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Cowboys get a Wake-Up Call, Snatch Defeat From Gaints 24-19

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New York Giants still have a lot of work to do to earn the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft.

Pat Shurmur’s team has lost to NFC East rivals Dallas and Washington, the playoff teams from a year ago, to open the season with 1-3 records.

The Cowboys have a new quarterback. Dak Prescott is now Aaron Rodgers’ backup for the Packers. And he’s outplaying him.

Prescott threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score, and rookie running back Darius Jackson scored a touchdown on an 11-yard run for the Cowboys in a 24-19 victory over the Giants on Sunday night.

Instead of trying to rush out of his monthlong slump, Eli Manning threw for 198 yards and a score, but he had three interceptions. The Giants also had two fumble recoveries.

Prescott and New York’s defense struggled against each other early. Prescott’s 11-yard scoring pass to rookie Michael Gallup was followed by a blocked field goal by rookie defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson that allowed Dallas to take a 14-3 lead.

After trading punts, the Cowboys took their first lead in three weeks when Prescott moved them into Giants territory. He then connected with Amari Cooper for a 9-yard scoring pass with 1:12 left in the second quarter.

Prescott threw a 2-yard scoring pass to Michael Gallup on the first play of the third quarter and hit Cole Beasley from 31 yards out to extend the lead to 24-9 with 13:36 left in the game.

The Giants had a touchdown called back because of a holding penalty, and rookie kicker Aldrick Rosas missed from 48 yards out. He also made a 32-yard field goal.

Manning’s 1-yard scoring pass to Evan Engram cut the deficit to 24-19 with 9:02 remaining. But the Giants stopped the Cowboys twice on downs and ended the game with a 35-yard field goal by Rosas with 2:18 remaining.

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