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Postgame Notes & Statistics Review

Posted Oct 10, 2013

Notes and statistics from the Giants’ 27-21 loss to the Chicago Bears in Soldier Field

*The Giants fell to 0-6 for the first time since 1976, when they lost their first nine games.

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*The Giants are 0-4 on the road for the first time since 1976, when they opened with four consecutive road games while the construction of Giants Stadium was completed. Their road losing streak dating back to last season is at eight games: Cincinnati, Washington, Atlanta and Baltimore last year, plus Dallas, Carolina, Kansas City and Chicago this season. It is their longest road losing streak since they dropped 10 in a row spanning the 1978-79 seasons. The Giants’ last victory away from MetLife Stadium was on Oct. 28, 2012 at Dallas. They next play on the road at Philadelphia on Oct. 27.

*Chicago’s 27 points were the fewest allowed by the Giants this season. The Bears scored only three points in the second half, the first opponent that failed to score a touchdown in the last two quarters since New Orleans on Dec. 9, 2012 (two field goals).

*The Giants rushed for 123 yards, the first time this season they went over the century mark. Their previous high was 98 yards at Kansas City on Sept. 29.

*The Giants trailed at halftime, 24-14. They have trailed at the half in each of their six games this season.

*The Giants committed three turnovers (all interceptions) to increase their NFL-high total to 23 – two more than they had in the entire 2012 season. They have committed at least three turnovers in each of their six games.

*The Giants had no takeaways for the second week in a row, the first time that’s happened in consecutive games since last Dec. 16 and 23 at Atlanta and Baltimore. The Giants have lost their last 10 regular-season games in which they did not force an opposition turnover. Their last victory was Dec. 28, 2008 vs. Carolina. The Giants did beat Atlanta in the 2011 NFC Wild Card game without benefit of a takeaway.

*The Giants’ first offensive possession ended when Eli Manning was intercepted by cornerback Zackary Bowman. It was the second time this season the Giants turned over the ball on their first series. In the opener at Dallas on Sept. 8, Manning’s first pass of the season was picked off by DeMarcus Ware.

*On the Giants’ second possession, a third-down pass by Manning was picked off by Tim Jennings, who returned it 48 yards for a touchdown. Jennings scored the third defensive touchdown this season by a Giants opponent. At Dallas, Barry Church scored on a 27-yard fumble return, and Brandon Carr scored on a 49-yard interception return.

*Brandon Jacobs scored on a one-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to cap a 91-yard drive. It was the Giants’ longest possession by yardage since they scored to end a 98-yard series at Cincinnati on Nov. 11, 2012. The Giants also had a pair of 80-yard touchdown drives. Their longest previous drive this season was a 90-yarder at Dallas on Sept. 8

*The first of those 80-yard marches consumed 6:02, the Giants longest possession by time this season. The previous long was a series against Denver that consumed 5:50 and also concluded with a touchdown.

*For the second game in a row, Eli Manning was sacked only once.

*The Giants did not sack Jay Cutler and have only five sacks in six games. They have lost their last five games in which they did not record a sack, beginning with the game at Cincinnati last season. The Giants last won without sacking an opposing quarterback on Oct. 7, 2012 vs. Cleveland.

*Eli Manning completed 14 of 26 passes for 239 yards, a touchdown to Rueben Randle and those three interceptions, which increased his league-leading total to 15 and matches his total for the entire 2012 season.

*The three picks in Chicago increased Manning’s career total to 159. That moved him past Phil Simms (157) and into second place on the Giants’ career list. Charlie Conerly is first with 167.

*Jacobs, substituting for the injured David Wilson, rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries. It was the first 100-yard game by a Giants back since Ahmad Bradshaw ran for 107 yards in the 2012 season finale vs. Philadelphia. The Giants’ previous best individual rushing game this season was Wilson’s 55 yards at Kansas City.

*Jacobs’ 22 carries were his highest total since he had 26 rushing attempts at Tampa Bay on Sept. 27, 2009. The 106 yards were the most he’s had since he ran for 116 yards at Minnesota on Dec. 13, 2010 (the game played in Detroit after the Metrodome roof collapsed).

*The 100-yard game was the 13th of Jacobs’ career. That broke a tie with Bradshaw and put Jacobs fourth on the Giants’ career list, behind Tiki Barber, Joe Morris and Rodney Hampton. The Giants are 11-2 in regular-season games in which Jacobs rushes for at least 100 yards.

*Jacobs increased his Giants career rushing yardage total to 5,003. He is the fourth player in Giants history with at least 5,000 rushing yards, behind Barber (10,449), Hampton (6,897) and Morris (5,296).

*Jacobs’ two rushing touchdowns increased his career total to 59, extending his team record. Barber is second with 55.

*It was Jacobs’ first two-touchdown game since Dec. 11, 2011 at Dallas. It was the 12th time in his career that Jacobs rushed for at least two touchdowns in a game.

*Jacobs is the first Giant to rush for two touchdowns in a game since Wilson did it vs. New Orleans on Dec. 9, 2012 (on runs of six and 52 yards).

*Jacobs had a 16-yard run, his longest in a regular-season game since Dec. 24, 2011, when he had a 28-yarder at the Jets. Jacobs also had a 34-yard run in the NFC Wild Card Game vs. Atlanta on Jan. 8, 2012.

*Jacobs is now the Giants’ leading rusher this season with 154 yards to Wilson’s 146. Each back has 44 rushing attempts.

*Jacobs started for the first time since Jan. 1, 2012 in the 2011 regular-season finale vs. Dallas.

That night he had seven carries for 16 yards.

*Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz led the Giants with four receptions apiece. Nicks gained 70 yards and Cruz had 68.

*Rueben Randle had three catches for a team-high 75 yards, including a 37-yard touchdown.

*Running back Da’Rel Scott, re-signed last week, had four carries for 17 yards and caught a pass for four yards. But he suffered a hamstring injury on the Giants’ final possession.

*The Giants’ inactive players were Wilson (neck), center David Baas (neck), cornerback Corey Webster (groin), safety Cooper Taylor (shoulder), cornerback Jayron Hosley (hamstring), tight end Adrien Robinson (foot) and quarterback Ryan Nassib.

*Terrell Thomas started at left cornerback for Webster. It was his first start since Jan. 2, 2011 (the 2010 season finale) at Washington. Thomas had six tackles (five solo).

*Jon Beason, who was obtained in a trade with Carolina last Friday, started at middle linebacker. He started the first two games of the season for the Panthers at weakside linebacker. Beason led the Giants with 12 tackles (11 solo).

*Defensive tackle Linval Joseph returned to the starting lineup after missing the Philadelphia game last week with knee and ankle injuries.

*Fullback John Conner, who was signed on Sept. 25 when Henry Hynoski was placed on injured reserve, started for the first time as a Giant and for the first time since Sept. 30, 2012 for the Jets in a 34-0 loss to San Francisco.

*Jim Cordle started his third consecutive game at center for Baas.

*With Wilson sidelined, Jerrel Jernigan returned two kickoffs for 72 yards, including a 46-yarder.

*Jennings intercepted Manning twice, the first opposing player with two picks in a game since San Francisco’s Carlos Rogers on Nov. 13, 2011.

*The Giants lost in Chicago for the first time since Sept. 15, 1991, when the starting quarterbacks were Jeff Hostetler and Jim Harbaugh. They had won their previous four games in Chicago, in 1992, '93, 2000 and 2007.

*The Giants fell to 12-7-3 on Thursdays.

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