Giants vs. Cowboys: Postgame notes and stats

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Notes and statistics from the Giants’ 36-35 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in MetLife Stadium:

*The Giants lost their third consecutive game and finished the season with a 5-11 record and in fourth place in the NFC East. This is the first season since 2015 in which the Giants lost their final three games.

*The Giants finished 2-6 at home, 1-5 vs. NFC East opponents, and 0-3 in division home games. This is the first time they lost all of their home games within the NFC East since 2003.

*The Giants were swept in their season series with Dallas for the second year in a row.

*The Giants lost last week in Indianapolis, 28-27. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, they are the first team in NFL history to lose each of their final two games by one point.

*The Giants lost back-to-back games by one point for the first time since Oct. 14-22, 2001, when they were defeated at St. Louis (15-14) and vs. Philadelphia (10-9).

*The Giants lost their eighth game by seven points or less, the most such games by any NFL team this season.

*The 35 points was the Giants’ highest total in loss since Dec. 20, 2015, when they lost at home to Carolina, 38-35.

*The Giants gained 441 yards, their highest total since they finished with 504 yards vs. Philadelphia on Dec. 17, 2017. It was their seventh 400-plus yard game of the season.

*The game’s first series ended when Eli Manning’s pass into the end zone for Sterling Shepard was intercepted by Chidobe Awuzie. It was the second time this season the Giants committed a turnover on their opening possession. On Oct. 11 against Philadelphia, Manning’s pass for tight end Scott Simonson was tipped by Jordan Hicks and intercepted by Kamu Grugier-Hill. Dallas punted after Awuzie’s pick.

*The Giants’ second offensive series also ended with a turnover when Manning was sacked by DeMarcus Lawrence, who forced a fumble that was recovered by defensive tackle Antwaun Woods, who plucked the ball out of the air and returned it three yards. It was the first time each of the Giants’ first two possessions were cut short by turnovers since Nov. 29, 2015, when Manning passes in Washington were intercepted by defensive backs Perry Riley and Will Blackmon.

*Manning completed 24 of 41 passes for 301 yards, two touchdowns and one interception for a passer rating of 87.6. It was Manning’s fifth 300-yard game of the season. But the Giants lost all five of those games, and have lost each of Manning’s last eight 300-yard games since beating Baltimore on Oct. 16, 2016. This was Manning’s 50th career regular-season 300-yard game. The Giants are 19-31 in those games.

*Manning passed for 4,299 yards this season, the fourth-highest total of his 15-year career and the seventh time he exceeded 4,000 yards.

*Manning completed a career-high 66 percent of his passes (380 of 576). His previous best was 63.1 percent in 2014.

*Manning’s two touchdown passes increased his season total to 21, the 12th time he has thrown at least 20. Manning’s 11 interceptions were his fewest since he threw he threw 10 in 2008.

*Saquon Barkley concluded his sensational rookie season with 17 carries for 109 yards and a touchdown, and four receptions for 33 yards. Barkley finished with 261 rushing attempts for 1,307 yards and 11 touchdowns, and 91 catches for 721 yards and four scores.

*Barkley is the first rookie to lead the Giants in rushing since Andre Williams in 2014 (with 721 yards) and the first to lead the club in receptions since Odell Beckham, Jr. that same season (with the same total, 91).

*Barkley is the first running back to lead the Giants in catches since Tiki Barber did with 69 in 2003, and the first player to lead the team in rushing and receiving in the same season since Barber in 2003 (1,216 rushing yards, 69 catches).

*Barkley’s 1,307 rushing yards is the seventh-highest total in Giants history.

*Barkley’s 1,307 yards are 477 more than the No. 2 rookie on the franchise’s list – Tuffy Leemans’ previous record of 830 yards, set in 1936.

*Barkley rushed for more than 100 yards for the seventh time this season, extending his team rookie record. Before this season, Eddie Price had held the mark since 1950 – with three.

*Barkley’s longest run Sunday gained 68 yards. It was his sixth run of at least 50 yards this season, which is the highest single-season total by a Giants player since the 1970 merger. His six 50-yard runs are twice as many as any other NFL player this season; Isaiah Crowell of the Jets was second with three.

*Barkley’s 91 receptions are a record for an NFL rookie running back. The former record of 88 was set by New Orleans’ Reggie Bush in 2006.

*The 91 catches ties Beckham’s Giants rookie record.

*Barkley scored on a two-yard run in the fourth quarter. It was his 11th rushing touchdown of the season, a Giants rookie record. He had been tied at 10 with Bill Paschal, who set the mark in 1943.

*The touchdown was Barkley’s 15th overall (including four receiving), extending his own Giants rookie record. It is the sixth time in Giants history a player scored at least 15 touchdowns in a season: Joe Morris (21 in 1985, 15 in 1986), Gene (Choo-Choo) Roberts (17 on 1949), Barber (15 in 2004), and Brandon Jacobs (15 in 2008).

