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Notes & Stats: Giants vs. Cowboys Recap


ARLINGTON, Texas – Notes and statistics from the Giants' 28-20 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in AT&T Stadium:

*Coupled with their defeat Sunday to Detroit, the Giants have lost consecutive games for the first time this season and fell to 7-4. They are in third place in the NFC East, behind Philadelphia and Dallas.

*The Giants are 0-2 in division games, with both losses coming to the Cowboys.

*The Giants are 3-2 in road games.

*The Giants are 1-4 on Thanksgiving Day in the Super Bowl era and have lost four consecutive games on the holiday since winning in Detroit in 1982. They also lost in 1992, 2009 and 2017. The Giants are 7-6-3 all-time on Thanksgiving and 15-14-3 on Thursday.

*Dallas swept the season series for the second year in a row and have won 11 of the last 12 games between the teams.

*The Giants were outgained, 430-300, had fewer first downs (26-21), and converted three-of-11 third-down opportunities compared to seven-of-11 for the Cowboys.

*Dallas' 430 yards were the second-highest total allowed by the Giants this season; Jacksonville gained 452 yards in the Giants' victory on Oct. 23.

*The Cowboys rushed for 169 yards, the third-highest total given up by the Giants this year; Dallas ran for 176 yards in the teams' first meeting on Sept. 26, and Baltimore rushed for 211 yards on Oct. 16.

*Daniel Jones completed 21 of 35 passes for 228 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions for a passer rating of 88.8. Jones has not thrown an interception in seven of the last eight games.

*Jones' 21 completions increased his career total to an even 1,000. He is the sixth player in Giants history to reach that milestone. Fran Tarkenton is fifth on the Giants' career list with 1,069 completions.

*Jones' 228 yards are his second-highest total of the season and raised his career total to 10,563. That moved him past Hall of Famer Y.A. Tittle (10,439) and into sixth place on the franchise's career list. Tarkenton is fifth with 13,905.

*Jones' 14 rushing yards extended his record for the highest season total by a Giants quarterback in the Super Bowl era to 451.

*Four days after he was held to 22 rushing yards, Saquon Barkley ran for 39 yards on 11 carries and caught four passes for 13 yards.

*Barkley's 39 rushing yards increased his season total to 992.

*Barkley scored the Giants' first touchdown on a one-yard run with 9:28 remaining in the second quarter. It was his 26th career rushing touchdown, tying him with Bill Paschal (1943-47) for 10th place on the Giants' career list. Ahmad Bradshaw is ninth with 32 rushing touchdowns.

*Second-year pro Gary Brightwell had career-high totals of five carries and 31 yards and two receptions for 18 yards.

*James made his second start of the season – both against the Cowboys – and led the Giants with five receptions (for 41 yards).

*Darius Slayton had a team-high 63 receiving yards on three catches.

*Slayton set up the Giants' first touchdown when he leaped over cornerback Anthony Brown for a 44-yard gain to the one-yard line. It was the Giants' third-longest completion of the season and the longest that did not result in a touchdown. Sterling Shepard scored on a 65-yard catch at Tennessee and Slayton on a 54-yarder vs. Houston.

*The Giants, who intercepted only two passes in the first 10 games, matched that total in the first half on Thursday.

*Rodarius Williams picked up his first career interception when he grabbed a Dak Prescott pass intended for Michael Gallup and kept his feet inbounds with 7:10 remaining in the first quarter. It was Williams' second game of the season and seventh of his career. In his 2021 rookie year, he tore his ACL here, an injury that forced him to miss the remainder of the season and the first nine games this year.

*With 1:50 remaining in the second quarter, Darnay Holmes tipped a Prescott pass for CeeDee Lamb that was intercepted by Julian Love, his second pick of the season.

*Linebacker Jaylon Smith, a former Cowboy, and Love each had a team-high 10 tackles. Smith had seven solo stops and Love six.

*The Giants did not record a sack for the second consecutive game, the first time that's happened since Nov. 5 and 12, 2017, vs. the Rams and at San Francisco. It was the fourth game this season and second vs. Dallas in which the Giants did not sack the opposing quarterback (also at Jacksonville and vs. Detroit).

