ARLINGTON, Tex. — Tight end Jason Witten became the Dallas Cowboys all-time leader in career receiving yards in the team’s 19-3 win over the New York Giants Sunday night at AT&T Stadium.
The 15-year veteran caught seven passes for 59 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Dak Prescott with 1:46 in the second quarter.
Dallas out-gained the Giants 392 yards to 234 with running back Ezekiel Elliott, whose suspension was overturned earlier in the week, rushing for 104 yards on 24 carries.
Giants Pro Bowl receiver Odell Beckham did not dress, and New York felt his absence as quarterback Eli Manning threw for 28-of-37 for 211 yards and an interception.
Prescott completed 24-of-39 for 268 yards and a touchdown with the Giants pass rush dropping him once for a 5-yard loss in the second quarter on a third-and-16 from the New York 25-yard line.
Dallas struck first with a 21-yard field goal from kicker Dan Bailey to take a 3-0 first quarter lead.
The Cowboys settled for another Bailey field goal, one from 48 yards, in the second quarter improve their lead 6-0.
Witten’s 12-yard touchdown reception with under two minutes in the first half gave Dallas a 13-0 lead. After a Giants punt, Bailey hit a 42-yard field goal as the Cowboys led 16-0 at halftime.
New York surged out of halftime with a 16-play, 68-yard drive where they converted two third downs. However, the Giants could not convert a third-and-goal from the Dallas 13-yard line and had to try a 25-yard Aldrick Roasas field goal to chip into the Cowboys’ lead 16-3.
Second-year cornerback Anthony Brown intercepted Manning with 7:54 in the game to give Dallas its final drive that culminated in a 36-yard field goal and a 19-3 finish.
Dallas defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence sacked Manning on the Giants’ first drive to force a three-and-out and finished with 1.5 sacks.
Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick left the game in the second quarter with a hand injury and did not return.
Summary — The Dallas defense stifled the Giants offense, holding them to their seventh straight game under 20 points dating back to 2016.
Turning point — With 7:54 to play, Dallas cornerback Anthony Brown intercepted Manning’s slant pass to give the Cowboys possession.
Stat — The Giants were 4-12 on third downs.
NFL Week 1
Dallas Cowboys 19, New York Giants 3
New York Giants 0 0 3 0 3
Dallas Cowboys 3 13 0 3 19
Bailey 21 field goal, 6:28
Bailey 48 field goal, 12:51
Witten 12 pass from Prescott, 1:46
Bailey 42 field goal, 0:07
Rosas 25 field goal, 5:25
Bailey 36 field goal, 2:00