New York’s best offense and best defense came together to blow up the Dallas Cowboys’ offense and defense, earning the Giants their first win in a season that began with a playoff bye and ended with a Super Bowl win.
With the Giants in a tight race for a first-round bye, it was a big moment for a team that has had a tough time staying healthy.
“We’re just ready to get back to work and get it done,” defensive end Olivier Vernon said.
The Cowboys, meanwhile, are still looking for a way to get over the hump against the Giants, who were 0-3 before they beat the New England Patriots on Sunday.
A team that won the Super Bowl four years ago still had to deal with injuries to some key players.
Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy missed the first three games after breaking his leg against the New York Jets, while the defensive tackle, J.J. Watt, suffered a broken hand in the first quarter of Sunday’s game.
The Cowboys also lost cornerback Byron Jones to a torn ACL and linebacker Myles Jack to a season-ending knee injury.
But Jones and Watt were the most important injuries, with Watt missing two games with a concussion and Jones missing two weeks with a torn ankle ligament.
New York’s defense allowed just two touchdowns all season, the fewest in the league.
It allowed just 14 points in the opening quarter.
Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott was sacked eight times in the fourth quarter and threw for three touchdowns.
Prescott’s passer rating of 93.9 was the lowest of his career.
Veteran defensive tackle Jason Hatcher was a healthy scratch after missing the first two games.
The Giants lost safety Brandon Browner to a concussion in the second quarter and left tackle Johnathan Hankins to a sprained ankle in the third.
In the Giants’ first two losses, they surrendered a combined 18 points to the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys.
They allowed a combined 34 points to San Francisco, Washington and Chicago.
The New York offense had a season high of 10 touchdowns against the 49ers and a season low of seven against the Cowboys.
This was the third game in which the Giants were without linebacker Kony Ealy.
He had been sidelined with a shoulder injury and had missed the past four games.
Ealy had been a big part of the Giants offense, especially in the win over the Cowboys, when he rushed for 145 yards on 29 carries.
He also had two interceptions.
Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz had a career-high 36-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Nelson Agholor in the opener and was 2 of 4 for 43 yards in the Giants-Dolphins game.
But Ealy, who had two carries for 14 yards in his first start, struggled in his second game.
He completed 6 of 10 passes for 49 yards and a touchdown in the loss to the Dolphins, completing one pass for 10 yards.
Ealy missed his second straight start with an ankle injury.
He did not play against the Eagles in the regular season opener.