Perfect conditions inside the Cowboys’ stadium once again helped create incredible pictures

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The New York Giants held on down the stretch to beat the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, 20-19.

It was a tense game that came down to the very last play, and the late-afternoon light at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, only added to the drama.

The light, which came in through the stadium’s massive windows, also helped some of the best sports photographers around produce some truly dazzling pictures. We saw similar light from the Cowboys’ stadium early last season, too, when the Patriots came to town in October. In both instances, the photographs cast some players in spotlights, light up others, and manage to create an atmosphere that looks more like theater than sports.

Check out the best shots below, courtesy of Getty Images and the Associated Press:


The shadows during the fourth quarter looked like spotlights on a stage.

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Or like light from heaven in Renaissance paintings.

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Stunning.

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A lot of photos looked choreographed.

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And just crystal clear.

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Odell Beckham Jr. was literally in the spotlight.

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Just the way he likes it.

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Sometimes players were huddling up in the dark.

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And other times players were illuminated perfectly.

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Another shot of Beckham.

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The light seemed to change with each step.

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A Giants field goal traced the same line as a shadow coming in through the windows.

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The lighting added to the drama of the game in the fourth quarter.

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This looks staged.

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A painting, or a football game?

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