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By Schuyler Dixon

AP Pro Football Writer

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — CeeDee Lamb could only smile as officials issued an out-of-bounds call on what the Dallas receiver hoped would be a touchdown on his second one-handed catch of the game.

He had to settle for setting up three TDs.

Lamb put the Cowboys in position for one of Dak Prescott’s two scoring passes to Dalton Schultz and Ezekiel Elliott’s TD run in a 28-20 victory over the New York Giants on Thanksgiving Day.

The toe-tapping TD Lamb thought he had taken care of himself, but instead became rookie Peyton Hendershot who ran for the 2-yard score and then sent all three of his fellow tight ends into a giant red cauldron of the Salvation Army for a Whac-A-Mole celebration with Dallas one extra point off a 28-13 lead.

“I definitely thought the CeeDee catch was a touchdown,” Prescott said after his 10th consecutive win over the Giants (7-4). “I went to the sidelines, dropped my helmet and everything.

“The Whac-A-Mole was great. The guys told me about it earlier this week. They were afraid that they would be fined or fined. We said, ‘Make sure you got two touchdowns. We’ve got some guys who can help with the fine. So go for it.’”

The win ended a three-game Thanksgiving losing streak for the Cowboys (8–3), who held a game lead over the Giants in the NFC East as they won the season series. Philadelphia (9-1) leads the division.

Saquon Barkley was held to 39 yards rushing with a 1-yard touchdown behind a makeshift offensive line and missed three starters due to injury in New York’s third loss in the past four games.

Dallas, the NFL leader in sacks coming in, dropped Daniel Jones three times while limiting him to 14 yards rushing after running for first downs seven times in the first encounter, a 23-16 Dallas victory.

Jones’ TD pass to Richie James in the dying seconds was too late for the Giants to capitalize on a 2-0 lead in the second Thanksgiving meeting of the 122 overall in the storied rivalry.

“It’s a division game and we didn’t play at our best. That’s always disappointing” Jones said. “We have a really good chance with big races on the stretch. We’ve put ourselves in a good position. We are still confident in it.”

The Giants thought they had the game’s first touchdown on Jones’ pass Isaiah Hodgins, but Tire Phillips, playing out of position on a right tackle, was flagged as an ineligible receiver downfield.

New York coach Brian Daboll yelled at one of the officials in disagreement, and the Giants eventually settled for a field goal.

‘You have to ask the officials’ Daboll said when asked about the denied WL, in one of several short replies to reporters after the game.

Prescott’s TD throws to Schultz came about five minutes apart in the third quarter, turning a 13-7 deficit into a 21-13 lead. The first was a 15-yarder on third and goal.

The Dallas quarterback’s winning streak against the Giants began after losing to them twice as the Cowboys went 13-3 in his rookie year in 2016.

Lamb, who finished with six catches for 106 yards, had a 25-yard grab down the middle before Elliott’s 6-yard scoring run on the first play of the second quarter.

Lamb’s first one-handed grab was a 15-yarder for Schultz’s second TD. A 23-year-old put Dallas on the 2 and Lamb thought he made another one-handed catch in the back of the end zone.

Mike McCarthy disputed the statement that the toe tapper was off limits. Referee Scott Novak was quite specific in enforcing the call, saying a heel hit the backline before the second foot landed.

The Cowboys – and Lamb – were so sure it would be destroyed that they had their PAT unit on the field after watching the replay.

“I didn’t have a clear picture of it just from the information, so I wasn’t really sure if he got the heel down or not,” said McCarthy. “I did know he had the front part of his foot in it based on what we saw up top.”

Elliott had a season-high rush of 92 yards, and the Cowboys overcame two interceptions from Prescott, who threw for 261 yards.


Dallas pass-rushing star Micah Parsons had his sixth two-sack game of the season, making all of his team-leading 12. “I said, ‘If you get one, always get seconds'” Parsons said.


Graham Gano tied New York’s record for longest field goal by a 57-year-old in the first quarter. The kick came in fourth and 32nd after the ignored TD and an intentional penalty on the ground for Jones.


Illness sidelined three Cowboys who would have been active in DT Johnathan Hankins, DE Tarell Basham and CB Kelvin Joseph. … Giants CB Cor’Dale Flott left in the third quarter to be assessed for a concussion.


Giants: Washington visits December 4 in the first of three straight NFC East games for the Giants. The third of these is another meeting with the commanders.

Cowboys: A three-game homestand continues on December 4 against Indianapolis. Another AFC South opponent (Houston) follows on Dec. 11 to complete that home stretch.

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