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Giants-Cowboys halftime score: Cowboys take 21-7 first-half lead

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Your second-half open thread

New York Giants v Dallas Cowboys Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

The Dallas Cowboys lead the New York Giants 21-7 after the first half of the 2019 NFL season.

The game got started exactly according to plan for the Giants. New York won the opening coin toss, opting to defer — as is their want. They stopped a promising opening drive by the Cowboys and an explosive run by Saquon Barkley put them in position to score, which Evan Engram promptly did on a play-action pass out of a heavy look.

Unfortunately, that was where things started to go off the rails for the Giants.

New York couldn’t keep the lead and surrendered a touchdown on the ensuing drive, painfully as a communication error in the Giants’ secondary let tight end Blake Jarwin into the end zone. Dallas scored again on their next drive, this time to the extremely-venerable Giant Killer, Jason Witten.

The fears about the Giants’ defense appeared justified in the first half as Dak Prescott passed seemingly at will on the Giants’ rebuilt secondary and their pass rush was nonexistent.

The Giants tried a Hail Mary to finish the half, but the ball fell incomplete.

Use this as your second-half open thread.

The Giants will get the ball to start the second half.