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Dak Prescott threw a touchdown pass to Cole Beasley and added a winning two-point conversion to lift the Dallas Cowboys over the New York Giants 36-35.

1:08 | December 30, 2018 | Dallas Cowboys, Football, New York Giants, NFL

Game Information
Location: MetLife Stadium East Rutherford, New Jersey
Attendance: 77,750

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Don't tell Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys their regular-season finale against the New York Giants was a meaningless game.

They played it to the end and got momentum for the playoffs, in which they will host Seattle next weekend.

Prescott threw a 32-yard fourth-down touchdown pass to Cole Beasley on a play that was reversed by video replay and added a winning 2-point conversion pass to Michael Gallup with 1:12 to play as the NFC East champion Cowboys rallied twice in the final 10 minutes to beat the New York Giants 36-35 on Sunday.

"You saw it out there, the intensity that we played with, the ups and the downs and how we stayed through it," Prescott said after going 27 of 44 for 387 yards and a season-high four touchdowns, three to tight end Blake Jarwin. "We stayed positive, knowing we were going to give ourselves a chance to come out on the end. It was a great win."

The win was the seventh in eight games for the Cowboys and it has them looking forward to next weekend's wild-card game at home.

Dallas coach Jason Garrett downplayed the meaningless angle, even though he rested NFL leading rusher Ezekiel Elliott and two of his top offensive linemen.

"That might be for people outside our building, talking about the meaningful or meaningless nature of a game," Garrett said. "They're all very meaningful to us. It's opportunity for us to improve as a football team, to finish strong, to have some momentum going into the playoffs."

For the Giants (5-11), it was another late loss. They lost eight games by seven points or less in Pat Shurmur's first season, the last two by a total of two points.

This also could have been quarterback Eli Manning's final start for them after a 15-year career. He has a year left on a four-year contract but his salary will count $23 million against the cap next season.

The soon-to-be 38 year old who is not very mobile still loves to play, but New York has made the playoffs once since winning the Super Bowl in February 2012.

"The losses hurt and they are tough to deal with," said Manning who went 24 of 41 for 301 yards and two touchdowns. "They are tougher now than in the past because you know your opportunities are running low to make playoffs and championship runs. When you are not doing as well as you want to, it is tough to handle."

Saquon Barkley capped a record-setting rookie season with a sensational 2-yard touchdown dive with 3:21 to play to put the Giants ahead 35-28

However, Prescott engineered a nine-play, 70-yard drive that he ended with an arching pass to Beasley in the back of the end zone. There was no doubt he caught the ball, and a review showed he got his knee down in bounds.

"That was as good a play as I've ever seen him (Prescott) make, and Beas made a big-time catch at the end of it," Garrett said, adding it made no sense to go to overtime with a playoff game next week.

Barkley finished with 109 yards rushing and 142 yards from scrimmage. He ended the season with 91 catches, breaking Reggie Bush's NFL record (88) for most receptions by a rookie running back. The No. 2 overall pick also finished with 2,028 yards from scrimmage, joining Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (2,212 yards in 1983) and Edgerrin James (2,139 in 1999) as the only rookies with at least 2,000 scrimmage yards in NFL history.

Prescott hit Jarwin on scoring passes of 13, 19 and 39 yards. His 49-yard pass set up Rod Smith's 1-yard TD run.

Manning had TD passes of 21 yards to Cody Latimer and 6 to Evan Engram, who also caught a 2-point conversion pass. Wayne Gallman added a 2-yard TD run and Aldrick Rosas kicked two field goals.

INJURIES

Cowboys: G Xavier Su'-a-Filo started with Zack Martin out and was hurt in the third quarter. WR Tavon Austin, who has been sidelined since Week 6 with a groin injury, returned to action. LB Leighton Vander Esch left the field with a lower-leg injury. He said it was minor.

Giants: Backup CB Grant Haley left in the first half with a concussion. WR-returner Corey Coleman sustained a second-half foot injury.

RUSHING TITLE, YARDS FROM SCRIMMAGE

Elliott won the NFL rushing title with 1,434 yards. Barkley finished second with 1,307 and Todd Gurley, who like Elliott did not play Sunday, dropped to third with 1,251 yards. Barkley's 142 yards from scrimmage allowed him to lead the league. Elliott finished second with 2,001 and Christian McCaffrey of the Panthers was third with 1,965.

NOTES

Jarwin's TD catches were his first three in the NFL. ... Giants LB Olivier Vernon had 2 1/2 sacks and six QB hits. ... Dallas CB Chidobe Awuzie had an end-zone interception on the Giants' opening drive. Dallas' DeMarcus Lawrence had a strip-sack that fellow lineman Antwaun Woods recovered. ... Giants LB B.J. Goodson recovered Amari Cooper's fumble caused by DL Kerry Wynn.

UP NEXT

Cowboys: A wild-card game at home next weekend against Seattle. The Seahawks beat Dallas in Seattle in Week 3.

Giants: Go home and get ready for next season, with questions about Manning remaining their quarterback.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Cowboys Giants
No scoring this quarter.

