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2010 Overview: Inside the Numbers

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The Giants finished with a 10-6 record following marks of 11-5, 8-8, 10-6, 12-4 and 8-8 the previous five seasons. The six-year streak without a losing record is the Giants' longest since they had 10 in a row from 1954-63.


*This was the Giants' fourth double-digit victory season in Tom Coughlin's seven years as head coach.

*The Giants were 5-3 at home and 5-3 on the road, the fourth time in the last five years they've had a winning record as visitors.

*The Giants were one of the record-tying 13 teams to win at least 10 games, joining New England (14), Atlanta (13), Baltimore (12), Pittsburgh (12), Chicago (11), New Orleans (11), the Jets (11), Green Bay (10), Indianapolis (10), Kansas City (10), Philadelphia (10) and Tampa Bay (10).  Thirteen teams also did so in 2003 and 2005.

*Despite winning 10 games, the Giants did not make the playoffs for the second consecutive season, the first time that happened since 2003-04.

*This was only the second time the Giants won at least 10 games and did not make the playoffs. In 1988, the Giants lost on the final day of the season to the Jets and went home with a 10-6 record. They were the sixth double-digit victory team to fall short of the postseason since the NFL's realignment in 2002, joining Miami in 2003, Kansas City in 2005, Cleveland in 2007, New England in 2008 and Tampa Bay this year. The Giants and Buccaneers were the first NFC teams and the first pair of 10-win teams to miss the playoffs in the same season since the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers in 1991.

*In 2010, the Giants played their first season in New Meadowlands Stadium. They were the 18th team to open a new stadium since 1995. That does not include the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Carolina Panthers, expansion teams that began play in 1995, the Cleveland Browns, who returned to the field in 1999 after a three-year hiatus, and the 2002 expansion Houston Texans. It does include the Chicago Bears, who moved into a completely refurbished Soldier Field in 2003.

The Giants improved from 8-8 in 2009 to 10-6 in 2010 to become just the seventh of those 17 teams to have a better record in their first season in their new digs than they did the previous year.

*The Giants won both of their indoor games in 2010 (at Houston and vs. Minnesota in Detroit). They are 8-3 in regular season games in dome stadiums under Tom Coughlin and 25-15 overall.

*The Giants finished in the top 10 in the NFL's offensive and defensive rankings. They were fifth on offense with an average of 380.3 yards a game and seventh in defense, allowing an average of 310.8 yards per game. The Giants had last finished in the top 10 in both rankings in 2008, when they were seventh on offense and fifth on defense.

*The Giants gained a franchise-record 6,085 yards, the first 6,000-yard season in their history. The previous record was 5,884 yards in 1985.

*The Giants scored 48 touchdowns, which was tied for the third-highest total in team history. They scored 57 touchdowns in 1963, 49 in 1962 and '67 and 48 in 1985.

*The Giants were one of only two teams with a pair of backs who rushed for more than 800 yards apiece in Ahmad Bradshaw (1,235 yards) and Brandon Jacobs (823). The only other team to have two 800-yard rushers was Kansas City, with Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones.  

*The Giants' 331 first downs were the third-highest total in franchise history (356 in 1985 and 338 in 2008).

*The team's 339 pass completions – all by Eli Manning – were the second-most in Giants history, behind only the 350 completions in 1999.

*The Giants' 62.9 completion percentage was a team record, besting the 62.4 percentage set in 2009.

*The Giants' 3,885 net passing yards were the third-highest total in team history, trailing only the 4,019 yards in 2009 and 3,951 yards in 2002.

*According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Giants had 80 scrimmage plays of 20 or more yards (58 passes, 22 runs), tying them with the Philadelphia Eagles for the highest total in the NFL. Their 14 touchdown passes of 20-plus yards led the league.

*The Giants and Indianapolis Colts allowed an NFL-low 16 sacks in 2010. That was easily the fewest sacks allowed by the Giants since the 16-game season was instituted in 1978. Their previous low total was 24 sacks allowed in 2002. The Giants did not allow a sack in a franchise-record five consecutive games (Nov. 7-Dec. 5) and in seven games overall. During one stretch, Manning threw 193 passes without being sacked. That streak began on Oct. 25 at Dallas and ended when Manning was sacked by Minnesota's Jared Allen in the third quarter on Dec. 13. The Giants were the first team since the 2008 Tennessee Titans to not allow a sack in five consecutive games.

*The Giants' offense led the NFL by averaging 6.57 yards on first down.

*The Giants led the NFL in takeaways (39) and giveaways (42), the first NFL team to top the league in both categories since St. Louis in 2003 (46 takeaways, 39 giveaways).

*The Giants joined Houston, Jacksonville and St. Louis as the only teams that did not have a defensive touchdown in 2010. The Giants, Texans and Rams were the only teams without a return touchdown.

