Explained the Game Recap | How the Surge defeated the Giants in the second half?

Explained the Game Recap | How the Surge defeated the Giants in the second half?

Updated on November 25, 2022 16:22 PM by Laura Mendes

Dallas Cowboys took their time starting their game against the Giants, much in the same way we all felt after eating a holiday feast involving tryptophan.

After a stumbling first half in which the Cowboys fell behind 28-20, Dallas gradually emerged from slumber. Like the Cowboys, Dak Prescott's day was divided into two parts. He threw two interceptions and no touchdowns in the first two quarters, going only 6-for-10 for 116 yards.

A solid passer rating of 91.1 was achieved in the second half when he completed 15 of his 20 throws for 145 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions.

CeeDee Lamb exceeded 100 yards in receiving yards for the second consecutive season, with highlights from several highlights and 106 yards. Gallup, a tight end, had one of his finest games of the season, accumulating 63 receiving yards. Dalton Schultz also contributed two touchdowns, matching a personal high.

The Cowboys gained a total of 170 yards on the ground, surpassing 150 for the fourth night in a row. Tony Pollard gained 60 yards on 18 carries, while Ezekiel Elliott gained 92 yards on 16. Also improved during the day was the Dallas defence.

With eight sacks, Dorance Armstrong increased his career high. Micah Parsons scored at least two sacks in his sixth game this season. Eight tackles led Leighton Vander Esch to the team's victory.

With Saquon Barkley ranked second in the NFL on running, the Cowboys restricted him to 39 yards, and the Giants only succeeded on 27 percent of their third-down attempts. For the second straight week, Dallas controlled possession time by 34:09 to 25:51.

The first quarter

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After the Cowboys failed to convert on their fourth-and-2 at their 40-yard line, the Giants scored on their second drive with a 57-yard field goal. A 23-yard pass connection brought the Giants to the 17-yard line, where Dallas was forced to settle for a field goal after an apparent touchdown was reversed by an illegal man downfield penalty.

Following a quick three-and-out and punt, the Cowboys were quickly back in the game at their 7-yard line after Prescott's interception. Dallas' offence picked up steam this time, making it the third time. Prescott threw a 25-yard pass to Lamb on the last play of the first quarter, putting the Cowboys at the Giants' 6-yard line for a field goal. Gallup caught three passes for 24 yards.

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The second quarter

With one more snap, they would enter the end zone. Elliott's rushing touchdown of the year completed an 11-play, 93-yard drive, which completed a score by his sixth rushing touchdown.

With his 75th overall career score, Elliott tied Dez Bryant for the fourth most touchdowns in Cowboys history. To take the lead, the Giants covered 75 yards in nine plays.

When Darius Slayton jumped high above cornerback Anthony Brown to grab a 44-yard pass at the Cowboys' 1-yard line, the game was over. New York took back control two plays later as Barkley raced up the middle.

After that, Prescott threw another interception just before halftime, his third in the past four games. He attempted to throw to Lamb again with 1:50 left in the first, but cornerback Darnay Holmes tipped it, intercepting it and placing the Giants at their own 27 yards.

When Dallas picked up a pass from Daniel Jones, safety Donovan Wilson seemed to return the favour. Still, the turnover was invalid because cornerback Trevon Diggs was suspended for unlawful contact. New York led 13-7 at halftime when Graham Gano split the uprights from 47 yards out. The Giants continued their drive with the clock at zero and eventually reached the Cowboys' 29-yard line.

The third quarter

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It took the Cowboys seven minutes and 75 yards to reach the end zone after a relatively poor first half. Prescott tosses 15 yards to tight end Schultz in the end zone, scoring the touchdown.

It was a ground play in nine of the plays. The Giants' fourth-and-1 throw to Barkley on fourth-and-1 from their 45-yard line ended up as the Cowboys' fourth-and-1 throw in the first quarter.

Only Dallas scored on New York's gift that day, as Schultz scored six yards out, lunging into the end zone. Lamb, however, starred on the drive. Dallas' star wide receiver was given first-and-goal in a sensational 21-yard grab while obstructed on the left sideline.

The fourth quarter

On their next drive, the Cowboys scored their third straight touchdown. A 10-play, 80-yard drive that involved the rookie tight ends highlighted the Cowboys' performance.

For a significant gain of 30 yards, Jake Ferguson turned toward the field after receiving a short pass. After receiving the handoff, Peyton Hendershot rushed unimpeded from two yards out. Schultz, Ferguson, and McKeon jumped into the Salvation Army Red Kettles while Hendershot played whack-a-mole with Ferguson.

The outcome was simple: finishing the clock and returning home for Thanksgiving leftovers. Brett Mahar failed to make a field goal of 46 yards. Adding another score to the Giants' total was too late. After securing second place in the division, the Cowboys can enjoy a long weekend in pursuit of the Philadelphia Eagles.

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