Dallas Cowboys

DeMarco Murray shakes off the rust with a hard-earned 121 yards

DeMarco Murray gained 121 yards against the New York Giants. It wasn’t as easy as it sounds.

The Giants ranked 32nd against the run. In their two previous games, losses to the Seahawks and 49ers, the Giants allowed 498 rushing yards on 82 carries.

The last time the Cowboys play the Giants, on Oct. 19, Dallas rushed for 156 yards on 35 carries, with Murray gaining 128.

More of the same?

Hardly.

Murray had only 49 yards on 11 carries in the first half. That included a 13-yard run.

It took Murray 21 carries before he topped the century mark Sunday.

He finished with 24 carries, with his 10th 100-yard effort of the season helping the Cowboys to a comeback win.

“We knew this was going to be a tough game for us,” Murray said. “Anytime we play the Giants, especially at MetLife, it’s going to be a physical game; it’s going to be hard to get things going. So we’re taking it one game at a time, and we’re happy to get this win.”

For the season, Murray now has 268 carries for 1,354 yards. He entered as the league’s leading rusher and he left the league’s leading rusher.

He no longer is on track for 2,000 yards, but he’s still close.

Murray is on pace for 1,969 yards.

Only once has Murray not reached the 100-yard mark. That came Nov. 2 in a loss to the Cardinals when he had 79 yards on 19 carries. Quarterback Tony Romo missed that game with a back injury.

But Sunday was easier said than run.

“They played a good game,” Murray said. “They played a real good game. It’s always tough to play against those guys. In the end, we were able to bounce back, be resilient and win the fourth quarter.”

Murray had 11 runs for 3 yards or less. He had only three runs of more than 10 yards, going 11, 18 and 13.

It was a bunch of “dirty yards” as the Cowboys like to call it.

He might have been at his best when it mattered most at getting the dirty yards. His 9-yard gain on third-and-one helped keep the team’s game-winning drive going.

“It was all right,” Murray said. “I felt like I was rusty. I felt like the O-line was rusty. They played a good game, though. You’ve got to give those guys credit. We may have missed a few things here and there, but we’ll watch the film, get it corrected and see where we go.”

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