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Prescott throws 3 TDs as Cowboys spoil Eli's return

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The Dallas Cowboys needed a big win to stay in the playoff hunt and they got it with the big play in spoiling Steve Spagnuolo's debut as New York interim coach and the return of quarterback Eli Manning to the Giants' starting lineup.

Dak Prescott threw two of his three touchdown passes, including a go-ahead 20-yarder to Giants' nemesis Jason Witten, and linebacker Sean Lee set up a touchdown run by Rod Smith as the Cowboys scored three times in a 4:41 span late in the fourth quarter to beat the still reeling Giants 30-10 on Sunday.

''To me, the biggest part of this game was the finish,'' Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. ''That's always a huge emphasis for us, finishing plays, finishing drives and ultimately finishing the game.''

The Cowboys (7-6) did just that in keeping their slim playoff hopes alive.

The biggest play might have been Prescott's 54-yard third down pass play to Cole Beasley. Witten scored on the next play to break a 10-all tie with 7:38 to play and it seemed to take the air out of the Giants (2-11).

''We know what we got to do,'' Beasley said. ''We can't play that way. We have to focus on Dallas Cowboy football, taking it one at a time. You can't think ahead. We could win all of them and not get in.''

After a punt, Rod Smith scored on an 81-yard pass play on third down with 4:08 to play and he closed out the scoring with 2:57 to play with his run on a play that looked as if no one on the Giants wanted to tackle him.

''We knew we needed a play. Guys aren't panicking,'' Beasley said. ''I wouldn't say we were desperate. When you're desperate, you start reaching a little bit, maybe start trying too hard. You have to stay within the system and stay within the game and keep playing and eventually have faith that those things will happen.''

Prescott, who was 20 of 30 for a career-high 332 yards also threw a 50-yard scoring pass to Dez Bryant as the Cowboys stayed in the playoff hunt with three games left in the regular season. Dan Bailey added a 21-yard field goal as the Cowboys finished with 454 yards.

Manning, who got a standing ovation taking the field, threw a 1-yard TD pass to Rhett Ellison late in the second quarter that gave New York a brief 10-3 lead. Aldrick Rosas had a 39-yard field goal. Manning finished 31 of 46 for 228 yards with a touchdown and two late interceptions.

''Nothing's easy, but we hung in there and have played tough,'' Manning said. ''Dallas made a couple big plays, and we didn't.''

The game capped a hectic week for the Giants that started Monday with the firing of second-year coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese and saw Spagnuolo promoted from defensive coordinator to interim coach. He coached the St. Louis Rams from 2009-11.

The moves came with the Giants spiraling out of control in a season where much was expected following their first playoff appearance since 2011.

Fans were also upset with the benching of Manning days earlier in a loss to Oakland, a decision that ended the two-time Super Bowl MVP's streak of 210 consecutive starts.

''I'm really proud of the men in that locker room. I told them that,'' Spagnuolo said. ''After all we went through this week, I thought the way we came out and the way we played for three and a half quarters was something we could be proud of. We do have to figure out a way in the fourth quarter when it gets down to gut-wrenching time to make a play or two.''

Losing close games has been a theme for the Giants this season, and it happened again despite all the changes.

''We knew the situation that they were in,'' Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul said. ''We knew that they had to come and get this win to keep the run going for the playoffs and we just couldn't execute and finish right.''

Bailey, who usually never misses a field goal against the Giants, had a 53-yarder hit the right upright in the second quarter and he was wide right from 50 in the third.

The first half ended 10-all with both teams having long opening drives that ended in field goals and then getting late touchdowns passes.

Manning found Ellison from a yard out to cap a 68-yard drive and Prescott drove the Cowboys 75 yards in four plays with Bryant breaking a tackle and scoring from 50.

UP NEXT

Cowboy: at Oakland on Sunday night.

Giants: host Philadelphia on Sunday.

