Giants were up first on offense but were forced to punt after four plays. On the Cowboys' first possession, they took a risk on 4th &2 at their own 41. They did not convert, and the Giants took over on downs with excellent field position. After some excellent defensive plays by the Cowboys and 15 yards worth of penalties called on the Giants, the Giants scored the first points of the game with a 57 yard field goal off the foot of Graham Gano.
The Cowboys finally put points on the board with their first play of the second quarter. Their third possession was 11 plays for 93 yards over six minutes and three seconds. It ended with a 6 yard Ezekiel Elliott run up the middle for a touchdown. After the extra point, the Cowboys led 7-3.
The Giants responded with 7 points of their own on the very next possession. Those points gave the Giants a 10-7 lead with 9:27 left in the first half. Neither team scored again until a Giants field goal with 0:03 left in the second quarter which brought the score to 13-7, Giants.
Despite impressive catches by Michael Gallup and powerful runs from Ezekiel Elliott, the Cowboys are not looking solid. Dak Prescott threw two interceptions in the first half, and the team has already accrued 7 penalties for 47 yards. They will need to show improvement on both side of the ball in order to win this crucial matchup against an NFC East opponent.