GI­ANTS PUT HALT TO COW­BOYS’ 11-GAME STREAK

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EAST RUTHER­FORD, N.J.» With a no-hud­dle of­fense and no-foolin­garound de­fense, the Gi­ants snapped the Cow­boys’ 11-game win­ning streak with a 10-7 vic­tory Sun­day night, pre­vent­ing Dal­las from clinch­ing the NFC East.

Dal­las (11-2) hadn’t lost since the sea­son opener against the Gi­ants (9-4), who so­lid­i­fied their po­si­tion in the NFC play­off chase as the top-wild card team. New York still hopes to catch Dal­las in the di­vi­sion, and it can thank a stingy, ag­gres­sive de­fense for still hav­ing that op­por­tu­nity.

Miss­ing star de­fen­sive end Ja­son Pierre-Paul, the Gi­ants couldn’t stop rookie sen­sa­tion Ezekiel El­liott from rush­ing for 107 yards. But New York’s pres­sure stymied the other Cow­boys rookie stand­out, quar­ter­back Dak Prescott, blanked re­ceiver Dez Bryant un­til 2:13 re­mained — he fum­bled away the ball on that play — and held Dal­las to one con­ver­sion in 15 third-down at­tempts.

The Gi­ants had three sacks, con­tin­u­ally made Prescott un­com­fort­able, and he threw two picks.

New York’s of­fense was un­sightly much of the night, blanked at half­time with only 84 net yards. Then it switched to the no-hud­dle and put to­gether a short drive to Rob­bie Gould’s 39-yard field goal, mak­ing it 7-3.

SUN­DAY’S HIGH­LIGHTS

Aaron Rodgers passed for 246 yards and three touch­downs as the Packers routed the Seahawks 38-10. Seat­tle’s Rus­sell Wilson threw a ca­reer-high five in­ter­cep­tions and Green Bay (7-6) won its third straight game to keep its play­off hopes alive. … Le’Veon Bell scored three times and set a fran­chise record with 236 yards rush­ing while find­ing trac­tion on a slick, snow-cov­ered field, lead­ing the Steelers to a 27-20 win over the Bills. The Steelers over­came three in­ter­cep­tions thrown by Ben Roeth­lis­berger to win their fourth straight and im­prove to 8-5 and keep pace in the AFC play­off race. … Chris Thompson’s 25-yard touch­down run with 1:54 re­main­ing lifted the Redskins to a 27-22 vic­tory over the Eagles. Kirk Cousins threw two touch­down passes, in­clud­ing an 80-yard toss to DeSean Jack­son, and had a pick­six. The Eagles took a 22-21 lead when Caleb Stur­gis hit a 41-yard field goal with 4:59 left af­ter holder Don­nie Jones got the high snap from third-string long snap­per Trey Burton down in time. Car­son Wentz drove Philadel­phia to the Redskins’ 14 in the fi­nal minute, but Ryan Ker­ri­gan sacked him to force a fum­ble and seal the win for Wash­ing­ton. … Carolina’s de­fense forced five turnovers by Philip Rivers, and recorded five sacks and a safety, as the Pan­thers de­feated the Charg­ers 28-16. Cam New­ton was a pedes­trian 10-of-27 for 160 yards with one touch­down pass and one in­ter­cep­tion for Carolina. Jonathan Ste­wart ran for 66 yards and a touch­down, and Gra­ham Gano kicked four field goals. The Pan­thers had four sacks on Rivers and forced three turnovers in the first half to build a 23-7 lead. Run­ning back Melvin Gor­don was carted off with a hip in­jury af­ter his left leg twisted un­der a pile while at­tempt­ing to re­cover a loose ball. He did not return. … Bi­lal Pow­ell ran for 145 yards — in­clud­ing a game-end­ing, 19-yard touch­down in over­time — to help Bryce Petty and the Jets rally from 14 points down to beat the hap­less 49ers 23-17. Petty threw an in­ter­cep­tion on his first pass of the game and the Jets trailed 14-0 less than five min­utes into the game. San Fran­cisco led 17-3 at half­time but fell flat af­ter that and lost a fran­chise-worst 12th con­sec­u­tive game. … The Buc­ca­neers bol­stered their play­off hopes by build­ing an early lead and hold­ing off Drew Brees and the Saints 16-11. Doug Martin scored on a 1-yard run, Roberto Aguayo kicked three field goals. … Matt Ryan passed for 237 yards and three touch­downs, and the Fal­cons forced five turnovers in a 42-14 vic­tory over the reel­ing Rams. … Robert Grif­fin III re­turned from in­jury but couldn’t keep Cleve­land from fall­ing closer to in­famy as the Ben­gals built a big early lead and held off the win­less Browns 23-10.

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