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Giants vs. Cowboys: Postgame notes and stats

Posted Dec 10, 2017

Postgame stats and notes from the Giants' Week 14 matchup vs. Dallas:  


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Notes and statistics from the Giants’ 30-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in MetLife Stadium:

*The Giants lost their third consecutive game and fell to 2-11. They host the Philadelphia Eagles next week.

*This was Steve Spagnuolo’s first game as the Giants’ interim head coach. Last week, the Giants made the NFL’s 39th in-season coaching change since 1990. The new coaches are now 14-25 in their debuts.

*The Giants, who swept the season series with Dallas last season, were swept by the Cowboys for the first time since 2014. Dallas also won on opening night in AT&T Stadium, 19-3.

*The 13 total points was the Giants’ lowest total in a season series vs. Dallas since 1998, when they also scored 13 points.

*The Giants are 0-4 in NFC East games for the first time since 2013.

*The Giants were outscored in the fourth quarter, 20-0, the most one-sided disparity they’ve had in a final period since Nov. 9, 2014, when the Seahawks scored 21 unanswered points in Seattle.

*The teams were tied at halftime, 10-10. It was the Giants’ second halftime tie in three games; they were knotted with Washington, 3-3, on Thanksgiving night, before losing, 20-10.

*It was still 10-10 after three quarters, which was the score vs. the Redskins entering the fourth quarter.

*The Cowboys took the opening kickoff and marched 73 yards in 16 plays and 7:46, taking a 3-0 lead on Dan Bailey’s 21-yard field goal. It was the third time this season a Giants opponent had at least 16 snaps on one possession. Philadelphia scored a touchdown on an 18-play drive, and Seattle lost the ball on downs on a 16-play series.

*The Giants immediately responded with a 17-play, 62-yard drive that took 9:24 to complete and ended with Aldrick Rosas’ 39-yard field goal. It was the most plays the Giants had run on a single possession since Dec. 6, 2015 vs. the Jets (a 17-play drive that ended with an interception). The Giants had a 16-play series at Dallas and at Washington, each ending with a field goal. In terms of time, 9:24 was the Giants’ second-longest series of the season; in the opener in Dallas, they had a field goal drive that consumed 9:44.

*The longest of the 33 plays on the two teams’ opening drives gained 11 yards.

*Eli Manning returned as the starting quarterback one week after his streak of 210 consecutive regular-season starts ended when Geno Smith played in Oakland. Manning completed 31 of 46 passes (his second-highest completion total this season) for 228 yards, a one-yard touchdown to Rhett Ellison, and interceptions on the Giants’ final two possessions, after Dallas had taken a commanding lead.

*Manning’s 46 passes increased his career total to 7,266. That moved him past Pro Football Hall of Famer John Elway (7,250) and into sixth place on the NFL’s career list.

*Wide receiver Roger Lewis, Jr. and rookie running back Wayne Gallman had a team-high seven receptions, a career-high for each. Lewis’ previous career-best was four catches, in the season-opener in Dallas.

*Ellison’s touchdown was his second of the season; he also scored at Tampa Bay on Oct. 1. His four receptions tied his career high; he had four catches for the Vikings against Washington on Nov. 2, 2014.

*Rookie tight end Evan Engram caught four passes for a team-high 54 yards, including a career-long 35-yarder in the second quarter.

*Wide receiver Darius Powe, signed off the practice squad last Wednesday, made his NFL regular-season debut by starting and catching two passes for 13 yards.

*Gallman led the Giants in rushing with season-high totals of 12 carries for 59 yards.

*Jon Halapio started at right guard, but he and John Greco shared the position for much of the game. It was Greco’s first work on the offensive line since the 10-year veteran was signed on Nov. 14. He had played on special teams in the previous two games.

*Bobby Hart made his fifth start of the season at right tackle. Chad Wheeler, who started the previous three games, did not play.

*The Giants did not have a takeaway for the fourth time this season.

*Linebacker Kelvin Sheppard led the Giants with 10 tackles (five solo). Rookie free agent Calvin Munson made his fourth start of the season at middle linebacker and had nine tackles (five solo).

*Safety Collins Landon had seven tackles (six solo) before leaving with an ankle injury in the fourth quarter.

*The Giants wore their all-white color rush uniforms – with “GIANTS’ on the helmets instead of the “ny” - the first time they wore white jerseys at home since Sept. 3, 2000, in a season-opening victory against Arizona.

*Dallas running back Rod Smith rushed for 47 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown, and led the Cowboys with five receptions for 113 yards, including an 81-yard score that was the second- longest of the season allowed by the Giants. On Nov. 12, in San Francisco, C.J. Beathard threw an 83-yard touchdown pass to Marquise Goodwin. Smith was the fourth Giants opponent this season with more than 100 receiving yards, joining Denver’s Demaryius Thomas, Kansas City’s Travis Kelce and Washington’s Jamison Crowder.

*The Giants’ inactive players included linebacker B.J. Goodson (ankle), offensive lineman Justin Pugh (back), cornerback Eli Apple (hip/back), wide receivers Tavarres King and Travis Rudolph, defensive tackle Khyri Thornton, and quarterback Davis Webb.

Goodson was not in uniform for the fifth time in the last six games. He aggravated his ankle injury last week in Oakland, where he played his first game after missing four in a row.

Pugh missed his fourth consecutive game and fifth in the last six contests.

Apple missed his fourth consecutive game.

*Defensive tackle Damon Harrison replaced Jonathan Casillas, who was placed on injured reserve last week, as the team’s defensive captain. Former running back Rashad Jennings, who announced his retirement on Friday, also participated in the coin toss. The Giants did not have game captains.