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Eli notches 20+ TDs in season; Postgame Notes vs. Pats


Notes and statistics from the Giants' 27-26 loss to the New England Patriots where they had numerous chances to finish the game:

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*The Giants fell to 5-5, but are still in first place in the NFC East, a half-game ahead of Philadelphia and Washington, both 4-5. The Giants visit the Redskins in their next game, on Nov. 29.>> WATCH GIANTS VS. PATRIOTS HIGHLIGHTS

*Two of those Giants' defeats resulted from the final points being scored on long field goals in the game's waning moments. Stephen Gostkwoski scored the Patriots' winning points with a 54-yard field goal with one second remaining. Two weeks ago, New Orleans Kai Forbath kicked a 50-yard field goal as time expired.**>> INSTANT ANALYSIS: GIANTS VS. PATRIOTS**

*The Giants lost by one point for the second time this season, and each by the same score. They fell on opening night in Dallas, 27-26. It's the first season in which the Giants have lost two one-point games since 2001, when they lost to St. Louis, 15-14, and Philadelphia, 10-9, in consecutive weeks.

*Gostkowski's game-winner was the longest field goal kicked against the Giants since Nov. 13, 2013, when Green Bay's

Mason Crosby booted a 57-yarder.

*Four of the Giants' five losses – to Dallas, Atlanta, New Orleans, and New England – were by a total of nine points.

*The Giants led 20-10 in the third quarter; it was 9-0 New England's largest deficit of the season.

*The Giants fell to 7-21 in regular-season games against defending Super Bowl champions. Their last victory in such a game was on Dec 13, 1998, against Denver.

*As is now their custom, the Giants won the coin toss and deferred taking the ball until the second half. They are 2-3 this season and 2-9 under Tom Coughlin when they defer. They lost this game despite doing exactly what is intended when they defer, scoring at the end of the first half (Dwayne Harris' one-yard touchdown catch with 13 seconds left) and at the beginning of the second (on Josh Brown's 38-yard field goal to end the first possession of the third quarter).

*The Giants have their bye next week. The loss dropped them into a tie with Dallas for the NFL's second-best record before a regular-season bye (the bye was first instituted in 1990).

Seattle Seahawks                            21-6         .778

Giants                                 19-8         .704

Dallas Cowboys                  19-8        .704

Minnesota Vikings              18-9        .667

San Francisco 49ers            18-9        .667

New Orleans Saints            17-10       .630

*The Giants' seven-game winning streak vs. AFC East teams end. It included two Super Bowl victories over New England. Their last defeat to an AFC East team was to the Patriots in the 2007 regular season finale.

*Coughlin-coached teams are now 5-2 vs. Bill Belichick's teams. The two losses were the 2007 and 2015 regular-season Giants-Patriots matchups.

*The game matched two of the three quarterback/head coach tandems with the most starts together in NFL history:

QB/Coach                               Team               Years              Starts

Brady/Belichick                New England       2001-15           216*

Marino/Shula                          Miami             1983-95           184

Manning/Coughlin                 Giants             2004-15           177*


*The Giants scored on their first offensive series when Eli Manning threw an 87-yard touchdown pass to Odell Beckham Jr. on their second play of the game. It was the third time this season the Giants scored a touchdown on their opening possession, following early scores at Philadelphia and New Orleans. The Giants lost all three games, and are 22-17 in regular-season games under Coughlin when they score a first-possession touchdown.

*The long score completed a two-play, 91-yard drive that was the Giants' longest in terms of yardage this season. The previous long was an 83-yard drive that ended with a field goal vs. Dallas on Oct. 25. The longest touchdown drive had been an 82-yarder vs. San Francisco on Oct. 11, a series that ended with Manning's game-winning scoring pass to Larry Donnell.

*The 91-yard drive was the Giants' longest since they went 91 yards for a touchdown at Jacksonville on Nov. 30, 2014.

*The 87-yard touchdown pass was the third-longest of Manning's 297 career touchdown passes (280 in the regular season).

It is exceeded only by the 99-yarder to Victor Cruz vs. the Jets on Dec.  24, 2011 and a 92-yard score to Mario Manningham at Washington on Jan. 2, 2011.

*The touchdown pass to Beckham was Manning's 20th of the season. It is the 10th different season in which Manning has thrown 20 or more touchdown passes. The only other quarterbacks with more such seasons are Peyton Manning (16), Brett Favre (15), Tom Brady (13), Dan Marino (13) and Drew Brees (12).

*Manning completed 24 of 44 passes for 361 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. It was his third 300-yard game of the season and the 36th of his career (regular season). The Giants are 16-20 on those games.

