Lamb’s receptions help with the party in Dallas

ARLINGTON, Texas — 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.

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,” said Prescott after his 10th consecutive win over the Giants (7-4). “I went to the sideline, dropped my helmet and everything.

“The Whac-A-Mole was great,” Prescott said. “The guys told me about it early this week. They were worried about a penalty or a penalty. We said, ‘Make sure you win two touchdowns. We’ve got some guys that can help with the penalty. So, go for it .”https://news.google.com/__i/rss/rd/articles/”

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.

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 umpires to disagree, and the Giants finally settled for a field goal.

“You’ll have to ask the officials,” Daboll said when asked about the denied WL.

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 had 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 were so sure it would be destroyed that they had their extra point unit on the field after watching the replay.

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

photo Dallas Cowboys tight end Peyton Hendershot (89) celebrates with Dalton Schultz (86), Sean McKeon (84) and Jake Ferguson (87) after scoring a touchdown against the New York Giants during the second half of an NFL football game Thursday Nov. December 24, 2022, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
photo Dallas Cowboys Running Back Ezekiel Elliott (21) runs for a win against the New York Giants during the second half of an NFL football game on Thursday, November 24, 2022 in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
photo Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) throws a pass against the New York Giants during the second half of an NFL football game on Thursday, November 24, 2022 in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
photo Dallas Cowboys tight end Dalton Schultz (86) catches a touchdown pass as New York Giants cornerback Nick McCloud (44) defends during the second half of an NFL football game on Thursday, November 24, 2022 in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
photo New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws a pass against the Dallas Cowboys during the first half of an NFL football game on Thursday, November 24, 2022 in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
photo New York Giants safety Julian Love (20) answers an interception against the Dallas Cowboys during the first half of an NFL football game on Thursday, November 24, 2022 in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
photo New York Giants safety Julian Love (20) celebrates with Dane Belton (24) after intercepting a pass against the Dallas Cowboys during the first half of an NFL football game on Thursday, November 24, 2022 in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
photo Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) runs against the New York Giants during the first half of an NFL football game on Thursday, November 24, 2022 in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
photo Dallas Cowboys tight end Peyton Hendershot (right) celebrates with teammates Sean McKeon (left), Jake Ferguson (center) and Dalton Schultz after scoring a touchdown in Thursday’s second half against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium in Arlington . (AP/Tony Gutierrez)

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