Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys control Giants in 19-3 win

(The Sports Xchange) - Ezekiel Elliott made his presence felt, but the Dallas Cowboys' defense made a greater impact as it shut down the New York Giants in the season opener on Sunday night.

The Cowboys limited the Giants to 233 total yards, paving the way for Dallas' 19-3 victory on Sunday night at AT&T Stadium.

Elliott, playing after an injunction filed against the NFL allowed him to start the season despite a six-game suspension, rushed for 104 yards on 24 carries.

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ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 10: The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders perform prior to the Sunday Night NFL game between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants on September 10, 2017 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. (Photo by Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Sep 10, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) takes a moment prior to the game against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 10, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws in the pocket in the first quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 10, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) runs with the ball in the fourth quarter against New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (54) at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 10, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence (90) celebrates a sack with linebacker Sean Lee (50) in the first quarter against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 10: Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) scrambles for a gain with New York Giants defensive end Romeo Okwara (78) trailing during the Sunday Night NFL game between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants on September 10, 2017 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. (Photo by Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Sep 10, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants running back Paul Perkins (28) runs with the ball against Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith (54) at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 10, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant (88) is interfered with by New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) on a pass play in the seocnd quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 10: Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) catches a pass in the end zone but is forced out of bounds by New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) during the Sunday Night NFL game between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants on September 10, 2017 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. (Photo by Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Sep 10, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) throws is sacked in the second quarter by New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (54) at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 10, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) leaves the field after the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 10: Dallas Cowboys defensive end Benson Mayowa (93) is held by New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) while pressuring quarterback Eli Manning (10) during the Sunday Night NFL game between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants on September 10, 2017 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Dallas wins 19-3. (Photo by Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Sep 10, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) talks with Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) after the game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 10, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett meets with New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo after the game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 10, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) meets with Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten (82) after the game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
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The Cowboys didn't score in the second half until 1:55 remaining in the fourth quarter. Dan Bailey booted his fourth field goal, from 36 yards, for the game's final points.

The lack of second-half offense didn't matter after Dallas controlled the first half on the way to a 16-0 halftime lead.

The Giants opened the second half with a 68-yard drive that more than doubled their total yards to that point. New York reached the Dallas 4-yard line before Charles Tapper sacked Eli Manning for a 9-yard loss, causing the Giants to settle for Aldrick Rosas' 25-yard field goal.

That ended up being New York's most successful drive of the game.

Anthony Brown intercepted a Manning pass at the Cowboys 48-yard line midway through the fourth quarter to set up Dallas' final scoring drive.

Jason Witten had a productive first half as the Cowboys tight end became the team's career receiving yards leader and scored Dallas' first touchdown of the season.

Quarterback Dak Prescott tossed to Witten for an 11-yard gain in the second quarter that brought Witten's career total to 11,890 receiving yards, passing Michael Irvin's previous team record of 11,888.

Witten then capped a touchdown drive late in the first half. Prescott hit the tight end on a slant pass for a 12-yard score that put Dallas ahead 13-0 with 1:41 left in the second quarter.

Witten finished the first half with six receptions for 49 yards, and he ended the game with seven catches for 59 yards.

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COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 21: Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs with the ball against the Florida A&M Rattlers at Ohio Stadium on September 21, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 18: Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs with the ball against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Ohio Stadium on October 18, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
EAST LANSING, MI - NOVEMBER 8: Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates after the game against the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on November 8, 2014 in East Lansing, Michigan. Ohio State defeated Michigan State 49-37. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 06: Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates after his team defeated the Wisconsin Badgers 59-0 in the Big Ten Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 6, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
06 December 2014: Ohio State Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) in action during the NCAA Big 10 Championship football game between the Wisconsin Badgers and Ohio State Buckeyes at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)
January 1, 2015: Ohio State Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) and Ohio State Buckeyes linebacker Darron Lee (43) kiss their MVP trophies as they are carted off the field following the Ohio State Buckeyes game versus the Alabama Crimson Tide in their College Football Playoff Semifinal played in the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA. The Ohio State Buckeyes won 42-35. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 12: Running back Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates after scoring a 33 yard touchdown in the first quarter against the Oregon Ducks during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium on January 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - JANUARY 10: Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes talks with media during Media Day for the College Football Playoff National Championship at Dallas Convention Center on January 10, 2015 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 12: Running back Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates after defeating the Oregon Ducks 42 to 20 in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium on January 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 26: Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs with the ball against the Western Michigan Broncos at Ohio Stadium on September 26, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
September 12 2015: Running back Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes greeting fans before the game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Hawaii Warriors at the Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio (Photo by Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)
24 OCFT 2015: Ohio State Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) prior to the game between the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Ohio State Buckeyes played at High Point Solutions Stadium,Piscataway,NJ, (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire) (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)
14 November 2015: Ohio State Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) in action during a Big Ten football game between the Illinois Fighting Illini and the Ohio State Buckeyes at Memorial Stadium, in Champaign, IL. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire) (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01: Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes kisses the championship trophy after a 44-28 win against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl at the University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 28: Ezekiel Elliott of Ohio State holds up a jersey after being picked #4 overall by the Dallas Cowboys during the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University on April 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 25: Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates after Alfred Morris #46 of the Dallas Cowboys scored against the Chicago Bears in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium on September 25, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) celebrates his third quarter touchdown as the Dallas Cowboys beat the San Francisco 49ers 24-17 on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. (Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 16: Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys runs with the ball in the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on October 16, 2016 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 28: Dallas Cowboy, Ezekiel Elliott attends the Houston Rockets game against the Dallas Mavericks on October 28, 2016 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 30: Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys hands the ball off to Ezekiel Elliott #21 during the first quarter of a game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium on October 30, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 30: Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys runs the ball against Rodney McLeod #23 of the Philadelphia Eagles in the second quarter during a game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium on October 30, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 6, 2016: Running back Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys gestures toward the crowd after scoring a touchdown during a game against the Cleveland Browns on November 6, 2016 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Dallas won 35-10. (Photo by: Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMEBER 13: Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys in action against the Pittsburgh Steelers on November 13, 2016 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 24: Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys rushes the ball during the fourth quarter against the Washington Redskins at AT&T Stadium on November 24, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 24: Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates with Ezekiel Elliott #21 after scoring a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Washington Redskins at AT&T Stadium on November 24, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 11: Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys and Odell Beckham Jr. #13 of the New York Giants exchange jerseys after the game at MetLife Stadium on December 11, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 24: Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) and Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) share the Galloping Gobbler Award from Fox Sports after the NFL game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Redskins on November 24, 2016 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Dallas beats Washington 31-26. (Photo by Matthew Pearce/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 18: Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates after scoring a touchdown by jumping into a Salvation Army red kettle during the second quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at AT&T Stadium on December 18, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 26: Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys takes a knee in the end zone before the Cowboys played the Detroit Lions at AT&T Stadium on December 26, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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The Dallas defense dominated the first half, holding New York to 50 yards of total offense and just two first downs.

Without Odell Beckham Jr., who sustained a left ankle injury in the preseason and missed the Sunday game, Manning passed for 33 yards in the first half.

Dallas forced one final three-and-out before the break that allowed the Cowboys' offense to move in for Bailey's third field goal, this one from 42 yards. Bailey also made kicks from 21 and 48 yards in the half.

Prescott completed 24 of 39 passes for 268 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. Manning was 29 of 38 for 220 yards and one interception.

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