Giants top Falcons, Postgame Notes and Stats

Posted Oct 5, 2014's Michael Eisen brings you postgame notes and statistics from the Giants’ 30-20 win

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Notes and statistics from the Giants’ 30-20 victory over the Atlanta Falcons in MetLife Stadium:

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  • The Giants won their third consecutive game after a 0-2 start, their first three-game winning streak since they won four in a row following an 0-6 start in 2013.

  • At 3-2, the Giants are over .500 for the first time since they finished the 2012 season with a 9-7 record.

  • The Giants have scored at least 30 points in each of the last three weeks, the first time they’ve done that since Dec. 6-21, 2009, when they scored 31, 38 and 45 points vs. Dallas, Philadelphia and Washington.

  • The Giants trailed in the third quarter, 20-10, before scoring the game’s final 20 points. This was the first time the Giants won by overcoming a second-half deficit of at least 10 points since Sept. 16, 2012, when they trailed Tampa Bay, 27-13, but won, 41-34.


  • This was the Giants’ first victory when they trailed by at least 10 points at any point in the game since Dec. 1, 2013 at Washington, where they fell in a 14-0 hole before rallying to win, 24-17.

  • The Giants trailed at halftime, 13-10. This was their first victory in a game in which they trailed after two quarters since Nov. 10, 2013, when they trailed Oakland, 17-14, but won, 24-20. The Giants had lost their previous five games in which they trailed at halftime, including two this year (at Detroit, vs. Arizona).

  • The Giants trailed entering the fourth quarter, 20-17. They had last won when facing a deficit after three quarters on Dec. 1, 2013 at Washington. They were behind entering the final quarter, 17-14, but won, 24-17. Since then, the Giants had lost three games in which they trailed after three quarters.

  • The Giants lost two fumbles and the turnover battle, 2-1 – but neither giveaway was committed by the offense. Preston Parker fumbled the ball away on a kickoff return and Quintin Demps duplicated the action after intercepting a Matt Ryan pass. It was the first time the Giants did not have an offensive turnover since Oct. 27, 2013 in a 15-7 victory in Philadelphia. But in that game, the Eagles’ only points resulted from a special teams turnover, on a high punt snap by Zak DeOssie.

  • The Giants have won their last four games in which they did not commit an offensive turnover.

  • Eli Manning completed 19 of 30 passes for 200 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions for a passer rating of 104.9. It was the second time in three games Manning did not throw a pick; he’s thrown one in the Giants’ three-game winning streak.

  • This was the third consecutive game Manning had a passer rating above 100 (123.2, 117.5 and 104.9), the first time that’s happened since Oct. 10-25, 2010, when he had ratings of 104.4 at Houston, 100.4 vs Detroit and 125.8 at Dallas. In 2013, Manning had just one passer rating above 100, a 102.3 in the season opener at Dallas.


  • The Giants trailed in the fourth quarter, 20-17. This was the 26th regular-season game in which Manning rallied the Giants from a fourth-quarter deficit or tie to a victory.

  • Rookie Andre Williams led the Giants with 20 rushing attempts for 65 yards and a touchdown. Williams carried 18 times after Rashad Jennings suffered a sprained knee in the third quarter.

    “The last play I was in, just kind of got ruffled up under the pile a little bit,” Jennings said. “We’ll see what the MRI says. But I should be alright, that’s how I feel.”

  • Odell Beckham Jr., the team’s first-round draft choice this year, made his NFL debut after missing the first four games with a hamstring injury. He tied fellow LSU alum Rueben Randle with a team-high four receptions, for 44 yards, including the go-ahead 15-yard touchdown. He also had a fair catch when he went back to return a punt.

  • Beckham was the last of the 32 first-round choices from 2014 to play in a game.

  • Randle scored his second touchdown of the season on a three-yard pass from Manning with 6:40 remaining in the first quarter.

  • Tight end Larry Donnell, who entered the game with a team-leading 25 receptions, was targeted just once and did not catch a pass.

  • Linebacker Jacquian Williams led the Giants with 13 tackles (nine solo). Safety Antrel Rolle had 11 tackles (eight solo).

  • Defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins had the Giants’ only sack of Ryan, dropping him for a nine-yard loss on a fourth down with 4:34 remaining in the game.

  • Rookie linebacker Devon Kennard returned to action after missing the previous three games with a hamstring injury. He played on special teams, but did not have a tackle.


  • Cornerback Chandler Fenner, signed off the practice squad yesterday, made his NFL regular-season debut as a gunner on the punt team and on other special teams. He had no statistics.

  • Demps (three for 60 yards) and Parker (two for 23) returned kickoffs.

  • Josh Brown kicked field goals of 49, 50 and 26 yards.

  •  Ryan and Antone Smith hooked up for a 74-yard catch-and-run touchdown. It was the longest completion allowed by the Giants since Dec. 11, 2011, when Dallas’ Tony Romo threw a pass to Laurent Robinson that gained 74 yards – but was not a touchdown.

  • Manning was sacked once – by former teammate Osi Umenyiora, who picked up his first sack of the season.

  • Linebacker Spencer Paysinger, who played on special teams, suffered a hamstring injury in the first half and did not return.

  • Ryan threw for 316 yards, the second quarterback to pass for more than 300 yards against the Giants this season; Detroit’s Matthew Stafford threw for 346 yards in the Lions’ opening-night victory on Sept. 8. The Giants are 16-17 in the regular season under Coughlin when an individual quarterback throws for at least 300 yards.

  • Pete Gogolak, the leading scorer in Giants’ history with 646 points, joined the captains on the field for the pre-game coin toss.

  • The Giants’ inactive players were linebacker Jon Beason; wide receiver Julian Talley; offensive linemen Adam Snyder, Charles Brown and James Brewer; defensive tackle Jay Bromley; and defensive end Kerry Wynn.

  • From 1981-2007, the visiting team won an NFL-record 12 consecutive games in the Giants-Falcons series. The home team has now won three in a row, plus the Giants beat the visiting Falcons in a 2011 NFC Wild Card Game.