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Giants lose to Jaguars: Postgame notes and stats

  • The Giants lost their seventh consecutive game, the longest active streak in the NFL, and fell to 3-9. The seven-game losing streak is their longest since they lost eight in a row in 2004, Tom Coughlin's first season as head coach. The 3-9 record is their worst after 12 games since 1995, when they had the same mark.

The Giants complete a two-game road trip against the Tennessee Titans (2-10), who lost on Sunday to the Houston Texans.

  • With nine defeats, the Giants, who were 7-9 last year, are assured of finishing under .500 in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2003 and 2004, when they were 4-12 and 6-10.
  • The one-point loss was the Giants' first since a 17-16 loss at Washington on Dec. 3, 2012.
  • The Giants led 21-0 in the second quarter and 21-3 at halftime, but were outscored in the second half, 22-3.
  • Josh Scobee scored the game-winning points on a 43-yard field goal with 28 seconds remaining, one week after Dallas scored the final points in its 31-28 victory with 1:01 left.
  • The Giants have lost their last three games in which they led at the half – 17-14 at Seattle (where they lost, 38-17), 21-10 last week vs. Dallas (lost, 31-28) and at Jacksonville. Prior to this streak, they had won nine consecutive games in which they held a halftime lead.
  • The Giants led at the end of the third quarter, 21-16. It was the second time this season they lost despite owning a lead entering the fourth quarter. On Sept. 14, they led Arizona, 14-10, but lost, 25-14.
  • The Giants led in the fourth quarter, 21-16, and again at 24-22. It was the second game in a row they didn't hold a fourth-quarter lead. Last week vs. Dallas, they took a 28-24 lead before losing, 31-28.
  • The Giants scored 21 points in the second quarter, their highest-scoring period since they scored 21 in the first vs. Philadelphia on Dec. 30, 2012. That was also the last time the Giants jumped out to a 21-0 lead.

This was the third time the Giants held a 21-point lead and lost in Tom Coughlin's 11 years as head coach. On Nov. 26, 2006 at Tennessee, they led 21-0 in the fourth quarter but lost, 24-21. On Dec. 19, 2010 in MetLife Stadium, they led Philadelphia, 24-3 and 31-10, but lost 38-31.

  • The Giants led at halftime, 21-3, their largest halftime lead since they were ahead of the Eagles, 35-7, on Dec. 30, 2013. Their largest previous halftime lead this season was 17 points (24-7) at Washington on Sept. 25. The 18-point halftime lead was their largest on the road since Sept. 20, 2012, when they led at Carolina, 20-0, on their way to a 36-7 victory.

**>> INSTANT ANALYSIS: JAGUARS 25, GIANTS 24** * The 18-point lead was the largest the Giants had in a game they went on to lose since Dec. 19, 2010, when they led the Eagles at halftime, 24-3, but lost, 38-31.

  • Rashad Jennings scored the Giants' first touchdown three seconds into the second quarter to cap a 91-yard drive that included 19 plays and consumed 9:51. It was the most plays the Giants ran on one series since Nov. 7, 2010, when their 19-play game-ending possession in Seattle ended with a kneel-down (and a 41-7 victory). It was the highest number of plays they had on a scoring drive since Jan. 6, 2002 – the 2001 season finale – vs. Green Bay. The Giants' previous long drives this season included 14 plays, at Detroit in the opener and last week vs. Dallas. In terms of time, it was their longest drive since the series in Seattle four years ago took 13:00 of the clock. They had a drive that consumed 10:45 vs. the Jets on Oct. 31, 1993, but that ended with a fumble. Jennings' touchdown ended their longest scoring drive in terms of time since Nov. 8, 2009, when they scored at the end of a series that took 10:35 against San Diego. The Giants' longest drive this season had consumed 7:13 in Week 2 vs. Arizona. The 91-yard drive was their second-longest of the season; they scored a touchdown on a 93-yard march last week vs. Dallas.
  • The Giants lost three fumbles – the only turnovers of the game - and the Jaguars scored on two of them. The first was with 11:13 remaining in the third quarter, when linebacker J.T. Thomas III recovered Eli Manning's fumble in the end zone. Geno Hayes sacked Manning and forced the fumble. Cornerback Aaron Colvin scored with 12:56 left in the fourth quarter when he scooped up Larry Donnell's fumble and returned it 41 yards for a touchdown. Those were the first defensive touchdowns scored by a Giants opponent since Nov. 24, 2013, when Dallas' Jeff Heath returned a Victor Cruz fumble 50 yards in MetLife Stadium.
  • Jacksonville was the first Giants opponent to score two defensive touchdowns in a game since Sept. 8, 2013 in Dallas, when Barry Church returned a fumble 27 yards for one score and Brandon Carr had a 49-yard interception return for another.
  • The Jaguars were the first opponent to score touchdowns on two Giants fumbles in a game since Oct. 25, 1964, when Paul Wiggin and Charlie Scales of the Cleveland Browns did it. The last NFL team to score touchdowns on two opponent fumbles in a game was New England at the Jets on Nov. 22, 2012.

The Giants had no takeaways for the third time this season (also at Detroit and vs. Arizona), though Jacksonville's 24 turnovers entering the game were tied with Tampa Bay for the league's second-highest figure. They have lost their last 13 regular-season games in which they did not force a turnover.

