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Inside the Numbers: Daniel Jones hits milestones with arm & legs


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – It's certainly not at the forefront of his mind two days after a defeat and two days before a Thanksgiving showdown with an NFC East rival, but Daniel Jones set milestones with both his arm and his legs Sunday against the Detroit Lions.

Jones' season-high 341 passing yards in the 31-18 loss increased his career total to 10,335. He is the seventh player in Giants history to throw for 10,000 yards. Jones should be sixth on the franchise's career passing yardage list when the Giants fly home from Dallas Thursday night; he trails Y.A. Tittle's total of 10,439 yards by just 104 yards.

With 979 completions, Jones needs 21 more to become the sixth Giants player with 1,000. Fran Tarkenton is fifth on the career list with 1,069.

Jones' 300-yard game was the seventh of his career, the fifth-highest total in Giants history; Tittle is fourth with nine.

In addition to his passing prowess, Jones rushed for a team-high 50 yards. That increased his season total to 437 yards, the most by a Giants quarterback in the Super Bowl era. Jones set the previous mark with 423 in 2020 and has four of the six highest totals in Giants history.

Because players often lined up at multiple positions in the 1920s and 30s, it can be difficult to discern how many yards gained or touchdowns scored a player had at a specific spot. The Elias Sports Bureau, the official statistician of the NFL, considers Harry Newman's 483 yards in 1934 as the Giants' single-season rushing record for a quarterback – in part because Newman accounted for more than 60 percent of the team's pass attempts that season. Jones needs 47 yards in the final seven games to break that record.

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*Jones threw two interceptions Sunday, ending his streak of six consecutive games without a pick. The Giants are 5-17 when Jones starts and throws at least one interception and 14-11 when he does not.

*Sunday marked the first time in Jones' seven 300-yard games he threw two interceptions. The Giants are 3-4 when he throws for at least 300 yards.

*This season, the Giants are 6-0 in games when Jones has attempted 30 or fewer passes and 1-3 when he's attempted more than 30.

*Jones led the Giants in rushing yardage for the 12th time in his career. His 15-yarder gave him the team's longest run for the 13th time, and second time this season (24-yarder at Jacksonville).

*The Giants completed four passes for at least 20 yards on Sunday, the most they've had in a game since they completed four at Dallas on Oct. 10, 2021. Their 16 passes of 20+ yards this season are the NFL's lowest total. Baltimore is second with 21.

*Saquon Barkley rushed for a season-low 22 yards on 15 carries, the longest a four-yarder. It was the first instance in which a Giants runner had at least 15 attempts with none longer than four yards since Jan. 2, 2011, when Ahmad Bradshaw had the same figures – 15 carries for 22 yards with a long run of four yards – in a 17-14 victory in Washington.

*The Giants play Thursday in Dallas against a Cowboys team that routed Minnesota on Sunday, 40-3. It's the Giants' first game against an opponent that won its previous contest by at least 37 points since Dec. 20, 2015, when they hosted Carolina one week after the Panthers crushed Atlanta, 38-0. The Giants fell behind, 35-14, rallied to tie the game at 35-35, but lost as time expired on a 43-yard field goal by … Graham Gano.

*The Giants are four games over .500 at 7-3 and have a plus-one point differential (205-204). That's not even the oddest differential of the season. The Vikings are six games over .500, but after losing to Dallas by 37 points, their differential is minus-2 (229-231), the lowest for an 8-2 team in NFL history.

*The loss to Detroit was the second 31-18 game in Giants history. The first was a victory against Carolina on Sept. 12, 2010, in the first regular-season game in MetLife Stadium history.

*Barkley fell to second on the NFL rushing list with 953 yards. Tennessee's Derrick Henry leads the league with 1,010 yards. Barkley is fourth in scrimmage yards with 1,163, behind Henry (1,209), Las Vegas' Josh Jacobs (1,181) and Miami's Tyreek Hill (1,173).

*On Sunday, Richie James became the 19th different receiver to catch a touchdown pass from Jones.

Each of the four teams in the NFC East – Philadelphia (9-1), the Giants (7-3), Dallas (7-3) and Washington (6-4) – and the AFC East – Miami (7-3), Buffalo (7-3), New England (6-4) and the Jets (6-4) and are over .500. They are the second and third divisions in which all four teams have at least six wins through Week 11 since realignment in 2002, joining the AFC North in 2014.

*The Giants are 7-0 when they outscore their opponents in the second half, 0-3 when they don't.

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