NFL Game Recap - NY Giants at Dallas
Sun Sep 8, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

GB
10
CHI
3
F
WAS
27
PHI
32
F
BUF
17
NYJ
16
F
ATL
12
MIN
28
F
BAL
59
MIA
10
F
KC
40
JAX
26
F
TEN
43
CLE
13
F
LAR
30
CAR
27
F
CIN
20
SEA
21
F
IND
24
LAC
30
F OT
SF
31
TB
17
F
NYG
17
DAL
35
F
DET
27
ARI
27
F OT
PIT
3
NE
33
F
HOU
28
NO
30
F
DEN
16
OAK
24
F

Dallas 35, NY Giants 17

Sep 8, 2019, 4:25 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

NY Giants (0-1)

7

0

3

7

17

Dallas (1-0)

7

14

14

0

35

Jerry Jones: Prescott deal near as Cowboys top Giants 35-17
Sun Sep 8, 2019 11:57 PM

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Dak Prescott still doesn't want to talk about his contract.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says his star quarterback might not have to dodge the questions much longer.

After Prescott helped lighten the load on Ezekiel Elliott in the running back's return from a long holdout by tying a career high with four touchdown passes in a 35-17 season-opening win over the New York Giants, Jones said a deal with the two-time Pro Bowler was "imminent."

"Oh, yes, I do know that we'll get it done," Jones said Sunday night. "It would probably be fair to say it'll be done on an imminent basis. Imminent. Without being real clear, bright lined. It's not done. What's imminent? Well, days. Days. Or something like that."

Saquon Barkley ran 59 yards on his first carry of the season, setting up Eli Manning's touchdown pass for a 7-0 lead. But the Giants simply couldn't keep up with a Dallas offense eager to see what could happen at full strength.

"I think we moved the ball well, did a lot of good things," Manning said. "Just didn't play well enough, and just keep up with what Dallas was doing. And the second half kind of got out of hand."

As expected, Elliott didn't seem to be in peak form after spending almost all of the preseason trying to stay in shape in Mexico while waiting for the $90 million, six-year contract extension that was settled on the morning of the first full workout of the regular season.

The two-time NFL rushing champion did find a seam for a 10-yard touchdown to put the Cowboys up 35-10 late in the third quarter. Elliott finished with 53 yards on 13 carries.

"Obviously, I was a little rusty," said Elliott, who had one catch for 10 yards as coach Jason Garrett acknowledged the Cowboys wanted to keep his snap count down, with the coach saying the number ended up in the low 30s.

"I didn't have the best game I've ever had. I have to improve, but that's just going to come with time and just getting more reps."

This going-away win was all about Prescott in his second career 400-yard game, a 405-yarder in the first game of his fourth season.

Prescott's representatives and the Cowboys were working on a deal for a new contract in the days before the opener, but now the issue will linger into the season. Perhaps the NFL's best bargain ($2 million salary in the final year of his rookie deal) isn't getting any less expensive.

"I have people that handle that," Prescott said. "My focus is on this team, on the football game. I think as long as I can continue to do that, this team will do things like we did tonight. That's been all my focus for the past three months."

The 2016 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year thrived in play-caller Kellen Moore's debut, making several perfect throws on his way to a perfect passer rating of 158.3.

Prescott completed 25 of 32 passes without an interception, finding seven different receivers while two of them had 100-yard days: Michael Gallup (seven catches for 158 yards) and Amari Cooper (six for 106).

One of the on-the-money tosses was a 21-yard touchdown to Cooper, who's in his first full season with Dallas after a midseason trade that boosted a stagnant offense and helped send the Cowboys to their second NFC East title in three seasons with Prescott and Elliott.

Prescott babied a throw to Blake Jarwin because the tight end was so open over the middle on a 28-yard score that was Jarwin's fourth touchdown in two games against the Giants. The other three were in last year's finale at the Giants, also Prescott's other four-TD game.

The career high-tying TD pass for Prescott was to the newcomer among his receivers, Randall Cobb, who was wide open over the middle on a 25-yarder for a 28-10 lead.