*The Giants allowed 347 points, 80 fewer than they gave up in 2009.

*The Giants finished the season with 46 sacks, their highest total since the 2007 Super Bowl champions led the NFL with 53.

*Giants opponents fumbled 42 times in 2010. The last team whose opponents fumbled at least 42 times was Philadelphia in 2002 (45). The Giants recovered 23 opponents fumbles this season, the highest total in the NFL since Baltimore in 2000 (26). The 23 recoveries of opponents fumbles tied for the third-highest total in franchise history. The Giants recovered 27 fumbles in 1950, 26 in 1946 and 23 in 1980.

*The Gants held their opponents to an NFL-best 31.7 success rate on third down conversion attempts (66 of 208). They allowed 263 first downs, the second-lowest total in the league (San Diego, 247).

*The Giants held their opponents to fewer than 100 rushing yards in nine of 16 games. They were 9-0 in those games. The Giants were 1-6 when the opposition rushed for more than 100 yards.

*The Giants finished 3-3 vs. the NFC East, including 2-1 on the road. Under Coughlin, the Giants have been 4-2 four times and 3-3 three times in division games.

*The division record included a sweep of Washington. The Giants have won six consecutive games against the Redskins, their longest winning streak over Washington since they won six in a row from 1993-95 and their longest streak vs. an NFC East opponent since they defeated Philadelphia eight consecutive times (plus once in the playoffs) from 1997-2000. The Giants have won nine of their last 10 games against the Redskins.

*The Giants have won their last five games in Washington, the first time in their history they've won five consecutive road games against one opponent.

*The Giants had five players selected to the Pro Bowl and four play in the game. Right guard Chris Snee was voted in as a starter for the NFC team. Defensive end Justin Tuck, safety Antrel Rolle and center Shaun O'Hara were reserves and long snapper Zak DeOssie was added as the "need" player by NFC Coach Mike Smith of Atlanta. O'Hara was unable to play in the game after undergoing surgery on his foot.

*The Giants' 2011 regular season opponents are set. In addition to home-and-home series with NFC East rivals Dallas, Philadelphia and Washington, the Giants will host St. Louis, Seattle, Buffalo, Miami and the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers. The non-division road games will be in Arizona, San Francisco, New Orleans, New England and New Meadowlands Stadium, where they will be the visitors against the Jets.

*The Giants' two-play, 95-yard touchdown drive at Washington on Jan. 2 was their longest scoring drive since a 97-yard march at St. Louis on Sept. 14, 2008.

*When the Giants played in Green Bay on Dec. 26, they started 11 players who also started the epic 2007 NFC Championship Game victory in Lambeau Field. Eight starters on offense were the same: Manning, Jacobs, Boss and offensive linemen David Diehl, Rich Seubert, Shaun O'Hara, Chris Snee and Kareem McKenzie. On defense, Umenyiora, Barry Cofield and Corey Webster started then and now.

*Against the Packers, Manning threw an 85-yard touchdown pass to Mario Manningham soon after Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers threw an 80-yarder to Jordy Nelson. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that was the first game in Giants history in which each team threw a touchdown pass that was at least 80 yards long.

It had not been done in any NFL game since Oct. 19, 1981, in the Detroit Lions' 48-17 rout of Chicago on a Monday night. Vince Evans threw an 85-yard scoring pass to Marcus Anderson for the first Bears touchdown. Eric Hipple countered with a 94-yarder to Leonard Thompson for the Lions' final score.

*The Giants' loss to Philadelphia on Dec. 19 ended a streak of 15 consecutive games in which the Giants won when leading after three quarters.

*The Giants broke a four-game losing streak to Minnesota when they defeated the Vikings, 21-3, in Ford Field in Detroit on Dec. 13. It was their first victory over the Vikings since Oct. 31, 2004.

*The game was moved from Sunday, Dec. 12 in Minneapolis to Monday in Detroit because of a winter storm that dumped 17 inches of snow and caused the inflatable dome at Mall of America Field to collapse. The Giants have been the visiting team in each of the last two relocated NFL regular season games. On Sept. 19, 2005, they were visitors in Giants Stadium against the New Orleans Saints when the teams' game was moved from the Louisiana Superdome following Hurricane Katrina. The Giants won, 27-10.

*It is believed the Giants-Vikings game was the third time in the last 25 years that weather or natural disasters forced the NFL to hastily move a regular season game to a site that was not the home stadium of either competing team. That does not count New Orleans' 2005 season, when the Saints, after playing a home game in Giants Stadium, hosted games in Baton Rouge and San Antonio.

