NFL Game Recap - Dallas at NY Giants
Sun Dec 30, 2018 1:00 PM EST

ATL
34
TB
32
F
DAL
36
NYG
35
F
CAR
33
NO
14
F
NYJ
3
NE
38
F
JAX
3
HOU
20
F
DET
31
GB
0
F
MIA
17
BUF
42
F
ARI
24
SEA
27
F
SF
32
LAR
48
F
LAC
23
DEN
9
F
PHI
24
WAS
0
F
CIN
13
PIT
16
F
CHI
24
MIN
10
F
OAK
3
KC
35
F
CLE
24
BAL
26
F
IND
33
TEN
17
F

Dallas 36, NY Giants 35

Dec 30, 2018, 1:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Dallas (10-6)

0

14

7

15

36

NY Giants (5-11)

0

7

11

17

35

Prescott throws 4 TDs, Cowboys rally to beat Giants
Sun Dec 30, 2018 6:15 PM

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Don't tell Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys their regular-season finale against the New York Giants was a meaningless game.

They played it to the end and got momentum for the playoffs.

Prescott threw a 32-yard fourth-down touchdown pass to Cole Beasley on a play that was reversed by video replay and added a winning 2-point conversion pass to Michael Gallup with 1:12 to play as the NFC East champion Cowboys rallied twice in the final 10 minutes to beat the New York Giants 36-35 on Sunday.

"You saw it out there, the intensity that we played with, the ups and the downs and how we stayed through it," Prescott said after going 27 of 44 for 387 yards and a season-high four touchdowns, three to tight end Blake Jarwin. "We stayed positive, knowing we were going to give ourselves a chance to come out on the end. It was a great win."

The win was the seventh in eight games for the Cowboys and it has them looking forward to next weekend's wild-card game at home.

Dallas coach Jason Garrett downplayed the meaningless angle, even though he rested NFL leading rusher Ezekiel Elliott and two of his top offensive linemen.

"That might be for people outside our building, talking about the meaningful or meaningless nature of a game," Garrett said. "They're all very meaningful to us. It's opportunity for us to improve as a football team, to finish strong, to have some momentum going into the playoffs."

For the Giants (5-11), it was another late loss. They lost eight games by seven points or less in Pat Shurmur's first season, the last two by a total of two points.

This also could have been quarterback Eli Manning's final start for them after a 15-year career. He has a year left on a four-year contract but his salary will count $23 million against the cap next season.

The soon-to-be 38 year old who is not very mobile still loves to play, but New York has made the playoffs once since winning the Super Bowl in February 2012.

"The losses hurt and they are tough to deal with," said Manning who went 24 of 41 for 301 yards and two touchdowns. "They are tougher now than in the past because you know your opportunities are running low to make playoffs and championship runs. When you are not doing as well as you want to, it is tough to handle."

Saquon Barkley capped a record-setting rookie season with a sensational 2-yard touchdown dive with 3:21 to play to put the Giants ahead 35-28

However, Prescott engineered a nine-play, 70-yard drive that he ended with an arching pass to Beasley in the back of the end zone. There was no doubt he caught the ball, and a review showed he got his knee down in bounds.

"That was as good a play as I've ever seen him (Prescott) make, and Beas made a big-time catch at the end of it," Garrett said, adding it made no sense to go to overtime with a playoff game next week.

Barkley finished with 109 yards rushing and 142 yards from scrimmage. He ended the season with 91 catches, breaking Reggie Bush's NFL record (88) for most receptions by a rookie running back. The No. 2 overall pick also finished with 2,028 yards from scrimmage, joining Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (2,212 yards in 1983) and Edgerrin James (2,139 in 1999) as the only rookies with at least 2,000 scrimmage yards in NFL history.

Prescott hit Jarwin on scoring passes of 13, 19 and 39 yards. His 49-yard pass set up Rod Smith's 1-yard TD run.

Manning had TD passes of 21 yards to Cody Latimer and 6 to Evan Engram, who also caught a 2-point conversion pass. Wayne Gallman added a 2-yard TD run and Aldrick Rosas kicked two field goals.

