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Giants lose wild finale to Cowboys

WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE DEFENSE:

*The Cowboys rested running back Ezekiel Elliott, who entered the final week of the season with a 183-yard lead on Todd Gurley and 236 on Barkley for his second career rushing title. They also played without perennial Pro Bowl offensive linemen Zack Martin (knee) and Tyron Smith (neck), who appeared on this week’s injury report.

*Quarterback Dak Prescott did start for the Cowboys and four touchdowns, three of which went to tight end Blake Jarwin. The second-year undrafted pro had 20 career receptions entering Sunday, none of which were touchdowns.

*Outside linebacker Olivier Vernon, a first alternate for the Pro Bowl despite missing the first five games the season with an injury, recorded 2.5 sacks and three quarterback hits. It was his third game of the year with multiple sacks. With a half-sack, defensive tackle B.J. Hill broke Giants’ rookie sacks record (5.0), held by Andy Headen in 1983 and Cornelius Griffin in 2000. Note: Lawrence Taylor had 9.5 his rookie season in 1981, one year before sacks became an official stat.

WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT SPECIAL TEAMS:

*Pro Bowl kicker Aldrick Rosas made both of his field goal attempts from 48 and 38 yards. He entered Sunday two-tenths of a percent behind San Francisco’s Robbie Gould (97.0) for the best rate in the NFL. Rosas missed just one of his 33 attempts this season.

*Corey Coleman entered Sunday ranked fifth in kickoff return average (25.8 yards per attempt) and broke a 38-yarder to start the game. He also added 19 yards on a punt return.

INJURY REPORT: NYG – CB Grant Haley (concussion), WR Corey Coleman (foot). DAL – G Xavier Su’a-Filo (ankle).

INACTIVES: NYG – WR Odell Beckham Jr. (quad), DL Mario Edwards (calf), TE Rhett Ellison (concussion), LB Alec Ogletree (concussion), WR Russell Shepard (ankle), S Kamrin Moore, TE Garrett Dickerson. DAL – RB Ezekiel Elliott, DE Tyrone Crawford (neck), DL David Irving (ankle), QB Mike White, LB Chris Covington, G Zack Martin (knee), OT Tyron Smith (neck).

LINEUP CHANGES: NYG – Scott Simonson 85 Ellison at TE, Bennie Fowler for Beckham at WR, Tae Davis for Ogletree at $LB. DAL – Rod Smith for Elliott at RB.

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