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Inside the Numbers: Double-digit deficits no problem for Giants


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Giants fans searching for more positive vibes in the team's 5-1 start need only look at their penchant for overcoming double-digit deficits.

Three times in the season's first six weeks, the Giants fell behind by 10 or more points before surging to victory. In the season opener, they trailed at Tennessee, 13-0, but rallied to win, 21-20. In the last two weeks, the Giants trailed 20-10 in the second half against both Green Bay in London and Baltimore in MetLife Stadium but scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns in each game to secure 27-22 and 24-20 victories.

The Giants had last won consecutive games after trailing in each by at least 10 points on Oct. 16-23, 2016. Ironically, the two games included one in London and one against the Ravens. Exactly six years ago Sunday, they faced an early 10-0 deficit against Baltimore but won, 27-23. A week later, they again gave up the first 10 points in the opening quarter, to the Rams, but shut them out the rest of the way in a 17-10 triumph in Twickenham Stadium.

The Giants are the only team with three victories this season after trailing by 10+ points.

They are the fourth team ever to record three such wins within their first six games of a season, joining the 1980 Miami Dolphins, 1981 Cincinnati Bengals and 1993 Philadelphia Eagles.

Perhaps more significantly, in just six games, the Giants have tied their franchise record with three victories after falling behind by two scores for a full season. Three times in their history, the Giants won three games in a season after trailing by 10+ points – and each of those seasons is significant in team annals.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the first was 2007, when the Giants won Super Bowl XLII. They also did it in 2011, the season that ended with a victory in Super Bowl XLVI. And they rallied from big deficits three times in 2016, the most recent season in which they finished with a winning record (11-5) and played in the postseason (as a wild card).

For the record, the 2007 comebacks were against Washington, the Jets and Buffalo. In 2011, the opponents were Arizona, Miami and Dallas, and in 2016, they were the Ravens, Rams and Chicago Bears.

*The Giants rallied from halftime deficits to win each of their last two games. They had last done that on Dec. 2-9, 2007, when they trailed in Chicago, 13-7, before winning, 21-16, and in Philadelphia, where they were behind, 7-6, but won, 16-13. The Giants and Indianapolis Colts have an NFL-high three victories after trailing at halftime. This is the first season since 2016 in which the Giants have won three games after trailing at halftime.

*The Giants have also won two consecutive games in which they trailed in the fourth quarter for the first time since Oct. 21-28, 2012. In the first of those games, they fell behind Washington after Santana Moss caught a 30-yard touchdown pass with 1:32 remaining. But 19 seconds later, Eli Manning threw a 77-yard scoring pass to Victor Cruz to give the Giants a 27-23 victory. A week later, they were behind the Cowboys by one point in Dallas before Lawrence Tynes kicked two late field goals for a 29-24 triumph. This is also the first season since 2016 in which the Giants have won three games after trailing in the fourth quarter.

*The Giants are 3-0 this season when trailing after three quarters. From 2017-21, their record in such games was 2-48. The Giants and Colts also have an NFL-best three victories when trailing entering the fourth quarter.

*The Giants are 4-1 this season when their opponents score first. They are the only NFL team with four victories in games when their opponents were the first to register points. From 2017-21, the Giants were 6-29 when their opponents scored first.

*Each of the Giants' six games has been decided by eight points or less. That is their longest streak of one-score games since they played six in a row Oct. 4-Nov. 8, 2020. The Las Vegas Raiders played seven straight such games spanning the 2021-2022 seasons.

*The Giants' five victories have been by one, three, eight, five and four points. It is their longest streak of one-score triumphs since they had eight in a row from Dec. 2015-Nov. 2016. The Atlanta Falcons had nine consecutive wins decided by eight or fewer points spanning the 2021-22 seasons.

*The Giants are 5-1 with a plus-14 scoring differential (127-113). Last year, the Packers were 5-1 with a plus-eight differential – after losing their opener to New Orleans, 35-3.

*The Giants have been outscored in the first half, 64-40, but have outscored their opponents in the second half, 87-49. They've been outscored in the second half just once, against Dallas – their only loss. They are 5-0 in their other games.

