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Giants make it six-in-a-row; Postgame Notes


*Postgame notes and stats from the Giants' 27-13 win over the Browns:  *

CLEVELAND – Notes and statistics from the Giants' 27-13 victory against the Cleveland Browns in FirstEnergy Stadium:

• The Giants won their sixth consecutive game and improved to 8-3. The six-game winning streak is their longest since the Giants won seven straight games from Oct. 19-Nov. 30, 2008.

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• The Giants' 8-3 start is their best record through 11 games since they were 10-1 in 2008. The lone loss then was here in Cleveland.

• The Giants' 8-3 record is the second-best in the NFC and tied for the third-best in the NFL. But the only team in their conference with a better record – 10-1 Dallas - is two games ahead of them in the NFC East.

• With their eighth victory, the Giants are assured of finishing with no worse than a .500 record for the first time since they finished 9-7 in 2012. And they still have five games remaining.

• The Giants' road record improved to 3-2. That matches their victory total as visitors from each of the previous two seasons, when they finished 3-5 on the road.

• The 14-point margin of victory was the Giants' largest of the season. Their previous largest margin was seven points (17-10 against the Rams in London on Oct. 23). The Giants' eight victories have been by a total of 41 points.

• The Browns fell to 0-12. This was the first time in their history the Giants played a team that entered the game 0-11 or worse. Since the 1970 merger, they are 10-3 against teams that entered the game 0-4 or worse.

• This was the sixth game in NFL history in which a team with a winning streak of last least five games played a team with a losing streak of at least 11 games. The team with the winning streak has won all six games.

• The Giants' 296 total yards was their third-lowest total of the season; they gained 221 yards in a loss in Green Bay on Oct. 9, and 232 yards two weeks later in a victory against the Rams in London.

• The Giants' 192 net passing yards were a season-low and marked the third time this season they passed for fewer than 200 yards. They had 196 passing yards in the victory against the Rams on Oct. 23, and 199 vs. the Packers in Green Bay on Oct. 9.

• The Giants' 13 first downs tied the season low they set vs. the Rams.

• The Giants rushed for 104 yards, the third consecutive game in which they exceeded 100 yards after doing so just twice in the first eight games.

• The Giants sacked Cleveland quarterback Josh McCown seven times, their highest total since they had seven sacks in a victory against Washington on Dec. 14, 2014.

• The seven sacks raised the Giants' season total to 25, which is two more than they had in the entire 2015 season, when their 23 sacks was a franchise-low in a 16-game season.

• Brad Wing punted nine times, the Giants' highest total in a game since they punted 10 times at Philadelphia on Oct. 12, 2014. Five of Wing's punts were downed inside the 20-yard line, three of them inside the 10.

• The first quarter was scoreless, the third time that's happened in a Giants game this season. The score was 0-0 after one quarter in each of the Giants' first two games, victories against Dallas and New Orleans.

• The Giants led at halftime, 14-6, with two Cody Parkey field goals accounting for all of the Browns' points. It was the third time this season a Giants opponent failed to score a first-half touchdown. The Giants led Dallas in the season opener, 13-9, and New Orleans the following week, 7-3, after two quarters.

• Eli Manning completed 15 of 27 passes for 194 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions for a season-high passer rating of 115.4. The 15 completions were the fewest Manning has had in a game since he had the same number at Minnesota on Dec. 27, 2015. The 194 yards was his lowest total since he threw for 170 yards in a victory against Dallas on Oct. 25, 2014.

• Manning threw at least three touchdown passes for the third time in four games, and the fifth time this season, and was not intercepted for the fifth time this season, including each of the last two games.

• Manning's 194 yards increased his career total to 48,222. That moved him past Pro Football Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton (47,003) and into eighth place on the NFL's career list.

• Odell Beckham, Jr. led the Giants with six receptions for 96 yards and two touchdowns, on catches of 32 and four yards. The second score was set up by Beckham's 41-yard catch-and-run, the Giants' longest play of the game.

