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Giants vs. Bears: Postgame Notes and Stats

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Notes and statistics from the Giants’ 30-27 overtime victory against the Chicago Bears in MetLife Stadium:

*The Giants won for the third time in four games and improved to 4-8. The four victories is one more than they had in the entire 2017 season.

*The Giants are 2-4 at home this season.

*The Bears, who fell to 8-4, had won their previous five games. This was the Giants’ first victory against a team with a winning streak of at least five games since Dec. 18, 2016, when they beat Detroit at home.

*The Giants played their first overtime game since Nov. 19, 2017, when they defeated Kansas City, 12-9. The Giants are 21-15-2 in regular-season overtime games since a fifth period was instituted to break ties in 1974. That includes a 10-10 record at home and a 15-7 mark when they win the overtime coin toss, as they did Sunday.

*Chicago tied the score as time expired in the fourth quarter on a one-yard touchdown pass from wide receiver Anthony Miller to running back Tarik Cohen. This was the second time the Giants won a game in overtime after their opponents tied the game with no time remaining in fourth quarter. On Sept. 21, 2008, Cincinnati’s Shayne Graham kicked a 21-yard field goal as time expired in regulation. But the Giants won the game, 26-23, on John Carney’s 22-yard field 6:21into the extra period.

*The Giants won the coin toss, and as they had done in each of the previous six games in which they had the option, they deferred taking possession of the ball until the second half. They are 2-5 this year when they win the coin toss.

*Eli Manning completed 19 of 35 passes for 170 yards, one touchdown and one interception for a passer rating of 65.2. The passing touchdown was the 354th of his career.

*Saquon Barkley rushed for 125 yards on 24 carries, a 5.2-yard average, and caught three passes for 21 yards. He has exceeded 100 yards from scrimmage in 11 of 12 games.

*The 100-yard game was his third in a row and fifth of the season, extending his Giants rookie record.

*Barkley increased his season rushing total to 954 yards, a Giants rookie record. The previous mark had stood for 82 years, since Hall of Famer Tuffy Leemans rushed for 830 yards in 1936.

*Barkley’s three receptions increased his season total to 74, tying tight end Jeremy Shockey (2002) for the second-highest by a Giants rookie. Odell Beckham, Jr. holds the franchise rookie record with 91 catches in 2014.

*This was just the fourth time in 12 games Barkley did not score a touchdown.

*For the second time this season, Beckham both threw and caught a touchdown pass. He tossed a 49-yard scoring pass to former LSU teammate Russell Shepard early in the fourth quarter, and caught a one-touchdown pass from Manning on the Giants’ next possession. On Oct. 7 at Carolina, Beckham threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to Barkley and caught a 33-yarder from Manning.

*Beckham is the first Giants player other than a quarterback to throw two touchdown passes in a season since running back David Meggett in 1993. Meggett threw scoring passes of 42 and 21 yards, both against Washington.

Before Beckham, the last NFL non-quarterback to throw two touchdown passes in a season was Pittsburgh’s Antwaan Randle El in 2010 (touchdown passes of 39 and three yards at Cincinnati and Cleveland, respectively).

*Beckham’s touchdown reception was the 44th of his career, breaking a tie with Hall of Famer Frank Gifford and leaving him alone in fourth place on the franchise’s list. Joe Morrison is third with 47.

*Russell Shepard’s touchdown catch was the fifth of his career and first since Sept. 10, 2017, when he caught a 40-yard touchdown pass while playing for Carolina at San Francisco. The 49-yard reception was the longest of Shepard’s career.

*The Giants took a 7-0 lead just 46 seconds into the first quarter when Alex Ogletree intercepted Chase Daniel’s pass on the game’s second play and returned it eight yards for a touchdown. It was the earliest the Giants scored a touchdown since Dec. 31, 2017, when Orleans Darkwa scored on a 75-yard run just 17 seconds into a victory against Washington.

*It was also the Giants’ first takeaway on an opponent’s opening possession since Kelvin Sheppard intercepted a Kirk Cousins’ pass in that Week 17 game last season.

*The touchdown was Ogletree’s and the Giants defense’s second score of the season. On Nov. 18, he picked off a pass by Tampa Bay’s Ryan Fitzpatrick and returned it 15 yards for a touchdown.

*This is the second straight season a Giants defender has scored twice on interception returns. In 2017, cornerback Janoris Jenkins scored on returns of 43 yards at Denver on Oct. 15 and 53 yards at Washington on Nov. 23.

*Ogletree is the first linebacker in Giants history with two interception return touchdowns in a season.

*Ogletree has scored four touchdowns in his six-year career, all on interception returns. In addition to his two scores this season, he had two in his five seasons with the Rams – a 98-yarder as a rookie in 2013, and a 41-yarder in 2017.