*One year after finishing 4-13, the Giants have exceeded their 2021 victory total in the first six weeks of the 2022 season. The last team to do that was the 2019 San Francisco 49ers, who started 6-0 after finishing the 2018 season with four wins.

*Wide receiver Wan'Dale Robinson and tight end Daniel Bellinger each caught a touchdown pass Sunday. It was the first time two Giants rookies scored touchdowns in a game since Nov. 14, 2016, when wide receiver Sterling Shepard (three yards) and tight end Jerell Adams (10) caught touchdown passes from Manning in a 21-20 Monday night victory against Cincinnati.

*Baltimore's Kenyan Drake rushed for 119 yards and tight end Mark Andrews gained 106 yards on seven receptions on Sunday. The Ravens are the first Giants opponents with a 100-yard rusher and 100-yard receiver since Oct. 6, 2019, when Minnesota's Dalvin Cook ran for 132 yards and wide receiver Adam Thielen caught seven passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns.

*Andrews is the first Giants opponent with more than 100 receiving yards since the Rams' Cooper Kupp (130) on Oct. 17, 2021, and the first opposing tight end since Dallas' Blake Jarwin (119 and three touchdowns) on Dec. 30, 2018.

*The longest of the Giants' 31 rushing attempts Sunday gained eight yards. That was their most attempts without a run of at least nine yards long since Oct. 21, 2013, when their longest of 32 attempts was eight yards in a 23-7 victory against Minnesota.

*The victory Sunday against Baltimore was the first in Giants history in which they were outgained by at least 168 yards (406-238) and outrushed by at least 128 yards (211-83).

*Daniel Jones is 8-3 in his last 11 starts, a .727 winning percentage that is the NFL's third highest since Week 7 of the 2021 season:

  • Jalen Hurts (Philadelphia) - 12-3, .800
  • Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City) - 13-4, .765
  • Daniel Jones (Giants) - 8-3, .727

*Jones is third in the NFC and fourth in the NFL with a 67.3 completion percentage.

*Jones' two touchdown passes Sunday increased his career total to 50. He is the seventh Giants player to reach that plateau. Kerry Collins is sixth on the franchise's career list with 81 touchdown passes.

*The victory Sunday was the 10th game in which Jones threw two touchdown passes. He has started 13 games without throwing a touchdown pass, 17 with one, two games with four and one with five. Jones has never had a three-touchdown-pass game.

*Saquon Barkley continues to be one of the NFL's most productive players this season. He leads the league with 771 yards from scrimmage, 52 more than Miami wide receiver Tyreek Hill. Barkley has 616 rushing yards and 155 receiving yards.

Barkley's 771 scrimmage yards are the fourth-highest total through six games in Giants history:

  • 989 - Tiki Barber (2004)
  • 869 - Tiki Barber (2006)
  • 811 - Saquon Barkley (2018)
  • 771 - Saquon Barkley (2022)
  • 743 - Frank Gifford (1956)

*Barkley increased his career total to 5,190 scrimmage yards. That moved him past Homer Jones (5,148) and into 15th place on the Giants' career list. Doug Kotar is 14th with 5,341.

*Barkley's 616 rushing yards lead the NFC and are second in the NFL to Cleveland's Nick Chubb's 649 yards. Barkley and Chubb are not just the only runners to exceed 600 yards this season, they are the only two players with at least 500 yards on the ground.

Barkley has the third-highest six-game rushing total in Giants history:

  • 647 - Tiki Barber (2004)
  • 647 - Tiki Barber (2006)
  • 616 - Saquon Barkley (2022)
  • 582 - Ahmad Bradshaw (2010)
  • 535 - Tiki Barber (2003)

*Barkley is one of four NFL players to lead his team in both rushing yards and receptions:

  • Saquon Barkley (Giants) - 616 rushing yards, 21 receptions
  • Christian McCaffrey (Carolina) - 393, 33
  • Austin Ekeler (L.A. Chargers) - 349, 41
  • Leonard Fournette (Tampa Bay) - 343, 32

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