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Gallman sets marks in debut; Odell climbs record books

gallman-center-10317.jpg's Michael Eisen takes a statistical look at the team's Week 4 loss to the Bucs:

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Running back Wayne Gallman had a statistically-modest game on Sunday, but a day he will long remember.

The rookie fourth-round draft choice made his NFL debut in the Giants' 25-23 loss to the Buccaneers in Tampa. He was inactive for the season's first three games.

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Gallman finished with team-high totals of 11 carries for 42 yards, and he added two catches for eight yards, including a four-yard touchdown in the third quarter. It was the touchdown reception that was a relatively rare event for several reasons.

Gallman was the first Giants running back to score a touchdown of any kind in his pro debut since Sept. 11, 2005, when Brandon Jacobs – also a fourth-round draft choice – scored on a five-yard run in a victory against Arizona.

He is the first Giants back to score his first career touchdown on a reception since Da'Rel Scott, who caught a 23-yard scoring pass from Eli Manning against Denver on Sept. 15, 2013.

Finally, Gallman is the first Giants running back to catch a touchdown pass in his first NFL game since Sept. 9, 1990, when Rodney Hampton – the team's first-round selection that year – scored on a 12-yard throw from Phil Simms in a 27-20 victory against Philadelphia.

*Gallman became the 78th different player to catch a regular-season pass from Manning.

*Gallman and tight end Rhett Ellison became the 47th and 48th players to catch a regular-season touchdown pass from Manning.

*Odell Beckham, Jr.'s seven receptions in Tampa increased his career total to 308. That moved him past Victor Cruz (303) and into 10th place on the franchise's career list. Hakeem Nicks is ninth with 318 catches.

*Beckham is about to become No. 1 on the list of those 78 players who have caught passes from Manning. He passed Cruz and now trails only Nicks, who caught 313 passes from Manning (and five more from other quarterbacks).

*Beckham's 90 yards against the Buccaneers increased his career total to 4,327. That vaulted him over Aaron Thomas (4,253) and Del Shofner (4,315) and into 12th place on the franchise's all-time list. Bob Tucker is 11th with 4,376.

*Giants fans who watched Philadelphia and Tampa Bay kick game-winning field goals as time expired each of the last two weeks might have said, "I've never seen anything like this." In one sense, they would be correct. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is the first time the Giants have lost consecutive games on the last play of the game since the 1970 merger.

The last team to lose back-to-back games on the last play were the 2015 Chicago Bears, who fell to Detroit in overtime, 37-34, and to Minnesota on a final-play field goal, 23-20.

*The Giants led at the end of three quarters on Sunday, 17-16. They had won each of their last seven games in which they led entering the fourth quarter. Their previous such loss was to Washington on Sept. 25, 2016, when they also led by a point (24-23) and lost by two (29-27).

*On Sunday, the Giants host the 0-4 San Diego Chargers. Since the merger, the Giants are 10-3 against teams that entered the game 0-4 or worse, including a victory against the 0-11 Cleveland Browns last Nov. 27.

*Both the Giants and Buccaneers failed on two-point conversion attempts on Sunday. The last time both teams came up short on two-point tries in a Giants game was on their previous visit to Tampa, on Nov. 8, 2015.

*Manning was not sacked against either Philadelphia or Tampa Bay, the first time the Giants didn't give up a sack in consecutive games since Dec. 14 and 20, 2015, against Miami and Carolina.

*Manning threw 49 passes in Tampa, his fourth-highest total without getting sacked. He threw the ball 63 times at Philadelphia last Dec. 22, 54 times vs. San Francisco on Oct. 11, 2015, and 53 times against the Eagles on Dec. 28, 2014 without getting sacked.

*The Giants and Buffalo Bills are the only NFL teams that have not scored a first-quarter point this season. In 2016, the Giants also had a four-game stretch in which they didn't score in the opening quarter, from Oct. 3-23.

*The Giants' 17 first-half points is the second-lowest total in the league; Miami has scored three.

*The Giants and Buccaneers combined for 19 penalty yards, all by Tampa Bay. It was the lowest penalty-yardage total in a Giants game since Dec. 1, 1968, when the Giants and Browns also had 19 combined penalty yards.

*Before Sunday, the Giants had won their previous six games in which they did not commit an offensive turnover. They had last lost a turnover-free game on Sept. 13, 2015 in Dallas, 27-26.

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