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Giants vs. Buccaneers: Postgame Stats and Notes

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Notes and statistics from the Giants' 38-35 victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in MetLife Stadium:

*The Giants improved to 3-7 overall and 1-4 at home. They play in Philadelphia next week.

*Coupled with their victory in San Francisco last Monday, the Giants have won consecutive games for the first time since Dec. 11-18, 2016, when they beat Dallas and Detroit at home.

*The Giants' 38 points was their highest total since Nov. 1, 2015, when they lost at New Orleans, 52-49. It was the most points they've scored in a victory since a 45-14 victory at Washington on Sept. 25, 2014.

*The Giants won despite sizeable deficits in total yards (510-359), passing yards (359-196) and first downs (31-19).

*The Giants rushed for 163 yards, their highest total since they ran for 260 yards in the 2017 season finale vs. Washington.

*Tampa Bay's 510 yards was the highest total for a Giants opponent since the Saints gained 608 yards in their victory in New Orleans three years ago.

*The Buccaneers' 151 rushing yards and 359 net passing yards were each the second-highest total for a Giants opponent this season. Washington ran for 182 yards on Oct. 30, and Houston threw for 368 yards on Sept. 23.

*Tampa Bay's 31 first downs was the highest total for a Giants opponent since the Saints had 35 on Nov. 1, 2015.

*The Giants forced a season-high four turnovers, all on interceptions. Michael Thomas, Curtis Riley, Alec Ogletree and B.W. Webb each had picks, and Ogletree returned his for a touchdown early in the third quarter. It was the Giants' first four-takeaway and four-interception game since Oct. 23, 2016, when Landon Collins and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie each had two in a victory against the Rams in London.

*The Giants intercepted passes on three consecutive Tampa Bay possessions spanning the second and third quarters. It was the first time they had takeaways on three successive opponent possessions since that game vs. the Rams two years ago, when they picked off Case Keenum on each of Los Angeles' last three possessions.

*The Giants scored just 3:18 into the game when Eli Manning threw a six-yard touchdown pass to Saquon Barkley. It was the third time this season the Giants scored a first-possession touchdown. They also did it at Houston on Sept. 23 (on Barkley's 15-yard run) and a week later vs. New Orleans (on Manning's two-yard pass to Sterling Shepard).

*Barkley also scored on the Giants' second possession, on a five-yard run. It was the first time the Giants scored touchdowns on each of their first two offensive series since the 2017 season finale vs. Washington (last Dec. 31), when Orleans Darkwa had a 75-yard touchdown run and Manning a 16-yard scoring pass to Hunter Sharp.

*The second series covered 95 yards and took 12 plays and 6:36 to complete. It was the Giants' longest drive since a 96-yarder at Miami on Dec. 14, 2015. The Giants' previous long drive this year was an 83-yarder than ended with a field goal on Oct. 28 vs. Washington and their longest previous touchdown drive was a 78-yarder at Atlanta on Oct. 22.

It was also the second-longest Giants drive in terms of time this season. Last Monday night, a possession that ended with a field goal consumed 6:45.

*Manning completed 17 of 18 passes for 231 yards, two touchdowns (one each to Barkley and Odell Beckham, Jr.) and no interceptions for a passer rating of 155.8.

*Manning's 94.4 completion percentage is a Giants record in a game with at least 10 attempts. The last NFL quarterback with a percentage that high with at least 10 attempts was Miami's Ryan Tannehill on Oct. 25, 2015, when he was 18-for-19 vs. Houston. Manning's previous best completion percentage was 87.1 (27 of 31) at Miami on Dec. 14, 2015. His second-highest was the 86.2 (25 of 29) he posted in the victory in Houston on Sept. 23.

*Manning completed 11 of 12 passes in the first half, and all six of his throws in the second half. He also completed 11 of 12 first-half throws in the season opener vs. Jacksonville on Sept. 9. His last perfect half was five-for-five in the second half at Washington on Dec. 21, 2009.

*Manning's 155.8 rating was his highest in a game in which he played all four quarters. His previous best was 151.5 in the victory against the Dolphins three years ago. He had a perfect 158.3 rating vs. Oakland on Oct. 11, 2009, when he completed eight of 10 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns. But he played only the game's first five series after leading the Giants to a 28-0 lead in what became a 44-7 victory.

