Sunday, July 22, 2018
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Giants 20, Cowboys 19

Salsa tastes sweeter for Giants, Cruz

ARLINGTON, Texas — The salsa is back, and the Giants finally finished when the Cowboys failed to stop the clock in the final seconds.

Eli Manning threw for three touchdowns, including the go-ahead score to Victor Cruz in his first game in nearly two years, as New York held on in the debut of coach Ben McAdoo.

Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott made their own debuts for Dallas, becoming the first rookie quarterback-running back combo to start an opener for the Cowboys since Roger Staubach and Calvin Hill in 1969. Prescott is stepping in for the injured Tony Romo; Elliott was the team's first-round draft pick.

Cruz missed most of 2014 with a knee injury and all of last season with a bad calf, so this was his first chance in a long time to break out his trademark salsa dance.

"You couldn't even describe what was going through my body," Cruz said. "Wanted obviously to do the dance. I'm sure I've got that down pat."

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 before Prescott could spike the ball.

"The guy was trying to make a play," Prescott said of Williams. "You never want to knock a guy trying to make a play."

New York beat Dallas in an opener for the first time in nine tries.

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