*Graham Gano earned another line in the Giants' record book when he tied the franchise mark for the longest field goal with a 57-yarder with 9:44 remaining in the first quarter. It is the longest field goal on the road in Giants history. Aldrick Rosas kicked the Giants' only other 57-yarder, against Chicago on Dec. 2, 2018, in MetLife Stadium.

Gano's previous long field goal with the Giants was the 56-yarder he kicked against Carolina in MetLife.

*Gano has made all five of his attempts from 50 or more yards this season. The 57-yarder was Gano's 17th long-distance field goal in his three seasons with the Giants, extending his franchise record. Joe Danelo is second with nine.

*Gano also kicked the longest field against the Giants, a 63-yard game-winning for the Panthers in Charlotte on Oct. 7, 2018. He is the only player in NFL history with the longest field goal for and against the same franchise.

*Because of injuries, the Giants started three substitute offensive linemen – right tackle Tyre Phillips, center Nick Gates and left guard Jack Anderson.

Phillips made his fourth consecutive start in place of rookie Evan Neal, who hasn't played since injuring his knee last month in Jacksonville. Gates made his 18th career start at center and first since Sept 12, 2021, against Denver. Anderson made the second start in his two-year, 11-game career. His first was also against Dallas, at right guard for Philadelphia on Jan. 9, 2022.

*Korey Cunningham, elevated from the practice squad Wednesday, made his season debut as an extra offensive lineman. He had last played in the 2021 season finale.

*Offensive lineman Devery Hamilton saw his first action since the game in Seattle on Oct. 30.

*The Giants also started three reserves in their secondary – cornerbacks Cor'Dale Flott and Nick McCloud and safety Jason Pinnock.

*Cornerback Terrell Burgess made his Giants debut. He was signed to the practice squad on

Nov. 10 and was elevated to the roster for this game. Burgess played in seven games with one start for the Los Angeles Rams this season and in 30 regular-season games with three starts after the Rams selected him in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft out of Utah. Last season, Burgess earned a Super Bowl ring with the Rams and played in all four postseason games with two starts. He was waived on Nov. 8 and signed by the Giants two days later.

*Another cornerback, Trenton Thompson, made his NFL debut. He was signed as a rookie free agent on May 16, from San Diego State. Thompson was waived on Aug. 30 and signed the following day to the practice squad, where he has spent the entire season until he was signed to the active roster yesterday.

*Ezekiel Elliott scored Dallas' first touchdown on a six-yard run to open the second quarter, capping an 11-play, 93-yard drive. It was the longest drive against the Giants since Oct. 10, 2021, a 98-yarder by the Cowboys in AT&T Stadium.

*CeeDee Lamb caught six passes for 106 yards to become the second Giants opponent to reach the century mark this season; Baltimore tight end Mark Andrews also totaled 106 yards – on seven receptions – on Oct.16.

*Dalton Schultz caught touchdown passes of 15 and six yards from Dak Prescott to become the first tight end to score twice against the Giants since Dec. 9, 2019, when Philadelphia's Zach Ertz scored on a pair of two-yard touchdowns. Schultz joined Tennessee' s Dontrell Hilliard as the only receivers with two touchdown receptions vs. the Giants this season.

*Prescott has won 10 consecutive starts vs. the Giants. He did not play in the team's first meeting this season because of a thumb injury.

*With a steady rain falling in the Dallas area, the roof and side windows of AT&T Stadium were closed. This was the Giants' first indoor game since Dec. 12, 2021, against the Chargers in SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. This was the 10th consecutive season the AT&T roof was closed for the Giants' visit here. The Giants are 5-9 in AT&T, including 2-9 when the roof is closed.

*The Giants' game captains were Jones, Love, Leonard Williams and Dexter Lawrence.

*The Giants' inactive players have all started games this season: center Jon Feliciano (neck), tackle Evan Neal (knee/illness), offensive lineman Joshua Ezeudu (neck), and guard Shane Lemieux (toe), cornerbacks Adoree' Jackson (knee) and Fabian Moreau (oblique) and tight end Daniel Bellinger (eye).

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