If they were ever tempted to shrug off the regular-season finale at New York, the Cowboys didn’t show it as they came back to defeat the Giants in dramatic fashion, 36-35 on Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott hit Cole Beasley for a 32-yard touchdown and then connected with Michael Gallup for the game-winning two-point conversion with 1:12 left in the fourth quarter.
The Cowboys defense didn’t allow the Giants to gain a first down on their ensuing possession and Dallas claimed a regular-season-ending win and a 10-6 record.
Now Dallas awaits the results of Sunday’s late games to come in. If the Seahawks win, they’ll be headed to Dallas for the Wild Card round of the playoffs.
Prescott, whom many expected to play only a few series at the most, went the entire way, completing 27 of 44 passes for 387 yards and 4 touchdowns. He hit 9 different receivers along the way and didn’t throw an interception. Furthermore, Prescott showed he could direct the Cowboys to a win despite Ezekiel Elliott sitting out to rest for the playoffs.
The Cowboys appeared to be all but beaten when Giants defensive end Kerry Wynn knocked the football loose from Amari Cooper’s grip. Giants linebacker B.J. Goodson recovered the fumble and returned it to the Dallas 18.
But the Dallas defense held New York to an Aldrick Rosas 38-yard field goal that put the Giants ahead 35-28.
The Cowboys began their game-winning possession with 2:29 remaining and Prescott quickly hit Blake Jarwin for a 30-yard gain to the New York 40. That was Jarwin’s final catch on a 7-reception 119-yard, 3-touchdown performance.
Beasley’s touchdown catch to cut the Giants’ lead to a point was his 6th catch for a total of 94 yards.
Dallas led for most of the first three quarters before the Giants edged ahead, 25-21, on Wayne Gallman’s 2-yard touchdown run.
That set up a wild fourth quarter that saw four lead changes, ending with Prescott’s pair of clutch passes to Jarwin and Gallup.