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SERIES HISTORY

The Giants haven't won in Baltimore since Sept. 15, 1963, when they defeated the Colts, 37-28. Of course, they've since played there just twice, losing to the Ravens in 2004 and 2012. The teams last met on Oct. 16, 2016, when the Giants pulled off a last-minute 27-23 victory. Overall, the Giants are 2-3 against the Ravens in the regular season. They lost their only postseason meeting in Super Bowl XXXV.

LAST TIME OUT

The Giants (5-9) followed up their four-game winning streak with back-to-back losses to Arizona and, most recently, Cleveland on Sunday Night Football. The Giants have been outscored 46-13 in their past two games.

Meanwhile, the two-time defending AFC North champion Ravens (9-5) rebounded from a three-game losing streak with a winning streak just as long. They are averaging 40.3 points over their past three games.

INJURY REPORT

Quarterback Daniel Jones is on track to return after hamstring and ankle injuries kept him out of last week's loss to Cleveland. He was limited in practice all week and was listed as questionable on the final injury report. Linebacker Blake Martinez (ankle) and cornerback Darnay Holmes (knee) are also questionable, while wide receiver Golden Tate (calf) has been ruled out.

THE UNICORN

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, who had 1,206 rushing yards in 2019, has 828 rushing yards this season and joins Michael Vick (2004 & 2006) as the only quarterbacks with two seasons of at least 800 rushing yards in NFL history.

Meanwhile, four quarterbacks are listed among the NFL's top 40 rushers this season. The Giants have faced two of them this month (Seattle's Russell Wilson and Arizona's Kyler Murray). Jackson is the third.

TOUGH VENUE

Baltimore has won seven consecutive home games in the month of December (12 of last 13). The Ravens are 23-8 at home in December since John Harbaugh took over in 2008.

AFC NORTH VS. NFC EAST

The AFC North claims a combined 33 wins heading into the final two weeks; the NFC East has 20. The Steelers, Browns, and Ravens are 10-1 against the NFC East this season (Bengals are 0-3-1).

GA-NO DOUBT

Graham Gano extended his streak to 27 consecutive successful field goal attempts last week, one shy of his career high and two less than the franchise record.

PRO BOWLING

Cornerback James Bradberry and tight end Evan Engram this week were named to the 2021 Pro Bowl roster. Bradberry is the first Giants cornerback to be voted in since 2016, while Evan Engram is the team's first Pro Bowl tight end since 2006.

The league announced in October that it canceled the game to focus on completing its season amid the pandemic. Las Vegas, which had been scheduled to host the game, will instead host the Pro Bowl after the 2021 season. This will be the first time since the 1949 season that the NFL hasn't held some form of postseason all-star game.

FAMILIAR FOE

The Giants may not see them often, but defensive back Logan Ryan is familiar with the Ravens. The former Patriot and Titan had 13 tackles in his last game against Baltimore, a divisional round victory for Tennessee this past January. Ryan has seven passes defensed, two interceptions and a forced fumble in six career games against Baltimore, including postseason.

SPECIAL BACKGROUNDS

Joe Judge vs. John Harbaugh is a matchup of former special teams coordinators who rose to the ranks of head coach. Judge coached that third of the game for the Patriots and, before that, the University of Alabama. Before becoming the Ravens' head coach in 2008, Harbaugh was the Eagles' secondary coach (2007), and prior to that, he was Philadelphia's special teams coordinator (1998- 2006) and a 14-year collegiate coach.

"My respect level for him as a coach is extremely high," Judge said. "I don't care if it's special teams coach, head coach, defensive backs coach, he's just a very good coach. His players are always very well-prepared, they always play with a high urgency, they always play very physical, and that's been a trademark since he's been down there. His teams, you play the Baltimore Ravens, you always know you're going in and you have to go ahead and play a physical brand of football. You can't beat the Ravens with finesse. That's not the way it is. You have to be able to play these guys and try to match them in the run game. You have to be able to make plays in the passing game on both sides of the ball, and you have to be ready to cover kicks because they have dynamic returners, and they can make plays at all points."

View rare photos of the history between the Giants and Ravens ahead of their Week 16 matchup.

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