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Notes: Giants notch 700th regular-season victory; longest winning streak since '16

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Notes and statistics from the Giants' 19-17 victory against the Cincinnati Bengals in Paul Brown Stadium:

*The Giants improved to 4-7 with their third consecutive victory – their longest winning streak since they won six in a row from Oct. 16-Nov. 27, 2016. That was the NFL's longest active streak without three consecutive victories.

*The Giants moved into a first-place tie with Washington atop the NFC East – but the Giants own the tiebreaker by virtue of their two victories against their division rivals. The 3-6-1 Philadelphia Eagles can move back ahead of both teams with a victory tomorrow night against Seattle.

*The Giants won for the first time this season outside the NFC East; they entered 0-5 in non-division games. Their last triumph against a team not in the NFC East was their 36-20 victory against Miami last Dec. 15 in Eli Manning's last career appearance.

*Six of the Giants' last seven games have been decided by three points or less, including three of their four victories.

*This was the visiting team's first victory in the 11-game Giants-Bengals series, which Cincinnati leads, 6-5. The Giants won for the first time in seven visits to Cincinnati.

*The victory was the Giants' 700th in the regular season in their 96-year history. They join the Chicago Bears (774) and Green Bay Packers (764) as the only franchises with 700 victories. The franchise closest to the Giants is the Pittsburgh Steelers, whose 10-0 start has increased their victory total to 641.

View photos from the Week 12 matchup between the Giants and Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.

*The Giants improved to 14-19 (.424) in games following a regular-season bye, including 5-11 on road.

*The Giants gained a season-high 386 yards, four more yards than they gained in their victory vs. Philadelphia two weeks ago. It was their fifth consecutive game with more than 300 offensive yards.

*The Giants rushed for 142 yards, their sixth consecutive game with more than 100 yards on the ground.

*The Giants' time of possession of 37:26 was their highest since they owned the ball for 38:05 in a 15-7 victory at Philadelphia on Oct. 27, 2013.

*The Bengals gained only 155 yards, the lowest total by a Giants opponent since the Chicago Bears totaled 110 yards on Oct. 3, 2010. It was the lowest total yardage allowed by the Giants in a road game since Sept. 27, 2009, when the Buccaneers gained only 86 yards at Tampa Bay.

*Cincinnati gained 66 yards in the first half, the lowest total allowed by the Giants in the opening two quarters of a game since Washington totaled 51 yards on Dec. 9, 2018.

*Cincinnati's 11 first downs were the fewest by a Giants opponent since Washington had 10 on Dec. 31, 2017.

*The score after two quarters was 10-10. It was the first halftime tie in a Giants game since Dec. 10, 2017, when they were even with Dallas at 10-10. The Cowboys won, 30-10. This was the Giants' first victory in a game that was tied at the half since Oct. 23, 2016, when a 10-10 tie became a 17-10 victory against the Los Angeles Rams in London.

*For the second game in a row and third time this season, the Giants scored a touchdown on their first offensive possession when Wayne Gallman powered his way into the end zone from a yard out on fourth-and-goal. All three first-series scores have been on the ground, including Daniel Jones' 34-yard run two weeks ago vs. Philadelphia and Evan Engram's three-yard run in Dallas on Oct. 11.

*The Bengals needed only 11 seconds to tie the game because Brandon Wilson returned the ensuing kickoff 103 yards for a touchdown. Wilson was the first Giants opponent to score on a kickoff return since Sept. 24, 2015, when Washington's Rashad Ross brought one back 101 yards in MetLife Stadium. It was the first kickoff return touchdown allowed by the Giants in a road game in 30 years. On Sept. 16, 1990, Dallas rookie Alexander Wright returned a kickoff 90 yards for the Cowboys' only score in a 28-7 Giants victory in Texas Stadium. Wilson's touchdown was the fifth via kickoff return in the NFL this season.

*Wilson's return was the longest play in Bengals history by one yard. It was the longest touchdown allowed by the Giants since 108-yard of a missed field goal attempt by Chicago's Devin Hester on Nov. 12, 2006.

*Daniel Jones completed 16 of 27 passes for 213 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions for a passer rating of 84.3. He also rushed for 19 yards on six carries. Jones left the game with a right hamstring injury he suffered on a seven-yard run in the third quarter.

*Jones was replaced by Colt McCoy, the 11-year veteran and first-year Giant, who made his first appearance of the season with 9:39 remaining in the third quarter. McCoy completed six of 10 passes for 31 yards with a long completion of 15 yards.

*McCoy had last played on Oct. 6, 2019, when he started for Washington against New England. In his only action of the 2019 season, McCoy completed 18 of 27 passes for 122 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. This was McCoy's 41st career game. He has made 28 starts.

