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TAMPA – Notes and statistics from the Giants' 32-18 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

*The Giants improved to 5-4, including 2-3 on the road, and stayed in first place in the NFC East. They host undefeated New England (8-0) next week.**>> WATCH GIANTS VS. BUCS HIGHLIGHTS**

*The Giants rushed for 114 yards, their second-highest total of the season; they ran for 132 yards in their victory over Dallas on Oct. 25.

*Neither team had a sack. It was the third time this season Eli Manning was not sacked (also in home victories over Washington and San Francisco). It was also the third time this season, and second week in a row, the Giants defense did not register a sack.

*The Giants punted just once, the first time that's happened since Nov. 7, 2010, in a 41-7 victory at Seattle.**>> 5 STANDOUT PLAYERS**

*The Giants converted nine of 15 third-down opportunities, the third time this season they had at least nine

conversions in a game. They had a season-high 10 against Atlanta on Sept. 20, and nine vs. San Francisco.

*Cornerback Trevin Wade scored on the game's final play when the Buccaneers, in desperation mode from their own six-yard line, threw a pass to the right side, and hoped for a multi-lateral miracle. But Mike Evans' throwback sailed over the head of guard Logan Mankins and was picked up at the five-yard line by Wade, who stepped into the end zone as time expired for what was officially a fumble recovery touchdown.

*The fumble recovery was the second of Wade's career. He got his first on the first series of the third quarter, when Jasper Brinkley forced a fumble by Charles Sims, and after a scramble, Wade fell on the ball on the Tampa Bay 24-yard line. The takeaway led to a Giants' field goal.

*Wade score the Giants' fourth defensive touchdown of the season. The others were fumble and interception returns by Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and an interception return last week by Trumaine McBride. Last season, the Giants had just one defensive touchdown, on a fumble return by defensive tackle Markus Kuhn.

*Although Wade's late score did not determine the winner, it was the first time the Giants scored points with no

time remaining on the clock since Sept. 20, 2009, when Lawrence Tynes kicked a 37-yard field goal at Dallas to beat the Cowboys, 33-31, in the first game in what is now called AT&T Stadium.

*The Giants did not attempt an extra point after Wade's touchdown. Instead, Josh Brown went under center, took a snap from Zak DeOssie, and went down on one knee. The play was officially a failed two-point conversion, the Giants' first since Nov. 9, 2008 at Philadelphia.

*Tom Coughlin won his 101st regular-season game as the Giants' head coach, and the 169th of his career. He is in 12th place on the NFL's career list, one win behind Mike Shanahan.

*Eli Manning set a franchise record with his 96th regular-season victory as the Giants' starting quarterback. He had shared the mark with Phil Simms, who won 95 games in 15 seasons from 1979-93. Manning is in his 12th season.

*Manning completed 26 of 40 passes for 213 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Manning threw six

touchdown passes last week in New Orleans. The eight touchdown throws is the highest two-game total in one season in his career, surpassing the seven he had on Oct. 25-Nov 7, 2010, when he had four at Dallas and three in Seattle. Manning actually had more in one two-game period when he threw for five touchdowns in the 2012 season finale vs. Philadelphia and four in the 2013 opener at Dallas.

*Manning's touchdown passes were an eight-yarder to Rueben Randle in the first quarter, and a four-yarder to Shane Vereen in the second. It was the third touchdown of the season for each player, and each matched their 2014 season total. Vereen has matched his career-high total for each of the previous two years, when he played for New England.

*Manning's pass on the first play of the game tipped off Odell Beckham Jr.'s hands and was intercepted by

cornerback Sterling Moore. It was the first time the Giants committed a turnover on their first offensive play since Sept. 8, 2013, when Dallas' DeMarcus Ware picked off a Manning pass on the first snap of the season.

*Manning played in his 179th career game, tying him with former offensive lineman Greg Larson (1961-73) for seventh place on the team's career list.

*Beckham led the Giants with nine catches for 105 yards. The nine receptions were his season high, and his highest total since he had 12 in the 2014 season finale against Philadelphia.

*The nine receptions increased Beckham's career total to 150 in 21 games. He shattered the NFL record for fewest games needed to reach 150 catches:

Name                           Games to 150

Odell Beckham Jr.               21

Anquan Boldin                    25

Reggie Bush                        26

Lionel Taylor                      28

Marques Colston                28

*Beckham added to his Giants record for most catches by receiver in first two seasons with the Giants. Plaxico Burress had 139 in 2005-06.

*Beckham exceeded 100 receiving yards for the second game in row, the fourth time this season, and the 11th time in his two-year career. The Giants are 5-6 when Beckham hits the century mark in receiving yards.