*Manning's first-half total of 251 yards was a career-high. His previous best was 239 in the first half at Washington on Nov. 30, 2008.

*The 87-yard reception was the longest of Beckham's career. His previous long was an 80-yarder at St. Louis on Dec 21, 2014, which also went for a touchdown. It was the Giants' longest play since the 99-yard pass to Cruz almost four years ago.

*Beckham finished with four catches for 104 yards. It was his third straight 100-yard game, fifth of the season, and 12th of his career. The Giants are 5-7 in those games.

*The Giants rushed for 80 yards, the eighth time in 10 games they've been held to less than 100 yards on the ground.

The Patriots took the opening kickoff and drove 80 yards in 14 plays, including a one-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady to Scott Chandler. New England became the first team to score an opening-possession touchdown vs. the Giants this season. The Giants had last given up a touchdown on their first defensive series on Dec. 28, 2014, when Philadelphia's Mark Sanchez threw a 44-yard scoring pass to Jason Matthews. Under Coughlin, the Giants are 18-22* **in regular-season games in which the opposing team scores a touchdown on its opening possession.

*This was the first Giants game in which each team scored a first-possession touchdown since the 2014 season finale vs. Philadelphia. Andre Williams scored on a one-yard run before Sanchez's touchdown pass to Matthews.

*Tight end Will Tye made his first career start.

*Tye (31 yards) and wide receiver Myles White (28) each had his career-long reception. Tye's previous long was an 18-yardeer vs. San Francisco. White's was a 15-yarder for Green Bay at Minnesota on Oct. 27, 2013.

*For the second week in a row, Jasper Brinkley started at middle linebacker and led the Giants in tackles, this time with 12 (nine solo). The total included a sack for no yards. Brinkley also forced a fumble for the second straight game.

*Craig Dahl played much of the game at safety in place of rookie Landon Collins. Dahl sacked Brady for a five-yard loss. It was the fourth sack of Dahl's nine-year career, and first since Dec. 5, 2010 when, as a member of the St. St. Louis Rams, he

dropped the Cardinals' John Skelton for a 10-yard loss at Arizona. Dahl also intercepted a pass in that game.

*Robert Ayers had the Giants' third sack.

*Jason Pierre-Paul briefly had his first sack of the season, but it was nullified by an illegal use of hands penalty.

*Brown kicked four field goals from 37, 38, 53 and 29 yards and extended his career high and Giants record streak to 27 consecutive successful field goal attempts. Only Gostkowski, with 30, has a longer active streak.

*It was the 14th time in Brown's three seasons with the Giants that he kicked at least three field goals in a game, and the sixth time he booted at least four, including three times this season (at Dallas, at Tampa Bay and today).

*The 53-yarder tied his season-long (he kicked a 53-yarder last week), and was his third this season of at least 50 yards.

*The three field goals of 50-plus yards tie the Giants' single-season record (held by three other kickers, most recently Jay Feely in 2005). He has eight field goals of at least 50 yards in his three seasons with the Giants, one shy of the franchise record held by Joe Danelo (1976-82).

*Center Weston Richburg was helped off the field with an ankle sprain with 3:26 remaining in the third quarter and was replaced by Dallas Reynolds.

*Brady's 76-yard touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski in the fourth quarter was the longest completion against the Giants since Oct. 17, 2010, when Detroit's Drew Stanton threw an 87-yard scoring pass to Calvin Johnson.

*Danny Amendola's 82-yard punt return in the third quarter was the longest allowed by the Giants since Oct. 21, 2013, when Minnesota's Marcus Sherels brought a punt back 86 yards for a touchdown.

*Defensive tackle Montori Hughes, signed off the practice squad last Tuesday, made his Giants debut.

*With Justin Pugh inactive because of illness, John Jerry made his second start of the season at left guard. He played there in the victory over Washington on Sept 24, when Ereck Flowers was sidelined with an ankle injury, and Pugh moved over from left guard to tackle.

The Giants released a statement saying Pugh practiced yesterday and was fully expected to go in the game. However, he woke up today and still did not feel well; he has felt fatigued since the game last week at Tampa Bay. The team took a cautious approach with Pugh.

*The Giants' inactive players were Pugh, cornerbacks Prince Amukamara (pectoral) and Leon McFadden, linebackers Uani 'Unga (neck) and J.T. Thomas (ankle), tight end Larry Donnell (neck), and wide receiver Victor Cruz (calf).

*The Giants' game captains were Cullen Jenkins and Devon Kennard. It's the eighth time in nine games Jenkins has been a captain, and the first time for second-year pro Kennard. Season-long captains Manning and Zak DeOssie also represented the team at the coin toss.

Photos from Sunday's matchup against the New England Patriots

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