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Giants vs. 49ers: Postgame stats and notes

Posted Nov 12, 2017

Postgame stats and notes from the Giants' Week 10 matchup with the 49ers: 


SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Notes and statistics from the Giants’ 31-21 loss to the San Francisco 49ers:

*The Giants lost their third consecutive game and fell to 1-8, their worst nine-game start since 1980, when they were also 1-8.

*This was the Giants’ first loss to a team with no wins and at least nine losses since Nov. 20, 1966, when they fell to the 0-9 Atlanta Falcons, 27-16.

*The Giants are 10-5 against teams that entered the game 0-4 or worse since the 1970 merger. Two of the losses occurred this season, to the 0-4 Chargers and the 0-9 49ers. Last year, the Giants defeated the 0-11 Browns in Cleveland, 27-13.

*The Giants gained 374 yards, their second-highest total of the season; they totaled 415 yards at Philadelphia on Sept. 24.

*San Francisco finished with 474 total yards, a season-high for a Giants opponents – by one yard. Last week, the Los Angeles Rams gained 473 yards.

*The 49ers, who entered the game with an average of 92.1 rushing yards per game, ran for 186, the second-highest total by a Giants opponent this season. The Eagles ran for 193 yards on Sept. 24.

*The Giants defense did not record a sack for the second game in a row, the first time that has happened since Oct. 3 and 9, 2016, at Minnesota and Green Bay.

*The Giants had two takeaways (a fumble recovery and an interception) and one giveaway (a lost fumble). It was the first time they had a positive turnover differential and lost since Oct. 9, 2016 in Green Bay, where they also had a 2-1 edge in takeaways, but lost, 23-16.

*Tight end Garrett Celek scored the 49ers’ second touchdown on a 47-yard catch-and-run. The Giants have given up a touchdown to an opposing tight end in all nine games this season.

*San Francisco’s Bradley Pinion, who entered the game with an NFL-high 52 punts, was called on just once, the fewest punts for a Giants opponent since Nov. 9, 2014, when Seattle punted once.

*The Giants also had a season-low, with three punts.

*Eli Manning started his 208th consecutive regular-season game, tying his brother, Peyton, for the second-longest consecutive starts streak by a quarterback in NFL history. Peyton Manning was here to see his brother reach the milestone. They spent time together on the field during warmups. Peyton Manning started 208 straight games for the Indianapolis Colts from 1998-2010.

Eli Manning has started every Giants game since Nov. 21, 2004. He has also started 12 postseason games, including two Super Bowls (he was the MVP in each). The NFL record for consecutive starts by a quarterback is 297, was set by Brett Favre from 1992-2010 while playing for Green Bay, the Jets and Minnesota.

*Rookie, C.J. Beathard, who started his fourth consecutive game for San Francisco, is the 49ers’ 13th different starter since Manning took over the Giants’ job.

*Manning completed 28 of 37 passes for 273 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions, the third time in four games he did not throw a pick. However, Manning did lose a fumble that led to San Francisco’s first touchdown.

*Sterling Shepard led the Giants’ receivers with career-high totals of 11 catches for 142 yards. His previous bests were eight receptions (for 117 yards) vs. New Orleans on Sept. 18, 2016, and 133 yards (on seven catches) at Philadelphia on Sept. 24. Shepard has both of the Giants’ 100-yard receiving games this season.

*Shepard was the first Giants’ receiver with at least 11 catches in a game since Odell Beckham, Jr. had 11 at Philadelphia on Dec. 22, 2016. It was the 12th time a Giants player has caught exactly 11 passes in a regular-season game.

*Evan Engram caught six passes for 31 yards, including a nine-yard touchdown. It was his fifth touchdown reception of the season, tying Bob Tucker’s franchise record for rookie tight ends, set in 1970.

*Engram has a touchdown reception in each of the last four games, the longest streak by a Giants player since wide receiver Rueben Randle caught a touchdown pass in each of the final four games of the 2015 season.

*Roger Lewis, Jr. scored the Giants’ other touchdown, on a 14-yard pass from Manning with 1:02 remaining in the game. It was Lewis’ second touchdown of the year, matching his total in 2016, his rookie season.

*Orleans Darkwa led the Giants with 70 rushing yards on 14 carries.

*Darkwa scored on a two-point conversion following Lewis’ touchdown. It was the Giants’ first successful two-point try since Oct. 4, 2015, when Andre Williams ran the ball into the end zone in Buffalo.

*Strong safety Landon Collins led the Giants with seven tackles (two solo), while free safety Darian Thompson had a team-high six unassisted stops
 

*Defensive end Olivier Vernon returned to the starting lineup after missing three games with an ankle injury. He had four tackles (three solo) and picked up his first career interception – in his 85th game - with 7:44 remaining in the third quarter, when he batted Beathard’s pass to himself with his right hand at the Giants’ 25-yard line.

*Linebacker Jonathan Casillas returned to action after missing three games with a neck injury. He had six tackles (five solo).

*Linebacker Kelvin Sheppard, re-signed Tuesday after not playing all season, started and played most of the first half before straining his groin. He also had six tackles (five solo).

*Linebacker Curtis Grant picked up his first career fumble recovery, securing the ball after San Francisco fullback Kyle Juszczyk coughed it up with 11:37 remaining in the second quarter. Safety Andrew Adams was credited with his first career forced fumble.

*Linebacker Deontae Skinner, also re-signed last week, played in his first game since the NFC Wild Card Game in Green Bay on Jan. 8, and his first regular-season game since the 2016 finale in Washington. He had two special teams tackles.

*The Giants lost the right side of their offensive line for a portion of the game. Tackle Justin Pugh did not play in the second half after aggravating his back injury, which kept him out of last week’s game against the Rams. He was replaced by Bobby Hart. Guard D.J. Fluker left the game in the second half with a knee injury but returned. His replacement was Jon Halapio, who saw his first career action on the offensive line.

*Tight end Jerell Adams made his first start of the season and third of his two-year career. He last started on Dec. 22, 2016 at Philadelphia.

*Fullback Shane Smith played in his first game since Sept. 24. He played in the first three games with two starts, the opener at tight end, the second game at fullback, before he was waived on Sept 28. He was signed to the practice squad on Sept 30, and returned to the active roster on Saturday, when tight end Matt LaCosse was waived.

*Aldrick Rosas kicked field goals of 47 and 42 yards, but also missed a 34-yard try wide right. It was the fourth consecutive game in which Rosas missed a field goal attempt.

*Beathard’s second-quarter, 83-yard touchdown pass to Marquise Goodwin was the longest completion allowed by the Giants since Oct. 17, 2000, when Detroit’s Drew Stanton connected with Calvin Johnson for an 87-yard score in MetLife Stadium. Goodwin’s touchdown was the longest ever allowed by the Giants to the 49ers.

*The Giants’ list of inactive players included three linebackers: B.J. Goodson (ankle), Devon Kennard (quad) and Keenan Robinson (quad). They were joined by cornerback Donte Deayon (ankle), offensive lineman Chad Wheeler, wide receiver Travis Rudolph and quarterback Davis Webb.

Goodson missed his fourth game this season and second in a row. Kennard had played in every game since the beginning of the 2016 season, and had started seven of the eight games this season. Robinson had played in the last six games after missing the first two with a concussion.

Rudolph had played the previous three games since being signed off the practice squad on Oct. 9.

Deayon missed his second game in a row.

Wheeler, a rookie free agent from USC, was inactive for the first time this season.

*The Giants’ game captains were Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Ross Cockrell and Rhett Ellison.