How the Giants lost to the Cowboys

How the Giants lost to the Cowboys

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How the Giants lost to the Cowboys

Art Stapleton and Tara Sullivan give their thoughts after Giants' 19-3 loss to the Cowboys.

ARLINGTON, Texas — The result was certainly not what the Giants expected.

No one saw this kind of domination coming, either, at least not until the first quarter when, for the most part, the Cowboys seized and never relinquished control.

Here are some quick hits from the Giants' disappointing 19-3 loss to the Cowboys on opening night before a crowd of 93,183 at AT&T Stadium:

Player of the game

Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence wrecked the narrative that Dallas had no playmakers on that side of the ball besides linebacker Sean Lee. He blasted Eli Manning in the first quarter and finished with two sacks among his three tackles for loss.

"He's putting it all together," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said of Lawrence.

Marshall nearly blanked

Brandon Marshall was supposed to help take the pressure off Odell Beckham Jr., in addition to taking advantage of opportunities presented by teams' coverage of the Giants' star wide receiver.

With Beckham unable to play Sunday night due to lingering effects from his sprained left ankle, Marshall was unable to step up and was a non-factor for much of the game. He had a drop - albeit on a bad pass from Manning - and finished with only one catch on three targets. It was the final catch, a 10-yarder, with four seconds left.

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Turning point

The Cowboys scored their only touchdown when Dak Prescott hit Jason Witten with a 12-yard scoring strike with 1:41 remaining in the first half. The Giants took possession on their ensuing drive at the 25 after a touchback, but instead of looking to take some time off the clock, they gave the ball back to the Cowboys in three plays and 14 seconds.

Of course, Dallas cashed in, kicking a field goal and extending the lead to 16-3 at the half. The Giants wound up compounding the problem on the first drive of the third quarter when they stalled, settling for a field goal and their only points of the night.

Game Balls

B.J. Goodson, Giants: The second-year middle linebacker was just about everywhere in his first career start. "He was fantastic," Giants All-Pro safety Landon Collins said of Goodson, who registered 18 tackles.

Cole Beasley, Cowboys: The diminutive slot receiver made a Tyree-like catch when he squeezed the football behind his head and to his upper back for a first down, wowing the crowd.

What's next

The Giants (0-1) must regroup and get ready for another playoff participant that will be seeking revenge when the Detroit Lions (1-0) come to MetLife Stadium next Monday night. Big Blue will celebrate the 10th anniversary of their Super Bowl XLII championship team at halftime. The Lions beat Arizona on Sunday, 35-23.

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