied for the best in the NFL.
*Takeaways kept the score close in the first half as the Giants reeled from injuries on offense. Linebacker Reggie Ragland recovered an aborted snap near the Giants' goal line as the Cowboys were unsuccessful on their first two trips to the red zone.
*One trend continued to plague the defense, which had allowed 34 points in the last two minutes of halves (second-most in the league). The Cowboys scored on a 24-yard pass from Prescott to Amari Cooper to take a 17-10 lead with 36 seconds remaining in the first half.
WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT SPECIAL TEAMS
*Graham Gano missed a 54-yard attempt early in the game, ending his streak of seven consecutive successful tries from 50 yards. He started a new streak by making a pair of 51-yarders.
NYG: RB Saquon Barkley (ankle), QB Daniel Jones (concussion), WR Kenny Golladay (concussion), CB Rodarius Williams (knee)
NYG: WR Sterling Shepard (hamstring), WR Darius Slayton (hamstring), S Jabrill Peppers (hamstring), OL Ben Bredeson (hand), CB Josh Jackson, CB Sam Beal
DAL: DE Dorance Armstrong (ankle), S Donovan Wilson (groin), QB Will Grier, S Israel Mukuamu, OT Brandon Knight, WR Simi Fehoko