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Giants rally for 20-19 win over Cowboys

September 11, 2016 GMT

ARLINGTON, Texas — If Sunday was supposed to represent the start of a new chapter for Victor Cruz, it was also that for Ben McAdoo in his debut as head coach.

The Giants ended up finally writing the ending they were never able to author last season.

In his first regular-season game in 700 days, Cruz caught a 3-yard touchdown from Eli Manning and Randy Bullock split the uprights with the point-after kick with 6:13 remaining as the Giants rallied for a 20-19 victory before a crowd of 92,867 at AT&T Stadium.

The game was not over there, however, as the Giants’ defense was challenged to earn its $200 million twice on back-to-back possessions late in the fourth quarter. They ended up closing out the game, giving the Giants their first season opening win since 2010.

The final drive on which all Dan Bailey — who kicked four field goals in the game, including a pair of 50-plus yarders — needed was a field goal to hand the Giants another devastating defeat ended when Terrance Williams caught a pass for 14 yards. Dallas had no timeouts left and time expired.

Last season, in the Giants’ heartbreaking 27-26 loss here, Rashad Jennings and the offensive line failed to put the game away in the closing minutes, in part because Manning told Jennings not to score. This time, Jennings ran hard, but the Giants were still unable to keep the ball away from the Cowboys’ offense in the game’s waning moments.

Cruz finished with four catches for 34 yards and the pivotal touchdown. It was his first game action since he ruptured the patellar tendon in his right knee in the third quarter of a prime time loss to the Eagles in Philadelphia on Oct. 12, 2014.