*Beckham's 105 yards increased his career total to 2,064 yards, enabling him to tie the NFL record for fewest games to 2,000.

Name                           Games to 2,000

Odell Beckham Jr.                21

Bill Groman                         21

Charley Hennigan                22

Bob Hayes                           24

Lance Alworth                     24

*Del Shofner holds the Giants record for most receiving yards in this first two seasons with the team with 2,258 in 1961-62. Burress had 2,202.

*Rashad Jennings led the Giants with 48 rushing yards on 13 carries. Jennings, Andre Williams, Orleans Darkwa and Vereen all had at least six rushing attempts.

*In his first game action of the season, Jason Pierre-Paul started at right defensive end, participated in 46 of the Giants' 63 defensive snaps (63 percent), including penalties, and the Bucs' failed two-point conversion attempt. JPP was credited with two solo tackles, and two quarterback hits.

*Brinkley and Jonathan Casillas started for the second game in a row at middle and weakside linebacker, respectively. Brinkley, who was signed as a free agent on Sept. 9, led the Giants with seven tackles (five solo), including one for a loss. Casillas was right behind him six solo tackles.

*Brinkley also had a forced fumble and a fumble recovery, the latter, a career first. The seven-year veteran fell

on a Doug Martin fumble on the first play of the second quarter, a turnover that was forced by Johnathan Hankins, who suffered an injury to his pectoral muscle on the play. In the third quarter, Brinkley forced the fumble by that was recovered by Wade. It was Brinkley's sixth career forced fumble, and first since Oct. 19, 2014, when he played for Minnesota at Buffalo.

*Brown made all four of his field goal attempts, from 35, 35, 53 and 44 yards.  He extended his Giants record to hands outs their game balls after the Giants top the Bucs

23 consecutive successful attempts, including all 19 this season. He last missed an attempt on Dec. 21, 2014, when his 29-yard try at St. Louis was blocked.

*It was the 13th time in Brown's three seasons with the Giants that he kicked at least three field goals in a game, and the fifth time he booted at least four. This was his second four-field goal game of the season; he kicked four at Dallas on Sept. 13.

*The 53-yarder was Brown's second field goal this season of at least 50 yards (he had a 50-yarder at Dallas), and his longest since he kicked a 53-yarder vs. Philadelphia on Dec. 28, 2014.

*A 68-yard pass from Jameis Winston to Mike Evans set up a field goal on the Bucs' second offensive possession, and was the longest play allowed by the Giants this season. The previous long was a 53-yard pass from Drew Brees to Marques Colston last week in New Orleans. It was the longest play given up by the Giants since Oct. 5, 2014, when Atlanta's Matt Ryan and Antone Smith hooked up for a 74-yard catch-and-run touchdown. It was the longest non-touchdown completion allowed by the Giants since Dec. 11, 2011, when Dallas' Tony Romo threw a pass to Laurent Robinson that gained 74 yards.

*Tampa Bay's only touchdown, on Jameis Winston's 10-yard run in the fourth quarter, was set up by Sims' 59-yard run, the longest against the Giants since the Ravens' Bernard Pierce ripped off a 78-yarder in Baltimore on Dec. 23, 2012. Pierce was tackled at the one-yard line.

*Cornerback Tramain Jacobs, signed off the practice squad on Saturday, made his Giants debut on special teams.

*Rookie tight end Will Tye did not make his first career start, because the Giants opened the game with three wide receivers. Tye caught two passes for 19 yards, and fellow tight end Jerome Cunningham caught two for 10 yards.

*The Giants' inactive players were cornerbacks Prince Amukamara (pectoral) and Leon McFadden, linebackers Uani 'Unga (neck) and J.T. Thomas (ankle), tight end Larry Donnell (neck), wide receiver Victor Cruz (calf) and offensive lineman Bobby Hart.

Amukamara missed his fourth consecutive game, though he hopes to return next week vs. New England. Donnell's absence ended a streak of 40 consecutive games played since the start of the 2013 season. 'Unga was sidelined for the second time in three games. Cruz has yet to play in a game this year.

*With Jon Beason on injured reserve, Manning and Zak DeOssie are the only season-long captains on the active roster. The Giants' game captains were Justin Pugh, Cullen Jenkins and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

*The Giants won their fifth consecutive game vs. Tampa Bay, and fourth in the regular season. They last lost to the Bucs in 2003, and defeated them in the regular season in 2006, 2009 and 2012, plus a 2007 NFC Wild Card game. The Giants are 6-5 in regular-season games at Tampa Bay.

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