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Notes & Stats: Manning gets the win; Barkley hits 100 again

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Notes and statistics from the Giants' 36-20 victory against the Miami Dolphins in MetLife Stadium:

*The Giants' 36 points was their highest total of the season and the third-highest in Pat Shurmur's two seasons as head coach. They scored 40 in a 24-point victory in Washington on Dec. 9, 2018 and 38 in a three-point triumph vs. Tampa Bay on Nov. 18, 2018. Their previous high total this season was 32 points at Tampa Bay on Sept. 22.

*The Giants scored 29 points in the second half, their highest total after halftime since Dec. 9, 2012, when they scored 31 points in a 52-27 triumph against New Orleans.

*The Giants scored 13 points in the fourth quarter after getting shut out in the final 15 minutes in each of their previous two games.

*The 16-point victory margin was the third-largest under Shurmur and the largest against a team other than Washington. They defeated the Redskins 40-16 last season in Washington and 24-3 on Sept. 29 this year.

*The Giants gained 412 offensive yards, their second-highest total of the season; they had 470 yards in their season-opening loss in Dallas on Sept. 8.

*The Giants' 138 rushing yards was their third-highest total of the season (164 vs. Washington, 151 at Dallas).

*The Giants rushed for three touchdowns (two by Saquon Barkley and one by Buck Allen) for the first time since Oct. 16, 2011, when Ahmad Bradshaw scored on three one-yard runs in a victory against Buffalo.

Eli Manning gets the win

*Eli Manning started for the second week in a row and completed 20 of 28 passes for 283 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions for a passer rating of 87.9. Manning's touchdown throws covered 51 yards to Golden Tate and five yards to rookie Darius Slayton.

*Manning was the starting quarterback in a Giants victory for the first time since the win in Washington on Dec. 9, 2018 and the first time in a home game since an overtime triumph vs. Chicago the previous week.

*Manning evened his record as a regular-season starter at 117-117.

*Manning, who threw just two total interceptions in his first three starts this season, tossed three picks for the first time since Dec. 22, 2017 in Philadelphia. This was the Giants' first victory in a game in which Manning threw at least three interceptions since Sept. 16, 2012, when he passed for a career-high 510 yards vs. Tampa Bay.

*After Manning was removed to a standing ovation with 1:50 remaining in the game, Alex Tanney played the final series, his first regular-season action in his two seasons with the Giants and first since Jan. 3, 2016 – the 2015 season finale – when he threw 10 passes for the Tennessee Titans in Indianapolis. Tanney completed his only pass, for one yard to tight end Scott Simonson.

Barkley has 18th 100-yard game

*Barkley rushed for 112 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries, his career-high in a four-quarter game (he had 24 attempts in the overtime victory vs. Chicago last year). The yardage total was his second-highest of the season; he ran for 120 yards in Dallas. It was his 10th career 100-yard game.

*Barkley also caught four passes for 31 yards for 143 scrimmage yards, his 18th game with at least 100 yards from scrimmage.

*Barkley increased his career totals to 2,029 rushing yards and 3,085 scrimmage yards.

*Barkley's first rushing touchdown was his first since Oct. 20 vs. Arizona. He joined Daniel Jones, Wayne Gallman, Tate and Slayton (three times) as Giants who have scored two touchdowns in a game this season. Jones, the rookie quarterback, is the only other player who ran for two scores. The last running back to do it was …Barkley, vs. Tampa Bay on Nov. 18, 2018 (when he also added a receiving touchdown).

Quick Hits

*Allen, who had one carry in his first seven games with the Giants, had eight attempts for 28 yards and the Giants' final touchdown on a one-yard run.

*Wide receiver Sterling Shepard had season-high totals of nine catches for 111 yards. The nine receptions were one shy of his career high (10 vs. New Orleans on Sept. 30, 2018).

*The rest of the wide receivers combined for four catches (Slayton had two and Tate and Cody Latimer one apiece).

*The Giants sacked Miami quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick three times – Dalvin Tomlinson and RJ McIntosh had full sacks and Markus Golden and Oshane Ximines shared a sack. Golden increased his team-leading total to 9.0 sacks, the most by a Giants linebacker since Jessie Armstead had 9.0 in 1999.

*Leonard Williams forced a Fitzpatrick fumble on the Dolphins' first possession of the third quarter that was recovered by Sean Chandler. It was Williams' first forced fumble since Oct. 9, 2016, for the Jets at Pittsburgh. Chandler's fumble recovery was the second of his career; he had the first on Dec. 2, 2018 against Chicago.

*The Giants increased their lead to 16-13 with 6:20 remaining in the third quarter when Sam Beal tackled running back Patrick Laird in the end zone for a safety. It was the Giants' first score on a safety since Oct. 8, 2017, when Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers deliberately flipped the ball out of the back of the end zone. Rivers was in shotgun formation when the ball was snapped before he was ready. The Chargers' center was Spencer Pulley, who is now in his second season with the Giants.

*Beal started and played the entire game at right cornerback in place of Janoris Jenkins, who was waived/injured on Friday. He led the team with a career-high 11 tackles (eight solo).

*Pulley played in in his second game of the season as an extra offensive lineman when the Giants were backed up on their own one-yard line in the second quarter. It was Pulley's first action since Nov 10, when he played the entire game at center in place of the injured Jon Halapio.

*Nick Gates made his second career start and first at right guard in place of Kevin Zeitler, who was inactive with ankle injury suffered last week. Gates played the entire game against the Jets on Nov. 10 at right tackle. Zeitler had started 85 consecutive games for Cincinnati, Cleveland and the Giants dating back to 2014.

*The Giants' inactive players were quarterback Daniel Jones (ankle), guard Kevin Zeitler (ankle), tight ends Evan Engram (foot) and Rhett Ellison (concussion), running back Wayne Gallman and offensive lineman Chad Slade. The Giants had six inactives instead of the usual seven because they have not filled the opening on their roster created when Janoris Jenkins was waived/injured on Friday.

*The Giants broke their franchise record-tying nine-game losing streak and won for the first time since they defeated Washington on Sept. 29. They are 3-11 and tied with the Redskins, whom they face next week in FedExField. The Giants would clinch third place in the NFC East with a victory.

*The Giants won their fourth consecutive game vs. Miami and lead the all-time series, 7-2.

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