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Notes & Stats: Inside the Week 5 nail-biter in Dallas


Notes and statistics from the Giants' 37-34 loss to the Dallas Cowboys:

*The Giants' lost in AT&T Stadium on Sunday when Dallas kicker Greg Zuerlein kicked a 37-yard field goal as time expired to give the Cowboys a three-point victory. It was Zuerlein's second field goal in the final 1:56 after the Giants had taken a 34-31 lead.

*Dallas was the first Giants opponent to score game-winning points on the game's final play since Oct. 1, 2017, when Tampa Bay's Nick Folk kicked a 34-yard field goal to defeat the Giants, 25-23. The previous week, Philadelphia's Jake Elliott kicked a 61-yard field goal as time expired to defeat the Giants, 27-24.

*The Giants' 34 points was their highest total since their 41-35 overtime victory in Washington on Dec. 22, 2019. They had scored a total of 47 points and had not scored more than 16 points in their first four games.

*When the Giants took a 17-3 lead in the second quarter, they exceeded their point total in any of the season's first four games (16 vs. the Steelers). Their 14-point lead was their first since they were ahead of Washington 35-21 last Dec. 22.

*The Cowboys took a 3-0 lead when Zuerlein kicked a 24-yard field goal with 11:20 remaining in the first quarter. Dallas is the fourth consecutive Giants opponent to score points on its opening offensive possession. Chicago and Los Angeles scored touchdowns and San Francisco and Dallas kicked field goals.

*Dallas led at halftime, 24-20. The 44 points were the most scored in the first half of a Giants game since Dec. 17, 2017, when the Giants led the Philadelphia Eagles, 23-21.

*The Giants – who entered the game with three first-quarter points this season - scored a touchdown on their initial offensive possession when tight end Evan Engram made the endzone on a three-yard end-around. It was their first opening-drive touchdown since last Dec. 22, 2019, when Daniel Jones threw a 23-yard scoring pass to Sterling Shepard in Washington.

*The score ended streaks of 21 possessions and 144 plays without a touchdown. They had last scored a touchdown on Dion Lewis' one-yard run with 14:18 remaining in the fourth quarter at Chicago on Sept. 27. The touchdown was the Giants' first in a first half since the season opener vs. Pittsburgh on Sept. 14.

*Engram's touchdown gave the Giants their first lead since they were ahead of the Steelers in the opener, 10-9.

*The Giants had fewer total yards (402-300), rushing yards (126-89), net passing yards (276-211) and first downs (28-20).

*The Giants fell to 0-5 for the first time since 2017. They host the Washington Football Team next week.

*The Giants lost their seventh consecutive game to the Cowboys, who they will play again on Jan. 3, in MetLife Stadium. It was the Giants' fourth straight loss in AT&T Stadium.

*Daniel Jones completed 22 of 30 passes for 222 yards but did not throw a touchdown pass for the fourth consecutive game. The yardage total was his highest since he threw for 241 yards at Chicago on Sept. 27. Jones did not throw an interception but lost a fumble in the second quarter that was returned for a touchdown.

*Jones completed a pass to rookie left tackle Andrew Thomas for a two-point conversion in the fourth quarter. It was the Giants' first successful two-point conversion since Nov. 10, 2019, when Jones threw a pass to Bennie Fowler.

*According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Thomas is the first player in NFL history whose listed position is on the offensive line to score on a two-point conversion (which were instituted in 1994).

*Devonta Freeman led the Giants with 60 rushing yards on 17 carries, including a four-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter that gave the Giants a 34-31 lead. It was his first touchdown since he scored on both a run and a reception for Atlanta vs. Jacksonville on Dec. 22, 2019. Freeman also caught two passes for 27 yards.

*Second-year pro Darius Slayton led the Giants with eight catches for 129 yards, both the second-highest totals of his career. He had 10 receptions vs. the Jets on Nov. 10, 2019 and 154 yards at Philadelphia on Dec. 9, 2019. The 100-yard game was Slayton's second of the season and fourth of his career. Slayton had a 31-yard touchdown reception early in the third quarter taken off the board because of an offensive pass interference penalty.

*Evan Engram caught one pass for 16 yards (and had a touchdown reception on a fake field goal nullified by a penalty), but gained nine yards on two rushing attempts, including a three-yarder for the game's first touchdown. Engram is the first Giants tight end with a rushing touchdown since Aaron Pierce scored on a one-yard run on Sept. 29. 1996 vs. Minnesota.

*The rushing attempts increased Engram's career total to nine. Before Sunday, his previous run was also against the Cowboys, a two-yarder in MetLife Stadium on Nov. 4, 2019.

