Prescott, Cowboys beat Giants 44-20 year after ankle injury

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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott scrambles before throwing a pass in the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dak Prescott threw for three touchdowns the day before the one-year anniversary of his severe ankle injury in the same stadium against the same opponent, and the Dallas Cowboys beat the New York Giants 44-20 on Sunday.

The already injury-plagued Giants lost running back Saquon Barkley to an apparent ankle sprain in the first quarter and quarterback Daniel Jones to a concussion in the second quarter.

Jones was injured when he was tackled just shy of the goal line by rookie Cowboys linebacker Jabril Cox on a bootleg from the 1. Jones struggled to stay upright, twice putting his hands on his knees before stumbling badly as Dallas’ Jayron Kearse and others rushed to help.

After a woozy Jones was taken off on a cart, New York (1-4) pulled even at 10-all on backup QB Mike Glennon’s first snap of the season, a fourth-down handoff to Barkley’s replacement Devontae Booker from the 1.

Glennon and the Giants couldn’t keep it up 364 days after then-Dallas backup Andy Dalton led a comeback to a 37-34 victory following the season-ending compound fracture and dislocation of Prescott’s right ankle at the home of the Cowboys.

Prescott had scoring tosses of 49 yards to CeeDee Lamb and 24 yards to Amari Cooper before star running back Ezekiel Elliott caught a pass in the flat and high-stepped into the end zone for a 4-yard score shortly after missing two plays to get his back checked.

Prescott celebrated to the end this time with more than 90,000 at AT&T Stadium for the third consecutive week. He was 22 of 32 for 302 yards, bouncing back from an interception and botched snap for a lost fumble in the first half.

Barkley had two carries for 9 yards when he stepped on Dallas cornerback Jourdan Lewis’ foot on a play away from the ball. TV footage showed significant swelling on the outside of his left ankle.

Elliott finished with more than 100 yards in consecutive games for the first time since three straight in 2019, finishing with 110 yards and a punctuating 13-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter. The Cowboys had 515 yards total offense.

Glennon was 16 of 25 for 196 yards with a late 3-yard touchdown to Booker and two interceptions. The first was Trevon Diggs’ NFL-leading sixth, and the second was returned 45 yards for a score by Anthony Brown in the final two minutes.

Diggs has at least one interception in all five games. The only other Dallas player to do that was Don Bishop in 1961.

The Cowboys head to New England next Sunday.

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