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Prescott, Dallas D lead Cowboys to 20-13 win over Giants

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Dak Prescott accepted the challenge.

The Dallas quarterback threw a 64-yard touchdown pass to Tavon Austin on the third play of the game and the Cowboys sacked Eli Manning six times in a 20-13 victory over the New York Giants on Sunday night.

The Dallas defense was strong again, just as in an opening loss at Carolina, as the Cowboys (1-1) avoided the first 0-2 start in seven seasons under coach Jason Garrett.

Manning and the Giants have started 0-2 for the fifth time in the past six seasons.

After saying ''challenge accepted'' during the week to Giants safety Landon Collins' suggestion that New York had a better chance by forcing Prescott to throw, the 2016 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year hit Austin in stride behind cornerback Janoris Jenkins. The speedy receiver cut back to his right before trotting across the goal line at an angle.

''We definitely hear that,'' Prescott said. ''I kind of said the challenge accepted, I said I accepted it. But I can tell you I wasn't the only one who accepted that challenge. This team accepted it. That offense accepted it. We wanted to go out there and just show you guys.''

Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott outgained Saquon Barkley in the first meeting in the pros between the former college rivals and high NFL draft picks. Elliott, who starred at Ohio State, rushed for 78 yards with a touchdown. Barkley, from Penn State, had just 28.

Even Prescott outrushed Barkley, finishing with a career-high 45 yards on the ground while throwing for 160.

Brett Maher had the first two field goals of his NFL career, including a 29-yarder after Damien Wilson forced a fumble on a sack of Manning and Taco Charlton recovered.

The Cowboys shared the wealth on the sacks, with six different players recording a sack apiece: the linebacker Wilson, safety Kavon Frazier and defensive linemen Charlton, DeMarcus Lawrence, Antwaun Woods and Tyrone Crawford.

''He's been in this league for a long time, he can read defenses, and to shake him up a little bit is always good,'' Crawford said.

The Giants had questions with the offensive front, and they'll only grow after Manning finished two sacks shy of the most in his career. New York also lost center Jon Halapio, who was carted off with an air cast on his right leg in the third quarter.

Manning converted a pair of fourth downs on sneaks, but the sacks helped keep the Giants from converting those into points. He was even hammered when he wasn't behind the line of scrimmage - on a hit by linebacker Jaylon Smith on a 1-yard gain before New York's first points on Aldrick Rosas' 28-yard field goal late in the third quarter.

''Eli's confident,'' coach Pat Shurmur said. ''He's a pro and he battled throughout the game and I thought he did a good job. I sense confidence, yes.''

Prescott fooled the New York defense several times with fake handoffs to Elliott on keepers around end. The longest was a 15-yarder on Dallas' second possession, leading to Maher's first NFL field goal from 37 yards.

For the second straight week, the Giants didn't get a touchdown until the fourth quarter. New York made it interesting when Michael Thomas recovered an onside kick after Manning's 18-yard scoring pass to Evan Engram with 1:27 remaining.

The Giants settled for Rosas' 38-yard field goal to get within a touchdown with 11 seconds remaining, but the next onside kick went out of bounds.

Manning finished 33 of 44 for 279 yards. Austin had two catches and led Dallas with 79 yards receiving.

AIR TIME

Although Barkley was stifled in the running game, he led everybody with 14 catches for 80 yards. Odell Beckham Jr. had four grabs for 51 yards. Engram added seven for 67. ''They just did a good job just getting some pressure and not getting a whole lot of time to get the ball down the field,'' Manning said.

STILL TOUGH SLEDDING

The quick strike in the passing game still didn't make life very easy on Elliott. He struggled to find much room outside of a 19-yarder on the second scoring drive. The touchdown was a churning 6-yard run for a 20-3 lead with 5:45 remaining.

DELAYED DEBUT

Dallas tight end Rico Gathers was active for the first time in his third NFL season. The former Baylor basketball player was open in the end zone on one play, but Prescott overthrew him when pressure came. Gathers was targeted twice without a catch.

INJURIES

Giants: Punt returner Kaelin Clay injured an ankle in the second quarter and didn't return. He had another adventurous moment a week after his late muff cost the Giants a chance to rally against Jacksonville. He was indecisive on a punt, which bounced in front of and straight into him. He hung on to the ball. ... Eli Apple was sidelined in the second half because of a groin injury.

Cowboys: LB Sean Lee was held out late with a sore hamstring, but coach Jason Garrett said he could have returned and should be fine next week.

UP NEXT

Giants: Another Texas trip to Houston.

Cowboys: At Seattle.

