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Giants defeat Cowboys; Postgame Notes and Stats

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Postgame notes and stats from the Giants' Week 14 win over the Cowboys:

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Notes and statistics from the Giants' 10-7 victory against the Dallas Cowboys:


NEWS
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•  The Giants won for the seventh time in eight games and improved to 9-4. With three games remaining, they have clinched a winning record. It is their first since 2012, when they finished 9-7.

•  The Giants are in second place in the NFC East, two games behind the 11-2 Cowboys and 1.5 ahead of 7-5-1 Washington.

•  The Giants, who defeated Dallas (20-19) on Sept. 11, swept the Cowboys for the first time since 2011. They have won three consecutive games vs. the Cowboys after losing five in a row. While the Giants are 2-0 against Dallas, the rest of the league is 0-11.

•  The Giants improved to 6-1 at home, including 2-1 in NFC East games. That ties their highest victory total in MetLife Stadium since it opened in 2010; they were 6-2 in 2012. The Giants will play their final home game next week against Detroit, which is also 9-4.

•  The Giants are 3-1 vs. the NFC East, their best start in division games since they were 3-1 in 2009.

•  The Giants' Sunday night record improved to 21-28-1, including 11-12 at home.

•  The Giants won a game in which they scored no more than 10 points for the first time since Dec. 28, 2002, when they clinched a playoff berth with a 10-7 overtime victory against Philadelphia. That was also the last time no more than 17 points were scored in a Giants game.

•  The Cowboys had won their previous 11 games. This was the seventh time in their history the Giants played a regular-season game against a team that had won at least 11 consecutive games. The Giants have been the home team in every game. They're 2-5 in those games (also beating 13-0 Denver in 1998), and each of the last five games has been decided by just three points.

GIANTS VS. TEAMS ON SINGLE-SEASON 11+ GAME WINNING STREAK

Date Opponent Streak Result Score
12/10/1972 vs MIA 12 L 23-13
12/13/1998 vs DEN 13 W 20-16
12/18/2004 vs PIT 11 L 33-30
12/29/2007 vs NE 15 L 38-35
12/4/2011 vs GB 11 L 38-35
12/20/2015 vs CAR 13* L 38-35
12/11/2016 vs DAL 11 W  10-7

*Team was undefeated when it faced the Giants.

Note: The Giants defeated New England in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI when the Patriots had 18 and 10-game winning streaks, respectively.

•  The Cowboys did not score in the final three quarters. It was the third time this season the Giants shut out the opposition in the second half. They also did it in victories against the Los Angeles Rams on Oct. 23 and the Chicago Bears on Nov. 20.

•  Each team finished with 260 total yards. It was the fifth time this season the Giants have gained less than 300 yards, and the third time they've held the opposition under 300.

•  The teams were a combined 3-for-29 on third down. The Giants were 2-for-14, Dallas 1-for-15. It was the first time the Giants held an opponent to one successful third down conversion since Dec. 21, 2014, when the Rams were 1-for-6 in a Giants victory in St. Louis.

•  The Giants' 167 net passing yards was their lowest total since they threw for 157 the last time they hosted Dallas, on Oct. 25, 2015. Dallas' 152 net passing yards were the fewest by a Giants opponent since Minnesota had 150 yards on Dec. 27, 2015.

•  The Giants had a season-high 33 rushing attempts for 93 yards. Their previous high was 32 attempts against New Orleans on Sept. 25. Rashad Jennings and Paul Perkins each had 15 carries for 45 yards.

•  Eli Manning completed 17 of 28 passes for 193 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He also lost two fumbles.

•  Manning's 28 passes increased his career total to 6,707, which moved him past Vinny Testaverde (6,701) and into ninth place on the NFL's career list.

•  Manning's 17 completions increased his career total to 3,997 completions and moved him past Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Moon (3,988) and into seventh place on the alltime list.

•  Odell Beckham, Jr. tied his season-low with four receptions; he also had four catches in the first Dallas game. His four catches tonight gained 94 yards, including a 61-yard touchdown, Beckham's ninth score of the season.

