Dallas Cowboys dominate second half in win over NFC East rival Giants

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The Dallas Cowboys offense continues to go full steam ahead.

The Cowboys scored 21 unanswered points in the second half to beat their NFC East rival, the New York Giants, on Thanksgiving Day, 28-20.

Over its last five games, Dallas is averaging 33.8 points per game, going 4-1 in that span.

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Dalton Schultz #86 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates a touchdown with Michael Gallup #13 of the Dallas Cowboys during the second half at AT&T Stadium on November 24, 2022 in Arlington, Texas.

Dalton Schultz #86 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates a touchdown with Michael Gallup #13 of the Dallas Cowboys during the second half at AT&T Stadium on November 24, 2022 in Arlington, Texas.
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A Giants touchdown was called off due to an ineligible man on the field, but Graham Gano still managed to make a 57-yard field goal. After Ezekiel Elliott gave the Cowboys a 7-3 lead, Saquon Barkley responded with a rushing touchdown of his own to make it 10-7 Big Blue. Dak Prescott also threw two interceptions in the first half, the last of which the Giants were able to convert into another field goal before the half ended.

Prescott then led a strong opening drive in the second half, running for 75 yards in 14 plays, the last being a 15-yard touchdown run to Dalton Schultz: Brett Maher’s subsequent PAT gave the Cowboys a 14–13 lead.

That was just a preview of what was to come.

Dalton Schultz, #86, of the Dallas Cowboys, celebrates a touchdown during the second half of a game against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium on November 24, 2022 in Arlington, Texas.

Dalton Schultz, #86, of the Dallas Cowboys, celebrates a touchdown during the second half of a game against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium on November 24, 2022 in Arlington, Texas.
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The Giants then turned the ball over on downs in their own half of the field, and Dallas responded with another Shultz touchdown run. Dallas led 21-13 with two minutes left in the third.

After the Giants punted early in the quarter, Dallas scored its third straight touchdown, this time on a Peyton Hendershot run, as the Cowboys led 28-13.

Cowboys deal punters…look the other way. The Giants scored a touchdown with eight seconds to cover. They attempted the onside kick, but CeeDee Lamb rallied to freeze the ball game.

It wasn’t just the Cowboys’ offense that impressed Jerry World, as Dallas was able to contain the Giants’ excellent running game, allowing just 90 rushing yards.

Entering Thursday, New York was rushing for 157.2 yards per game, fourth in the NFL.

Lamb led all receivers with six receptions for 106 yards, while Elliott and Tony Pollard combined for 152 yards on 34 carries.

Dak Prescott, #4, of the Dallas Cowboys, reacts after a first down during the first half of a game against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium on November 24, 2022 in Arlington, Texas.

Dak Prescott, #4, of the Dallas Cowboys, reacts after a first down during the first half of a game against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium on November 24, 2022 in Arlington, Texas.
(Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)

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The Cowboys, now 8-3, will host the Indianapolis Colts in Week 13, while the 7-4 Giants, who have lost three of their last four, will host the Washington Commanders 6-5.

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