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Giants vs. Cowboys: Postgame stats and notes

ARLINGTON, Texas – Notes and statistics from the Giants’ 35-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in AT&T Stadium:

*The Giants lost their Kickoff Weekend game for the third year in a row and the eighth time in nine seasons. They last won their season opener in 2016 in Dallas, 20-19.

*This was the fourth time in five years and the fifth time in seven seasons the Giants began their season in AT&T Stadium, and the fifth consecutive season the Giants’ first road game was in Dallas. It was also the sixth time in those seven seasons they faced Dallas in the season’s first two weeks. Including a home game in 2012, the Giants met the Cowboys in their opener for the sixth time in eight seasons.

Last year, the Giants lost a Week 2 game in Dallas, 20-13. They were defeated in season openers there in 2013, 2015 and 2017, and won in 2016.

*The Giants fell to 50-40-5 in both season-opening games and road openers. They are 33-27-5 in season-opening road games.

*The Giants are 1-9 in season-opening games vs. the Cowboys, including 1-7 in Dallas. Since 2012, they are 1-5 in season openers vs. Dallas, including 1-4 in Dallas. There are six additional seasons in which the Giants opened at home and played their first road game in Week 2 in Dallas. They are 2-4 in those games, including a loss last year, making them 3-11 in Dallas in the season's first two weeks.

*The Giants lost their fifth consecutive game against the Cowboys.

*The Giants are 5-6 in AT&T Stadium and 20-37-1 in Dallas.

*Coupled with their 36-35 loss to the Cowboys in the 2018 season finale, the Giants have allowed at least 35 points in consecutive games for the first time since the final three games of the 2015 season (38 to Carolina, 49 to Minnesota, and 35 to a Philadelphia team whose interim head coach was Pat Shurmur).

*The Giants gained 470 yards, their highest total under Shurmur and their highest total since they finished with 504 yards vs. Philadelphia on Dec. 17, 2017.

*Dallas’ 494 yards were the most allowed by the Giants since Tampa Bay gained 510 yards in a Giants victory last Nov. 18.

*The Giants won the coin toss and deferred taking possession of the ball until the second half. They are 3-8 when they defer under Shurmur and 11-27 since 2014.

*The Giants scored a touchdown on their first offensive possession when Eli Manning threw a one-yard touchdown pass to tight end Evan Engram. The Giants are 2-4 under Shurmur when they score a first-possession touchdown.

*Engram’s touchdown capped a seven-play, 91-yard drive that was the Giants’ longest since they drove 95 yards for a touchdown against Tampa Bay on Nov. 18, 2018.

*Manning became the first player in the 95-season history of the Giants franchise to play 16 years for the team. The only other players to play 15 years are Hall of Famers Mel Hein and Michael Strahan and quarterback Phil Simms.

*Manning extended his franchise record by playing in his 233rd regular-season game.

*Manning completed 30 of 43 passes for 306 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions for a passer rating of 95.5.

*The 300-yard game was the 51st of Manning’s career. The Giants are 19-32 in those games.

*First-round draft choice Daniel Jones made his NFL debut when he replaced Manning for the Giants’ final offensive series. Jones completed three of four passes for 17 yards but lost a fumble on the Giants’ final play after a five-yard run.

*Saquon Barkley led the Giants with 120 rushing yards on 11 carries. He also caught four passes for 19 yards. Barkley has rushed for at least 100 yards in eight of his 17 career games.

*Barkley’s first run of the season gained 59 yards. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the longest first carry in any season by a Giants player since the 1970 merger. It was also the longest first rushing attempt of a season by any player since Pittsburgh wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey’s 60-yarder at Miami on Oct. 16, 2016 (his only rushing attempt of the season) and the longest by a running back since Oakland’s Jalen Richard ran for 75 yards at New Orleans on Sept. 11, 2016.

*Eli Penny started at fullback and recovered a Barkley fumble on the Giants’ first offensive play. It was the fourth start of Penny’s career and first since Dec. 9, 2018 at Washington.