A multitude of offseason changes on defense didn't help the Giants, last in the NFC East in 2018. After taking the early lead on Manning's 1-yard toss to Evan Engram, they gave up TD drives of 75, 93, 83, 75 and 89 yards on five consecutive possessions from the first through third quarters.

EMPTY YARDS

Barkley ended up with 120 yards on 11 carries after the huge opening run along with four catches for 19 yards. But most of those yards didn't matter much because the Giants couldn't get the Cowboys off the field until the outcome had been decided. Engram had 10 catches for 110 yards. New York ended up with 470 yards.

FINDING WITTEN

Jason Witten - back for a club-record 16th season for Dallas after a year in retirement as a broadcaster - scored his 69th career touchdown on a 4-yard grab. Manning reached the same milestone with the Giants while starting his 15th consecutive opener.

JONES DEBUTS

Daniel Jones, the sixth overall choice in the draft, made his NFL debut in the final two minutes. Jones had a strong preseason after facing criticism when the Giants made the surprising pick. The heir apparent to the 38-year-old Manning was 3 of 4 for 17 yards and lost a fumble on a play that was reversed after he was ruled down. "I thought it was the right thing to do to get him some work," coach Pat Shurmur said.

UP NEXT

Giants: Home opener against Buffalo next Sunday.

Cowboys: At Washington next Sunday.

---

More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP-NFL

Passing

NYG Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat Sk
E. Manning 44 30 68.2 1 306 43 0 95.5 1
D. Jones 4 3 75.0 0 17 6 0 82.3 0
DAL Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat Sk
D. Prescott 32 25 78.1 4 405 62 0 158.3 0

Rushing

NYG Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
S. Barkley 11 120 10.9 59 0
W. Gallman Jr. 2 17 8.5 15 1
DAL Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
E. Elliott 13 53 4.1 10 1
T. Pollard 13 24 1.8 6 0

Receiving

NYG Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
E. Engram 11 116 10.5 22 1
C. Latimer 3 74 24.7 43 0
DAL Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
M. Gallup 7 158 22.6 62 0
A. Cooper 6 106 17.7 45 1

Team Stats Comparison

NYG DAL
Points For 17 35
Total Yards 470 494
Rushing Yards 151 89
Passing Yards 319 405
Passing Completions / Attempts 33/48 25/32
Turnovers 2 0
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Fumbles - Lost 3/2 0/0
First Downs 25 23
Rushing Touchdowns 1 1
Passing Touchdowns 1 4
Penalties - Yards 8/70 6/47
Time Of Possession 27:42 32:18
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 2/11 6/10
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/3 0/0
Red Zone Conversions/Attempts 2/4 2/2
Sacks Against 1 0
Punts - Average Yards 4/42 4/41
Punt Returns - Average Yards/Punt Return 2/4 0/0
Kickoff Returns - Average Yards/Kickoff Return 2/23 1/0

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter NYG DAL
NYG 6:54 TD Evan Engram 1 yd pass from Eli Manning (Aldrick Rosas kick) 7 0
DAL 11:41 TD Blake Jarwin 28 yd pass from Dak Prescott (Brett Maher kick) 7 7
2nd Quarter NYG DAL
DAL 4:41 TD Jason Witten 4 yd pass from Dak Prescott (Brett Maher kick) 7 14
DAL 13:47 TD Amari Cooper 21 yd pass from Dak Prescott (Brett Maher kick) 7 21
3rd Quarter NYG DAL
NYG 4:01 FG Aldrick Rosas 28 yd FG 10 21
DAL 5:12 TD Randall Cobb 25 yd pass from Dak Prescott (Brett Maher kick) 10 28
DAL 13:46 TD Ezekiel Elliott 10 yd run (Brett Maher kick) 10 35
4th Quarter NYG DAL
NYG 12:11 TD Wayne Gallman Jr. 2 yd run (Aldrick Rosas kick) 17 35

Game Information

Stadium: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
Attendance: 90,353
Game Time: 3:03
Weather: