EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — this is supposed to be considered a pointless game.
So much for this being the case.
Dak Prescott struck Cole Beasley using a 32-yard touchdown pass 1:12 to play with along with Prescott hit Michael Gallup with the subsequent 2-point drama since the Cowboys overcame a late Seven Point deficit to go in to second week’s match with momentum.
Very good thing. The Cowboys haven’t won a playoff match using a loss in their final regular season match-up since 1996.
The Cowboys enter the postseason as one of the NFL’s greatest clubs, having won seven of the last eight games. They beat the top seed from the NFC, the New Orleans Saints, with a dominating defensive effort. They drifted the Superbowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.
Are they authentic contenders?
“After you get at the series, it’s only who performs nicely,” Beasley said Friday while sitting at his locker at The Star. “it can go to anyone. Everyone can create the predictions, but in the NFL you can’t even predict nothing really. ”
Sunday’s result was supposed to be a mere footnote on the season. The results could not change the Cowboys’ playoff standing. They had been locked in because the fourth seed following last week’s division-clinching win contrary to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and also the Chicago Bears’ success against the San Francisco 49ers.
The best thing that happened for the Cowboys was no body looked to suffer a severe accident, although left guard Xavier Su’a-Filo injured his left arm on the opening drive of the third quarter.
Pro Bowl offensive lineman Tyron Smith along with Zack Martin did not play either, but both are designed for the playoffs. Defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford did not make the trip to New Jersey because of a neck injury, but he needs to be designed for the playoffs also.
Curiously, Prescott played the entire match. He played too, throwing a career-high four touchdown passes, with three to five tight end Blake Jarwin, and completing 27-of-44 passes for 387 yards. However he was also sacked four days, ending his season with 56 sacks.
Prescott became the next Cowboys appeared to have three straight seasons of 20 or more touchdown passes, joining Tony Romo. Romo had a three-season streak from 2007 into’09 and also a four-season streak from 2011 into’14.
Elliott won the NFL’s rushing title for the 2nd time in three seasons, despite not playing at the finale, just as he did in 2016. He finished with 1,434 yards 304 carries. In addition, he led the Cowboys with 77 receptions.
The offense even converted three to four red zone drives into touchdowns.
Pro Bowl defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence had a firstquarter sack/fumble which was regained from Antwaun Woods which gave him 10.5 on the season. He turned into the very first Cowboy with backtoback double sack seasons as DeMarcus Ware at 2011-12.
It wasn’t all pretty, particularly defensively after having two take aways on the Giants’ original two pushes.
The Cowboys enabled a lot more than 30 points in a match for the very first time this season and also the very first time since Nov. 19, 2017. Saquon Barkley had 111 yards running, but 6-8 came on one particular rush. Eli Manning had a lot more than 300 passing yards.
Offensively,” Amari Cooper was held in check for its third straight game and he lost a fumble that led to the Giants’ final points.
However, the Cowboys won, most improbably, and certainly will figure out if their endings could carry over in the playoffs.