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Giants vs. Bears postgame notes & stats

CHICAGO – Notes and anecdotes from the Giants' 19-14 loss to the Chicago Bears in Soldier Field:

*The Giants gained 243 offensive yards, their third-lowest total of the season. They totaled 211 and 213 yards, respectively, against Minnesota and New England.

*The Giants rushed for 109 yards, their highest total since gaining 164 yards on the ground against Washington on Sept. 29, their most recent victory.

*The Giants' 134 net passing yards was their lowest total since they threw for 121 yards against Washington on Dec. 31, 2017.

*The Giants' 14 first downs were their second-lowest total of the season (New England – 10).

*The Giants converted just one of 12 third-down opportunities, their fewest successes since they failed on all seven of their tries at Carolina on Oct. 7, 2018 and their most misses since they were one-for-14 at Arizona on Dec. 24, 2017.

*The Giants drove 97 yards to a touchdown (on Daniel Jones' 23-yard pass to Golden Tate) in the fourth quarter. It was their longest drive in terms of yardage since Nov. 11, 2012 at Cincinnati, when they scored a touchdown on a possession that covered 98 yards. Their previous long drive this season was a 94-yarder vs. Washington.

*The Giants' defense held Chicago to 65 rushing yards and a 2.5-yard average on 26 attempts. It was the third-lowest rushing total by a Giants opponent this season, after Washington's 55 yards and Detroit's 59 yards.

*Neither team scored in the first quarter, the first scoreless opening period in a Giants game since the 2018 season finale vs. Dallas.

*The Giants led at halftime, 7-3, their first lead after two quarters since they were ahead of Washington, 17-3, on Sept 29. That was the only other game this season in which the Giants held their opponents without a first-half touchdown.

*Daniel Jones completed 21 of 36 passes for a season-low 150 yards, two touchdowns (to Kaden Smith and Golden Tate, the latter on fourth-and-18 in the fourth quarter) and no interceptions for a passer rating of 86.6. His previous low was 161 yards at New England.


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*Jones' 36 throws increased his season total to 333, a Giants rookie record. The old mark of 299 passes was set by Charlie Conerly in 1948.

*Jones has played consecutive games without throwing an interception for the first time in his career.

*Jones gained 27 yards on two carries, including a game-long 26-yarder.

*Jones was sacked only once, but it was costly. In the third quarter, Khalil Mack hit him from the blind side and forced a fumble that was recovered by Nick Williams, who returned the ball to the Giants' four-yard line. Three plays later, quarterback Mitch Trubisky scored on a two-yard run to give Chicago a 19-7 lead (a successful two-point conversion was nullified by a penalty, and a subsequent extra point attempt was no good).

*The Bears scored all 19 of their points consecutively in a span of nine minutes, 49 seconds covering the second and third quarters.

*Saquon Barkley led the Giants with 17 rushing attempts for 59 yards, his highest total since he ran for 64 yards at Detroit on Oct. 27. But Barkley gained just one yard on two receptions.

*Smith, the rookie tight end, made his first NFL start in his fourth game. He scored his first career touchdown and tied wide receiver Sterling Shepard for the team lead with five catches. But Smith gained just 17 yards and Shepard 15.

*Shepard returned to the starting lineup after missing the previous five games while he was in the NFL concussion protocol. He picked up 22 yards on an end around in the second quarter.

*Tate scored his third touchdown in two games and fourth of the season on a 23-yard pass from Jones with 4:10 remaining in the fourth quarter.

*Rookie Darius Slayton led the Giants with 67 receiving yards on four catches.

*Tight end Scott Simonson, re-signed two weeks ago, caught one pass for 10 yards in his season debut.

*Rookie defensive back Julian Love, who saw his most extensive playing time of the season, picked up his first career interception when he grabbed a Trubisky pass on the first play of the fourth quarter and returned it 30 yards.

*Linebacker Alec Ogletree intercepted a Trubisky pass in the end zone with 1:43 remaining in the first quarter. The pick was Ogletree's first of the season. In 2018, he led the Giants and all NFL linebackers with five interceptions, and tied the franchise's single-season record for interceptions by a linebacker, which had been set by Jerry Hillebrand in 1963.

*The Giants lost despite having two takeaways to one for the Bears. It was the second time this season they lost despite having a positive turnover differential; it also happened at Detroit on Oct. 27.

*Linebackers Markus Golden and Lorenzo Carter each had a sack. Golden leads the Giants with 7.5 sacks and Carter is second with 3.5.

*Sam Beal played extensively at right cornerback in place of first-round draft choice DeAndre Baker, but did not have a tackle.

*Another rookie defensive back, Corey Ballentine, led the Giants with nine tackles (eight solo).

*Center Jon Halapio, and tackles Mike Remmers and Nate Solder, who missed all or part of the Giants' previous game against the Jets, all started. Halapio (hamstring) and Remmers (back) were inactive, and Solder left the game in the second quarter with a concussion.

*Safety Jabrill Peppers returned a punt 40 yards in the second quarter. A few minutes later, he returned his first kickoff of the season. But Peppers suffered an injured hip and did not play in the second half.

"That was actually my call," Peppers said of the kickoff return. "I was feeling it after the punt return. I felt like I could have scored on the punt return. I wanted to make something happen for the team. It does suck, but it is what it is. It could have happened on any play. That's how I look at it."

*Aldrick Rosas missed two field goal attempts in the second quarter. A 42-yard try was wide right and a 43-yarder was wide left. Zak DeOssie's snap on the first try skidded to holder Riley Dixon.

"Just get after the next kick - it's all I can do," said Rosas, who has missed either a field goal attempt or PAT in five straight games. "As a unit, we just have to put the points up on the board when it's presented."

Asked about the low snap, Rosas said, "I don't know. I'm looking at Riley. I just have to make it."

*Rosas was the first Giants kicker to miss two field goal attempts in a game since Lawrence Tynes on Sept. 26, 2010. He misfired on 53 and 44-yard tries in the Giants' second regular-season game in MetLife Stadium

*Rosas was the first Giants kicker to miss consecutive field goal attempts in one game since Nov. 27, 2005, when Jay Feely missed three in a row in Seattle. Feely missed three potential game-winners: a 40-yarder on the final play of the fourth quarter and 54 and 45-yard tries in overtime before the Giants lost the game.

*The Giants' seventh consecutive defeat gave them their longest losing streak since a seven-game slide from Oct. 12 to Nov. 30, 2014.

*The Giants did not win a game in October or November for the first time in their history. Their next game is on Dec. 1, at home against Green Bay.

*The Giants are 2-9 and guaranteed to finish with a losing record for the third consecutive season and the sixth time in seven years.

*The Giants' inactive players were tight ends Evan Engram (foot) and Rhett Ellison (concussion), wide receiver Bennie Fowler, offensive linemen Eric Smith and Chad Slade, linebacker Chris Peace, and quarterback Alex Tanney.