*Wide receiver Golden Tate also attempted a pass (it was incomplete). This was first game in which three different Giants threw passes since Sept. 16, 2007, when quarterbacks Manning, Jared Lorenzen and Anthony Wright all had attempts vs. Green Bay in Giants Stadium.

*Gallman led the Giants' rushing attack with career-high totals of 24 carries and 94 yards. His previous bests were 18 attempts (twice, most recently against Philadelphia two weeks ago) and 89 yards vs. Washington on Dec. 31, 2017, the final game of his rookie season.

*Gallman scored the Giants' only touchdown and has reached the end zone in five consecutive games, the longest streak by a Giants player since Saquon Barkley scored touchdowns in five consecutive games from Sept. 23-Oct. 22, 2018. Each of Gallman's touchdowns was on the ground. He is the first Giants player to rush for a touchdown in five consecutive games since Andre Brown had a streak of six straight games in 2012-13.

*Sterling Shepard had a game-high seven receptions, for 64 yards.

*Engram caught six passes for a career-best 129 yards. His previous best was 116 yards at Dallas on Sept. 8, 2016.

*Engram's 53-yard reception on the game's first series was the Giants' longest gain through the air this season. The previous long was Jones' 50-yard throw to Austin Mack at Washington on Nov. 8. The play was the Giants' second-longest of the year; Jones ran for 80 yards in Philadelphia on Oct. 22.

*Engram also had a 44-yard catch. He was the first Giants player with two catches of 44 or more yards in the same game since Oct. 22, 2018, when Shepard had 58 and 53-yard receptions in Atlanta. Engram is the first tight end with two such catches in a game this season.

*Engram lost a fumble at the Bengals' 15-yard line with 8:35 remaining in the second quarter after an 18-yard gain, when safety Vonn Bell punched the ball out of his hands, picked it up and returned it 30 yards. The giveaway led to a field goal by Randy Bullock that gave Cincinnati a 10-7 lead. The turnover was the Giants' first since Jones threw an interception in the fourth quarter against Tampa Bay on Nov. 2. The Giants played 28 offensive series and ran 179 plays between turnovers.

*Shane Lemieux started his fourth consecutive game at left guard. Will Hernandez, the starter for 39 consecutive games before he went on the Reserve/Covid-19 list on Oct. 29, first entered the game for the third offensive series as part of Joe Judge's promised offensive line rotation. Hernandez also saw action later in the game.

*Defensive end Nikos Lalos made his NFL debut a memorable one as he intercepted a Brandon Allen pass with 32 seconds remaining in the third quarter. Lalos, a rookie free agent from Dartmouth, was signed off the Giants' practice squad yesterday. His only previous interception was on Nov. 9, 2019, when he picked off a pass against Princeton and returned it 22 yards for a touchdown – in Yankee Stadium.

*Leonard Williams clinched the game when he recovered a fumble by quarterback Brandon Allen with 49 seconds remaining. Williams also sacked Allen for an eight-yard loss in the first quarter. It was his sixth sack of the season, the second-highest total of his six-year career and one shy of his career-best 7.0 with the Jets in 2016.

*The fumble Williams recovered was forced by Jabaall Sheard, who sacked Allen for a 10-yard loss, his first sack in his four games with the Giants. Sheard had three tackles (two solo) in his first start of the season.

*Safeties Jabrill Peppers (three solo) and Logan Ryan (two) each had a team-high six tackles. Ryan also forced and recovered a fumble.

*Graham Gano kicked field goals of 49 yards in the second quarter, 40 yards in the third, and 39 and 32 in the fourth to extend his streak to 24 consecutive successful attempts. The first field goal broke a tie with Aldrick Rosas (20 in a row from 2018-19) for the second-longest streak in Giants history. Josh Brown holds the franchise record with 29 successes in a row from 2014-15.

*Gano has made 25 of 26 field goal attempts this season. It was the second time this year and the 11th time in his career he has kicked a career-high four field goals in a game. He also did it at Dallas on Oct. 11.

*Safety Xavier McKinney, the Giants' second-round draft choice this year, assisted on a special teams tackle in his NFL debut. He was activated yesterday off injured reserve, where he had spent the entire season after undergoing foot surgery in August.

*Another rookie, linebacker Tae Crowder, had three tackles (two solo) in his return after missing four games with a hamstring injury.

*In addition to Jones, safety/special teamer Nate Ebner suffered a knee injury in the first quarter and did not return. Linebacker Kyler Fackrell injured his calf in the third quarter and was unable to return.

*The Giants' inactive players were kicker Ryan Santoso, linebackers TJ Brunson and Trent Harris, defensive back Montre Hartage, offensive lineman Kyle Murphy and defensive lineman RJ McIntosh.

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