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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Dak Prescott wore a smile and some swagger, clutched a personal pizza box, and dragged his wheel-away suitcase to the bus that would take the Dallas Cowboys to the airport.

There was one mistake, however, one blemish, that he lugged along, too.

On the very first play from scrimmage Monday night, Prescott fielded the snap and faked a handoff. New York Giants safety Antoine Bethea feigned as if he was going to shoot through an open gap in the Dallas offensive line. But Bethea stopped.

It was too late for Prescott, who had fired a pass left, intended for receiver Michael Gallup. Bethea plucked it out of the air. The Giants would get the ball at the Dallas 8-yard line just 11 seconds into the game.

“I seen him, I just thought he was going to keep coming down,” Prescott told USA TODAY Sports. “I should’ve handed the ball off to this (expletive) guy.”

Prescott tilted his head back, gesturing toward running back Ezekiel Elliott, who trailed two paces…