The Cowboys entered play against the Giants at 1-1, while the Giants won their first two contests of the season. Dallas won both meetings last year and nine of the last ten in this rivalry which has been played 121 times. The Cowboys looked to avoid going two games down in the division after only three weeks in the season.
Dallas took the opening kickoff and advanced as far as the New York 44 before forced to punt. An impressive drive by the Giants that covered 59 yards in 11 plays resulted in missed 47-yard field goal by Graham Gano, who had it blocked. The Cowboys got on the board first with a 26-yard field goal by Brett Maher following a 55-yard drive.
The two teams exchanged field goals in the second quarter as the defenses tightened inside the red zone. Brett Maher’s 59-yard field goal attempt went wide and the Cowboys entered the half ahead 6-3.
The Giants took the second half kickoff and tied the game with a field goal. After a three-and-out by Dallas on the next possession, the Giants used a no-huddle offense to march 77 yards on six plays. The drive was capped by a 36-yard touchdown run by Saquon Barkley. Dallas answered quickly on a combination of runs by Tony Pollard and Ezekiel Elliott and timely passes from Cooper Rush. Elliott plunged from a yard out for the tying touchdown, as the teams were deadlocked at 13-13 heading to the fourth quarter.
After forcing a punt early in the fourth quarter, the Cowboys took the lead on an 89-yards drive. Cooper Rush completed 6-of-7 during the drive including a one-yard touchdown to CeeDeeLamb to put Dallas up 20-13. After both teams hit field goals, the Giants had the ball late with a chance to tie. A deep pass from Daniel Jones intended for Sterling Shepard was intercepted by Trevon Diggs to seal a 23-16 win for the Cowboys.
Cooper Rush completed 21-of-31 for 215 yards and a touchdown for the Cowboys. CeeDee Lamb led all players with 8 catches for 87 yards and the only receiving touchdown. Tony Pollard shredded the New York defense for 105 yards on 13 carries, while Ezekiel Elliott added 73 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries.
For the Giants, Daniel Jones struggled to 20-of-37 passing for only 196 yards and an interception and was sacked five times. Sterling Shepard led the Giants with 5 receptions for 49 yards. Saquon Barkley rushed for 81 yards on 14 carries to lead the Giants.
The Cowboys take their 2-1 record back to Dallas next week for a showdown with another NFC East foe, the Washington Commanders. The Giants, also 2-1, stay at home next week to face the Chicago Bears, who took down the Houston Texas this week, 23-16.