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Key Players
D. Prescott 4 QB
332 PaYds, 3 PaTDs, 13 RuYds
32
FPTS
E. Manning 10 QB
228 PaYds, PaTD, 2 INTs
11
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:57
D.Bailey extra point is GOOD, Center-L.Ladouceur, Holder-C.Jones.
plays
yds
pos
30
10
Touchdown 2:57
R.Smith left end for 15 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
3
plays
21
yds
0:19
pos
29
10
Missed Point After Touchdown 4:08
D.Bailey extra point is No Good, Wide Left, Center-L.Ladouceur, Holder-C.Jones.
plays
yds
pos
23
10
Touchdown 4:08
D.Prescott pass short middle to R.Smith for 81 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
3
plays
88
yds
0:25
pos
23
10
Point After TD 7:38
D.Bailey extra point is GOOD, Center-L.Ladouceur, Holder-C.Jones.
plays
yds
pos
17
10
Touchdown 7:38
D.Prescott pass deep middle to J.Witten for 20 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
4
plays
82
yds
1:51
pos
16
10
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:38
D.Bailey extra point is GOOD, Center-L.Ladouceur, Holder-C.Jones.
plays
yds
pos
10
10
Touchdown 1:38
D.Prescott pass short left to D.Bryant for 50 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
4
plays
75
yds
0:29
pos
9
10
Point After TD 2:07
A.Rosas extra point is GOOD, Center-Z.DeOssie, Holder-B.Wing.
plays
yds
pos
3
10
Touchdown 2:07
E.Manning pass short right to R.Ellison for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN.
8
plays
68
yds
4:17
pos
3
9
Field Goal 12:50
A.Rosas 39 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-Z.DeOssie, Holder-B.Wing.
17
plays
62
yds
9:24
pos
3
3
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 7:14
D.Bailey 21 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-L.Ladouceur, Holder-C.Jones.
16
plays
73
yds
7:46
pos
3
0
Team Stats
Time of Pos 27:07 32:53
1st Downs 19 21
Rushing 6 6
Passing 12 11
Penalty 1 4
3rd Down Conv 7-14 6-16
4th Down Conv 0-0 0-0
Total Net Yards 454 330
Total Plays 61 75
Avg Gain 7.4 4.4
Net Yards Rushing 122 102
Rush Attempts 31 29
Avg Rush Yards 3.9 3.5
Net Yards Passing 332 228
Comp. - Att. 20-30 31-46
Yards Per Pass 11.1 5.0
Sacked - Yards Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 8-51 7-69
Touchdowns 4 1
Rushing TDs 1 0
Passing TDs 3 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 0 2
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 1-0
Int. Thrown 0 2
Punts - Avg 4-47.5 8-43.4
Return Yards 98 65
Punts - Returns 4-36 1--3
Kickoffs - Returns 2-50 4-68
Int. - Returns 2-12 0-0
Kicking 4/7 2/2
Extra Points 3/4 1/1
Field Goals 1/3 1/1
Red Zone Eff. 1-2 -50% 1-2 -50%
Goal to Go Eff. 0-1 -0% 1-1 -100%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Cowboys 7-6 3702030
Giants 2-11 0100010
332 PASS YDS 228
122 RUSH YDS 102
454 TOTAL YDS 330
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
D. Prescott 4 QB
32
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.7% 332 3 0 137.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
63.2% 2752 21 9 91.6
D. Prescott 20/30 332 3 0 32
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
A. Morris 46 RB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
19 62 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
97 485 1
A. Morris 19 62 0 9 8
R. Smith 45 RB
27
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 47 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
46 209 3
R. Smith 6 47 1 15 27
D. Prescott 4 QB
32
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 13 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
45 288 5
D. Prescott 6 13 0 8 32
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
R. Smith 45 RB
27
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 5 113 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 13 158 1
R. Smith 5 5 113 1 81 27
D. Bryant 88 WR
13
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 73 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 61 712 6
D. Bryant 5 3 73 1 50 13
C. Beasley 11 WR
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 59 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 33 287 4
C. Beasley 5 3 59 0 54 5
Te. Williams 83 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 3 25 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 44 501 0
Te. Williams 6 3 25 0 10 2
A. Morris 46 RB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 23 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 5 45 0
A. Morris 3 3 23 0 11 8
J. Witten 82 TE
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 20 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 52 457 5
J. Witten 2 1 20 1 20 8
