For the third time in five games this season, the Giants offense had the ball with under two minutes left, needing a score to win. In all three instances, they have come up empty, and remain one of three teams still without a win.
The Giants had their best start to a game this season.
After holding Dallas to three on the opening drive after an impressive play from Darnay Holmes denying CeeDee Lamb in the end zone, the Giants went 75 yards in seven plays, helped along by two penalties and scored with a three-yard rush from Evan Engram.
This was followed up on the next Dallas drive with a pick-six after a throw from Dak Prescott went off Ezekiel Elliott‘s fingertips and was collected by Kyler Fackrell, who took it 46 yards to the house.
After a quick three-and-out from the Cowboys, the Giants had a six-minute drive that resulted in a Graham Gano 55-yard field goal, putting them up 17-3, a minute into the second quarter.
Devonta Freeman had 32 rushing yards at that point, one yard off his season-high, as well as two receptions for 27 yards as the O-line dominated in the first quarter. Freeman finished with 60 rushing yards and a touchdown but wouldn’t get another reception.
The Cowboys responded with a 14-play, 75-yard drive that totaled seven minutes. Each play saw a gain of yards, with Elliott having nine touches, and then punched it in from two yards out.
The ball came loose and bounced into the hands of Anthony Brown, who ran into the end zone, untouched to tie the game.
Jones wasn’t phased and completed a 21-yard pass to Golden Tate and a 16-yard pass to Darius Slayton to move the Giants into Cowboys territory. After an incompletion on third down, the Giants lined up for a field goal with a minute left.
Instead, it was a fake, as holder Riley Dixon threw to Evan Engram for a 27-yard score — but OT Cameron Fleming wasn’t set, an illegal shift was called, and the play came back, much to the displeasure of head coach Joe Judge. Gano converted a 50-yarder to put New York up three.
The Cowboys quickly drove down the field with assistance from Adrian Colbert, who allowed a CeeDee Lamb 26-yard gain and then was flagged for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Lamb, placing Dallas in the red zone.
With 16 seconds left, they called up their own trick play with a “Philly Special,” which was Prescott’s first-ever touchdown catch. Dallas led 24-20 after two quarters of play.
The Giants had the ball first in the third quarter and converted twice on third down. At the Dallas 31, Jones connected with Slayton deep on the right side for six. Another Giants touchdown was taken off the board, after Damion Ratley committed an offensive pass interference.
New York came up with three on Gano’s third 50+ yard field goal, aided by Dallas being called for too many men on the field as the Giants lined up to punt.
Dallas followed with a balanced drive that kept the Giants defense guessing. On the drive, Dak Prescott looking to get into the red zone ran the ball up and was tackled by Logan Ryan. Prescott sustained a gruesome season-ending injury on contact, and was carted off the field.
That drive ended with a 12-yard rushing touchdown, Elliot’s second of the game, giving Dallas a 31-23 lead.
At the beginning of the fourth quarter, New York entered Dallas territory after a Slayton 39-yard catch. The drive ended with Gano’s fourth field goal, after an incompletion on 3rd-and-6 at the Cowboys 10.
The following Dallas drive saw their second turnover after new QB Andy Dalton fumbled. The momentum shifted back to the Giants, who took the lead after a Devonta Freeman four-yard rush and a two-point conversion trick-play pass to OL Andrew Thomas.
The Giants led 34-31 with 8:46 remaining, and wouldn’t score another point.
Dallas responded with an 11-play, 53-yard drive, which finished with the tying field goal. Kyler Fackrell stopped the drive after forcing a seven-yard loss on a swing pass to Tony Pollard.
The Giants started at their own 24, with the score knotted up at 34 and gained only 15 yards. The Giants punted for only the second time in the game.
A Michael Gallup 38-yard catch set up Dallas for a chip-shot field goal to seal the victory.
Daniel Jones went 20-of-33, 222 yards, and no TDs. Prescott went 14-of-21, 166 yards, and one INT alongside a touchdown reception.
The Giants are 0-5 for the second time in four seasons.
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