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Giants-Cowboys final score: Giants beaten 20-13 by Dallas

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Inept offense dooms Giants as they fall to 0-2

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The New York Giants fell to 0-2 with a 20-13 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football.

Only 11 percent of teams that have started 0-2 have made the playoffs since 2007.

“We didn’t do anything well enough on offense to win this game,” coach Pat Shurmur said.

The Giants fell behind early when Dak Prescott, challenged by the Giants to win the game with his arm, hit Tavon Austin for a 64-yard score on the first possession of the game. They never recovered.

Eli Manning was under pressure all night. Manning was sacked 6 times for 59 yards while completing 33-of-44 passes for 278 yards and a touchdown.

The Dallas pressure prevented the Giants from getting Odell Beckham Jr., involved in the game in a meaningful way. Beckham caught only 4 passes for 51 yards.

Saquon Barkley ran 11 times for 28 yards and caught 14 passes for 79 yards. Evan Engram caught 7 passes for 67 yards and a touchdown.

For the game, the Giants averaged only 3.8 yards per play. Dallas averaged 6.0 yards per play.

Injury news

Eli Apple was ruled in the third quarter with a groin injury. Starting center Jon Halapio was carted off in the third quarter with an air cast on his right leg.

NFL: New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Moments that mattered

“Challenge accepted” and challenge met on first Dallas drive. After the Giants were upfront about saying thyat wanted to make DSallas quarterback Dak Prescott win the game with his arm, Prescott his Tavon Austin for a 64-yard touchdown on Dallas’s first possession.

Ramblin’ Eli. Eli Manning picked up first downs on back-to-back fourth-down quarterback sneaks in the second quarter. Per the NBC broadcast, Manning hadn’t run the sneak since 2010.

First half summary. The Giants trailed 10-0 at the half. Eli Manning was sacked four times and the Giants never crossed the 50-yard line in five possessions.

Avalanche! Manning was ultimately sacked 6 times for 59 yards. He was under pressure all night, unable to get the ball down the field.

What’s next?

The Giants will be on the road again, this time facing the 0-2 Houston Texans. That game starts at 1 p.m. ET.