*Barkley scored three touchdowns, on a six-yard reception and runs of five and two yards. He is the first Giants player to score three touchdowns in a game since Beckham had three touchdown receptions in New Orleans on Nov. 1, 2015.

*Barkley is the first Giants player to score on a reception and a run in the same game since wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan against Washington on Dec. 29, 2013 (24-yard catch, 49-yard run). Barkley is the first Giants rookie to accomplish the feat since running back Butch Woolfolk vs. the Houston Oilers on Dec. 5, 1982 (two-yard run, 40-yard reception).

*Barkley rushed for 142 yards on 27 carries, both season highs. The yardage total was the highest by a Giants player since Orleans Darkwa ran for 154 yards on Dec. 31 2017 vs. Washington. It was the fifth-highest total ever by a Giants rookie, and the highest since Ahmad Bradshaw's 151 yards at Buffalo on Dec. 23, 2007.

*Barkley's 27 rushing attempts were the most by a Giants player since Rashad Jennings had 27 carries vs. Philadelphia on Jan. 3, 2016, and the most by a Giants rookie since Joe Montgomery set the team rookie record with 38 vs. the Jets on Dec. 5, 1999.

*Barkley also caught two passes for 10 yards. That increased his receiving yardage total for the season to 540, a Giants record for a rookie running back. David Meggett previously held the record with 531 yards in 1989.

*Beckham caught a team-high four passes for 74 yards. His touchdown reception was the 43rd of his career, tying Frank Gifford for fourth on the Giants' career list.

*Beckham gained 11 yards on a reverse in the first quarter. That tied the second-longest of his 15 career rushing attempts. His first career rush gained 13 yards vs. Dallas on Oct. 19, 2014, and his second went for 11 yards at Seattle three weeks later.

*Running back Wayne Gallman had a 21-yard reception on the Giants' second touchdown drive, the longest of his 43 career catches. The previous long was an 18-yarder vs. Philadelphia on Oct. 11.

*Ogletree scored the Giants' third touchdown on a 15-yard interception return just 47 seconds into the third quarter. It was the first defensive touchdown scored by the Giants since Nov. 23, 2017, when Janoris Jenkins intercepted a Kirk Cousins pass in Washington and returned it 53 yards for a score.

*The touchdown was the third of Ogletree's career. He scored his first on Oct. 13, 2013, early in his rookie season with the Rams, when he picked off Houston's T.J. Yates and returned it 98 yards for a touchdown. He scored for the second time on Dec. 3, 2017, for the Rams at Arizona, where he intercepted a Blaine Gabbert pass and brought it back for a 41-yard touchdown.

*Thomas intercepted a Ryan Fitzpatrick pass at the Tampa Bay 13-yard line to stop a Buccaneers drive with 23 seconds remaining in the first half. It was Thomas' second career interception and first since his very first NFL game, for Miami against New England on Dec. 15, 2013, when he picked off a Tom Brady pass.

*Riley's interception was his second of the season; he had one at Carolina on Oct. 7.

*Webb's interception was the third of his career and first since Oct. 2, 2016, when he played for New Orleans and picked off San Diego's Philip Rivers.

*Linebacker Kareem Martin had the Giants' only sack.

*Landon Collins led the Giants with 11 tackles (five solo). Ogletree had seven solo stops among his nine tackles.

*The Giants are 31-34 in games following a Monday night game, including 13-13 since 2000.

*The Giants finished 1-3 vs. the NFC South.

*Ryan Fitzpatrick scored the Bucs' first touchdown on a one-yard run, the first quarterback to rush for a score vs. the Giants since Kirk Cousins, then with Washington, on Dec. 31, 2017.

*Rookie linebacker Tae Davis made his first career start and finished with five solo tackles. He is the second undrafted rookie to start for the Giants this season, joining defensive back Grant Haley, who made his second start on Sunday. Last year, tackle Chad Wheeler, tight end/fullback Shane Smith and linebacker Calvin Munson all started as rookie free agents.

*The Giants had the same seven players inactive players they had last Monday night in San Francisco: quarterback Kyle Lauletta, wide receiver Jawill Davis, defensive linemen John Jenkins and RJ McIntosh, defensive backs Kamrin Moore and Tony Lippett, and offensive lineman Evan Brown.

*The Giants lead the regular-season series with the Bucs, 14-7.