ARLINGTON, Texas (TSTIME) — Dak Prescott threw two touchdown passes to tight end Dalton Schultz, Ezekiel Elliott ran for a score and the Dallas Cowboys defeated the New York Giants 28-20 on Thanksgiving Day.
Rookie Peyton Hendershot ran for a 2-yard TD before sending all three of his fellow tight ends into a giant Salvation Army red cauldron for a Whack-A-Mole party.
The win ended a three-game losing streak over the holiday season for the Cowboys (8–3), who held a game lead over the Giants in the NFC East as they won the season series.
Prescott’s TD throws to Schultz came about five minutes apart in the third quarter, turning a 13-7 deficit into a 21-13 lead. The first was one 15-yarder on third and goal.
The Dallas quarterback has 10 consecutive wins over the Giants since losing to them twice as the Cowboys went 13-3 in his rookie year in 2016.
Saquon Barkley was held to 39 yards rushing with a 1-yard touchdown behind a makeshift offensive line and missed three starters due to injury in the third loss in the past four games for the Giants (7-4).
Dallas, the NFL leader in sacks coming in, dropped Daniel Jones three times while limiting him to 14 yards rushing after running for first downs seven times in the first encounter, a 23-16 Dallas victory.
Jones’ TD pass to Richie James in the dying seconds was too late for the Giants to capitalize on a 2-0 lead in the second Thanksgiving meeting of the 122 overall in the storied rivalry.
CeeDee Lamb had six catches for 106 yards and put up three Dallas touchdowns, starting with a 25-yard catch for Elliott’s 6-yard run.
Lamb’s one-handed grab for 15 yards came for Schultz’s second TD. A 23-year-old put Dallas on the 2 and Lamb thought he made another one-handed catch in the back of the end zone.
Mike McCarthy disputed the ruling that the toe-tapping catch was out of bounds. It was confirmed at the review, despite the Cowboys feeling so confident that they sent the PAT unit out after seeing the replay.
Dallas’ offense came back with all four tight ends, and Hendershot took a handoff on a left sweep for the easy 2-yard score.
The rookie swung Schultz, fellow rookie Jake Ferguson and Sean McKeon into the red kettle, holding onto the ball with both hands as they surfaced. Ferguson was tapped on the helmet.
Elliott had a season-high rush of 92 yards, and the Cowboys overcame two interceptions from Prescott, who threw for 261 yards.
RECORD BINDING KICK
Graham Gano tied New York’s record for longest field goal by a 57-year-old in the first quarter. The kick came in fourth and third after the Giants wiped out a touchdown on an ineligible receiver downfield penalty and Jones was flagged for intentional grounding.
Illness sidelined three Cowboys who would have been active in DT Johnathan Hankins, DE Tarell Basham and CB Kelvin Joseph. … Giants CB Cor’Dale Flott left in the third quarter to be assessed for a concussion.
Giants: Washington visits December 4 in the first of three straight NFC East games for the Giants. The third of these is another meeting with the commanders.
Cowboys: A three-game homestand continues on December 4 against Indianapolis. Another AFC South opponent (Houston) follows on Dec. 11 to complete that home stretch.