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Cowboys lead Giants after 3 quarters

mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

Rookie Ezekiel scored on an 8-yard run and Dan Bailey has three field goals as the Dallas Cowboys lead the New York Giants 16-13 after three quarters Sunday at AT&T Stadium.

Eli Manning has thrown two touchdowns.

The Cowboys took the opening kickoff and marched 70 yards in 14 plays that took 8 minutes, 25 seconds and ended with Dan Bailey’s 23-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead. Prescott completed his first five passes and finished the drive by completing six of seven passes for 49 yards. Ezekiel Elliott had 21 rushing yards on seven carries.

New York only had six offensive snaps in the first quarter. The Cowboys dominated the time of possession 12:32 to 2:28 and total yards 111 to 15.

Dallas began the second quarter with another field goal try. Bailey’s 46-yard field goal try to was wiped out by a holding penalty. His second try, from 56 yards, was good to push the lead to 6-0 at the 11:09 mark. The scoring drive, which began in the first quarter, covered 52 yards in 15 plays and took 7:58.

It only took four plays for the Giants to take the lead.

Eli Manning threw a 15-yard touchdown to tight end Larry Donnell for a 7-6 lead. The big play on the drive was a 45-yard catch by Odell Beckham Jr.

The methodical Cowboys went back to work with another long drive.

This one covered 68 yards in 11 plays and took 5:34 and ended with Bailey’s 25-yard field goal to give the Cowboys a 9-7 lead at the 4:02 mark.

The Giants closed out the first half with a 9-yard touchdown pass from Manning to Sterling Shepherd. However, Randy Bullock missed the extra point kick wide left to leave the Giants ahead 13-9 at the break.

On the second play of the third quarter, cornerback Brandon Carr intercepted Manning at the Giants’ 35.

Seven plays later, Elliott scored his first NFL touchdown on an 8-yard run to give the Cowboys a 16-13 lead.

Prescott and Elliott became the first rookies to start at quarterback and running back in Week 1 for the Cowboys since Roger Staubach and Calvin Hill in the 1969 season.

Elliott is the fourth rookie running back in team history to start a season opener, joining Calvin Hill, (1969), Ron Springs (1979) and Derrick Lassic (1993).

Prescott is the fourth rookie to start a season opener at quarterback in franchise history, joining Quincy Carter (2001), Troy Aikman (1989), Roger Staubach (1969).

Former President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush participated in the coin toss as part of the 9-11 pre-game ceremony. President Bush flipped the coin.

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