Cowboys rally for Dak Prescott and take NFC East lead

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The Dallas Cowboys lost their starting quarterback Dak Prescott to a gruesome ankle injury. They still beat the New York Giants 37-34.

The Dallas Cowboys’ second win of their season looked a lot like their first. The team won on a game-winning field goal off the leg of kicker Greg Zuerlein. However, the Cowboys were forced to finish the game without their starting quarterback Dak Prescott.

Prescott went down with a gruesome ankle injury midway through the third quarter. The team got the devastating news that the injury will require surgery that could sideline Prescott for the rest of the season.

Former Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, who the Cowboys signed this past offseason, came in for relief of the team’s franchise quarterback. Three plays after Prescott went down running back Ezekiel Elliott ran it in for a touchdown that put the team up by eight points. Zeke held up four fingers after the score to honor the teams’ injured leader.

The Giants came roaring back and managed to score a touchdown with only minutes to go in the third quarter. The successful two-point conversion gave the Giants a narrow three-point lead.

America’s Team managed to score a field goal with less than seven minutes left in the final quarter to tie the game up at 34 apiece. The Dallas defense was able to come up with a critical stop and force the Giants to punt the ball with less than a minute to go in the game.

The teams’ backup quarterback Dalton then managed to orchestrate a seventy-two-yard drive to put the team in field goal range. That drive would not have been possible without the late-game heroics of wide receiver Michael Gallup. Gallup, who has become the teams’ go-to guy on deep balls this season, made two remarkable catches to put the team in field goal range.

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Just like their first win of the season, the Dallas Cowboys’ second “W” came off of a last-second field goal. Following the devastating ankle injury suffered by Dak Prescott, America’s Team rallied for their absent leader and now sit atop the NFC East with a 2-3 record. Hopefully, Prescott makes a full recovery and the team keeps rallying for their lost quarterback.