After a shaky first half plagued with drive-killing penalties, the Dallas Cowboys bounced back to a 28-20 win over the New York Giants to improve to 8-3.

Quarterback Dak Prescott led the team’s attack with a near-perfect second half after throwing two interceptions in the first two quarters. In the third and fourth quarters, Dallas’ signal-caller went 13-of-20 for 145 yards and scored two touchdowns. But more than anything, it was the moments.

It started with a tremendous, punishing offensive drive that took 7:21 off the clock and resulted in a touchdown.

Despite facing multiple unfavorable situations on third down, Prescott consistently answered the ball including a third-and-goal shot from the 15-yard line to Dalton Schultz.

The Cowboys’ quarterback hit his tight end despite pressure coming from his blindside.

The Cowboys would follow that up with back-to-back touchdown drives to score 21, including another score with his starting tight end.

But his best throw of the game came at the beginning of the fourth quarter when under heavy pressure, Prescott lobbed an anticipation pass to Lamb while falling back.

As for the final scoring drive? Prescott’s offense took another 8:53 off the clock. That drive included a 23-yard completion to Lamb on third down and eleven. The team finished 7-of-11 on third down.

Both Cowboys’ starting wide receivers – CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup – had big games as they combined for 169 receiving yards.

Despite a slow start, Mike McCarthy’s team will head into the bye week happy with how their quarterback responded in the second half to secure the win. However, there’s a lot to clean up.

The Cowboys were flagged for 11 penalties worth 72 yards. Ghosts of the San Francisco 49ers’ playoff game aren’t easily forgotten. The priority was always cleaning up the penalties yet they’ve been a recurrent team throughout the year.

That has to improve if the Cowboys want to be legit contenders come playoff time.

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