In the first NFL meeting between the former college rivals and high NFL draft picks, Elliott, who starred at Ohio State, rushed for 78 yards with a touchdown, while Barkley, from Penn State, had just 28, though he did add a further 80 receiving.
Barkely, crucially, was kept out of the endzone, while Elliott rumbled in for a six-yard score in the fourth quarter to stretch out Dallas’ lead before the home side held off a late Giants comeback bid. Eli Manning – who was sacked six times – and the Giants have started 0-2 for the fifth time in the past six seasons.
Earlier, Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott threw a 64-yard touchdown pass to Tavon Austin on the third play of the game.
Giants 0-7 Cowboys: Dak Prescott 64-yard touchdown pass to Tavon Austin (Brett Maher extra point good)
Giants 0-10 Cowboys: Maher 37-yard field goal
Giants 0-13 Cowboys: Maher 29-yard field goal
Giants 3-13 Cowboys: Aldrick Rosas 28-yard field goal
Giants 3-20 Cowboys: Ezekiel Elliott six-yard touchdown run (Maher extra point good)
Giants 10-20 Cowboys: Eli Manning 16-yard touchdown pass to Evan Engram (Rosas extra point good)
Giants 13-20 Cowboys: Rosas 38-yard field goal