EAST RUTHERFORD (AP) – An inspired DeMarcus Lawrence, who forced a fumble along with two other big plays that led to 15 points and the Dallas Cowboys were fondling the ticket for their first playoff berth since 2018 with a 21- win. 6 on the erratic New York Giants.
Dak Prescott threw a touchdown pass, Ezekiel Elliott scored on a 13-yard rush and the Cowboys defense forced four turnovers, including the 10th interception by NFL leading Trevon Diggs. The Cowboys (10-4) won their third straight game, with three field goals from Greg Zuerlein.
Dallas, the leader of the NFC East, could secure its place in the playoffs later with a loss or draw by the New Orleans Saints or a loss by the San Francisco 49ers.
Graham Gano kicked field goals of 35 and 42 yards for the Giants (4-10) who lost their third straight game to Mike Glennon, the backup quarterback who is playing in place of the injured Daniel Jones (neck).
The game was not as close as the score indicates. Dallas provoked four turnovers for the third straight game for the ninth time in franchise history, and for the first time since 1994.
The Cowboys were never at a disadvantage, and the Giants weren’t a threat against a defense that also managed to intercept through Jourdan Lewis and Malik Hooker.
Lewis’s interception came after Lawrence hit Glennon while throwing the ball. That steal ended in a score thanks to Elliott.
Prescott’s touchdown pass to Dalton Schultz capped a short series in the third quarter, which began after Lawrence and Neville Gallimore stopped Glennon at fourth and one yard on a personal play by the Giants quarterback.
Prescott finished with 28 completions of 37 for 217 yards.