ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dak Prescott threw two touchdown passes to Dalton Schultz, Ezekiel Elliott ran for a goal and the Dallas Cowboys defeated the New York Giants 28-20 on Thanksgiving Day.
Rookie Peyton Hendershot ran for a 2-yard TD before directing all three of his close friends into a giant Salvation Army red cauldron for a Whack-A-Mole celebration.
The win ended a three-game losing streak on the holiday for the Cowboys (8-3), who were a game ahead of the Giants in the NFC East while winning the season series.
Prescott’s TD shots against Schultz came about five minutes apart in the third quarter, turning a 13-7 deficit into a 21-13 lead. The first was a 15-yarder on third-and-goal.
The Dallas quarterback has 10 straight wins against the Giants since losing to them twice as the Cowboys went 13-3 in his rookie year in 2016.
Saquon Barkley was held at 39 yards in the Giants’ third loss in their last four games (7-4) when he rushed with a 1-yard TD behind a makeshift offensive line that had three starters missing through injury.
Dallas, the NFL leader in sacks coming in, dropped Daniel Jones three times and limited him to 14 yards rushing after running for first downs seven times in the first meeting, a 23-16 Dallas win.
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 122 overall in the legendary rivalry.
CeeDee Lamb had six catches for 106 yards and set up three Dallas touchdowns starting with a 25-yard catch before Elliott’s 6-yard run.
Lamb’s one-handed grab for 15 yards came before Schultz’s second TD. A 23-yarder put Dallas on the 2, and Lamb thought he’d made another one-handed catch in the back of the endzone.
Mike McCarthy questioned the decision that the toe-tapping catch was out. It was confirmed on review, although the Cowboys were so confident they sent out the PAT unit after watching the replay.
The 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 waved Schultz, fellow rookie Jake Ferguson and Sean McKeon into the red cauldron, holding the ball with both hands as they came up. Ferguson was slapped on the helmet.
Elliott had a season-high 92 yards and the Cowboys overcame two interceptions from Prescott, who threw for 261 yards.
Graham Gano set the New York record for longest field goal with a 57-yarder in the first quarter. The kick came fourth and 32nd after the Giants nullified a touchdown with an unallowed receiver penalty in downfield and Jones was flagged for intentional grounding.
Illness has sidelined three Cowboys who would have been active at DT Johnathan Hankins, DE Tarell Basham and CB Kelvin Joseph. … Giants CB Cor’Dale Flott left the third quarter to be checked for a concussion.
Giants: Washington attends the first of three straight NFC East games for the Giants on December 4th. The third of these is another meeting with the commanders.
Cowboys: A three-game homestand continues December 4 against Indianapolis. Another AFC South opponent (Houston) follows December 11 to complete the home stretch.
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