New York Giants 0-13-0-7 — 20
Dallas Cowboys 3-6-7-3 — 19
The New York Giants held on to win the first game of the season 20-19 on the road against the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys were driving down the field with a chance to attempt a game-winning field goal, but time expired before they could spike the ball to stop the clock.
For the Giants, it was a game that highlighted the old and the new. Rookie receiver Sterling Shepard scored a touchdown and had 43 receiving yards in his debut. Victor Cruz also found the endzone in his return after missing last season while recovering from injuries.
Dak Prescott had his NFL debut with mixed results. While he did not turn the ball over, he was unable to throw a touchdown. Prescott finished the game 25-of-45 for 227 passing yards. Prescott only had two rushing attempts.
Ezekiel Elliott got a heavy workload in his first NFL game but did not put up efficient numbers. Elliott had 20 rushes for 51 yards and one touchdown. He averaged just 2.5 yards per carry.
Here’s how the Giants came up with the win.
Larry Donnell Scored the First Touchdown of the Game
Eli Manning found tight end Larry Donnell in the endzone for a 15-yard touchdown during the second quarter. The touchdown gave the Giants a 7-3 lead.
Ezekiel Elliott Rushed For His First NFL Touchdown
Elliott rushed for an eight yard touchdown to give the Cowboys a 16-13 lead in the third quarter. Dallas showed they have no problem leaning on the rookie as Elliott had 18 carries in the first three quarters.
Victor Cruz Returned & Found the Endzone
After being sidelined last season, Victor Cruz found the endzone in his first game back. Midway through the 4th quarter, Eli Manning found Cruz on third and goal to take the 20-19 lead.
Cowboys Could Not Down the Ball Before Time Expired to Attempt a Field Goal
The Cowboys had one last drive to attempt to win the game. Prescott led the team down the field and his final completion to Terrance Williams put the team within field goal range. With no timeouts, Dallas was not able to spike the ball before time expired. The Cowboys would have had an opportunity to attempt a field goal to win the game.