Eli Manning threw for three touchdowns, including the go-ahead score to Victor Cruz in his first game in nearly two years, and the New York Giants beat the Dallas Cowboys 20-19 Sunday.
The Giants (1-0) won the debut of coach Ben McAdoo after 12 years and two Super Bowl titles under Tom Coughlin while spoiling the first game for Dallas' Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott.
Because of Tony Romo's back injury, Prescott and Elliott were the first rookie quarterback-running back combo to start an opener for the Cowboys since Roger Staubach and Calvin Hill in 1969.
The game ended with Dallas in position for a roughly 57-yard field goal, but Terrance Williams didn't get out of bounds after a catch and the clock ran out.Dan Bailey had four field goals, including two from more than 50 yards.
Cruz, who missed most of 2014 with a knee injury and all of last season with a bad calf, broke free in the end zone for a 3-yard TD with 6 minutes remaining, prompting his trademark salsa dance.
Randy Bullock, kicking because of Josh Brown's one-game suspension, made the extra point for the lead after an earlier missed PAT.
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The Giants knew they were facing the unknown in Dallas this week but what they really didn't know was how well there new defense would play. The Cowboys began a new era with two rookies steering their offense.
Prescott (24 for 45, 227 passing yards, 0 TD, 0 INT) was effective in his NFL debut, as was Elliott (20 rushes for 51 yards and a TD) but ended up with mainly field goals on the day, while the Giants scored only touchdowns in a 20-19 victory.
The defense looked as if it was getting schooled by those rookies throughout the game, but Dallas only won minimally; the Giants made the plays when they needed to in order to hold on for the win.
Manning (19 for 28, 207 passing yards, 3 TD, 1 INT) had a quiet, but efficient afternoon hitting three different receivers for scores: TE Larry Donnell, rookie WR Sterling Sheppard and Cruz. Bullock missed the PAT on the Shepard touchdown.
A win is a win, and the Giants will take it and run. The Cowboys proved to be no pushover, and the Giants can use this game to build upon their season.