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Notes & Stats: Victorious Giants keep coming back


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Notes and statistics from the Giants' 24-20 victory against the Baltimore Ravens in MetLife Stadium:

*The Giants won their third consecutive game, their longest winning streak since they won four in a row from Nov. 8 to Dec. 6, 2020.

*The Giants improved to 5-1. They have exceeded their 2021 victory total with 11 games remaining. This is their best record through six games since they were 5-1 in 2009.

*The Giants are 3-1 at home, matching their 2021 victory total in MetLife Stadium.

*Each of the Giants' five victories have come against opponents outside the NFC East. This is the first season in which the Giants have won their first five non-divisional games.

*The Giants trailed with seven minutes remaining, 20-10. This is the first time they overcame a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter – and with so little time left - since they defeated New Orleans in overtime, 27-21, on Oct. 3, 2021. They trailed, 21-10, before Saquon Barkley's 54-yard touchdown reception from Daniel Jones, a two-point conversion and Graham Gano's field goal tied the game. Barkley scored the game-winner in overtime on a six-yard run.

On Sunday, Jones threw a late touchdown pass to rookie tight end Daniel Bellinger and Barkley again scored the deciding touchdown on a one-yard dive.

*It was the Giants' first 10-point comeback in the final seven minutes in a four-quarter game since Dec. 11, 2011, in Dallas. They trailed, 34-22, before Eli Manning threw an eight-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jake Ballard with 3:14 left and Brandon Jacobs ran for a one-yard score with 46 seconds remaining.

*It's the second time this season the Giants took the lead in the final two minutes (Jones threw a one-yard touchdown pass to Chris Myarick and a two-point conversion to Barkley with 1:06 remaining in the opener at Tennessee).

*This is the second week in a row Barkley scored the game-winning touchdown. Last week against Green Bay in London, his two-yard run with 6:08 left gave the Giants a seven-point lead in a game they won, 27-22.

*Baltimore entered the game tied for the NFL lead with eight interceptions and 11 takeaways. Jones did not throw an interception for the third straight game, and the Giants' only turnover was his harmless fumble on the final play of the first half.

*The Giants had two huge takeaways in the final 2:50. On the first, Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson fumbled a shotgun snap, picked up the ball and threw a pass to Patrick Ricard that was intercepted by Julian Love. It was the Giants' first interception of the season and ended their six-game streak without one dating back to last year. They had last intercepted a pass on Jan. 2 in Chicago (James Bradberry and Tae Crowder).

*Love's pick led to Barkley's deciding touchdown. With the Ravens desperately trying to retake the lead, top draft choice Kayvon Thibodeaux recorded his first career sack, an eight-yarder of Jackson, and forced a fumble when the quarterback lost the ball.

*The clinching fumble recovery was made by Leonard Williams with 1:30 remaining. It was his first recovery since Nov. 7, 2021, when he secured a David Carr fumble with 37 seconds left after Quincy Roche's sack and forced fumble.

*The Giants converted seven third down opportunities (on 14 tries), their highest total since they had eight at Philadelphia on Dec. 26, 2021.

*The Giants rushed for 83 yards, ending their streak of five consecutive 100-yard games on the ground.

*The Ravens totaled 406 yards, the most by a Giants opponent since the Los Angeles Chargers gained 423 yards last Dec. 12.

*Jones completed 19 of 27 passes (70.4%) for 173 yards and touchdown passes to rookies Wan'Dale Robinson (five yards) and Bellinger (eight yards). It is the third game this season in which Jones completed more than 70% of his passes (also Tennessee and Green Bay). He had three such games in his first three seasons.

*Barkley rushed for 83 yards on 22 carries, the longest an eight-yarder. He increased his season total to 616 yards, exceeding his total for the entire 2021 season (593). Barkley also caught three passes for 12 yards.

*Bellinger led the Giants with five receptions for 38 yards. He has scored three touchdowns this season, two on catches and one last week on a run.

*Robinson, who had not played since opening day because of a knee injury, scored his first NFL touchdown on a five-yard reception from Jones on a third-and-four. Robinson set up the score with a 15-yard catch to the Baltimore 11-yard-line on third-and-12. He finished with three receptions for 37 yards.

*Dexter Lawrence sacked Jackson for a seven-yard loss, the defensive lineman's third consecutive game with a sack. In six games, Lawrence has 4.0 sacks, tying the career high he set in 2020. His three consecutive games with a sack are a career long.

*Gary Brightwell had a 47-yard kickoff return, the Giants' longest since Dion Lewis had a 48-yarder on Dec. 20, 2020, also against the Ravens.

*Baltimore's Kenyan Drake scored the game's first points on a 30-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. It was just the second score on the ground given up by the Giants this season; Dallas' Ezekiel Elliott scored on a one-yard run on Sept. 26. Drake's rushing touchdown was the longest run and touchdown allowed by the Giants since Sept. 12, 2021, when Denver's Melvin Gordon ran for a 70-yard score.

*Drake had another 30-yard run on the Ravens' next possession. He is the first Giants opponent with two runs of at least 30 yards in a game since Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick rushed for gains of 35 and 33 yards on Dec. 19, 2010.

*Drake also had a 21-yard run to become the first Giants opponent with three rushes of at least 20 yards since Arizona's Chase Edmonds on Oct. 20, 2019 (22, 20 and 20).

*This was the first time Jackson started against an NFC team and lost. He entered the game 12-0 vs. the NFC.

*Safety Xavier McKinney led the Giants with nine tackles (five solo). Cornerback Fabian Moreau had eight unassisted tackles.

*Brian Daboll lost a challenge for the first time with 1:22 remaining in the first quarter. Jackson threw a pass in the center of the field to tight end Josh Oliver, who made a one-handed grab that was ruled a 12-yard catch. Daboll challenged the call on the field, believing Oliver had not secured the ball before it hit the ground. But after review, referee Clay Martin ruled the call on the field stood. Daboll is 2-1 in challenges in his first season as a head coach.

*The Giants' game captains were Jones, Williams, Love and Andrew Thomas.

*The Giants' inactive players were wide receivers Kenny Golladay (knee) and Kadarius Toney (hamstring), linebacker Azeez Ojulari (calf), cornerback Cor'Dale Flott (calf), and safety Jason Pinnock (ankle).


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