*Ogletree intercepted another Daniel pass with 13:04 remaining in the second quarter. He is the second Giants linebacker with two picks in a game this season. B.J. Goodson did it in the victory at San Francisco on Nov. 12. Including Kelvin Sheppard’s two-pick game last Dec. 31, the last three Giants players with two interceptions in a game were linebackers.

*Ogletree is the first Giants linebacker with four interceptions in a season since Vince Costello in 1967. His four interceptions this season are twice as many as he had in any of his first five NFL seasons.

*Ogletree also led the Giants with 10 tackles (five solo).

*The Giants’ defense had a season-high five sacks of Chase Daniel: 3.0 by rookie lineman B.J. Hill and 2.0 by Olivier Vernon.

*Hill had the first three-sack game by a Giants player since Jason Pierre-Paul had 3.0 sacks at Denver on Oct. 15, 2017 and the first by a Giants rookie since Philip Tabor vs. Philadelphia on Sept. 23, 1979.

*Aldrick Rosas kicked the longest field goal in Giants history, a 57-yarder, as time expired in the second quarter. The previous long field goals in franchise history were a pair of 56-yarders by Ali Haji-Sheikh in 1983, vs. Green Bay on Sept. 26 and at Detroit on Nov. 7.

*The field goal was Rosas’ fourth from at least 50 yards this year, tying the Giants’ single-season record for long three-pointers set by Josh Brown in 2014.

*Rosas also kicked field goals of 37 and 44 yards and has made 26 of his 27 attempts this season, missing only a 52-yard attempt against Philadelphia on Oct. 11.

*Rookie wide receiver Jawill Davis was in uniform for the first time since that Eagles game and returned three punts for 36 yards.

*Cornerback Tony Lippett made his Giants debut on special teams.

*The Giants switched their backup quarterback for the first time this season, as rookie Kyle Lauletta was in uniform and veteran Alex Tanney was inactive. Lauletta was inactive for each of the first 11 games. Tanney was in uniform for each of those games, but had yet to play a down.

Rookie linebacker Lorenzo Carter was inactive with a hip injury. It was the first game he missed this year. Carter, who started each of the last two games, has 26 tackles (19 solo) and 2.0 sacks this season.

The Giants’ other inactive players included two starters: tight end Evan Engram, who missed his second game in a row with a hamstring injury, and linebacker B.J. Goodson (neck). They were joined by defensive lineman John Jenkins, defensive back Kamrin Moore, and offensive lineman Evan Brown.

*The Bears lead the all-time series, 28-21-2. The teams will meet again next season in Chicago.

*The Giants won for the third time in four games and improved to 4-8. The four victories is one more than they had in the entire 2017 season.

*The Giants are 2-4 at home this season.

*The Bears, who fell to 8-4, had won their previous five games. This was the Giants’ first victory against a team with a winning streak of at least five games since Dec. 18, 2016, when they beat Detroit at home.

*The Giants played their first overtime game since Nov. 19, 2017, when they defeated Kansas City, 12-9. The Giants are 21-15-2 in regular-season overtime games since a fifth period was instituted to break ties in 1974. That includes a 10-10 record at home and a 15-7 mark when they win the overtime coin toss, as they did Sunday.

*Chicago tied the score as time expired in the fourth quarter on a one-yard touchdown pass from wide receiver Anthony Miller to running back Tarik Cohen. This was the second time the Giants won a game in overtime after their opponents tied the game with no time remaining in fourth quarter. On Sept. 21, 2008, Cincinnati’s Shayne Graham kicked a 21-yard field goal as time expired in regulation. But the Giants won the game, 26-23, on John Carney’s 22-yard field 6:21into the extra period.

*The Giants won the coin toss, and as they had done in each of the previous six games in which they had the option, they deferred taking possession of the ball until the second half. They are 2-5 this year when they win the coin toss.

*Eli Manning completed 19 of 35 passes for 170 yards, one touchdown and one interception for a passer rating of 65.2. The passing touchdown was the 354th of his career.

*Saquon Barkley rushed for 125 yards on 24 carries, a 5.2-yard average, and caught three passes for 21 yards. He has exceeded 100 yards from scrimmage in 11 of 12 games.

*The 100-yard game was his third in a row and fifth of the season, extending his Giants rookie record.

*Barkley increased his season rushing total to 954 yards, a Giants rookie record. The previous mark had stood for 82 years, since Hall of Famer Tuffy Leemans rushed for 830 yards in 1936.

*Barkley’s three receptions increased his season total to 74, tying tight end Jeremy Shockey (2002) for the second-highest by a Giants rookie. Odell Beckham, Jr. holds the franchise rookie record with 91 catches in 2014.

*This was just the fourth time in 12 games Barkley did not score a touchdown.