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Key Players
E. Manning 10 QB
279 PaYds, PaTD, 4 RuYds
15
FPTS
D. Prescott 4 QB
160 PaYds, PaTD, 45 RuYds
16
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:15
A.Rosas 38 yard field goal is GOOD Center-Z.DeOssie Holder-R.Dixon.
0
plays
0
yds
0:00
pos
13
20
Point After TD 1:27
A.Rosas extra point is GOOD Center-Z.DeOssie Holder-R.Dixon.
plays
yds
pos
10
20
Touchdown 1:27
E.Manning pass deep middle to E.Engram for 18 yards TOUCHDOWN.
11
plays
75
yds
4:18
pos
9
20
Point After TD 5:45
B.Maher extra point is GOOD Center-L.Ladouceur Holder-C.Jones.
plays
yds
pos
3
20
Touchdown 5:45
E.Elliott up the middle for 6 yards TOUCHDOWN.
14
plays
82
yds
8:23
pos
3
19
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 4:34
A.Rosas 28 yard field goal is GOOD Center-Z.DeOssie Holder-R.Dixon.
11
plays
66
yds
6:12
pos
3
13
Field Goal 10:47
B.Maher 29 yard field goal is GOOD Center-L.Ladouceur Holder-C.Jones.
6
plays
16
yds
2:39
pos
0
13
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 6:06
B.Maher 37 yard field goal is GOOD Center-L.Ladouceur Holder-C.Jones.
8
plays
64
yds
3:58
pos
0
10
Point After TD 13:26
B.Maher extra point is GOOD Center-L.Ladouceur Holder-C.Jones.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 13:37
D.Prescott pass deep left to T.Austin for 64 yards TOUCHDOWN [K.Martin].
3
plays
75
yds
1:34
pos
0
6
Team Stats
Time of Pos 32:12 27:48
1st Downs 17 16
Rushing 6 9
Passing 11 6
Penalty 0 1
3rd Down Conv 8-17 3-10
4th Down Conv 2-2 1-1
Total Net Yards 255 298
Total Plays 67 50
Avg Gain 3.8 6.0
Net Yards Rushing 35 138
Rush Attempts 17 25
Avg Rush Yards 2.1 5.5
Net Yards Passing 220 160
Comp. - Att. 33-44 16-25
Yards Per Pass 5.0 6.4
Sacked - Yards Lost 6-59 0-0
Penalties - Yards 3-24 6-47
Touchdowns 1 2
Rushing TDs 0 1
Passing TDs 1 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 1-0
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 6-40.0 4-39.8
Return Yards 70 0
Punts - Returns 3-14 1-0
Kickoffs - Returns 2-56 0-0
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 3/3 4/4
Extra Points 1/1 2/2
Field Goals 2/2 2/2
Red Zone Eff. 1-2 -50% 1-3 -33%
Goal to Go Eff. 0-1 -0% 0-0 -0%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Giants 0-2 0031013
Cowboys 1-1 1003720
220 PASS YDS 160
35 RUSH YDS 138
255 TOTAL YDS 298
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
E. Manning 10 QB
15
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
75% 279 1 0 98.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
69.1% 503 1 1 84.5
E. Manning 33/44 279 1 0 15
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
S. Barkley 26 RB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 28 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
29 134 1
S. Barkley 11 28 0 10 10
E. Manning 10 QB
15
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 6 0
E. Manning 3 4 0 2 15
W. Gallman 22 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 1 0
W. Gallman 1 2 0 2 1
J. Stewart 28 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 9 0
J. Stewart 2 1 0 2 0
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
S. Barkley 26 RB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
16 14 80 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 16 102 0
S. Barkley 16 14 80 0 18 10
E. Engram 88 TE
12
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 7 67 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 9 85 1
E. Engram 7 7 67 1 18 12
O. Beckham 13 WR
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
9 4 51 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 15 162 0
O. Beckham 9 4 51 0 17 5
C. Latimer 12 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 41 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 41 0
C. Latimer 3 2 41 0 37 4
S. Shepard 87 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 24 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 8 72 0
S. Shepard 5 3 24 0 14 2
W. Gallman 22 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 11 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 20 0
W. Gallman 1 1 11 0 11 1
R. Ellison 85 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 5 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 21 0
R. Ellison 2 2 5 0 3 0
R. Shepard 81 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 0 0 0
R. Shepard 1 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
A. Ogletree 52 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-4 0 0.0
A. Ogletree 6-0 0.0 0 0
L. Collins 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-2 0 0.0
L. Collins 5-1 0.0 0 0
Ja. Jenkins 20 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-3 1 0.0
Ja. Jenkins 5-1 0.0 0 0
C. Riley 35 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-2 0 0.0
C. Riley 4-1 0.0 0 0
D. Harrison 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-4 0 0.0
D. Harrison 3-1 0.0 0 0
K. Wynn 72 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
K. Wynn 3-0 0.0 0 0
L. Carter 59 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
L. Carter 3-0 0.0 0 0
B. Webb 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
B. Webb 2-0 0.0 0 0
K. Martin 96 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
K. Martin 1-1 0.0 0 0
E. Flowers 74 T
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
E. Flowers 1-0 0.0 0 0
E. Apple 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
E. Apple 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Tomlinson 94 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
D. Tomlinson 1-1 0.0 0 0
B. Goodson 93 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
B. Goodson 0-1 0.0 0 0
C. Barwin 53 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
C. Barwin 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
A. Rosas 2 K
7
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 1/1
SEASON FG XP
5/5 1/1
A. Rosas 2/2 38 1/1 7
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
