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Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants Pick & Prediction JAN 3TH 2021

FinishedTV: FOXMetLife Stadium East Rutherford

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Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants Recap JAN 3TH 2021

Dak Prescott threw two of his three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter Monday night as the Dallas Cowboys finally pulled away for a 37-18 win over the New York Giants in East Rutherford, N.J.

Prescott, who completed 22 of 35 passes for 257 yards with an interception, broke the game open with a 45-yard scoring strike to Amari Cooper with 7:56 left. The third-and-12 connection was Cooper's second big play of the drive. He drew a 26-yard pass interference penalty on third-and-6 from the Dallas 15 to get the drive started.

Ezekiel Elliott added 139 yards on 23 carries for the Cowboys (5-3), who maintained a half-game lead on Philadelphia in the NFC East. Dallas tacked on a 63-yard fumble-return score from Jourdan Lewis with six seconds remaining as it swept the season series from its division rival.

New York rookie quarterback Daniel Jones hit on 26 of 41 passes for 210 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Jones also lost two fumbles, upping his NFL-co-leading turnover total to 16, as New York (2-7) lost its fifth straight game.

Aldrick Rosas' 21-yard field goal gave the Giants a lead less than two minutes into the game but also started a game-long trend that ultimately doomed the hosts. New York managed just one touchdown in five trips inside the Dallas 20-yard line.

That came when Jones found Cody Latimer on a 1-yard scoring strike with 11:55 left in the first half for a 9-3 lead. Rosas' 25-yard field goal made it 12-3 at the 2:52 mark, but Dallas rallied to grab a 13-12 edge at intermission.

Prescott hit backup tight end Blake Jarwin on a 42-yard touchdown pass, and Brett Maher converted a 52-yard field goal with three seconds left, four plays after Jones tossed an interception.

The teams exchanged third-quarter field goals, and the Cowboys upped the margin to 23-15 when Michael Gallup soared over Janoris Jenkins for a 15-yard touchdown catch with 12:40 remaining. Rosas' fourth field goal with 11:52 left, a 29-yarder, cut the deficit to five.

--Field Level Media

The Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants both find themselves facing the same scenario heading into their regular-season finale on Sunday afternoon in East Rutherford, N.J. -- win and wait.

The victor of their contest at MetLife Stadium will keep its NFC East Division title hopes alive for at least a few more hours. But both teams need a victory by the Philadelphia Eagles over the visiting Washington Football Team on Sunday night to clinch the crown and become just the fifth team since the NFL-AFL merger to enter the playoffs with a losing record, and only the third during a 16-game season.

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The Giants (5-10), who bring a three-game losing streak into the contest, also could become the first team to advance to the postseason with a 6-10 record. Both Seattle (7-9, 2010) and Carolina (7-8-1, 2014) made the playoffs with losing marks while Cleveland and Detroit also qualified for a special 16-team playoff tournament with 4-5 records during the strike-shortened 1982 season.

Here's the kicker. Providing they get an assist from the Eagles, the winner of Sunday's elimination game not only gets to claim the NFC East crown but also will go into the playoffs as the No. 4 seed and will likely host Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the wild-card round.

First-year Giants coach Joe Judge made it clear during a Zoom call with reporters that he wanted his team to concentrate on trying to snap its seven-game losing streak to the Cowboys (6-9) and not the possibility of playing in the postseason.

"Our focus still needs to remain on the Cowboys," Judge said. "That's the priority this week. We remain focused on improving as a team. We have a division rival coming up ahead, it's a big game for us. Obviously, there are implications. As I've said all along, those games now don't exist. Until I can talk about any kind of opponent coming up beyond who we're playing, there's not a conversation to be had. Our focus remains on the Cowboys."

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"I'm just focused on Dallas," added center Nick Gates. "We have to beat Dallas first to be able to even think about the playoffs. After we beat them, we have to see if Washington wins. I'm just focused on Dallas and trying to give ourselves the best opportunity."

The Cowboys bring a three-game winning streak into the contest including a 37-17 victory over the Eagles last Sunday as Andy Dalton threw for 377 yards and three touchdowns and Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 105 yards on 19 carries.