In 1989, the Loma Prieta earthquake that caused a 10-day disruption in the World Series also forced the San Francisco 49ers to move their Oct. 22 home game against New England to Stanford Stadium. The 49ers won, 37-20, and went on to win the Super Bowl that season. On Oct. 27, 2003, the Miami Dolphins defeated the Chargers, 26-10, in a game played in Tempe, Arizona because of wildfires in the San Diego area.

*The Giants held Washington to seven points on Dec. 5 and Minnesota to three on Dec. 13, the first time they held their opponents to fewer than 10 points in back-to-back games since Oct. 30 and Nov. 6, 2005 when they defeated Washington, 36-0, and San Francisco, 24-6.

*The Giants forced six Washington turnovers (four fumbles and two interceptions, including one on the game's final play) on Dec. 5. That was their highest number of takeaways since Sept. 19, 2005, when they had six vs. New Orleans (three fumbles and three interceptions) in a New Orleans Saints home game that was played in Giants Stadium because of Hurricane Katrina.

*The Giants recovered four Washington fumbles, the most they had in a game since Dec. 8, 2002 – also against the Redskins.

*The Giants' victory over Jacksonville on Nov. 28 was their first game in which they did not allow a sack nor commit a turnover since Sept. 27, 2009 at Tampa Bay in a 24-0 victory.

*The Giants rallied to win the Jacksonville game by scoring 15 fourth-quarter points, their highest-scoring fourth quarter since they had 21 points in St. Louis on Sept. 14, 2008.

*The Giants trailed the Jaguars at halftime, 17-6. The 11-point halftime deficit was the largest they overcame to win a game since Sept. 23, 2007, when they trailed Washington, 17-3, but won, 24-17.

*The Giants trailed the Jaguars early in the fourth quarter, 17-9. The eight-point deficit in the final quarter was the largest they overcame to win a game since Dec. 21, 2008 vs. Carolina. They trailed, 28-20, before rallying to win, 34-28 in overtime.

*From Oct. 25-Nov. 14, the Giants gained 497 yards at Dallas, 487 at Seattle and 480 vs. the Cowboys, the first time in their history the Giants gained at least 480 yards in each of three consecutive games.

*When the Giants won at Seattle, 41-7, on Nov. 7, the 34-point margin of victory was their largest on the road since Oct. 10, 1993, when they defeated the Redskins in Washington, also 41-7. It was their largest victory margin in any game since a 44-7 defeat of Oakland on Oct. 11, 2009.

*The Giants won in Dallas in their previous game, 41-35. It was the first time they scored at least 40 points in consecutive road games since Nov. 27 and Dec. 4, 1966. However, the Giants lost both of those games, 72-41 at Washington and 49-40 at Cleveland.

*The Giants won their third game in a row after a regular season bye and improved to 7-15 in such games, including 4-3 under Coughlin, who is 9-6 in his career in games following a week off.

*The Giants scored the game's first 41 points in Seattle, the first time they did that since Nov. 5, 1961, when they defeated the Redskins, 53-0.

*The Giants led at halftime, 35-0, their largest lead after two quarters since Nov. 29, 1959, when they led Washington, 38-0.

*The 35 points were the most scored by the Giants in a first half since they had 35 at Houston on Dec. 8, 1985 and their highest total in any half since Sept. 11, 2005, when they scored 35 in the second half vs. Arizona.

*The Giants led Seattle after one quarter, 21-0. It was the first time the Giants scored 21 points in a first quarter and their first 21-0 lead after one quarter since Dec. 15, 2002 vs. Dallas. The 21 points was their highest total in any quarter since they scored 21 in the fourth at St. Louis on Sept. 14, 2008.

*The Giants' 30 first downs against the Seahawks were their highest total since they had 31 vs. New Orleans on Sept. 24, 1995.

*The Giants won in Seattle for the first since 1981. They had lost there in 1986, 1995, 2005 and 2006, the first two in the Kingdome, the latter two in Qwest Field.

*On Oct. 25, the Giants defeated Dallas, 41-35, to improve to 2-0 in Cowboys Stadium. They won in Dallas in consecutive seasons for the first time since winning three in a row in Texas Stadium from 1988-90.

*The Giants improved to 17-5 (.773) in games prior to a regular season bye, including 5-2 under Tom Coughlin.

*The visit to Dallas was the Giants' only Monday night game of the season. It was the eighth consecutive Monday night game in which the Giants were the visiting team (including the 2005 game vs. New Orleans that was played in Giants Stadium). The Giants have not been the home team on a Monday night since Sept. 15, 2003, a 35-32 overtime loss to Dallas. The Giants are 20-31-1 on Monday night.

*The Giants' 28-20 victory over Detroit on Oct. 17 was the 650th in Giants franchise history – 630 in the regular season, plus 20 in the postseason. They finished the season with 636 regular season victories, which is third in NFL history behind Chicago (704) and Green Bay (664).