INJURIES

Cowboys: G Xavier Su'-a-Filo started with Zack Martin out and was hurt in the third quarter. WR Tavon Austin, who has been sidelined since Week 6 with a groin injury, returned to action. LB Leighton Vander Esch left the field with a lower-leg injury. He said it was minor.

Giants: Backup CB Grant Haley left in the first half with a concussion. WR-returner Corey Coleman sustained a second-half foot injury.

RUSHING TITLE, YARDS FROM SCRIMMAGE

Elliott won the NFL rushing title with 1,434 yards. Barkley finished second with 1,307 and Todd Gurley, who like Elliott did not play Sunday, dropped to third with 1,251 yards. Barkley's 142 yards from scrimmage allowed him to lead the league. Elliott finished second with 2,001 and Christian McCaffrey of the Panthers was third with 1,965.

NOTES

Jarwin's TD catches were his first three in the NFL. ... Giants LB Olivier Vernon had 2 1/2 sacks and six QB hits. ... Dallas CB Chidobe Awuzie had an end-zone interception on the Giants' opening drive. Dallas' DeMarcus Lawrence had a strip-sack that fellow lineman Antwaun Woods recovered. ... Giants LB B.J. Goodson recovered Amari Cooper's fumble caused by DL Kerry Wynn.

UP NEXT

Cowboys: A wild-card game at home next weekend.

Giants: Go home and get ready for next season, with questions about Manning remaining their quarterback.

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Passing

DAL Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat Sk
D. Prescott 44 27 61.4 4 387 49 0 120.2 4
NYG Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat Sk
E. Manning 41 24 58.5 2 301 51 1 87.6 1

Rushing

DAL Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
R. Smith 12 35 2.9 13 1
D. Jackson 6 16 2.7 4 0
NYG Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
S. Barkley 17 109 6.4 68 1
W. Gallman Jr. 6 23 3.8 9 1

Receiving

DAL Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
B. Jarwin 7 119 17.0 39 3
C. Beasley 6 94 15.7 32 1
NYG Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
E. Engram 5 81 16.2 51 1
C. Latimer 4 72 18.0 31 1

Team Stats Comparison

DAL NYG
Points For 36 35
Total Yards 419 441
Rushing Yards 51 143
Passing Yards 368 298
Passing Completions / Attempts 27/44 24/41
Turnovers 1 2
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Fumbles - Lost 1/1 1/1
First Downs 23 20
Rushing Touchdowns 1 2
Passing Touchdowns 4 2
Penalties - Yards 6/46 11/78
Time Of Possession 30:52 29:08
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 11/17 7/15
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 2/2 2/3
Red Zone Conversions/Attempts 3/4 3/5
Sacks Against 4 1
Punts - Average Yards 3/39 2/47
Punt Returns - Average Yards/Punt Return 0/0 1/19
Kickoff Returns - Average Yards/Kickoff Return 3/23 5/28

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter DAL NYG
No scores this quarter
2nd Quarter DAL NYG
DAL 6:49 TD Blake Jarwin 13 yd pass from Dak Prescott (Brett Maher kick) 7 0
DAL 13:10 TD Blake Jarwin 19 yd pass from Dak Prescott (Brett Maher kick) 14 0
NYG 14:45 TD Cody Latimer 21 yd pass from Eli Manning (Aldrick Rosas kick) 14 7
3rd Quarter DAL NYG
NYG 6:00 FG Aldrick Rosas 48 yd FG 14 10
DAL 10:00 TD Blake Jarwin 39 yd pass from Dak Prescott (Brett Maher kick) 21 10
NYG 13:07 TD Evan Engram 6 yd pass from Eli Manning (Evan Engram 2pt Pass from Eli Manning) 21 18
4th Quarter DAL NYG
NYG 4:22 TD Wayne Gallman Jr. 2 yd run (Aldrick Rosas kick) 21 25
DAL 5:49 TD Rod Smith 1 yd run (Brett Maher kick) 28 25
NYG 11:39 TD Saquon Barkley 2 yd run (Aldrick Rosas kick) 28 32
NYG 12:25 FG Aldrick Rosas 38 yd FG 28 35
DAL 13:48 TD Cole Beasley 32 yd pass from Dak Prescott (Michael Gallup 2pt Pass from Dak Prescott) 36 35

Game Information

Stadium: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
Attendance: 77,750
Game Time: 3:11
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