  • Jacksonville's 258 offensive yards was the lowest total by a Giants opponent since Dec. 29, 2013, when Washington gained 251 yards in a 20-6 Giants victory.
  • The Jaguars' 140 net passing yards were the fewest for a Giants opponent since Oakland threw for 106 yards on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The Giants' sacked Jacksonville rookie quarterback Blake Bortles seven times for 54 yards in losses. It was their highest sack total since Oct. 3, 2010, when they registered 10 sacks in a 17-3 victory over Chicago.
  • Rookie linebacker Devon Kennard picked up his first two career sacks, both in the third quarter, when he tackled Bortles for losses of seven and nine yards.
  • Safety Stevie Brown, a five-year veteran, also got his first career sack, when he dropped Bortles for a six-yard loss in the second quarter.
  • Jason Pierre-Paul had 1.5 sacks, his first since he had 2,0 sacks at Dallas on Oct. 19. JPP is tied with Robert Ayers for the team lead with 5.0 sacks.
  • Pierre-Paul split one of his sacks with rookie Kerry Wynn, who played his first career game after being inactive for the first 11 contests.
  • Linebacker Jameel McClain picked up his first full sack of the season, a seven-yarder in the second quarter.
  • Defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins had an 11-yard sack, increasing his season total to 4.5.
  • Tom Coughlin coached his 300th regular-season NFL game, the 13th coach in league history to reach that plateau. Coughlin is 161-139 (93-79, .541, with the Giants and 68-60, .531, with the Jaguars), who were a first-year expansion team in 1995.
  • Coughlin's career record against rookie quarterbacks is now 11-8. Manning's is 5-4.
  • Manning completed 24 of 34 passes for 247 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions – but he did lose two fumbles. It was the sixth time this season Manning did not throw an interception. Last year, he did not throw a pick in only three of 16 games.
  • Manning was sacked four times and the Giants have allowed 21 sacks in their seven-game losing (including two of Ryan Nassib). They gave up seven sacks in the first five games.
  • Rashad Jennings had 26 carries for 91 yards and two touchdowns (on runs of two and 17 yards). The carries and yards were each his second-highest totals of the season, while the two touchdowns tied a career high he twice set last season with Oakland.
  • Jennings became the first Giants back to rush for two touchdowns in a game since Andre Brown scored on runs of 23 and one yards on Dec. 1, 2013 at Washington.
  • Jennings' 17-yarder was the longest touchdown run by a Giant since Dec. 29, 2013, when wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan scored on a 49-yard run vs. Washington. It was the longest scoring run by a Giants running back since Brown's 23-yarder at Washington last Dec. 1. None of the Giants' other nine touchdown runs this season had covered more than three yards (Andre Williams three times).
  • Jennings hurt his ankle in the fourth quarter and was replaced by rookie Andre Williams, who had eight carries for 21 yards.
  • Odell Beckham Jr. led the Giants' receivers with seven catches for 90 yards, with a long catch of 29 yards

Beckham also had a rushing attempt on an end-around on the game's third play, which gained four yards.

  • Preston Parker caught only two passes for six yards, but one of them was a three-yard touchdown.
  • Kevin Ogletree caught his first two passes as a Giant, for 25 yards.
  • Defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka did not make the trip to Jacksonville because he has a knee injury. He had played in 59 consecutive regular-season games (plus four postseason games), which tied him with Steve Weatherford for the fourth-longest streak on the team (behind Manning, 163; Zak DeOssie, 124; and Antrel Rolle, 76). Kiwanuka had not been sidelined since he missed the final 13 games of the 2010 season with a herniated disk in his neck. This season, Kiwanuka had started the first 11 games and had recorded 28 tackles (20 solo), 2.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries.
  • Robert Ayers started at left end for Kiwanuka. It was his first start of the season and his first since Oct. 6, 2013, when he played for Denver at Dallas. The start was the 28th of Ayers' six-year career. Ayers left the game in the third quarter with a pectoral injury. Coughlin said after the game he did not know if the muscle was torn, but if it is, Ayers will miss the final four games. Pierre-Paul moved from right to left end and Damontre Moore played right end.
  • Because of Kiwanuka's absence, Wynn was active for the first time this season. He made his NFL debut as a substitute defensive end.
  • Wide receiver Rueben Randle did not play in the first quarter. Coughlin said it was a private matter between the receiver and he.
  • The Giants' inactive players were linebacker Jacquian Williams (concussion/shoulder), tackle Justin Pugh (quad), offensive lineman Adam Snyder (knee), Kiwanuka (knee), defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins (calf), offensive lineman Brandon Mosley and cornerback Jayron Hosley.
  • With Pugh sidelined, Geoff Schwartz started for the second game in a row at right tackle. But Schwartz was carted off the field with 5:05 remaining in the first quarter and was replaced by James Brewer. Schwartz, who missed the season's first 10 games with a dislocated toe, sprained his ankle and did not return. He was in the bench area in the second half using crutches and wearing a walking boot. Coughlin said after the game that Schwartz had tendon damage in the ankle.
  • When Brewer suffered a concussion in the second half, John Jerry moved from right guard to tackle and Dallas Reynolds played guard.
  • Josh Brown missed a 43-yard field goal attempt in the third quarter, ending his perfect season. He had made his last 12 attempts, dating back to last season, including 10 this year. Brown's previous miss was on Dec. 29, 2013, when his 50-yard try vs. Washington in MetLife Stadium was wide left. Brown later hit a go-ahead 33-yarder in the fourth quarter, but his miss was costly in a one-point game.
  • Rookie left guard Weston Richburg returned to the starting lineup after being replaced last week by Snyder.
  • With Hosley inactive, cornerback Mike Harris was in uniform for the first time since he joined the team on Oct. 29. He had one defensive tackle.
  • Linebacker Terrell Manning, who was signed off Cincinnati's practice squad last week, made his Giants debut on special teams. He hurt his ankle in the first half and did not return.
  • Former Jaguar Jennings joined Manning, DeOssie and Rolle at midfield for the coin toss.
  • The Giants-Jaguars series is now tied, 3-3. The home team has won all six games.
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