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Notes: Offense struggles in first loss since Week 8

WAYNE-GALLMAN

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Notes and statistics from the Giants' 26-7 loss to the Arizona Cardinals in MetLife Stadium:

*The defeat ended the Giants four-game winning streak and dropped their record to 5-8. They will retain a share of first place in the NFC East if Washington loses later Sunday against San Francisco – a game being played in Arizona.

*The 19-point margin of defeat was the Giants' second largest of the season. In Week 4, they lost to the 49ers, 36-9.

*The Giants' seven points is their lowest total since they were shut out by the Tennessee Titans, 17-0, on Dec. 16, 2018. Their previous low this season was nine points in back-to-back defeats to San Francisco and the Rams on Sept. 27 and Oct. 4.

*When the Cardinals took a 20-0 lead early in the third quarter, it was the Giants' largest deficit without scoring a point since 23-0 loss on Dec. 23, 2017…in Arizona.

*The Giants finished 1-3 against the NFC West, defeating Seattle and losing to San Francisco, Arizona and the Los Angeles Rams. They scored just one touchdown in the three losses.

*Arizona has won the last four games in the series and each of its last four as visitors to the Giants.

*The Giants totaled 159 offensive yards, their lowest total since they gained 150 yards in a 38-0 loss at Carolina on Sept. 22, 2013.

*The Giants' 78 rushing yards were their third-lowest total of the season after 29 vs. Pittsburgh in the season opener and 66 against the 49ers.

*The Giants finished with 81 net passing yards, their lowest total since they threw for 49 yards in a 13-10 victory against the Miami Dolphins in London on Oct. 28, 2007.

*Arizona's eight sacks (for 64 yards) were the most by a Giants opponent since Oct. 20, 2018, when the Cardinals had … eight sacks (for 67 yards).

*The Giants' 10 first downs are their fewest in a game since they had 10 at New England on Oct. 10, 2019.

*The Giants' 22:08 time of possession is their second-lowest figure of the season, after the 20:16 they posted vs. San Francisco.

*The Giants had an NFL-best plus-8 turnover differential during the five weeks that covered their four-game winning streak. On Sunday, they lost three fumbles – one each by Daniel Jones, Dion Lewis and Colt McCoy - without a takeaway. It was the third time this season the Giants did not force a turnover; they lost to San Francisco and Arizona and beat Philadelphia (on Nov. 15).

*The Giants committed a turnover on the game's fifth play when their former teammate, linebacker Markus Golden, sacked Jones for an 11-yard loss while forcing a fumble that Golden recovered and returned 30 yards to the Giants' nine. The Cards were stopped on fourth down and did not score.

The turnover was the Giants' second on an opening possession this season. On Sept. 20 against San Francisco, Jones' tried to lateral to tight end Evan Engram, who couldn't hold onto the ball, which was recovered by Dion Jordan. Jones was charged with the fumble.

*The Giants committed their first special teams turnover of the season when Dion Lewis lost a fumble returning a kickoff with 8:17 remaining in the second quarter. After a 15-yard return, Lewis was separated from the ball by linebacker Kylie Fitts, who actually kicked the ball out of his hand. The ball was recovered by Trent Sherfield at the Giants' 16-yard line. Four plays later, Murray threw the touchdown passes to Arnold to give Arizona 10 points in 1:31.

*The Giants trailed at halftime, 13-0, one week after they were behind after two quarters in Seattle, 5-0. It is the first time they did not score a point in the first half of consecutive games since Dec. 4 and 11, 2016, when they trailed Pittsburgh, 14-0, and Dallas, 7-0. They lost to the Steelers, 24-14, but beat the Cowboys, 10-7.

*This was the third game this season in which the Giants were shut out in the first half. In addition to the two games just mentioned, they trailed in Chicago, 17-0, on Sept. 20. The Giants lost that game, 17-13.

*The Giants scored their only points of the game with 5:38 remaining in the third quarter, when Lewis slipped across the goal line from a yard out. It was Lewis' second rushing touchdown and third overall score this season. The touchdown was set up by the Giants' longest play of the game, Jones' 39-yard pass down the middle to wide receiver Golden Tate, who was ruled down at the one. Lewis scored on the next play.

*Jones, who missed last week's victory in Seattle with a hamstring injury, completed 11 of 21 passes for 127 yards. The 11 completions are the lowest total in his 24 NFL starts. He completed 12 of a career-low 19 attempts for 112 yards in the Giants' first victory of the season, against Washington on Oct. 18.

*Jones was sacked six times, which ties the second-highest total of his career. Jones' highest total – eight sacks - was also against Arizona, on Oct. 20, 2019. He was sacked six times at the Jets on Nov. 10, 2019. Colt McCoy substituted for Jones late in the game and absorbed two sacks.

*Jones did not have a rushing attempt for the first time in his career.

*Wayne Gallman led the Giants with 57 rushing yards on 12 carries.

*Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton and Gallman each had a team-high three receptions.

*Nose tackle Dalvin Tomlinson registered the Giants' only sack, a 13-yard takedown of Kyler Murray. The Giants had recorded at least two sacks in every previous game this season.

*Safety Jabrill Peppers led the Giants with 13 tackles (eight solo).

*Graham Gano, who has made 25 attempts in a row, did not try a field goal for just the second time this season (also at Philadelphia on Oct. 22).

*Arizona linebacker Hassan Reddick had five of the Cardinals' eight sacks, the most ever by one player against the Giants. He also forced three of the Giants' five fumbles. Many players have had four sacks vs. the Giants, most recently Arizona's Chandler Jones last season.

*Defensive back Xavier McKinney, the Giants' second-round draft choice, made his first career start and had four tackles (one solo).

*Rookie defensive back Jarren Williams assisted on a special teams tackle in his NFL debut.

*The Giants' inactive players were cornerback Darnay Holmes (knee), wide receiver Dante Pettis, linebacker TJ Brunson, tackles Kyle Murphy and Jackson Barton and defensive lineman RJ McIntosh.

Holmes, the Giants' starting nickel corner, missed his second game of the season. He was inactive at Philadelphia on Oct. 22 with a neck injury.

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