R. Dixon 9 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 43.3 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
11 46.1 3
R. Dixon 6 43.3 3 55
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Latimer 12 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 28.0 30 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 23.7 30 0
C. Latimer 2 28.0 30 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
K. Clay 15 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 5.5 6 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
5 3.0 6 0
K. Clay 2 5.5 6 0
O. Beckham 13 WR
5
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 3.0 3 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 3.0 3 0
O. Beckham 1 3.0 3 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
D. Prescott 4 QB
16
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64% 160 1 0 95.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.8% 330 1 0 87.7
D. Prescott 16/25 160 1 0 16
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
E. Elliott 21 RB
13
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
17 78 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
32 147 2
E. Elliott 17 78 1 19 13
D. Prescott 4 QB
16
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 45 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
12 64 0
D. Prescott 7 45 0 15 16
T. Austin 10 WR
14
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 15 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 16 0
T. Austin 1 15 0 15 14
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
T. Austin 10 WR
14
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 79 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 79 1
T. Austin 2 2 79 1 64 14
D. Thompson 15 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 4 33 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 7 60 0
D. Thompson 5 4 33 0 12 3
C. Beasley 11 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 13 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 9 86 0
C. Beasley 3 2 13 0 10 1
T. Williams 83 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 12 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 18 0
T. Williams 1 1 12 0 12 1
A. Hurns 17 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 9 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 29 0
A. Hurns 2 1 9 0 9 0
E. Elliott 21 RB
13
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 5 9 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 8 26 0
E. Elliott 6 5 9 0 5 13
M. Gallup 13 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 5 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 14 0
M. Gallup 2 1 5 0 5 0
R. Gathers 80 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 0 0 0
R. Gathers 2 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
C. Awuzie 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-0 0 0.0
C. Awuzie 8-0 0.0 0 0
L. Vander Esch 55 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-1 0 0.0
L. Vander Esch 7-0 0.0 0 0
J. Smith 54 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-4 0 1.0
J. Smith 7-3 0.0 0 0
B. Jones 31 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-0 0 0.0
B. Jones 6-0 0.0 0 0
D. Wilson 57 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 1.0
D. Wilson 4-0 1.0 0 1
K. Frazier 35 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-4 0 1.0
K. Frazier 4-0 1.0 0 0
T. Charlton 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 1.0
T. Charlton 3-0 1.0 0 0
S. Lee 50 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-5 0 0.0
S. Lee 3-2 0.0 0 0
D. Lawrence 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 2.0
D. Lawrence 2-0 1.0 0 0
A. Woods 99 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
A. Woods 2-0 1.0 0 0
J. Heath 38 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-3 0 0.0
J. Heath 2-2 0.0 0 0
R. Smith 45 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
R. Smith 2-1 0.0 0 0
A. Brown 30 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
A. Brown 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Olawale 49 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
J. Olawale 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Thomas 48 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
J. Thomas 1-1 0.0 0 0
D. Ross 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
D. Ross 1-0 0.0 0 0
T. Crawford 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 1.0
T. Crawford 1-1 1.0 0 0
M. Collins 96 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.0
M. Collins 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
B. Maher 2 K
8
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 2/2
SEASON FG XP
2/3 2/2
B. Maher 2/2 37 2/2 8
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
C. Jones 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 43.3 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
10 46.6 2
C. Jones 4 43.3 0 48
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Austin 10 WR
14
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 4.3 15 0
T. Austin 1 0.0 0 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:26 NYG 25 3:27 6 23 Punt
6:01 NYG 25 2:48 4 20 Punt
0:08 NYG 23 1:36 3 -12 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:26 NYG 26 5:59 11 23 Punt
2:49 NYG 20 2:43 8 25 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 NYG 28 1:38 4 -1 Fumble
10:43 NYG 24 6:12 11 66 FG
1:22 NYG 36 2:15 3 -9 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
5:45 NYG 25 4:18 11 75 TD
1:27 NYG 47 1:16 8 33 FG
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 DAL 25 1:34 3 75 TD
9:59 DAL 17 3:58 8 64 FG
3:13 DAL 20 3:05 6 21 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:32 DAL 34 1:06 3 3 Punt
6:27 DAL 9 3:38 7 29 Punt
0:06 DAL 15 0:06 1 -1 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:22 NYG 27 2:39 6 16 FG
4:31 DAL 25 3:08 3 -5 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:08 DAL 18 8:23 14 82 TD
0:11 DAL 40 0:11 1 -1 Game