Cowboys shake off doldrums, notch another win over Giants

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Some things you can count on. The Dallas Cowboys beating the New York Giants is on that list.

For the 10th time in 11 meetings, Dallas walked away winners Monday night, 23-16, over the Football Giants.

But some things might surprise you.

A Mike McCarthy gamble paid off.

The stretch run was dominated by the Cowboys, not the Giants, who had surged late while opening their season unexpectedly 2-0.

After Saquon Barkley danced 36 yards to break a dreary 6-6 tie with 5:31 left in the third quarter at Met Life Stadium, the Cowboys kicked into boot-scootin’ boogie mode.

Drives of 75 and 89 yards produced touchdowns, with the go-ahead points coming on a one-handed snag by CeeDee Lamb with 8:30 left. Dallas added Brett Maher’s third field goal (26, 28 and 44 yards) as padding with 5:58 to go for a 23-13 advantage.

New York (2-1) managed a 51-yard field goal, but Dallas (2-1) drained the clock and collected a game-clinching interception deep in Giants’ territory in the final minute.

In the go-ahead drive, Cowboys quarterback Cooper Rush connected with Lamb on four of the 11 plays.

“He’s CeeDee Lamb. Guy’s open a lot,” said Rush. “Makes big-time catches. That fade catch was unbelievable.”

It came after Lamb couldn’t handle an easy one, a second-quarter gaffe that could have been a 52-yard touchdown.

“It was a situation I had to deal with on my own, obviously I’m the one that dropped the ball for the guys,” Lamb said. “So knowing that I had to make this up in the back end of the game, I just wanted to step up.”

For the second straight game, a gamble by the often-embattled Cowboys coach worked well.

On the go-ahead drive, Dallas faced a fourth-and-4 with 10:37 to go at the Giants 41 with the score tied at 13. Instead of punting, hoping to pin New York near its goalline, McCarthy left the offense on the field.

Rush found Lamb for just enough to extend the possession on the next play and picked up the pace from there, moving in to take the lead as he delivered a 26-yard connection with Lamb before the circus catch TD.

More good vibes for the ‘Boys in blue:  Haughton’s Dak Prescott told ESPN’s Lisa Salters his surgically-repaired right thumb is healing fast and the Dallas QB hopes to play as soon as next week against Washington.