The New York Giants finally did what they failed to do for most of last season: Finish games.
Eli Manning tossed the go-ahead score to Victor Cruz with 6 minutes left as the Giants edged out the Dallas Cowboys, 20-19 at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas. The new and improved New York defense then proceeded to force Dallas to punt before Rashad Jennings and Shane Vereen were able to take a lot of time off of the clock behind a vastly improved offensive line.
The win marked McAdoo’s first as a head coach and the first time the Giants have won an opening contest since 2010. Dallas QB Dak Prescott performed well in his first start, going 25-45 with 227 yards but no scores. Vaunted rookie RB Ezekiel Elliot struggled to get anything going against the Jason Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon-led defensive line, rushing for just 51 yards on 21 carries. Manning finished with 207 passing yards and 3 touchdown’s, including one to rookie WR Sterling Shepard, while Odell Beckham Jr. racked up 73 yards on 4 catches.
The Giants return to MetLife Stadium next weekend, September 18th, for a showdown with Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints (0-1), while Dallas heads to Virginia to take on the defending NFC East champion Washington Redskins (0-0, vs. Pittsburgh on 9/12). The two rivals don’t meet against until December 11th, where playoff implications are sure to be much greater than they were today.