Giants downed by Cowboys 30-10: Instant analysis

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After Dallas took a 3-0 lead midway through the first quarter, quarterback Eli Manning took the field and was greeted with a rousing ovation.

"We were feeling ourselves and staying with it and staying within the game and not getting overwhelmed that we weren't doing things well early", he said. But by halftime, the team were even at 10-all.

The Giants' defense, which had held firm through three quarters of the game, had no answers for the Cowboys in the fourth quarter. He completed 14 of 18 passes for 117 yards and a touchdown in the first half, with much of the damage being done on underneath passes. "After all we went through this week, I thought the way we came out and the way we played for three and a half quarters was something we could be proud of. I don't want that to all be on the players". He declined to mention which plays he would like to have back.

Losing close games has been a theme for the Giants this season, and it happened again despite all the changes. He wasn't any worse for the Giants than Manning was, but it was clear the franchise wasn't going to be going in the right direction or make immediate improvements under him.

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"Obviously, I know those guys", Manning said. "I wouldn't say we were desperate". I understand drops are part of the game.

After a punt, Rod Smith scored on an 81-yard pass play on third down with 4:08 to play and he closed out the scoring with 2:57 to play with his run on a play that looked as if no one on the Giants wanted to tackle him. Still not easy, but after winning the last two, it's not impossible at all. Bryant has two catches for 61 yards and the touchdown.

The biggest play might have been Prescott's 54-yard third down pass play to Cole Beasley. Beasley broke a tackle by Landon Collins and Collins hurt his ankle eventually making the tackle. The Cowboys became the 12th National Football League franchise to reach 500 wins in its history. They weren't unfamiliar names, but it wasn't the same combination as last week, when the Giants lost to the Oakland Raiders.

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