Postgame Notes: Eliminated from playoffs

Posted Dec 30, 2012

Notes, anecdotes and milestones from the Giants' 42-7 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles

*The Giants concluded their season at 9-7, the same record they had in their Super Bowl-winning season in 2011. But they were eliminated from postseason consideration when the Chicago Bears held on to defeat the Detroit Lions. *The Giants will finish second or third in the NFC East, depending on the result of Sunday night’s Dallas-Washington game. If the Redskins win, the Giants will be second; a Dallas victory will drop the Giants to third.

*The Giants finished with a winning record for the third consecutive season, the first time they’ve done that since 1988-90 (when they were 10-6, 12-4, 13-3).

*The Giants finished 6-2 at home, their best record in the three-year history of MetLife Stadium and their finest home mark since they were 7-1 in 2008. They were 4-4 at home in 2011.

*The Giants scored 429 points, the second-highest total in franchise history; the 1963 Giants scored 448.

*The Giants scored a franchise-record 278 points at home, shattering the old mark of 248, set in 2007. In their last three home games – victories over Green Bay, New Orleans and Philadelphia – the Giants scored 38, 52 and 42 points.

*The Giants were 9-0 this season when they scored at least 21 points, 0-7 when they did not.

*The 35-point margin of victory was the Giants’ largest since a 44-7 victory over Oakland on Oct. 11, 2009 and their largest over the Eagles since a 44-7 triumph on Nov. 26, 1967.

*The Giants led 21-0 after one quarter and 35-7 at halftime. It was their first 21-point lead after one quarter, their first 35-point half and their first halftime lead of at least 28 points since Nov. 7, 2010 at Seattle, where they led 21-0 after one, 35-0 at the half and won, 41-7.

*The Giants’ 32 first downs were the third-highest total in franchise history. The team record of 34 was set at Cincinnati on Oct. 13, 1985. The Giants had 33 first downs vs. the St. Louis Cardinals on Dec. 7, 1969. The Giants’ previous high this season was 30 first downs vs. Cleveland on October 7.

*The Giants rushed for 185 yards, their second-highest total of the season; they ran for 243 yards vs. Cleveland.

*The Giants scored a touchdown on their first four offensive possessions for the first time since Oct. 11, 2009 vs. Oakland and for only the second time since they did it on Oct. 10, 1993 at Washington.

They scored on their opening possession when Eli Manning threw a three-yard touchdown pass to Rueben Randle, a score set up by Stevie Brown’s interception. It was the third time this season the Giants scored a first-series touchdown; they also did it at Carolina and vs. Green Bay. The Giants were 3-0 this season and are 22-10 in regular-season games under Tom Coughlin when they score a touchdown on their opening drive.

The Giants scored on their first two possessions for the first time since Dec. 5, 2010 vs. Washington and their first three series for the first time since that 2009 victory over the Raiders.

*The Giants shutout an opponent in the second half for the third time this season (also at San Francisco and vs. Green Bay).

*The Giants did not have a turnover for the second week in a row and the sixth time this season. They were 4-2 in those games, losing at Washington and Baltimore.

*Manning established a career high by throwing five touchdown passes – two to Rueben Randle and one apiece to David Wilson, Victor Cruz and Henry Hynoski. It was the fifth time in history a Giants quarterback threw for at least five touchdowns in a game. Hall of Famer Y.A Tittle set the franchise record with seven vs. Washington on Oct. 28, 1962. Tittle threw six scoring passes vs. Dallas on Dec. 16, 1962. Fran Tarkenton threw five touchdown passes vs. St. Louis on Oct. 25, 1970, a total matched by Phil Simms at St. Louis on Sept. 7, 1980.

*Manning’s five touchdown passes increased his career total to 211 and moved him past Randall Cunningham, Kurt Warner, Kerry Collins and Jim Hart and into 26th place on the NFL’s career list.

*Manning threw three touchdowns in a first quarter for the first time in career. His only other three-touchdown-pass quarter was in the fourth at Seattle on Sept. 24, 2006, when he helped the Giants close a 42-3 deficit to 42-30.

*Manning’s 208 yards left him with 3,948 for the season, ending his streak of consecutive 4,000-yard seasons at three.

*David Carr played the final offensive series for Manning and completed a pass to Martellus Bennett. It was Carr’s first action since September 20 at Carolina, where he completed one of two passes.

*Ahmad Bradshaw rushed for 107 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. It was his fourth 100-yard game of the season and first since December 3 at Washington, where he can for 103 yards.

*It was Bradshaw’s 12th career 100-yard game, which ties him with Brandon Jacobs for fourth on the Giants’ all-time list.

*Bradshaw finished the season with 1,015 yards, the second-highest total of his career. He rushed for 1,235 yards in 2010. Bradshaw increased his career total to 4,232 yards, the sixth-highest total in Giants history.
*Randle, the rookie wide receiver, scored the Giants’ first two touchdowns on receptions of three and 38 yards. He was the first Giant with at least two touchdown catches in a game since Victor Cruz had three against Cleveland on October 7.

*Randle is the first Giants rookie receiver with two touchdown receptions in a game since Bobby Johnson on Sept. 2, 1984 – also at home vs. Philadelphia.

*Randle made his first career start in place of Hakeem Nicks, who was in uniform but made only a brief appearance.

*Wilson, another rookie, caught his first career touchdown pass, a 15-yarder in the first quarter. Wilson this season scored touchdowns rushing, receiving and on a kickoff return. He is the first Giant to do that since Joe Scott in 1948.

*Wilson returned only one kickoff and finished the season with 57, tying the franchise record Domenik Hixon set in 2009. Wilson’s 1,533 kickoff return yards are a team record.

*Henry Hynoski scored his first career touchdown on a one-yard pass from Manning in the fourth quarter – it was the game’s only second-half score.

*Brown had the game’s only takeaway, intercepting Michael Vick’s pass in the first quarter to set up the Giants’ first touchdown. It’s was Brown’s eighth interception, the most by a Giant since Willie Williams had 10 in 1968.

*Brown’s 307 interception return yards were the most by an NFL player since New Orleans’ Darren Sharper had 376 in 2009.

*Justin Tuck recorded the Giants’ only sack, a four-yarder of Vick. It was Tuck’s first sack since November 4 vs. Pittsburgh.

*Lawrence Tynes kicked six extra points and has made a team-record 204 consecutive extra points since missing one vs. San Francisco on Oct. 21, 2007. The old team record of 133 in a row was set by Pete Gogolak from 1967-72.

*Tynes did not kick a field goal in any of the last three games, but finished the season with 145 points, the second-highest total in Giants history. Jay Feely scored 148 points in 2005.

*Rocky Bernard started for the injured Chris Canty (knee) at defensive tackle. Bernard had not started since the last game against the Eagles, on September 30, concluding a four-game streak at the beginning of the season when Canty was on the reserve/PUP list.

*The game captains were Chris Snee and Chase Blackburn.

*The Giants’ inactive players were Canty, cornerback Jayron Hosley (quad), safety Tyler Sash, wide receiver Ramses Barden, running back Ryan Torain, tight end Adrien Robinson and defensive end Adewale Ojomo.

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