Dez Bryant became the second-fastest receiver in Cowboys history with 50 TD receptions.
Bryant had two on Sunday night, including what proved to be the game-winning score late in the fourth quarter.
Bryant hauled in a 31-yard TD in the third quarter to give the Cowboys their first lead, and then broke open late in the fourth quarter to catch a 13-yarder from Tony Romo.
Bryant finished with seven catches for a team-high 86 yards. He might not have outshined Giants standout rookie Odell Beckham Jr., but he certainly will take the win.
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The only player faster to 50 receiving TDs in team history is Bob Hayes. Bryant is also the seventh-fastest to accomplish the feat in NFL history.
The Cowboys have several offensive weapons and sometimes not enough footballs to go around. That’s why sometimes players such as Cole Beasley get lost in the shuffle.
Beasley had four catches for 45 yards combined the past five games going into Sunday’s game against the Giants. He had only three games with multiple catches.
But he certainly stepped up when his number was called against the Giants, coming up with two pivotal catches.
Beasley broke away for a 45-yard score midway through the third quarter to pull the Cowboys to within 21-17.
Then, in what proved to be the game-winning drive by the Cowboys late in the fourth quarter, Beasley hauled in a 21-yard reception.
The 66 receiving yards were the third-most by Beasley in his career, and he wasn’t the only player to emerge from the background.
Backup tight end James Hanna caught his second pass of the year, a 27-yarder on third-and-1 in the first quarter.
Josh Brent isn’t returning to game action quite yet.
The Cowboys placed him on their 53-man roster, but determined he wasn’t ready to go against the Giants.
The other inactive Cowboys on Sunday were quarterback Dustin Vaughan; defensive backs Tyler Patmon and Jakar Hamilton; offensive tackles Donald Hawkins and Tony Hills; and defensive lineman Terrell McClain.
Brent is the most notable, as he was added to the 53-man roster during the bye week. He spent most of the past week working with the scout team and is still trying to get into football shape. The Cowboys want him to continue to lose weight and get closer to his ideal weight of 320 pounds.
Brent and the Cowboys haven’t said what his current weight is, although coach Jason Garrett continues to say that Brent is making strides every day in practice.
Breant said he is happy to at least be in consideration to return. He last played in the NFL on Dec. 2, 2012, and six days later was involved in a drunken driving accident that took the life of teammate and friend Jerry Brown Jr.
“I’m a very blessed person to be able to be in this position I am now,” Brent said after the Cowboys promoted him to the 53-man roster.
“It’s been a very difficult [process]. It’s something that there’s not an exact formula of how to be successful with this. It’s just something I take daily and try to do the best I can.”