•  Beckham's touchdown was his 34th on a pass from Manning. That is the most by any receiver. Beckham had been tied with Plaxico Burress, who played for the Giants from 2005-08.

•  With Dwayne Harris still nursing injuries, Beckham returned four punts for 22 yards, and Bobby Rainey returned two kickoffs for 40 yards. Harris did have one 4-uard punt return.

•  Sterling Shepard had three catches for 39 yards.

•  Dallas rookie quarterback Dak Prescott, who threw two interceptions in the first 12 games, was picked off twice by the Giants. Janoris Jenkins intercepted a Prescott pass intended for Dez Bryant at the Giants' 39-yard line with 13:33 remaining in the second quarter. It was Jenkins' third interception of the season, and first since he had two picks at Green Bay on Oct. 9 – also a Sunday night game.

•  Leon Hall, playing safety, picked off Prescott and returned the ball 29 yards to the Giants' 39 with 1:50 remaining in the third quarter. Beckham scored the Giants' only touchdown two plays later. It was Hall's first interception for the Giants, his first since Nov. 29, 2015, when he played for Cincinnati against St. Louis (he returned it 19 yards for a touchdown), and the 27th of his 10-year career.

•  The Giants' inactive players were defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (core muscle surgery), guard Justin Pugh (knee), defensive end Owa Odighizuwa (knee), linebacker Mark Herzlich (concussion), safety Nat Berhe (concussion), wide receiver Tavarres King and quarterback Josh Johnson.

•  Romeo Okwara started at left end in place of Pierre-Paul, who was hurt last week in Pittsburgh and missed his first game this season. Okwara joins safety Andrew Adams as rookie free agents starting on defense. Odighizuwa was expected to be part of a three-man rotation with Okwara and Kerry Wynn in replacing Pierre-Paul. But Odighizuwa missed his second straight game with a knee injury.

•  Okwara had a team-high eight tackles (three solo), deflected a pass, and registered his first career sack when he tackled Prescott for a 5-yard loss in the second quarter.

•  Devon Kennard sacked Prescott for an 8-yard loss and forced a fumbled with 7:26 remaining in the second quarter. It was Kennard's first sack of any kind since he had a half-sack vs. Washington on Dec. 14, 2014 - which was also when he had his most recent forced fumble. It was Kennard's first full sack since he had 2.0 sacks at Tennessee on Dec. 7, 2014 – when he also forced a fumble.

•  Kennard and Landon Collins each had six tackles (four solo) and Collins recovered Bryant's fumble with 2:13 remaining in the game.

•  Bryant, covered most of the night by Jenkins, was targeted nine times and had just one catch, for 10 yards – and on that play, Jenkins forced the fumble that was recovered by Collins.

•  Pugh missed his fifth consecutive game. Marshall Newhouse started his second game in a row and third in the last four at left guard.

•  Herzlich and Berhe each missed their second game in a row. It was the sixth time this season Berhe has been inactive.

•  Running back Shane Vereen, playing in his first game since Sept. 25, suffered a concussion in the second quarter and did not return. After catching a 10-yard pass, Vereen was escorted straight to the locker room. He was activated off injured reserve yesterday after missing the previous nine games with a triceps injury.

These five players made a key impact in Sunday's game

•  McAdoo won a replay challenge – just his second of the season - with 4:26 remaining in the second quarter. Prescott was sacked by Kennard for an 8-yard loss and fumbled. The ball was recovered by Doug Free, who advanced it 10 yards to the Giants' 31-yard line. McAdoo challenged, claiming Free was down by contact at the 41, where he recovered the ball. After review, referee Carl Cheffers upheld the challenge and reversed the call, ruling that Free was down after a 1-yard gain at the 40. McAdoo is 1-1 on replay challenges; he lost one in Green Bay on Oct. 9.

•  Dallas rookie Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 107 yards on 24 carries. He was the second opposing back this season – and in as many weeks - to run for more than 100 yards against the Giants. Pittsburgh's LeVeon Bell ran for 118 yards last week.

•  The Giants' game captains were Landon Collins, Damon Harrison and Weston Richburg.

•  Former Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera – wearing a No. 10 Manning jersey – participated in the coin toss.

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