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Giants fall to Falcons, 24-20; Postgame Stats and Notes


Notes and statistics from the Giants' 24-20 loss to the Atlanta Falcons Sunday in MetLife Stadium:

*Eli Manning completed 27 of 40 passes for 292 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. The 292 yards increased his career total to 40,240, which moved him one yard in front of Pro Football Hall of famer Johnny Unitas (40,239) and into 14th place on the NFL's career list.

*Manning is the 15th player in history to pass for at least 40,000 yards. On Thursday, his brother Peyton Manning joined Brett Favre as the only players to throw for at least 70,000 yards. Manning hit the 40,000 mark on a 26-yard pass to Odell Beckham Jr. in the second quarter.

*Manning has not thrown an interception in either of the first two games, the first time that has happened in the 11 years he has been the Giants' season-opening quarterback (not including his 2004 rookie season, when he took over in the 10th game).

*Manning also ran twice for 23 yards, including an 18-yarder that matched his career long, achieved twice previously. He also ran for 18-yard gains vs. Miami in London on Oct. 28, 2007, and vs Indianapolis on Nov. 3, 2014.

*Beckham caught seven passes for 146 yards, including a 67-yard score. The seven catches

increased his career total to 103, which is an NFL record for the first 16 games (a full season) in a career. Of course, Beckham set the mark in only 14 games. The previous record of 101 was set by Anquan Boldin in 2003.

*It was the fifth time in his last six games dating back to last season that Beckham totaled at least 130 receiving yards. The exception was the opener last week in Dallas, where he had 44 yards, breaking his NFL record-tying streak of 90-yard games at nine in a row.

*It was Beckham's eighth career 100-yard game. The Giants are 3-5 in those games.

*The 146 yards increased Beckham's career total to 1,495, yards, which is the second-highest total for the first 16 games of a career. Bill Groman owns the record with 1,593 yards. Beckham has two games to gain 99 yards and claim the record.

*The 67-yard touchdown was the second-longest reception of his career. He had an 80-yard touchdown catch at St. Louis last Dec. 21.

*The touchdown was the 13th of Beckham's career. The record for the first 16 games of a career is 17, which is held by Randy Moss.

*Tight end Larry Donnell scored his first touchdown of the season on a 10-yard reception from Manning. Donnell, who had four receptions for 28 yards, was second on the team last season with six touchdown catches.

*Second-year pro Andre Williams led the Giants in rushing with 43 yards on just six carries, including a 35-yarder.

*Shane Vereen had a team-high eight catches (for 76 yards) and added 19 rushing yards on six attempts.

*Cullen Jenkins picked up the Giants' first sack of the season when he blasted past guard Chris Chester and tackled Matt Ryan for a 6-yard loss in the third quarter.

*Robert Ayers had the Giants' other sack, an 11-yarder in the fourth quarter.

*The Giants committed their first turnover of the season in the third quarter, when they were only eight yards from the Atlanta goal line. Manning was sacked for a 3-yard loss by Kroy Biermann, who forced a fumble that was recovered by Paul Soliai. The Falcons promptly marched down the field and pulled to within three points at 20-17 on Matt Ryan's 10-yard touchdown pass to Leonard Hankerson.  

*For the second week in a row, the Giants were unable to hold a 10-point fourth-quarter lead and lost. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is the first time in Giants history they lost consecutive games after leading by 10 or more points in the fourth quarter in each of them.

*The Giants are 0-2 for the third consecutive year, the first time that's happened in franchise history.

*The Giants are 49-39-3 in home openers, including 2-4 in MetLife Stadium. They have lost their last four home openers.

*The Giants won the coin toss and opted to defer taking possession until the second-half kickoff. Since 2012, the Giants are 0-7 in games in which they won a coin toss and chose not to go on offense after the opening kickoff.

*The Giants did not have a takeaway for the first time since they played in Jacksonville last Nov. 30. Since a victory in 2008, they have lost their last 15 regular-season games in which they had no takeaways.

*Atlanta's 56 rushing yards was the lowest total by a Giants opponent since Philadelphia ran for 48 yards on Oct. 27, 2013. The Falcons averaged just 2.5 yards a carry. Atlanta did pass for 346 yards.

*The Falcons succeeded on 11 of 17 third-down conversion attempts, the most successes by a Giants opponent since Baltimore had 11 on Dec. 23, 2012.

*Left tackle Ereck Flowers (ankle) and left cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (burner) left the game. With Flowers out, Justin Pugh moved over from left guard to play tackle, and John Jerry stepped in at guard. DRC was replaced by Jayron Hosley.

*The Giants trail in the regular-season series vs. Atlanta, 12-11. The home team had won the previous four games in the series.

*Tight end Jerome Cunningham made his NFL debut, and had a three-yard reception.

*Louis Nix III made his Giants debut as a sub defensive tackle.

*Linebacker Devon Kennard led the Giants with nine tackles (seven solo).

*Atlanta receiver Julio Jones caught 13 passes for 135 yards, the highest number of receptions for a Giants opponent since Dallas Jason Witten caught 18 passes on Oct. 28, 2013.

*The Giants' inactive players were wide receiver Victor Cruz (calf), linebacker Jon Beason (knee), tight end Daniel Fells (foot), defensive tackle Markus Kuhn (knee), defensive end Owa Odighizuwa (foot), safety Cooper Taylor and offensive lineman Bobby Hart.

*Rodgers-Cromartie and Jenkins joined season-long captains Manning and Zak DeOssie for the coin toss. It was the second week in a row Jenkins received the honor. Beason is the defensive captain. The current players were joined by three members of the 1990 Super Bowl XXV championship team, which was honored this weekend: defensive end Leonard Marshall, linebacker Gary Reasons and cornerback Mark Collins.

Photos from the Giants Week 2 matchup with the Atlanta Falcons


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