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Coach Coughlin gets 100th win; Postgame Stats & Notes


EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The Giants won for the fourth time in five games and improved to 4-3. They play their next two games on the road, at New Orleans and Tampa Bay.

  • The Giants broke a five-game losing streak to Dallas. They had last beaten the Cowboys, 29-24, on Oct. 28, 2012 in Dallas. It was their first home victory vs. the Cowboys since Jan. 1, 2012, the night they clinched the NFC East title on their way to Super Bowl XLVI.
  • The Giants have won their first two NFC East home games for the first time since 2009.
  • The Cowboys had their bye last week. This was the third year in a row the Giants faced Dallas immediately after the Cowboys' bye. The Giants are 9-6 since 1990 when their opponents are coming off a bye and the Giants are not.
  • The Giants scored three touchdowns in the game – one on offense (Orleans Darkwa's 15-yard run), one on defense (Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie's 58-yard interception return) and one on special teams (Dwayne Harris' game-winning 100-yard kickoff return).

That this was first game in which the Giants scored on both an interception return and a kickoff return since Nov. 4, 1951, when two Pro Football Hall of Famers teamed up to do it. Tom Landry returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown, and Emlen Tunnell brought back a kickoff 100 yards for another score in a 37-31 victory over the New York Yankees.

  • The Giants trailed at halftime, 13-10. This was their first victory in a game in which they trailed after two quarters since Dec. 14, 2014, when they trailed Washington, 10-7, before going on to win, 24-13. They had lost their previous two games when trailing after two quarters, in the 2014 season finale vs. Philadelphia, and last Monday night against the same team.
  • The Giants rushed for 132 yards, their first 100-yard game since they ran for 128 yards at St. Louis on Dec. 21, 2014. They had not rushed for 100 yards in seven consecutive games, and had been the only NFL team without a 100-yard rushing game this season.

The Giants had four takeaways and no turnovers. They have won eight of their last nine games in which they did not turn over the ball. The lone loss in that streak was opening night in Dallas. The Giants did not commit a turnover in two games vs. the Cowboys this season.

  • The Giants' time of possession of 21:56 was their lowest since they owned the ball for 20:39 in a loss at Baltimore on Dec. 23, 2012.
  • Dallas gained 460 yards, the highest total allowed by the Giants since Seattle finished with 510 yards on Nov. 9, 2014. The Cowboys' 233 rushing yards were the most for a Giants' opponent since the Seahawks ran for 350 yards last season.
  • Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning each reached milestones with the victory. Coughlin won his 100th regular-season game with the Giants, and Manning his 95th. Coughlin joined Hall of Famer Steve Owen as the only coaches in the 91-season history of the franchise to reach 100 regular-season victories. Owen had 153 victories from 1930-53.
  • Manning's 95th regular-season victory tied Phil Simms' franchise record. The veteran quarterback and team captain presented a game ball to Coughlin in the postgame locker room.
  • Coughlin became the seventh coach in NFL history with at least 100 victories and at least two Super Bowl wins with one franchise:

Name Team Victories Super Bowl Wins
Tom Coughlin Giants 100 2
Bill Belichick New England 176 4
Joe Gibbs Washington 154 3
Tom Landry Dallas 250 2
Chuck Noll Pittsburgh 193 4
Mike Shanahan Denver 138 2
Don Shula Miami 257 2