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Cowboys Giants
08:11 Blake Jarwin 13 yd pass from Dak Prescott (Brett Maher kick) 7 0
01:50 Blake Jarwin 19 yd pass from Dak Prescott (Brett Maher kick) 14 0
00:15 Cody Latimer 21 yd pass from Eli Manning (Aldrick Rosas kick) 14 7

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Cowboys Giants
09:00 Aldrick Rosas 48 yd FG 14 10
05:00 Blake Jarwin 39 yd pass from Dak Prescott (Brett Maher kick) 21 10
01:53 Evan Engram 6 yd pass from Eli Manning (Evan Engram 2pt Pass from Eli Manning) 21 18

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Cowboys Giants
10:38 Wayne Gallman Jr. 2 yd run (Aldrick Rosas kick) 21 25
09:11 Rod Smith 1 yd run (Brett Maher kick) 28 25
03:21 Saquon Barkley 2 yd run (Aldrick Rosas kick) 28 32
02:35 Aldrick Rosas 38 yd FG 28 35
01:12 Cole Beasley 32 yd pass from Dak Prescott (Michael Gallup 2pt Pass from Dak Prescott) 36 35

Team Stats
  Dallas New York
1st Downs 23 20
Total Yards 419 441
Passing 368 298
Passing Completions/Attempts 27-44 24-41
Yards/Pass 7.7 7.1
Rushing 51 143
Rushing Attempts 22 25
Yards/Rush 2.3 5.7
Turnovers 1 2
Fumbles Lost 1 1
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Possession 30:52 29:08

Dallas Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Dak Prescott 27 44 387 8.8 4 0

New York Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Eli Manning 24 41 301 7.3 2 1

Dallas Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Rod Smith 12 35 2.9 1 13
Darius Jackson 6 16 2.7 0 4
Dak Prescott 4 0 0.0 0 3

New York Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Saquon Barkley 17 109 6.4 1 68
Wayne Gallman Jr. 6 23 3.8 1 9
Sterling Shepard 1 9 9.0 0 9
Eli Manning 1 2 2.0 0 2

Dallas Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Blake Jarwin 7 119 17.0 3 39
Cole Beasley 6 94 15.7 1 32
Michael Gallup 3 50 16.7 0 24
Allen Hurns 1 49 49.0 0 49
Amari Cooper 5 31 6.2 0 11
Dalton Schultz 1 17 17.0 0 17
Rod Smith 2 14 7.0 0 8
Tavon Austin 1 10 10.0 0 10
Noah Brown 1 3 3.0 0 3
Darius Jackson 0 0 0.0 0
Jamize Olawale 0 0 0.0 0

New York Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Evan Engram 5 81 16.2 1 51
Cody Latimer 4 72 18.0 1 31
Sterling Shepard 4 67 16.8 0 24
Saquon Barkley 4 33 8.2 0 17
Bennie Fowler III 3 21 7.0 0 10
Scott Simonson 2 14 7.0 0 9
Wayne Gallman Jr. 1 7 7.0 0 7
Elijhaa Penny 1 6 6.0 0 6

Dallas Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Jeff Heath 6 2 0 0
Jaylon Smith 5 0 0 0
Byron Jones 3 1 0 0
Joe Thomas 3 1 0 0
Leighton Vander Esch 3 6 0 0
Xavier Woods 3 0 0 0
DeMarcus Lawrence 2 1 1 3
Chidobe Awuzie 2 3 0 0
Taco Charlton 2 4 0 0
Randy Gregory 2 3 0 0
Caraun Reid 2 1 0 0
Damien Wilson 2 1 0 0
Antwaun Woods 2 0 0 0
Anthony Brown 1 1 0 0
Maliek Collins 1 1 0 0
Daniel Ross 1 0 0 0
Noah Brown 0 0 0 0
Blake Jarwin 0 0 0 0
Sean Lee 0 3 0 0
Justin March 0 0 0 0
Jamize Olawale 0 0 0 0
Rod Smith 0 0 0 0

New York Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Janoris Jenkins 6 2 0 0
Michael Thomas 5 2 0 0
Sean Chandler 4 1 0 0
B.J. Goodson 4 1 0 0
Olivier Vernon 3 2 2.5 9
Kareem Martin 3 2 0 0
Dalvin Tomlinson 3 1 0 0
Lorenzo Carter 2 1 1 5
Tae Davis 2 2 0 0
Grant Haley 2 1 0 0
B.J. Hill 1 2 0.5 4
Kenny Ladler 1 0 0 0
Tony Lippett 1 0 0 0
Curtis Riley 1 0 0 0
B.W. Webb 1 1 0 0
Kerry Wynn 1 0 0 0
Connor Barwin 0 0 0 0
Ukeme Eligwe 0 0 0 0
Bennie Fowler III 0 0 0 0
Wayne Gallman Jr. 0 0 0 0
Josh Mauro 0 2 0 0
Elijhaa Penny 0 0 0 0

Dallas Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Chidobe Awuzie 1 0 0

New York Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

Dallas Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Darius Jackson 3 70 23.3 0 27

New York Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Corey Coleman 4 108 27.0 0 38
Cody Latimer 1 34 34.0 0 34

Dallas Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
No punt return stats.

New York Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Corey Coleman 1 19 19.0 0 19

Dallas Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Brett Maher 0 1 0.0

New York Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Aldrick Rosas 2 2 100.0 48

Dallas Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Chris Jones 3 116 45

New York Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Riley Dixon 2 94 49