J. Hanna 84 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 16 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 44 1
J. Hanna 1 1 16 0 16 1
K. Smith 41 FB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 3 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 14 0
K. Smith 1 1 3 0 3 0
N. Brown 85 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 25 0
N. Brown 2 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
A. Hitchens 59 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
10-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
50-22 0 0.0
A. Hitchens 10-4 0.0 0 1
S. Lee 50 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
10-8 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
51-19 1 0.0
S. Lee 10-8 0.0 1 0
J. Heath 38 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-3 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
51-9 3 0.0
J. Heath 7-3 0.0 1 0
J. Lewis 27 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
40-4 1 0.0
J. Lewis 5-1 0.0 0 0
D. Lawrence 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
33-21 0 13.0
D. Lawrence 3-1 0.0 0 0
R. Ash 76 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-3 0 0.0
R. Ash 3-0 0.0 0 0
J. Smith 54 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
46-30 0 1.0
J. Smith 3-2 0.0 0 0
X. Woods 25 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
27-7 1 0.0
X. Woods 3-1 0.0 0 0
B. Mayowa 93 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-8 0 0.0
B. Mayowa 3-0 0.0 0 0
B. Jones 31 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
46-23 1 0.0
B. Jones 2-3 0.0 0 0
T. Crawford 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-6 0 4.0
T. Crawford 2-0 0.0 0 0
D. Jones 58 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
D. Jones 2-0 0.0 0 0
T. Charlton 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-3 0 2.0
T. Charlton 2-0 0.0 0 0
C. Awuzie 33 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-7 0 0.0
C. Awuzie 2-1 0.0 0 0
D. Wilson 57 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-11 0 1.0
D. Wilson 1-0 0.0 0 0
K. Frazier 35 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-6 0 0.0
K. Frazier 1-1 0.0 0 0
A. Brown 30 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
40-6 2 0.0
A. Brown 1-0 0.0 0 0
B. Benwikere 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
B. Benwikere 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
D. Bailey 5 K
6
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/3 3/4
SEASON FG XP
9/11 24/25
D. Bailey 1/3 21 3/4 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
C. Jones 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 47.5 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
54 43.8 29
C. Jones 4 47.5 1 58
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. Switzer 10 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 25.0 28 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
20 26.0 61 0
R. Switzer 2 25.0 28 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Beasley 11 WR
5
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 9.5 15 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 9.5 15 0
C. Beasley 2 9.5 15 0
R. Switzer 10 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 8.5 10 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
21 9.4 83 1
R. Switzer 2 8.5 10 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
E. Manning 10 QB
11
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
67.4% 228 1 2 68.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
63% 2639 15 9 82.4
E. Manning 31/46 228 1 2 11
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
W. Gallman 22 RB
9
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 59 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
78 330 0
W. Gallman 12 59 0 13 9
O. Darkwa 26 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 29 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
136 580 3
O. Darkwa 10 29 0 6 3
S. Vereen 34 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 23 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
37 135 0
S. Vereen 6 23 0 9 4
S. Shepard 87 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 4 0
S. Shepard 1 -9 0 -9 1
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
E. Engram 88 TE
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 4 54 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 55 623 6
E. Engram 7 4 54 0 35 5
R. Lewis 18 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
11 7 46 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 28 302 2
R. Lewis 11 7 46 0 16 4
W. Gallman 22 RB
9
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