  • Rodgers-Cromartie scored the Giants' second touchdown when he picked off a Matt Cassel pass and returned it 58 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter. DRC has both of the Giants' defensive touchdowns this season; in the opener at Dallas, he scooped up a fumble by Cole Beasley and returned it 57 yards for a touchdown.
  • Rodgers-Cromartie scored the Giants' first touchdown on an interception return since Dec. 22, 2013, when Will Hill picked off a Matthew Stafford pass in Detroit and brought it back 38 yards for a score.
  • DRC's 58-yard runback was the Giants' longest interception return since Terrell Thomas' 65-yarder vs. Oakland on Nov. 10, 2013. It was the Giants' longest touchdown on an interception return since Kevin Dockery's 96-yarder at Dallas on Oct. 23, 2006.
  • The touchdown was the seventh of Rodgers-Cromartie's career, including six on interception returns. His most recent pick-six was Oct. 27, 2013 when he was with Denver, against Washington.
  • The two interceptions tied DRC's career high, achieved twice previously. He had two picks on Nov. 23, 2008, his rookie season, for Arizona at Seattle (Matt Hasselbeck was the quarterback), and Sept. 9, 2012, for Philadelphia at Cleveland (off of Brandon Weeden, who had started the previous three games for Dallas before he was replaced by Cassel).
  • Rodgers-Cromartie intercepted another Cassel pass early in the fourth quarter. He is the first Giants defender with two interceptions in a game since Trumaine McBride had two picks vs. Washington on Sept. 29, 2013.
  • Safety Brandon Meriweather also had an interception, his second in as many games.
  • Harris scored the game-winning touchdown with his 100-yard kickoff return with 7:01 remaining in the fourth quarter. It was the Giants' first kickoff return touchdown in 42 regular-season games, since David Wilson's 97-yard runback vs. New Orleans on Dec. 9, 2012.
  • Harris tied the franchise record for longest kickoff return touchdown. Tunnell returned a kickoff 100 yards vs. the New York Yankees on Nov. 4, 1951, and Clarence Childs matched him against Minnesota on Dec. 6, 1964.
  • It was Harris' first career kickoff return touchdown, on his 85th career runback. He has two punt return touchdowns, and four receiving touchdowns, including one this year. Harris played his first four seasons with Dallas before joining the Giants this past offseason as a free agent.
  • Harris also had two catches for 43 yards. His 38-yard reception in the second quarter was the second-longest of his career. He had a 56-yard catch on Sept. 7, 2014, while playing for Dallas against San Francisco.
  • Darkwa entered the game with 23 career rushing yards, including 21 and his only previous touchdown last Dec. 21 in St. Louis. He did not have a carry in the first six games this season. But against Dallas, he rushed eight times for 48 yards, including the 15-yard touchdown.
  • The rushing touchdown was the Giants' third of the season, Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams also each have one.
  • Shane Vereen led the Giants with 56 rushing yards on four carries, including a 39-yarder.
  • Manning completed 13 of 24 passes for 170 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions. The 13 completions were his fewest since he had 13 at Philadelphia on Oct. 12, 2014.
  • Odell Beckham Jr. and Larry Donnell led the Giants with four receptions apiece. Rueben Randle had a team-high 68 receiving yards on just two catches.
  • Josh Brown kicked field goals of 47 and 34 yards. He has now made 19 consecutive field goal attempts, breaking the team record of 17 he set from Oct. 6-Dec. 29, 2013. Brown, who has made all 15 of his attempts this season, last missed on Dec. 21, 2014, when his 29-yard try in St. Louis was blocked.
  • With Uani 'Unga sidelined with a neck injury, fellow middle linebacker Jon Beason led the Giants with 11 tackles (seven solo). Rookie safety Landon Collins had nine tackles (six solo).
  • Defensive end Robert Ayers started at left defensive end after missing the previous four games with a hamstring injury and assisted on one tackle.
  • Linebacker Devon Kennard returned to action after missing two games with a strained hamstring and had seven solo tackles.
  • Cornerback Leon McFadden, who was signed last week, made his Giants debut.

Five standout performers in the Giants Sunday matchup against the Dallas Cowboys

  • Dallas' Darren McFadden rushed for 152 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries, the highest rushing total by as Giants opponent since Carolina's Jonathan Stewart ran for 206 yards on Dec. 27, 2009, in the final game in Giants Stadium.
  • The Giants' inactive players were cornerback Prince Amukamara (pectoral), wide receiver Victor Cruz (calf), linebacker Uani 'Unga (neck), defensive ends Damontre Moore and defensive end Louis Nix III, offensive lineman Bobby Hart, and cornerback Brandon McGee.
  • Guard Justin Pugh, safety Brandon Meriweather, and honorary captain Everson Walls, a cornerback on the Giants' Super Bowl XXV championship team, participated in the pregame coin toss.
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