CeeDee Lamb hit a one-handed touchdown with 8:30 left to cap off a shot that featured a big fourth down bet from Mike McCarthy, and the Dallas Cowboys beat the New York Giants 23-16 on Monday night.
Ezekiel Elliott also scored on a one-yard run to spark a comeback from a seven-point deficit and Brett Maher scored three field goals as the Cowboys (2-1) beat the Giants (2-1) to the 10th time in 11 games. . Cooper Rush threw for 210 yards, including the one-yard touchdown pass to Lamb, as the quarterback won his second straight game as a replacement for injured Dak Prescott.
Saquon Barkley scored on a 36-yard touchdown run that gave the Giants a brief 13-6 lead in the third quarter. The Giants’ Graham Gano added three field goals, including one from 51 yards with 3:37 remaining to make it a one-point game at 23-16. The Giants then got the ball back with 1:45 left, but the series ended quickly with an interception by Trevon Diggs, sending New York coach Brian Daboll to his first loss.
If there was one crucial play in the match, it was McCarthy’s. Faced with a fourth-and-four at the Giants 41 with the score tied at 13 and 10:27 to go, the Dallas coach went for the first down. Rush hit Lamb straight to the sticks on the next play, then hit tight end Peyton Hendershot for 10. He then found Lamb on back-to-back 26 passes, then the sensational one-hander on a fade route for the green light score.
Dallas entered the game having allowed a single touchdown in each of its first two games, and the trend continued Monday night. The defense chased Daniel Jones, sacking him five times, with DeMarcus Lawrence matching his career high with three.
The Cowboys also got a big play on special teams as defensive lineman Dorance Armstrong blocked a 47-yard field goal attempt by Gano on New York’s opening possession.