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Giants vs. Cowboys halftime score: Cowboys 13, Giants 12

Your second-half open thread

NFL: Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants trail the Dallas Cowboys 13-12 at the half on Monday Night Football.

As we have come to expect by now, the Giants won the opening coin toss and chose to defer, giving the Cowboys the ball and put their defense on the field to start the game.

This time it worked out, with the first play of the game being an interception as Dak Prescott focused on the match-up of Michael Gallup on DeAndre Baker and never saw Antoine Bethea at the line of scrimmage. The Giants drew first blood four plays later with an Aldrick Rosas field goal to start the game. The Giants followed that up with a touchdown early in the second quarter following a missed field goal. They later extended their lead with another fieldgoal.

The Cowboys moved the ball well after settling down, but a series of miscues and penalties kept them out of the endzone until the end of the second quarter. Late in the half a scrambling Dak Prescott found TE Blake Jarwin for a 42-yard catch and run for a touchdown. They followed that up with a 52-yard field goal to take the lead as time expired in the half.

There was a fairly memorable interruption in the game when a black cat ran on the field, forcing the game to stop before it was finally chased off the field. Speaking as an animal lover, I hope it’s okay and if it’s a stray that it finds a good home.

Third quarter update

The Giants trail, 16-15, heading to the fourth quarter. New York has settled for field goals three times after getting inside the Dallas 10-yard line.

Use this as your open thread as the Giants get the ball to start the second half.