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Giants fall to 0-2; Postgame notes and stats


Postgame notes and stats from the Giants' 24-10 loss to the Lions:

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Notes and statistics from the Giants' 24-10 loss to the Detroit Lions:

*The Giants, who started 2-0 last year, fell to 0-2 for the fourth time in five seasons.

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*The Giants scored 10 points one week after scoring three in their season-opening loss in Dallas. This was the eighth consecutive game dating back to last season in which the Giants scored less than 20 points.

*Detroit rushed for 138 yards, the highest total allowed by the Giants since Green Bay ran for 147 yards on Oct. 9, 2016.

*The Lions' 119 net passing yards were the fewest by a Giants opponent since Nov. 10, 2013, when the Oakland Raiders had 106 yards.

*The Giants are 50-40-3 in home openers.

*The Giants' six-game winning streak in MetLife Stadium was snapped. They were 7-1 at home last season.

*Eli Manning completed 22 of 32 passes for 239 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. But he was sacked five times, the highest number of times he's been taken down since Oct. 12, 2014, when he absorbed six sacks in a loss in Philadelphia.

*Manning's 22 completions increased his career total to 4,123. That ties him with Pro Football Hall of Famer John Elway for sixth on the NFL's career list.

*Odell Beckham, Jr. played, but did not start, and caught four passes for 36 yards. It was the first game in which he played as a reserve since he made his NFL debut vs. Atlanta on Oct. 5, 2014. In that game, he caught four passes for 44 yards, including the go-ahead 15-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. The Giants' starting wide receivers in that game were Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle and Preston Parker.

*Beckham finished with fewer than five catches for the 10th time in 45 career games, including one in the postseason. The 36 yards was the fifth-lowest total of his career.

*Tight end Evan Engram, the Giants' first-round draft choice this year, had a team-high 49 receiving yards and tied Beckham for the team lead with four catches. Engram scored his first NFL touchdown on an 18-yard pass from fellow Ole Miss alum Manning on the first play of the second quarter. It should be noted that Aldrick Rosas followed with his first career extra point.

However, Engram received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after the touchdown, forcing Rosas to kick off from the 20-yard line instead of the 35. The kick bounced out of bounds, which normally would have given Detroit the ball on its 40. Because of the penalty, the Lions took possession at the Giants' 45.

*The Giants picked up their first turnover of the season with 11:45 remaining in the second quarter, when Jason Pierre-Paul sacked Matthew Stafford for an 11-yard loss and forced a fumble that was recovered by Devon Kennard at the Giants' 36-yard line.

But on the very next play, Manning's pass caromed off Engram and safety Glover Quin, and was intercepted by linebacker Tahir Whitehead, who returned it 18 yards to the Giants' 29. Five plays later, Matthew Stafford threw a seven-yard touchdown pass to Eric Ebron to give the Lions a 14-7 lead.

*Second-year tight end Jerell Adams had a career and game-long 38-yard reception.

*Calvin Munson started at middle linebacker for B.J. Goodson, who was inactive with a shin injury. Munson is the first rookie free agent linebacker to start for the Giants since Mark Herzlich vs. Philadelphia and at New Orleans on Nov. 20 and 28, 2011. Shane Smith, an undrafted rookie tight end, started for the second week in a row.

*Munson had seven tackles (six solo), including his first career sack in the fourth quarter.

*Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie led the Giants with 11 tackles (eight solo). DRC started at right cornerback in place of Janoris Jenkins, who was inactive with ankle and hand injuries. Ross Cockrell played right cornerback when the Giants used three corners, with Rodgers-Cromartie in the slot. Cockrell, who was obtained in a trade with Pittsburgh on Sept. 2, had three tackles and a pass defensed.

*Right tackle Bobby Hart aggravated his sprained ankle on the Giants' first offensive series and did not return. He hurt the ankle in Dallas and missed one day of practice last week. Justin Pugh moved from left guard to right tackle, and Brett Jones stepped in at left guard. Pugh has started 31 games at right tackle, including all 16 in his rookie season (2013).

*Linebacker J.T. Thomas left the game in the second half with a groin injury.

*Linebacker Curtis Grant, signed off the practice squad earlier in the day, made his NFL debut on special teams.

*Detroit's Jamal Agnew returned a Brad Wing punt 88 yards for a touchdown. It was the first punt return touchdown against the Giants since Sept. 14, 2014, when Arizona's Ted Ginn Jr. brought one back 71 yards, and the longest vs. the Giants since Kansas City's Dexter McCluster had an 89-yard return on Sept. 29, 2013. The Giants had not allowed a special teams touchdown since Dec. 28, 2014, when Philadelphia's Trey Burton scooped up the ball and scored after James Casey blocked Steve Weatherford's punt.

*Matt Prater's 56-yard field goal with 30 seconds remaining in the second quarter tied for the second-longest three-pointer ever against the Giants. Green Bay's Mason Crosby booted a 57-yarder in MetLife Stadium on Nov. 17, 2013. Dan Bailey of the Cowboys kicked a 56-yard field goal in Dallas on Sept. 11, 2015.

*Detroit coach Jim Caldwell won the first replay challenge in a Giants game this season, with 10:02 remaining in the fourth quarter. On fourth-and-three, Manning threw a pass to Shane Vereen for an apparent three-yard gain and a first down. Caldwell challenged the ruling, saying Vereen was short of the marker. After review, John Parry changed the spot to the 49½- yard line and the Giants were short, forcing them to give up the ball on downs. Manning's throw officially gained two yards.

*In addition to Goodson and Jenkins, the rest of the Giants' inactive list was running back Wayne Gallman, linebacker Keenan Robinson, tight end Matt LaCosse, defensive end Avery Moss and quarterback Davis Webb.

*The Giants' game captains were Dwayne Harris, Vereen, and Jenkins, who participated in the coin toss despite not being in uniform. They were joined by season captains Manning, Jonathan Casillas and Zak DeOssie, plus four honorary captains from the 2007 Super Bowl-champion Giants: Justin Tuck, Chris Snee, Brandon Jacobs and Plaxico Burress. Manning and DeOssie are the only players from the '07 team still active in the NFL.

*Detroit leads the regular-season series, 22-21-1. The Lions have won all three Monday night meetings, including games in 1983 and 2014.

*The Giants are 24-38-1 on Monday night, including 9-10 at home.

*The Giants are 3-2 in Monday night home openers.

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