• Beckham has eight touchdown catches this season and 33 in his career. That ties him with Plaxico Burress for the most touchdowns by a receiver on passes thrown by Manning.

• It was Beckham's ninth career game with at least two touchdowns, tying the franchise record also shared by Homer Jones and Joe Morrison. He briefly had a third touchdown on a punt return, but it was nullified by Mark Herzlich's holding penalty.

• Victor Cruz caught one pass for 37 yards. In each of the last three games in which he played, Cruz had one reception – for 46, 48, and 37 yards.

• Rookie Sterling Shepard was held without a catch for the first time in his 11-game career. Sterling was not targeted on any Manning passes.

• Wide receiver Dwayne Harris opened the scoring with his first touchdown of the season – on his only catch of the season – when Manning threw a 13-yard pass to him with 7:03 remaining in the second quarter. Harris beat rookie cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun on the play. In 2015, his first season with the Giants, Harris had four touchdown receptions among his 36 catches.

• Harris' touchdown was set up when linebacker Devon Kennard recovered a fumble by Cleveland running back Isaiah Crowell. It was Kennard's first fumble recovery in his three-year career, and the first of the Giants' three recoveries in the game.

• Jason Pierre-Paul established a career-high with 3.0 sacks of McCown. JPP also forced a fumble that was recovered by Kerry Wynn and, more spectacularly, caught a ball McCown had fumbled in midair - after it was forced by Johnathan Hankins - and returned it 43 yards for his third career touchdown.

• Pierre-Paul is the first NFL player with at least three sacks and a fumble-return touchdown of at least 40 yards in the same game since 1982, the first year individual sacks became an official statistic.

• JPP's previous career-high was 2.5 sacks, which he tied last week (he also had 2.5 sacks vs. Washington on Dec. 14, 2014). Pierre-Paul had 1.5 sacks in the first nine games and has 6.5 in the last two.

• Pierre-Paul had scored twice previously on interception returns: a 28-yarder at Dallas on Oct. 28, 2012, and a 24-yarder vs. Green Bay on Nov. 17, 2013. Each of his touchdowns has been in a Giants' victory.

• Hankins and defensive end Olivier Vernon each had 1.5 sacks, and cornerback Janoris Jenkins had the Giants' final sack. Vernon, like JPP, is heating up. He has had at least one sack in each of the last four games, after totaling one sack in the first seven games.

• Hankins' 1.5 sacks were the second-highest total of his career. He had 2.5 sacks vs. Washington on Dec. 14, 2014.

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• Jenkins picked up his second career sack. He got his first on Oct. 13, 2013 for St. Louis against the Houston Texans.

• Because Harris was nursing an injury, Bobby Rainey replaced him as the primary punt and kickoff returner at the start of the game. Rainey returned three punts for seven yards and two kickoffs for 51 yards before mishandling a punt in the second quarter that Cleveland recovered. Beckham then assumed punt return duties, returning three for 35 yards. He would have had a 59-yard touchdown had it not been taken off the board.

• The Giants' game captains were Rashad Jennings, Devon Kennard, and Kelvin Sheppard.

• The Giants inactive players were offensive linemen Justin Pugh (knee), Marshall Newhouse (knee) and Brett Jones (calf); defensive tackle Jay Bromley; cornerback Leon Hall; wide receiver Tavarres King; and quarterback Josh Johnson.

• With Pugh, Newhouse and Jones all sidelined, Adam Gettis made the first start of his five-year career at left guard. Gettis joined those other players to become the fourth Giants player to start at left guard this season.

• Bromley played in each of the first 10 games and had 11 tackles (seven solo) and a sack.

• Safety Nat Berhe left the game with a concussion he sustained covering the kickoff after Harris' touchdown and walked to the locker room with 6:57 remaining in the second quarter. Herzlich also went to the locker room with a concussion in the fourth quarter.

• The Giants have won six of their last seven games vs. the Browns, but trail in the series, 26-21-2.

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