*Penny had two rushing attempts for three yards, his first carries since last Dec. 16 vs. Tennessee.

*Wayne Gallman scored his second career rushing touchdown on a two-yard run with 2:49 remaining in the game. He gained 17 yards on two carries.

*Engram led the Giants with career-high totals of 11 receptions for 116 yards and scored the Giants’ first touchdown. His previous high totals were eight receptions vs. Philadelphia on Dec. 17, 2017 and 99 yards at Oakland on Dec. 3, 2017.

*This was the first game in which the Giants had both a 100-yard rusher and 100-yard receiver since the 2018 season opener vs. Jacksonville, when Barkley ran for 106 yards, and Odell Beckham, Jr. had 111 yards on 11 catches.

*Sterling Shepard led the wide receivers with six catches (for 42 yards), while Cody Latimer topped the wideouts with 74 yards receiving (on three catches).

*The Giants’ defense had neither a sack nor a turnover, ending their streak of consecutive games with a sack at seven. They have lost their last 11 games in which they did not force a turnover.

*Safeties Jabrill Peppers (six solo) and Antoine Bethea (four) led the team with seven tackles apiece.

*Aldrick Rosas kicked a 28-yard field goal, his 20th consecutive successful attempt. That is the second-longest streak in Giants history; Josh Brown made 29 straight attempts spanning the 2015-16 seasons.

*Rookie Corey Ballentine returned two kickoffs for 46 yards. Peppers returned two punts for seven yards and had two fair catches.

*Eight Giants players made their NFL debuts, including 2019 draft choices Jones, defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence, defensive backs DeAndre Baker, Julian Love and Ballentine, and linebacker Oshane Ximines and Ryan Connelly, plus offensive lineman Nick Gates, who was a 2018 rookie free agent signee who spent the season on injured reserve. Lawrence was the only starter in the group.

*Nine veteran players made their Giants debuts: Peppers, Bethea, Markus Golden, Olsen Pierre, Kevin Zeitler, Mike Remmers, Cody Core, David Mayo, and Eric Tomlinson.

*Dallas scored on a 93-yard touchdown drive in the second quarter, the longest by a Giants’ opponent since New Orleans’ covered 97 yards on the way to the end zone on Sept. 30, 2018.

*Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott completed 25 of 33 passes for 405 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions for a perfect passer rating of 158.3. It was the second consecutive game in which Prescott threw for four scores; he accomplished the feat in the 2018 season finale vs. the Giants in MetLife Stadium.

*Prescott’s 405 yards were the highest total by a Giants’ opponent since Drew Brees threw for 505 yards in New Orleans on Nov. 1, 2015.

*Dallas tight end Blake Jarwin, who caught Prescott’s first touchdown pass, has four career touchdowns – all against the Giants. He scored the first three last Dec. 30.

*Cowboys receivers Michael Gallup (158 yards on seven catches) and Amari Cooper (106 yards on six receptions) each gained more than 100 yards. They were the first pair of Giants opponents to accomplish that feat since Green Bay’s Davante Adams (125 yards on eight receptions) and Randall Cobb (116 yards on five catches) in the 2016 NFC Wild Card Game in Lambeau Field, and the first to do it in the regular season since the Jets’ Brandon Marshall (131 yards on 12 catches) and Eric Decker (101 yards on eight receptions ) on Dec. 6, 2015. Cobb now plays for the Cowboys and caught four passes for 69 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown.

*Because it was 98 degrees outside, the AT&T Stadium roof was closed. The Giants fell to 32-27 in regular-season indoor games, including 2-5 in Arlington.

*Linebacker Kareem Martin hurt his knee in the first half and did not return.

*The Giants inactive players were quarterback Alex Tanney, running back Paul Perkins, wide receiver Darius Slayton, tight end Garrett Dickerson, and offensive linemen Chad Slade and Eric Smith.

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