*Barkley’s 142 yards from scrimmage increased his total to 2,028. He is the third rookie in NFL history with 2,000 yards from scrimmage:

Table inside Article
NAME YEAR YARDS RUSHING RECEIVING
Eric Dickerson 1983 2,212 1,808 404
Edgerrin James 1999 2,139 1,553 586
Saquon Barkley 2018 1,307 2,028 721

*Barkley is the first NFL rookie with at least 1,200 rushing yards and 600 receiving yards since

Detroit’s Billy Sims in 1980.

*Sunday’s game was the 13th time this season Barkley exceeded 100 yards from scrimmage, tying Dickerson’s NFL rookie record. James had 12 such games.

*Barkley is also the fifth rookie with at least 1,900 scrimmage yards and 15 touchdowns in a single season in NFL history:

*Reserve running back Wayne Gallman had six carries for 23 yards and one catch for seven yards, and scored on a two-yard run, the first rushing touchdown of his career. The second-year pro’s only other touchdown was on a four-yard reception at Tampa Bay on Oct. 1, 2017.

*This is the second game in a row in which the Giants had two different players rush for touchdowns. Last week in Indianapolis, Barkley and Manning both scored on one-yard runs.

*Tight end Evan Engram led the Giants with five receptions for 81 yards, including a six-yard touchdown, which was his first score since Oct. 28 vs. Washington, third of season, and second against the Cowboys.

*In the last four games, Engram caught 22 passes for 320 yards, including the two longest catches of his two-year career – 54 yards vs. Tampa Bay and 51 yards on Sunday.

*Cody Latimer started for the first time this season and got the Giants on the scoreboard with 15 seconds remaining in the second quarter when he made a terrific one-handed catch of a Manning pass for a 21-yard touchdown. It was Latimer’s first touchdown of the season, fourth of his career and first since Dec. 14, 2017, when he caught a 22-yard scoring pass playing for Denver at Indianapolis. Latimer is the 55th different player to catch a regular-season touchdown pass from Manning.

*Latimer caught four passes for 72 yards, both career-high totals.

*Sterling Shepard had four receptions for 67 yards and finished the season with career-best totals of 66 catches and 872 yards. He had 65 catches as a rookie in 2016, and 731 yards last season.

*Olivier Vernon had 2.5 of the Giants’ 4.0 sacks and finished the season with a team-high 7.0, a half-sack more than he had in 2017.

*Rookie defensive lineman B.J. Hill had a half-sack and finished the season with a Giants rookie record 5.5. He had been tied at 5.0 with linebacker Andy Headen (1983) and defensive tackle Cornelius Griffen (2000). Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor had 9.5 sacks his 1981 rookie year, but sacks did not become an official statistic until 1982.

*Pro Bowler Aldrick Rosas kicked field goals of 48 and 38 yards, and made 32 of 33 attempts this season, a Giants-record 97 percent. The previous mark of 93.8 (30 of 32) was set by Josh Brown in 2015. Rosas’ 124 points is the highest total by a Giants player since Brown scored 134 points in 2015.

*Cornerback Janoris Jenkins led the Giants with eight tackles (six solo).

*Rookie cornerback Grant Haley sustained a concussion and did not play in the second half. His spot as the nickel was filled by another rookie free agent, Sean Chandler.

*Dallas tight end Blake Jarwin, who did not have a score entering the game, caught three touchdown passes, covering 13, 19 and 39 yards. He is the first tight end ever with three scoring passes against the Giants. Jarwin is the first Giants opponent with three touchdown receptions since Dec. 24, 2005, when Washington wide Santana Moss scored on catches of 17, 59 and 72 yards

*Barkley and left guard Will Hernandez, the team’s first and second-round draft choices this year, started all 16 games. This is just the second time since the 1970 merger that the Giants had multiple rookies start every game. In 1981, linebacker Lawrence Taylor and defensive tackle Bill Neill – the first and fourth-round draft choices that year – started every game.

This is the fourth consecutive season in which a Giants rookie drafted in the first and/or second round started all 16 games: safety Landon Collins (2015), Shepard (2016) and defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson (2017).

*Wide receiver Alonzo Russell, who yesterday was signed to the active roster off the practice squad, made his NFL debut at wide receiver. He did not have a catch.

*Both Giants backup quarterbacks – Alex Tanney and rookie Kyle Lauletta – were active in the same game for the first time this season. Lauletta entered the game on the game’s second play and split to the left. Barkley ran for 26 yards on that play.

*The Giants’ inactive players were wide receivers Odell Beckham, Jr. (quad) and Russell Shepard (ankle), linebacker Alex Ogletree (concussion), tight end Rhett Ellison (concussion), defensive lineman Mario Edwards (calf), tight end Garrett Dickerson and defensive back Kamrin Moore.

Beckham missed his fourth consecutive game, Ogletree sat out his second game in a row and third of the season, Ellison missed his second game of the year, Shepard was not in uniform for the second consecutive week and fourth time this season, and Edwards was inactive for the first time this year.

*The Giants’ 2019 opponents are set. In addition to home-and-home series with NFC East opponents Dallas, Philadelphia, and Washington, the Giants will host the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, and Miami Dolphins. They will play road games against the Chicago Bear, Detroit Lions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots, and the Jets. The Giants are 1-0 as visitors in MetLife Stadium, having beaten the Jets in 2011.

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