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Notes & Stats: Giants off to best start since 2009


LONDON – Notes and statistics from the Giants' 27-22 victory against the Green Bay Packers in Tottenham Hotspur Stadium:

*The Giants won their second straight game and improved to 4-1, their best five-game start since they were 5-0 in 2009.

*The Giants joined the Minnesota Vikings as the only NFL franchises with 3-0 records in London. The Vikings defeated New Orleans last week in the same venue. The Giants defeated Miami in 2007, 13-10, in Wembley Stadium and the Rams, 17-10, in 2016 in Tottenham.

*The Giants' 27 points is their highest total since a 27-21 overtime victory in New Orleans on Oct. 3, 2021, and their highest total in a four-quarter game since a 30-29 loss in Washington on Sept.16, 2021, and the most they've scored in a regulation triumph since beating Philadelphia, 27-17, on Nov 15, 2020.

*The Giants trailed in the second quarter, 17-3, and at halftime, 20-10. The 14-point deficit was the largest they have overcome to win a game since Sept. 22, 2019, when they trailed by 18 points at Tampa Bay in Daniel Jones' first start and rallied for a 32-31 victory. It was the second time this season they rallied to win after being down by at least 10 at the half. On Kickoff Weekend, the Giants trailed the Titans in Tennessee, 13-0, and rallied to win, 21-20.

*This was also the second game this season the Giants won despite trailing after three quarters. In Tennessee, they were losing 20-13 entering the fourth quarter before rallying for the 21-20 victory.

*The Giants' three touchdowns all came on the ground, one each by Daniel Bellinger, Gary Brightwell and Saquon Barkley. It was the first game in which the Giants rushed for three touchdowns since Nov. 15, 2020, vs. Philadelphia. Daniel Jones scored on a 34-yard run and Wayne Gallman on two and one-yarders.

*Neither team committed a turnover, the first time that's happened in a Giants game since a 20-6 loss to Cleveland on Dec. 20, 2020.

*The Giants' 24 first downs are a season high (previous: 23 vs. Dallas) and their highest total since they had 24 at Baltimore on Dec. 27, 2020.

*The Giants threw for 213 net yards, ending their streak of 13 consecutive games without gaining at least 200 yards through the air. They had last done so when they threw for 228 yards at Kansas City on Nov. 1, 2021.

*The Giants allowed only one sack, their lowest total since Dallas had one on Dec. 19, 2021.

*The Giants scored their second touchdown on a drive spanning the third and fourth quarters in which they traveled 91 yards in 15 plays and 8:07. All three figures were Giants season highs. They had a 90-yard drive in the opener at Tennessee,

*The Giants also had 86 and 81-yard touchdown drive; two of the three longest marches of the season were against the Packers on Sunday. The 15 plays exceeded by one the previous season high, set against Dallas. The Giants' previous long drive consumed 7:47 last week against Chicago and ended with a field goal. At 8:07, the series Sunday was the Giants' longest that ended in a touchdown since Nov. 30, 2014, when they crossed the goal line after holding the ball for 9:51 in Jacksonville.

*Green Bay had a touchdown drive that took 13 plays to complete and later lost the ball on downs after 14 plays, the most snaps against the Giants in a single possession this season. The touchdown drive took 7:44 off the clock, the longest drive against the Giants this year by 1:32.

*The Packers scored their final points with 11 seconds left when punt Jamie Gillan deliberately stepped out of bounds for a safety. It was the first two-pointer allowed by the Giants since Jan.2, 2022, when running back Devontae Booker was tackled in end zone in Chicago.

*The Giants did not give up a second-half touchdown for the second straight game. Last week, they held Chicago to one field goal in the final two quarters. On Sunday, Green Bay got only a token safety.

*Barkley led the Giants with 70 rushing yards on 13 carries and caught three passes for 36 yards. He raised his season totals to 533 rushing yards and 676 yards from scrimmage.

*Second-year running back Gary Brightwell scored his first career touchdown on a two-yard run in the fourth quarter.

*Daniel Bellinger became the first rookie tight end in Giants history to rush for a touchdown when he reached the end zone from two yards out with 1:15 remaining in the second quarter. On second-and-goal, Jones took a shotgun snap, pitched the ball to Saquon Barkley - running left after lining up wide right – who flipped the ball to Bellinger running right – into the end zone.

Bellinger, who had the option to pass on the play, is the first Giants tight end to rush for a touchdown since Oct. 11, 2020, when Evan Engram scored on a three-yard run against the Cowboys in Dallas. Before Bellinger, Engram had the most recent rushing attempt by a Giants tight end when he lost three yards at New Orleans last season.

*Jones completed 21 of 27 passes, a 77.8 completion percentage that is the second highest of his career – and the season. He hit 85% of his passes (17 of 21) at Tennessee.

*Darius Slayton led the Giants' receivers with six catches for 79 yards. He entered the game with one reception for 11 yards.

*Dexter Lawrence's sack of Aaron Rodgers for a six-yard loss was his team-leading third sack in two games. Oshame Ximines sacked Rodgers on the game's final play and has 2.0.

*Graham Gano kicked field goals of 48 and 37 yards.

*The Packers were the first Giants opponent this season to challenge a call and succeeded in getting the ruling on the field reversed. With 5:20 remaining in the third quarter, the officials ruled Randall Cobb did not stay inbounds on a 14-yard pass on the Packers' sideline. Matt LeFleur dropped his red challenge flag and after a review, referee Alex Kemp announced the call on the field was overruled and the pass was complete, giving the Packers a first down.

*Cornerback Adoree' Jackson left the game with knee and neck injuries and did not play in the second half.

*Rookie defensive lineman D.J. Davidson (ankle) was carted off with 3:15 left in the third quarter.

*Wide receiver Marcus Johnson, elevated from the practice squad yesterday for the second consecutive week, made his first start for the Giants and first since Nov. 21, 2021, when he played for Tennessee against Houston. The start was the 13th of his career.

Johnson caught his first three Giants passes for 35 yards.

*Jones, Barkley, Lawrence and Xavier McKinney represented the Giants at the pregame coin toss.

*The Giants' inactive players were quarterback Tyrod Taylor (concussion); defensive lineman Leonard Williams (knee); outside linebacker Azeez Ojulari (calf); wide receivers Kenny Golladay (knee), Kadarius Toney (hamstring) and Wan'Dale Robinson (knee); and cornerback Cor'Dale Flott (calf).

Robinson missed his fourth consecutive game, Williams sat out for the second week in a row, and Toney sat out for the third consecutive week. Flott was out for his second straight week, and Taylor and Golladay were not in uniform for the first time this season. Ojulari had played the previous two weeks after he was inactive for the season's first two games.

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