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Giants fall to Cowboys; Postgame Stats and Notes


ARLINGTON, Texas – Notes and statistics from the Giants' 27-26 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in AT&T Stadium.

*The Giants lost their fifth consecutive season-opening game, extending their franchise record. Three of those defeats were to the Cowboys, against whom they are now 0-8 in openers. The Giants last won their opening game in 2010, a 31-18 victory over Carolina in the first regular-season game in MetLife Stadium.

*The Giants' opening day record fell to 49-37-5. They have the same record in road openers. The Giants' record in season-opening road games is 32-25-5. 

*The Giants lost their seventh consecutive season-opening road game. They last opened a season as visitors and won in 1999, at Tampa Bay.

*Tom Coughlin fell to 10-10 in season–opening games as a head coach. He is 4-8 with the Giants.

*The Giants lost their third consecutive game in Dallas after winning their first four games in AT&T Stadium.

*The Giants suffered their fifth consecutive loss to the Cowboys, their longest such streak since Dallas won five in a row in the series from 1992-94. The teams meet again in MetLife Stadium on Oct. 25.

*The Giants lost by a single point for the second time in their last three defeats dating back to last season. Last Nov. 30, they fell in Jacksonville, 25-24.

*The Giants led 16-6 and 23-13. This was their first loss in a game in which they owned a lead of at least 10 points since their previous game against Dallas, on Nov. 23, 2014. In that contest, they led, 21-10, but lost, 31-28.

*The Giants held their 23-13 lead in the fourth quarter. This was the first time they led by at least 10 points in the final quarter and lost since Nov. 4, 2012 vs. Pittsburgh, when a 20-10 advantage evaporated into a 24-20 loss.

*This was the first Giants' loss in a game in which they led in the fourth quarter since last Nov. 30 at Jacksonville, when they were ahead, 21-16 and 24-22, but lost, 25-24.

*The Giants' 289 total yards was their lowest total since they gained 253 yards last Oct. 12 at Philadelphia.

*The Giants' time of possession of 22:50 was their lowest since their owned the ball for 20:39 in a loss at Baltimore on Dec. 23, 2012.

*The Giant did not have a turnover, ending their streak of six consecutive victories in games in which they had no offensive turnovers. They had last lost a turnover-free game on Dec. 23, 2012 at Baltimore.

*Dallas gained 436 yards, the highest total by a Giants opponent since Seattle totaled 510 yards last Nov. 9.

*The Cowboys had 356 net passing yards. The Giants last gave up that many yards through the air on Oct. 28, 2012 – also in Dallas. But they won that game, 31-24.

*Dallas' 27 first downs were the most by a Giants opponent since Seattle had the same number last Nov. 27.

*The Giants did not sack Dallas quarterback Tony Romo, the first time they did not register at least once sack since Nov. 17, 2013 in a victory over Green Bay.

*The Cowboys scored the game-winning points with just seven seconds to play, when Romo threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Jason Witten. It was the latest a trailing Giants opponent scored go-ahead, game-winning points since Dec. 28, 2008, when Minnesota's Ryan Longwell kicked a 50-yard field goal as time expired to give the Vikings a 20-19 victory.

*The Cowboys took a 3-0 lead on the game's opening possession after driving 79 yards in 17 plays and 10:17. It was the highest number of plays in a single possession by a Giants opponent since Oct. 21, 2012, when Washington executed a 17-play drive, also ending with a field goal. In terms of time, it was the longest drive allowed by the Giants since Jan. 13, 2008, when the Cowboys controlled the ball on a touchdown drive for 10:28 in a divisional playoff game, also in Dallas. It was the longest drive in terms of time against the Giants in a regular-season game since Oct. 31, 1993, when the Jets owned the ball for 11:15 on a touchdown drive.

*Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie scored the Giants' first touchdown of the season on a 57-yard return of a Cole Beasley fumble that was forced by Trumaine McBride. It was the Giants' first defensive touchdown since Markus Kuhn's 26-yard fumble return at Tennessee last Dec. 7.

*It was the Giants' longest fumble return touchdown since Michael Boley's 70-yarder vs. Pittsburgh on Nov. 4, 2012.

*It was DRC's first career recovery of an opponent's fumble. His only previous recovery occurred in the final game of his 2008 rookie season with Arizona, when he recovered his own fumble after intercepting a pass by Seattle's Seneca Wallace.