*When the Giants played in Houston on Oct. 10, the Texans entered the game with NFL-best figures of 172.0 rushing yards a game and 5.5 yards a carry. The Giants' defense limited them to only 24 yards and 1.6 yards a carry. The 24 rushing yards were the fewest allowed by the Giants since Arizona ran for 23 yards on Nov. 23, 2008. It was only the ninth time in the last 25 years that a Giants opponent rushed for less than 25 yards.

*In their 17-3 victory over Chicago on Oct. 3, the Giants defense sacked Bears quarterbacks 10 times (Jay Cutler – nine, all in the first half, and Caleb Hanie once). It was the Giants' highest sack total since they set a franchise record and tied the NFL mark with 12 sacks vs. Philadelphia on Sept. 13, 2007 – also a Sunday night home game in the fourth week of the season. The 10 sacks were the most by an NFL team since the Giants' 12-sack game. It was the third game in Giant history in which the team had at least 10 sacks. The third was an 11-sack performance vs. the St. Louis Cardinals on Nov. 1, 1964, 18 years before sacks became an official statistic.

*The Bears were 0-for-13 on third-down conversions attempts. It was the first time a Giants opponent was 0-for-13 or worse on third downs in a regular-season game since the 1970 merger, However, the Washington Redskins were 0-for-14 against the Giants in the 1986 NFC Championship Game.

*Jay Cutler, Todd Collins and Caleb Hanie completed passes for the Bears vs. the Giants. It was the first time three different quarterbacks completed passes against the Giants since Oct. 3, 2004 when Green Bay's Brett Favre, Doug Pederson and Craig Nall did it in a 14-7 Giants victory.

*The win over the Bears was the 350th regular season home victory in Giants history.

*It was the Giants' first regular season home victory over Chicago since a 28-24 win in Yankee Stadium on Oct. 5, 1969 (though the Giants routed the Bears, 31-3, in a 1990 NFC Divisional Playoff Game in Giants Stadium). Chicago won in the Bronx in 1970 and in Giants Stadium in 1977, 1995, 2004 and most recently, on Nov. 12, 2006 (38-20).

*The Giants did not punt in a 29-10 loss to Tennessee on Sept. 26, the first time that happened since Sept. 29, 1991 in a 26-21 loss to the Cowboys in Dallas. It was one of just two games in Coughlin's 255-game NFL head coaching career (240 regular season games) in which his team did not punt. On Oct. 20, 1996, the Jacksonville Jaguars never punted and out-gained St. Louis, 538-204, but lost, 17-14. The reason was turnovers. The Jaguars had six of them, including five interceptions by Mark Brunell.

*The Giants out-gained the Titans by exactly 200 yards (471-271). The last time they outgained their opponents by at least 200 yards and lost was Nov. 13, 2005 vs. Minnesota, when they had 268 more yards than the Vikings (405-137), but lost, 24-21.

*The Giants had 254 more passing yards than Tennessee (364-110). It has been almost 25 years since they had such a large advantage in passing yards and lost. On Oct. 13, 1985, the Giants had 286 more passing yards than the Bengals in Cincinnati but lost, 35-30.

*The Tennessee game was the first in the Super Bowl era (since 1966) in which the Giants had neither a takeaway nor a punt.

*The Giants' 38-14 loss to the Colts in Indianapolis on Sept. 19 was the second game in NFL history in which the starting quarterbacks were brothers. Peyton Manning and the Colts are 2-0 against Eli Manning and the Giants. Peyton completed 20 of 26 passes for 255 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions, and a rating of 145.5. Eli Manning completed 13 of 24 passes for 161 yards, two touchdowns, one interception and a rating of 85.6.

Eli and Peyton Manning were one of 22 sets of brothers who were active in the NFL when the game was played.

*The loss in Indy left the Giants at 48-33-5 (.594) in road openers, the second-best record in NFL history. Only Dallas, which is 32-19 (.627) has a higher winning percentage in road openers. In addition, Green Bay is the only team with more victories in road openers. The Packers are 52-36-2.

*The Giants' season-opening 31-18 victory over Carolina on Sept. 12 improved their record on Kickoff Weekend to 49-32-5. The 49 victories are the third-highest opening day total in NFL history, behind Chicago (51) and Green Bay (51).

*The Giants are 48-35-3 in home openers and 17-11 in season-opening home games. The 48 victories are tied for the second-most in league history, behind Chicago (62) and Detroit (48).

*The Giants won their season opener for the third consecutive season, the first time they've done that since they won four in a row from 1997-2000. The Giants have started three consecutive seasons with home victories for the first time in their history.

*The victory over the Panthers extended the Giants' winning streak in September to nine games. It ended the following week in Indianapolis.

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