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Notes, Stats & Milestones vs. Cowboys

Posted Oct 29, 2012

Notes and statistics from the Giants’ 29-24 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.

*The Giants won their fourth consecutive games (they were 4-0 in October) and improved their record to 6-2. They are 2-2 in NFC East games after an 0-2 start and lead the division by 2.5 games over Dallas and Philadelphia.

*The Giants have six of their last eight games vs. Dallas.

*This is the third year in a row and the sixth time in Tom Coughlin’s nine seasons as head coach that the Giants have been 6-2 at midseason. They were also 6-2 in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010 and 2011, 5-3 in 2004 and 2009, and 7-1 in 2008.

*The Giants are 3-1 on the road this season, with victories at Carolina, San Francisco and Dallas. They lost at Philadelphia.

*The Giants avenged a season-opening loss to Dallas and improved to 4-0 in Cowboys Stadium, which opened in 2009. The four victories have been by a total of 16 points. This is the first time since the rivalry began in 1960 that the Giants have won four games in a row in Dallas. They had a four-game unbeaten streak (three victories and a tie) from 1961-64.

*The Giants led early in the game, 23-0, before falling behind, 24-23. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it is the first time Giants blew a 23-point lead in a regular-season game (in which the opposing team came back to at least tie game at some point).

*The Giants won for the second time this season when trailing after three quarters. They were behind, 24-23, before scoring the only six points of the fourth quarter. On Sept. 16, they overcame a 27-16 deficit at the end of three quarters to win, 41-34.

*This was the second game in a row the Giants overcame a fourth-quarter deficit to win. Last week, they trailed Washington, 23-20, before winning, 27-23.

*The Giants jumped out to a 23-0 lead for the second time this season, both on the road; they also did it at Carolina on Sept. 20 in a 36-7 win.

*The Giants’ only scoring in the second half was on two Lawrence Tynes field goals. The last time they did not score a second-half touchdown was Sept. 11, 2011 in a 28-14 loss in Washington. The Giants had last won a game without scoring a second-half touchdown on Nov. 7, 2010 in Seattle. The Giants led that game at halftime, 35-0, and won, 41-7.

*The Giants gained 293 yards, their second-lowest total of the season; they totaled 269 yards in the opener against the Cowboys.

*The Giants finished with 11 first downs, their lowest total since they had 11 in a victory over the Jets last Dec. 24.

*Dallas rushed for only 19 yards, the fewest yards on the ground allowed by the Giants since Nov. 13, 2005, when Minnesota ran for 12 yards in a 24-21 Vikings victory.

*The Cowboys’ 415 net passing yards were the sixth-highest total ever against the Giants and were the most by an opponent since Carolina threw for 418 yards on Dec. 10, 2006 in a 27-13 Giants victory.
*Dallas quarterback Tony Romo threw 62 passes, tied for the most ever against the Giants. The record was first set by St. Louis’ Marc Bulger on Oct. 2, 2005.

*Romo completed 36 of 62 passes for 437 yards. He has the last three 300-yard passing games by a quarterback against the Giants, including 321 yards on Dec. 11, 2011 and 307 on Sept. 5, 2012.

*The Cowboys’ 28 first downs were the highest total by a Giants opponent since Green Bay had 29 on Dec. 4, 2011.

*The teams combined for eight turnovers (six by Dallas), the highest total in a Giants game since Oct. 9, 2011, when the Giants had five and Seattle three in a Seahawks victory.

*The Giants’ six takeaways (four interceptions and two fumble recoveries) were their highest total since Dec. 5, 2010, when they recovered four fumbles and intercepted two passes in a victory over Washington.
    
*The Giants intercepted four Romo passes - two by Stevie Brown and one each by Corey Webster and Jason Pierre-Paul (who scored a touchdown on his pick). That was their highest total since they picked off four Ben Roethlisberger passes at Pittsburgh on Oct. 26, 2008. Bryan Kehl, James Butler, Kenny Phillips and Webster got the picks that day).

*This was Tom Coughlin’s 80th regular-season victory as the Giants’ head coach. He is the second coach in franchise history to reach that plateau. Hall of Famer Steve Owen won 153 games from 1930-53.

*Coughlin has 148 career regular-season victories, one less than former Pittsburgh coach Bill Cowher, who is 17th on the NFL’s career list. Including his 12 postseason victories, Coughlin has 160 triumphs. That also places him one behind Cowher, who is 16th on that list.

*Coughlin is 70-50 (.583) in division games in his 17-year career as a head coach. With the Giants he is 30-22 (.577).