"A win is a win. No matter how you get there, a win is a win," Elliott said when asked about the possibility of winning the NFC East with a losing record. "So, I mean, if we win the division at 7-9, it's the same as winning it at 14-2."

Besides, many wrote the Cowboys off after losing starting quarterback Dak Prescott to a season-ending injury in the first meeting with the Giants in Week 5. Dalton came off the bench to finish 9 of 11 for 111 yards and lead a game-winning drive capped by Greg Zuerlein's 34-yard field goal as time expired in the 37-34 victory.

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"You go into the playoffs with a 0-0 record, so I mean, winning the division, it doesn't matter what the record is." Elliott, who needs 63 rushing yards to hit the 1,000-mark, said. "If you win it, you win it."

Four Cowboys -- safeties Darian Thompson (concussion) and Donovan Wilson (illness), linebacker Leighton Vander Esch (ankle) and cornerback Rashard Robinson (knee) -- didn't practice Wednesday while corner Chidobe Awuzie (hamstring, groin) and safety Xavier Woods (ribs) were limited. All-Pro guard Zack Martin, on injured reserve with a calf injury, and defensive back Steven Parker (ankle) were both designated for return but owner Jerry Jones said on his radio show it was "unlikely" Martin, who didn't practice Wednesday, would play Sunday.

Wide receiver Golden Tate (calf) and fullback Eli Penny (illness) both did not practice Wednesday for the Giants but quarterback Daniel Jones (hamstring) was a full participant as was corner Darnay Holmes (knee). Tight end Evan Engram (calf), safety Jabrill Peppers (ankle) and wide receiver Sterling Shepard (ribs) were limited.

--Field Level Media

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Dallas Cowboys

New York Giants

Player Position Lineup
Amari Cooper primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Tyrone Crawford primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Ezekiel Elliott primary: Runningback Starter
Michael Gallup primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Brandon Knight primary: Left Tackle Starter
Demarcus Lawrence primary: Defensive End Starter
Jourdan Lewis primary: Cornerback Starter
Joe Looney primary: Center Starter
Connor McGovern primary: Right Guard Starter
Dalton Schultz primary: Tight End Starter
Jaylon Smith primary: Linebacker Starter
Connor Williams primary: Left Guard Starter
Donovan Wilson primary: Safety Starter
Xavier Woods primary: Safety Starter
Sean Lee primary: Middle Linebacker Starter
Anthony Brown primary: Cornerback Starter
Aldon Smith primary: Defensive End Starter
CeeDee Lamb primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Trevon Diggs primary: Cornerback Starter
Neville Gallimore primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Andy Dalton primary: Quarterback Starter
Terence Steele primary: Right Tackle Starter
Dorance Armstrong primary: Defensive End Substitution
Chidobe Awuzie primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Noah Brown primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Luke Gifford primary: Linebacker Substitution
C.J. Goodwin primary: Cornerback Substitution
Randy Gregory primary: Defensive End Substitution
Tony Pollard primary: Runningback Substitution
Cedrick Wilson primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
L.P. Ladouceur primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Greg Zuerlein primary: Kicker Substitution
Blake Bell primary: Tight End Substitution
Reggie Robinson II primary: Safety Substitution
Tyler Biadasz primary: Center Substitution
Francis Bernard primary: Linebacker Substitution
Ron'Dell Carter primary: Defensive End Substitution
Sean McKeon primary: Tight End Substitution
Rico Dowdle primary: Runningback Substitution
Malik Turner primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Joe Thomas primary: Linebacker Substitution
Steven Parker primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Greg Senat primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Walter Palmore primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Hunter Niswander primary: Punter Substitution
Eli Ankou primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Zack Martin primary: Guard Not active
Leighton Vander Esch primary: Linebacker Not active
Bradlee Anae primary: Defensive End Not active
Ben Dinucci primary: Quarterback Not active
Sewo Olonilua primary: Fullback Not active
Rashard Robinson primary: Cornerback Not active
William Sweet primary: Offensive Tackle Did not play
Garrett Gilbert primary: Quarterback Did not play
Player Position Lineup
Evan Engram primary: Tight End Starter
Wayne Gallman primary: Runningback Starter
Nick Gates primary: Center Starter
Daniel Jones primary: Quarterback Starter
Dexter Lawrence primary: Defensive End Starter
Julian Love primary: Safety Starter
Jabrill Peppers primary: Strong Safety Starter
Sterling Shepard primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Darius Slayton primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Dalvin Tomlinson primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Leonard Williams primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Kevin Zeitler primary: Right Guard Starter
James Bradberry primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Kyler Fackrell primary: Linebacker Starter
Cameron Fleming primary: Right Tackle Starter
Blake Martinez primary: Middle Linebacker Starter
Andrew Thomas primary: Left Tackle Starter
Xavier McKinney primary: Safety Starter
Shane Lemieux primary: Left Guard Starter
Tae Crowder primary: Weak Linebacker Starter
Austin Mack primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Logan Ryan primary: Free Safety Starter
Riley Dixon primary: Punter Substitution
Devante Downs primary: Linebacker Substitution
B.J. Hill primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
David Mayo primary: Linebacker Substitution
Kaden Smith primary: Tight End Substitution
Nate Ebner primary: Safety Substitution
Levine Toilolo primary: Tight End Substitution
Austin Johnson primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Casey Kreiter primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Dion Lewis primary: Runningback Substitution
Darnay Holmes primary: Cornerback Substitution
Cam Brown primary: Linebacker Substitution
Carter Coughlin primary: Linebacker Substitution
TJ Brunson primary: Linebacker Substitution
Niko Lalos primary: Defensive End Substitution
C.J. Board primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Graham Gano primary: Kicker Substitution
Isaac Yiadom primary: Cornerback Substitution
Adrian Colbert primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Alfred Morris primary: Runningback Substitution
Jabaal Sheard primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Dante Pettis primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Will Hernandez primary: Guard Did not play
RJ McIntosh primary: Defensive Linesman Not active
Spencer Pulley primary: Center Did not play
Golden Tate primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Colt McCoy primary: Quarterback Did not play
Matt Peart primary: Offensive Tackle Did not play
Kyle Murphy primary: Guard Not active
Jackson Barton primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Ryan Santoso primary: Punter Not active
Madre Harper primary: Defensive Back Not active

