Black Cat on Field Spooks Giants as Cowboys Win on “Monday Night Football”

The Giants were outscored by the Cowboys 34-9 after the cat ran onto the field

Black Cat on Field Spooks Giants as Cowboys Win on "Monday Night Football"
A black cat runs onto the field on "Monday Night Football." (Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty)
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By Evan Bleier / November 5, 2019 9:07 am

Looking to upset the Cowboys on Monday Night Football, the Giants picked off the first pass of the night by Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott and had a 9-3 lead late in the second quarter when a black cat emerged from the bowels of MetLife Stadium and ran onto the field.

Play was stopped while New York staffers and state troopers attempted to get the cat off the field and players looked on with a mix of amusement and horror.

The cat finally disappeared from whence it came, but it seemed to spook the Giants as they were outscored by the Cowboys 34-9 as Prescott had 173 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.

“Things weren’t good up to that point,” Prescott said about the game before the cat appeared following the 37-18 win. “It could only get better from there. I definitely thought about that. I guess we’ll start rolling now that the black cat’s come in bad for the Giants. It was fun. First time I’ve seen an animal run on the field that I’ve been a part of.”

“There’s the cage over there for my cat,” Dallas owner Jerry Jones joked after the game. “He was so mean, I didn’t even want to look at him. Things did kind of change when that black cat came.”

New York star running back Saquon Barkley, who was bottled up for 28 rushing yards on 14 carries, also noted things went sour after the cat appeared. “What I didn’t like is, we were going good and it stopped us. How did a black get on the field?”

The loss was the fifth in a row for Giants, who have dropped 10 of their last 12 and 18 of their last 25. The win moved Dallas to 5-3 to lead the NFC East and improved their record in the division to 4-0, including a win over the second-place Eagles (5-4).

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