*Eli Manning completed 15 of 29 passes for 192 yards, no touchdowns and an interception. It was the second time in three games Manning did not throw for at least 200 yards after he had done so for 24 consecutive regular-season games, the second-longest streak in NFL history.

*Manning’s consecutive games streak with at least once touchdown pass ended at nine (plus four postseason games). The last game in which he did not throw a touchdown pass was on Dec. 18, 2011 vs. Washington. The Giants are 8-13 when Manning starts and does not throw a touchdown pass.

*Manning has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 106 of the 127 games in which he’s started.

*Manning increased his career yardage total to 29,880. He passed Jon Kitna (29,745) and Joe Ferguson (29,817) to move into 35th place on the NFL’s all-time list.

*Manning won his 75th game as a regular-season starter, against 52 losses, a .591 winning percentage.

*Manning is 6-2 as a visitor in regular-season games in Dallas (4-0 in Cowboy, 2-2 in Texas Stadium), plus a victory in his only postseason game there.

*Manning was sacked just once, for a two-yard loss by DeMarcus Ware. He has been sacked no more than once in seven of eight games this season; he Cowboys brought him down three times in the season opener. Manning and David Carr were each sacked on at Carolna,

*Manning has been sacked exactly 200 times in 129 regular-season games (127 starts) for losses totaling 1,418 yards.

*Manning is 6-5 in regular-season matchups with Romo, plus 1-0 in the playoffs.

*Manning finished the month with a career 27-6 record in October, an .818 winning percentage that is the best of any quarterback in the Super Bowl era.

*The Giants trailed in the fourth quarter, 24-23, so this was the 23rd regular-season game in which Manning rallied the Giants from a fourth-quarter or deficit tie to win. It was the second game in a row and third this season he had done so.

*Ahmad Bradshaw rushed for 78 yards to increase his career all-purpose yardage total to 6,586. That moved him past Joe Morris (6,529) and ito eighth place on the Giants career list.

Jason Pierre-Paul scored the Giants’ second touchdown when plucked a Romo pass out of the air and returned it 28 yards for a score with 13:05 left in the second quarter. It was the Giants’ first defensive touchdown since Michael Boley recovered a fumble and returned it 65 yards vs. St. Louis on Sept. 19, 2011. The score was the team’s first interception return for a touchdown since Dec. 21, 2009, when Terrell Thomas brought one back 14 yards at Washington. And it was the first score by a Giants defensive lineman since Osi Umenyiora scored on a 37-yard fumble return vs. the Redskins on Sept. 13, 2009.

*Pierre-Paul also had a sack of Romo to increase his team-leading total to 5.5.

*Defensive tackle Linval Joseph had the first two-sack game of his career.

*Former Cowboy Chris Canty, who missed the first six games while on the reserve/physically unable to perform list, picked up his first sack of the season, a 12-yarder.

*Brown’s two interceptions increased his season total to a team-high five. Corey Webster led the Giants in 2011 with six picks. Brown’s interception total is the highest by a Giants safety since Percy Ellsworth had six in 1999. He has at least one interception in four of the last six games.

*Brown is the second Giant with two picks in a game this season, joining Antrel Rolle, who had two picks in San Francisco on Oct. 14. In his first two NFL seasons – one each with Oakland and Indianapolis – Brown did not have an interception.

*Brown has 168 interception return yards, the highest total by a Giant since Dick Lynch tied the club record with 251 in 1963. Hall of Famer Emlen Tunnell had 251 interception return yards in 1949.

*For the second time this season, Lawrence Tynes kicked a career-high five field goals in five attempts. He succeeded from 41, 37, 26, 43 and 37 yards.
 
*Tynes also kicked two extra points. His 17 points his Giants career total to 535 (113 field goals, 196 extra points). That moved him past Brad Daluiso (526) and into second place on the Giants’ career scoring list. The franchise leader is Pete Gogolak with 646 points.

*Dallas tight end Jason Witten caught 18 passes, the most ever by a Giants opponent. Witten (167 yards), Miles Austin (nine catches for 133 yards) and Dez Bryant (five for 110) all exceeded 100 receiving yards. They were the first receivers to gain more than 100 yards vs. the Giants since Tampa Bay’s Vincent Jackson (128) on Sept. 16.

*Stevie Brown intercepted his fourth pass of the season when he picked off Tony Romo in the first quarter. Brown matched the total number of interceptions both Kenny Phillips and Antrel Rolle had in 2011.
 
*The Giants’ inactive players were safety Kenny Phillips (knee), defensive tackle Rocky Bernard (quadriceps), linebacker Jacquian Williams (knee), wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan, defensive end Adewale Ojomo, offensive lineman James Brewer and tight end Adrien Robinson.

*The game captains were Chris Snee and Osi Umenyiora.


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