Dallas Cowboys

New York Giants

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 5
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 38 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Greg Zuerlein
  • MIN 11
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 23 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Graham Gano
    • Rusher: Sterling Shepard
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 33 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Dante Pettis
    • Conv Kicker: Graham Gano
    • Passer: Daniel Jones
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 57 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Greg Zuerlein
  • MIN 2
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 46 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Greg Zuerlein
  • MIN 6
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 10 Yards
    • Passer: Daniel Jones
    • Pass Receiver: Sterling Shepard
    • Conv Kicker: Graham Gano
  • Period 3
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Greg Zuerlein
    • Rusher: Ezekiel Elliott
  • Period 4
  • MIN 6
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 50 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Graham Gano
  • MIN 14
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 36 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Greg Zuerlein
  • Match End

GAMES

Last 10

W 40% L 60%
4 6
  • @N.Y. Giants L 19 - 23
  • Philadelphia W 17 - 37
  • San Francisco W 33 - 41
  • @Cincinnati W 30 - 7
  • @Baltimore L 17 - 34
  • Washington L 41 - 16
  • @Minnesota W 31 - 28
  • Pittsburgh L 24 - 19
  • @Philadelphia L 9 - 23
  • @Washington L 3 - 25
W 50% L 50%
5 5
  • Dallas W 19 - 23
  • @Baltimore L 13 - 27
  • Cleveland L 20 - 6
  • Arizona L 26 - 7
  • @Seattle W 17 - 12
  • @Cincinnati W 19 - 17
  • Philadelphia W 17 - 27
  • @Washington W 23 - 20
  • Tampa Bay L 25 - 23
  • @Philadelphia L 21 - 22

Last Meetings

  • Cowboys @ Giants 19-23
  • Giants @ Cowboys 34-37
  • Cowboys @ Giants 37-18
  • Giants @ Cowboys 17-35
  • Cowboys @ Giants 36-35
  • Giants @ Cowboys 13-20
  • Cowboys @ Giants 30-10
  • Giants @ Cowboys 3-19
  • Cowboys @ Giants 7-10
  • Giants @ Cowboys 20-19

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