*Linebacker Kyler Fackrell scored the Giants' second touchdown within a span of 1:05 in the first quarter and gave them a 14-0 lead when he intercepted a Dak Prescott pass that was tipped by Ezekiel Elliott and he returned it 46 yards for a score. It was the first interception and first touchdown of Fackrell's five-year career.

*The defensive touchdown was the Giants' first since Markus Golden scored on a 42-yard fumble return at New England on Oct. 10, 2019 and their first on an interception return since Jabrill Peppers' 32-yard runback after picking off a Dwayne Haskins pass against Washington on Sept. 29, 2019.

*Fackrell's 46-yard interception return was the longest by a Giants defender since Oct. 10, 2019, when Janoris Jenkins had a 62-yard return at New England and the longest on an interception touchdown since Jenkins' 53-yarder at Washington on Nov. 23, 2017.

*Dallas defensive back Anthony Brown – who was activated yesterday off injured reserve – scored on a 29-yard return of a fumble by Jones, who was sacked by DeMarcus Lawrence. It was the first defensive touchdown by a Giants opponent since Jamal Adams of the Jets wrestled the ball from Jones' hands and scored on a 25-yard return on Nov. 10, 2019.

*This was the first Giants game in which each team scored a defensive touchdown since Oct. 10, 2019, when Golden and New England's Kyle Van Noy (22 yards) each scored on fumble returns.

*Prescott became the first opposing quarterback in the Super Bowl era with a touchdown reception against the Giants when he caught an 11-yard pass from wide receiver Cedrick Wilson in the second quarter. The touchdown regained the lead for Dallas with just 16 seconds remaining in the second quarter.

*Wilson was the first wide receiver to throw a touchdown pass against the Giants since Washington's Antwan Randle El on Dec. 30, 2006 (48-yard pass to Santana Moss).

*Logan Ryan led the Giants with nine tackles (six solo). Safety Adrian Colbert had eight tackles (six solo).

*Linebacker Blake Martinez, the team's leading tackler this season, had seven stops (four solo) and had the Giants' second takeaway, recovering a fumble by Andy Dalton at the Dallas 17-yard line with 10:55 remaining. The recovery led to Freeman's go-ahead touchdown. It was Martinez's first recovery since Nov. 26, 2017, for Green Bay at Pittsburgh.

*Dalvin Tomlinson picked up his first sack of the season, a five-yarder. The Giants' other sack was split between linebacker Markus Golden and defensive back Darnay Holmes, the first of the year for Golden and the first of Holmes' career.

*Rookie linebacker Tae Crowder, the 255th and last player selected in the 2020 NFL Draft, made his first career start and had five tackles (three solo).

*Dallas rookie wide receiver CeeDee Lamb had eight receptions for 124 yards to break the Giants' NFL-long streak of eight consecutive games without allowing an opposing receiver to gain 100 yards. The last player to accomplish the feat vs. the Giants was Green Bay's Allen Lazard, who had three catches for 103 yards on Dec. 1, 2019.

*Graham Gano tied an NFL record by becoming the first player in Giants history to kick three field goals of 50 or more yards in a game. The first-year Giant kicked field goals of 55, 50 and 54 yards, plus a 28-yarder.

*Gano's 55-yard field goal increased the team's lead to 17-3 with 13:30 remaining in the second quarter. It was the Giants' longest field goal since Aldrick Rosas' team-record 57-yarder vs. Chicago on Dec. 2, 2018. Gano's kick is tied with Joe Danelo's 55-yarder vs. New Orleans on Sept. 20, 1981 for the third-longest in Giants history. Ali Haji-Sheikh kicked 56-yard field goals vs. Green Bay on Sept. 26, 1981 and at Detroit on Nov. 7, 1983.

*Later in the second quarter, Gano kicked a 50-yard field goal – after Engram's touchdown reception on a fake was nullified by an illegal shift penalty. Gano then lifted the Giants to within 24-23 with a 54-yard field goal with 9:25 remaining in the third quarter.

*Gano is the 11th kicker in NFL history with three 50+ yard field goals in a game – and the second this season. Tennessee's Stephen Gostkowski kicked field goals of 51, 54, and 55 yards in a victory at Minnesota on Sept. 27.

*The only other Giants kicker with multiple 50-yarders in a game is Raul Allegre, who booted field goals of 53 and 52 yards at Philadelphia on Nov. 15, 1987.

*With his 28-yarder, Gano became the first Giants kicker with four field goals in a game since Rosas vs. Dallas on Nov. 4, 2019 (21, 25, 26 and 29 yards).

*The Giants had only four inactive players: linebacker TJ Brunson, defensive tackle RJ McIntosh, tight end Eric Tomlinson and tackle Jackson Barton.

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