9 7 40 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 22 109 1
W. Gallman 9 7 40 0 8 9
S. Vereen 34 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 3 24 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 39 238 0
S. Vereen 4 3 24 0 10 4
R. Ellison 85 TE
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 4 20 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 15 112 2
R. Ellison 5 4 20 1 8 8
S. Shepard 87 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 16 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 43 547 1
S. Shepard 3 2 16 0 11 1
O. Darkwa 26 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 15 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 18 107 0
O. Darkwa 3 2 15 0 9 3
D. Powe 80 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 2 13 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 13 0
D. Powe 4 2 13 0 8 1
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
L. Collins 21 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
77-25 2 0.0
L. Collins 6-1 0.0 0 0
D. Harrison 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
41-23 1 1.0
D. Harrison 5-0 0.0 0 0
C. Munson 46 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
32-22 0 2.0
C. Munson 5-4 0.0 0 0
K. Sheppard 47 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-5 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-14 0 0.0
K. Sheppard 5-5 0.0 0 0
D. Kennard 59 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
22-15 0 3.0
D. Kennard 4-0 0.0 0 0
D. Thompson 27 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
46-9 1 0.0
D. Thompson 4-0 0.0 0 0
R. Cockrell 37 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
30-12 0 0.0
R. Cockrell 3-1 0.0 0 0
D. Tomlinson 94 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
21-19 0 1.0
D. Tomlinson 3-0 0.0 0 0
B. Dixon 25 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
B. Dixon 2-0 0.0 0 0
J. Pierre-Paul 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
40-19 0 6.0
J. Pierre-Paul 2-3 0.0 0 0
K. Wynn 72 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-5 0 1.0
K. Wynn 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Rodgers-Cromartie 41 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
27-17 0 0.0
D. Rodgers-Cromartie 1-1 0.0 0 0
D. Morris 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
D. Morris 1-1 0.0 0 0
J. Bromley 96 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-4 0 1.0
J. Bromley 1-0 0.0 0 0
R. Thomas 99 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-9 0 0.0
R. Thomas 0-2 0.0 0 0
O. Vernon 54 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-13 1 3.0
O. Vernon 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
A. Rosas 2 K
4
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 1/1
SEASON FG XP
15/20 18/19
A. Rosas 1/1 39 1/1 4
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
B. Wing 9 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
8 43.4 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
78 44.7 16
B. Wing 8 43.4 3 55
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
K. Raymond 83 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 16.0 18 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
9 19.0 40 0
K. Raymond 3 16.0 18 0
S. Vereen 34 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 20.0 20 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
8 21.5 30 0
S. Vereen 1 20.0 20 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
K. Raymond 83 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 -3.0 -3 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
12 5.1 33 0
K. Raymond 1 -3.0 -3 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 DAL 24 7:46 16 73 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:50 DAL 30 3:09 8 35 FG Miss
7:52 DAL 20 1:28 3 6 Punt
2:07 DAL 25 0:29 4 75 TD
0:15 DAL 15 0:15 1 -1 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:02 DAL 26 1:37 3 5 Punt
7:27 DAL 20 5:15 10 48 FG Miss
0:54 DAL 18 1:51 3 9 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:33 DAL 22 1:28 4 20 Punt
9:29 DAL 18 1:51 4 82 TD
4:33 DAL 12 0:25 3 88 TD
3:16 NYG 21 0:19 3 21 TD
1:14 DAL 20 1:14 2 -2 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
7:14 NYG 17 9:24 17 62 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:41 NYG 43 1:49 4 20 Punt
6:24 NYG 32 4:17 8 68 TD
1:38 NYG 24 1:23 5 21 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 NYG 10 3:58 8 37 Punt
9:25 NYG 18 1:58 6 27 Punt
2:12 NYG 40 1:18 3 8 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:03 NYG 31 1:30 3 8 Punt
11:05 NYG 20 1:36 3 7 Punt
7:38 NYG 25 3:05 8 29 Punt
4:08 NYG 9 0:52 3 15 INT
2:57 NYG 25 1:43 8 24 INT