*For the second time this season, Beckham both threw and caught a touchdown pass. He tossed a 49-yard scoring pass to former LSU teammate Russell Shepard early in the fourth quarter, and caught a one-touchdown pass from Manning on the Giants’ next possession. On Oct. 7 at Carolina, Beckham threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to Barkley and caught a 33-yarder from Manning.

*Beckham is the first Giants player other than a quarterback to throw two touchdown passes in a season since running back David Meggett in 1993. Meggett threw scoring passes of 42 and 21 yards, both against Washington.

Before Beckham, the last NFL non-quarterback to throw two touchdown passes in a season was Pittsburgh’s Antwaan Randle El in 2010 (touchdown passes of 39 and three yards at Cincinnati and Cleveland, respectively).

*Beckham’s touchdown reception was the 44th of his career, breaking a tie with Hall of Famer Frank Gifford and leaving him alone in fourth place on the franchise’s list. Joe Morrison is third with 47.

*Russell Shepard’s touchdown catch was the fifth of his career and first since Sept. 10, 2017, when he caught a 40-yard touchdown pass while playing for Carolina at San Francisco. The 49-yard reception was the longest of Shepard’s career.

*The Giants took a 7-0 lead just 46 seconds into the first quarter when Alex Ogletree intercepted Chase Daniel’s pass on the game’s second play and returned it eight yards for a touchdown. It was the earliest the Giants scored a touchdown since Dec. 31, 2017, when Orleans Darkwa scored on a 75-yard run just 17 seconds into a victory against Washington.

*It was also the Giants’ first takeaway on an opponent’s opening possession since Kelvin Sheppard intercepted a Kirk Cousins’ pass in that Week 17 game last season.

*The touchdown was Ogletree’s and the Giants defense’s second score of the season. On Nov. 18, he picked off a pass by Tampa Bay’s Ryan Fitzpatrick and returned it 15 yards for a touchdown.

*This is the second straight season a Giants defender has scored twice on interception returns. In 2017, cornerback Janoris Jenkins scored on returns of 43 yards at Denver on Oct. 15 and 53 yards at Washington on Nov. 23.

*Ogletree is the first linebacker in Giants history with two interception return touchdowns in a season.

*Ogletree has scored four touchdowns in his six-year career, all on interception returns. In addition to his two scores this season, he had two in his five seasons with the Rams – a 98-yarder as a rookie in 2013, and a 41-yarder in 2017.

*Ogletree intercepted another Daniel pass with 13:04 remaining in the second quarter. He is the second Giants linebacker with two picks in a game this season. B.J. Goodson did it in the victory at San Francisco on Nov. 12. Including Kelvin Sheppard’s two-pick game last Dec. 31, the last three Giants players with two interceptions in a game were linebackers.

*Ogletree is the first Giants linebacker with four interceptions in a season since Vince Costello in 1967. His four interceptions this season are twice as many as he had in any of his first five NFL seasons.

*Ogletree also led the Giants with 10 tackles (five solo).

*The Giants’ defense had a season-high five sacks of Chase Daniel: 3.0 by rookie lineman B.J. Hill and 2.0 by Olivier Vernon.

*Hill had the first three-sack game by a Giants player since Jason Pierre-Paul had 3.0 sacks at Denver on Oct. 15, 2017 and the first by a Giants rookie since Philip Tabor vs. Philadelphia on Sept. 23, 1979.

*Aldrick Rosas kicked the longest field goal in Giants history, a 57-yarder, as time expired in the second quarter. The previous long field goals in franchise history were a pair of 56-yarders by Ali Haji-Sheikh in 1983, vs. Green Bay on Sept. 26 and at Detroit on Nov. 7.

*The field goal was Rosas’ fourth from at least 50 yards this year, tying the Giants’ single-season record for long three-pointers set by Josh Brown in 2014.

*Rosas also kicked field goals of 37 and 44 yards and has made 26 of his 27 attempts this season, missing only a 52-yard attempt against Philadelphia on Oct. 11.

*Rookie wide receiver Jawill Davis was in uniform for the first time since that Eagles game and returned three punts for 36 yards.

*Cornerback Tony Lippett made his Giants debut on special teams.

*The Giants switched their backup quarterback for the first time this season, as rookie Kyle Lauletta was in uniform and veteran Alex Tanney was inactive. Lauletta was inactive for each of the first 11 games. Tanney was in uniform for each of those games, but had yet to play a down.

Rookie linebacker Lorenzo Carter was inactive with a hip injury. It was the first game he missed this year. Carter, who started each of the last two games, has 26 tackles (19 solo) and 2.0 sacks this season.

The Giants’ other inactive players included two starters: tight end Evan Engram, who missed his second game in a row with a hamstring injury, and linebacker B.J. Goodson (neck). They were joined by defensive lineman John Jenkins, defensive back Kamrin Moore, and offensive lineman Evan Brown.

*The Bears lead the all-time series, 28-21-2. The teams will meet again next season in Chicago.

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