*The touchdown was the sixth of Rodgers-Cromartie's career. His previous five scores were on interception returns, most recently on Oct. 27, 2013 when he was with Denver.

*McBride also had an interception, which he returned 14 yards. It was his first pick since Sept. 25, 2014 at Washington.

*Eli Manning completed 20 of 26 passes for 193 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions. It was the first game in which he threw neither a touchdown nor an interception since Oct. 12, 2014 at Philadelphia.

*Odell Beckham Jr. led the Giants with five receptions for 44 yards. That broke his streak of nine consecutive games in which he had at least 90 receiving yards. That is an NFL record he shares with Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Irvin.

*Josh Brown made all four of his field goal attempts, from 50, 40, 30 and 19 yards. It was his first game with new holder Brad Wing.

*In his first Giants game, Wing had a 45.5-yard net average, with a long kick of 63 yards.

*In his first NFL game, Uani 'Unga started at middle linebacker, led the Giants with 12 tackles (10 solo), and intercepted a Romo pass that was tipped by Witten.

*First-round draft choice Ereck Flowers started and played the entire game at left tackle. He was the first Giants rookie to start a season opener at left tackle since William Roberts in 1984.

*This was the third consecutive season in which the Giants started a rookie offensive lineman in the season opener. Last year, Weston Richburg, the Giants' second-round draft choice, started at left guard. He is now the team's center. In 2013, first-round draft choice Justin Pugh started at right tackle – and stayed there for all 16 games. He now plays left guard. Prior to Pugh, the last Giants' rookie lineman to start a season opener was Chris Snee in 2004.

*Second-round draft choice Landon Collins started and played the entire game at safety. He was the first rookie defensive player to start a season opener for the Giants since linebacker Greg Jones in 2011 and the first to start at safety since Sam Garnes in 1997.

*In addition to Flowers, Collins and Unga, Geremy Davis and Nikita Whitlock were Giants who made their NFL debuts in Dallas.

*In addition to them, 10 players made their Giants debuts: Marshall Newhouse, J.T Thomas III, Brandon Meriweather, Dwayne Harris, Shane Vereen, Trevin Wade, Jasper Brinkley, Jonathan Casillas, George Selvie and Wing.

*Romo threw for 356 yards to break an eight-game streak by the Giants in which they did not allow a 300-yard performance by an opposing quarterback. The last quarterback to exceed 100 passing yards vs. the Giants was Indianapolis' Andrew Luck, who threw for 354 yards on Nov. 3, 2014. The Giants are 16-19 under Coughlin when a single opposing quarterback throws for at least 300 yards.

*Romo's 356 yards was the highest by a quarterback against the Giants since Romo threw for 437 yards on Oct. 28, 2012.

*Romo completed 36 of 45 passes, an 80 percent success rate that was the highest by a Giants opponent since Atlanta's Matt Ryan connected on 81.2 percent of his passes (23 of 29) on Dec.16, 2012.

*Dallas coach Jason Garrett was 1-1 on replay challenges.

With 2:42 remaining in the first quarter, Manning threw a first-down pass to Beckham, who lost the ball. It was ruled an incompletion but Garrett challenged the ruling, believing Beckham had possession and then fumbled. After review, referee Bill Vinovich upheld the call on the field, saying Beckham never had possession.

Garrett tried again with 11:03 remaining in the second quarter, and this time he was successful. On third-and-six from the Giants' 20, Manning threw to tight end Donnell, who got his hands on the ball and then lost it out of bounds. The officials ruled it a catch. Garrett challenged the ruling, saying Donnell never had possession. After review, Vinovich reversed the call, saying Donnell never had possession and ruled the pass incomplete. Opposing coaches are 33-40 on replay challenges since Tom Coughlin became the Giants head coach in 2004.

*The AT&T Stadium roof was closed, so the Giants fell to 39-21 in regular-season indoor games, including 12-9 under Coughlin.

*The Giants wore a patch on their jerseys (ATM) in honor of franchise matriarch and co-owner Ann Mara, who died on Feb. 1, and a No. 16 decal on their helmets in memory of Hall of Famer Frank Gifford, who passed away on Aug. 9.

*The Giants' game captains were Manning, Cullen Jenkins, Zak DeOssie, and Mark Herzlich.

Photos from the Giants Week 1 matchup with the Cowboys

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