Black cat at Cowboys/Giants game

The Gloat: Cat Changes Cowboys’ Fate In Win Over Giants

The Dallas Cowboys needed something to save them; from the Giants, from losing their grip on the season, from themselves. Help came from an unlikely source, a black cat, one of several that apparently lives inside Met Life Stadium.

From the point the cat arrived on, the Cowboys outscored the Giants 34-9. The Giants kicked a field goal on the drive the cat showed up but never scored another touchdown in the game.

Luck aside, the Cowboys put together another sloppy effort for much of the first half. Dak Prescott threw an interception on the first play of the game and Randall Cobb ruined a solid drive with a fumble, all leading to a 12-3 Giants lead late in the second quarter.

It was ugly, but the Cowboys had shown the ability to move the ball, they just weren’t finishing. That all changed on a six-play, 75-yard scoring drive as the first half was winding down.

The defense added to the momentum when Xavier Woods picked off Daniel Jones’ hero ball and put the team in field goal position before the half ended. The result of the turnover was a 52-yard field goal from Brett Maher and a lead the Cowboys would never relinquish.

The last few minutes of the first half turned the game around and kept the Cowboys’ season alive. It might not have been dead, but if they couldn’t beat the Giants, or the Jets, for that matter, they weren’t going anywhere.

In the second half, the Cowboys played a much stronger game and outscored the Giants 24-6 in the final 30 minutes. Ezekiel Elliott had a field day, rushing for 139 easy yards and Prescott threw for three scores, including two in the fourth quarter.

Each time the Giants crept in closer, Prescott led a touchdown scoring drive. The lead was cut to 16-15 heading into the final quarter and Prescott drove the offense down the field to give the team an eight-point lead. Michael Gallup scored on a beautiful, acrobatic move to give the Cowboys some breathing room.

The Giants answered with another three points to keep the game close. Prescott again led a touchdown drive to put the game out of reach with an easy as pie catch and run from Amari Cooper.

It wound up being a blowout on the scoreboard, but it was closer than it seemed. Timely drives by the offense and the defenses ability to force field goals instead of touchdowns got the Cowboys the win. The bend but don’t break defensive effort kept the Cowboys in the game and gave the offense a chance to execute better after a rocky start. Prescott and the offense responded.

Winning is rarely pretty for the Cowboys, but it counts the same in the standings. They’re all big, especially a division win on the road.

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