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Giants vs. Eagles to decide second place; Postgame Notes & Stats


MINNEAPOLIS – Notes and statistics from the Giants' 49-17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings in TCF Bank Stadium:

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*The Giants lost for the fifth time in six games and fell to 6-9, which leaves them tied with Philadelphia for second place in the NFC East. They host the Eagles in the season finale on Sunday. The winner will clinch second place in the division, the loser will finish third.**>> WATCH GIANTS VS. VIKINGS HIGHLIGHTS**

*The Giants are guaranteed to finish under .500 for the third consecutive season, the first time that's happened since they had eight straight losing seasons from 1973-80.**>> GIANTS.COM POSTGAME ANALYSIS**

*The Giants were eliminated from postseason consideration when Washington defeated Philadelphia Saturday night. They will miss the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season, their longest drought since they went 17 years about a postseason berth from 1964-80.

*The Giants finished 3-5 on the road for the fourth consecutive season.

*The 32-point loss was the Giants' worst since a 38-0 defeat at Carolina on Sept. 22, 2013.

*The Giants trailed in the fourth quarter, 49-10. The 39-point deficit was the Giants' largest since Jan. 3, 2010, when they trailed, 44-0, also at Minnesota.

*The Giants lost last week to Carolina, 38-35. This is the first time they allowed at least 38 points in each of two consecutive games since Nov. 3-9, 2014, when they lost to Indianapolis, 40-24, and at Seattle, 48-17.

*The Giants lost in New Orleans on Nov. 1, 52-49. This is the first season in which they allowed 49 or more points at least twice since 1966, when it happened three times.

*The Giants converted only 1-of-11 third down opportunities, a nine percent success rate that was their lowest since they were 1-for-14 (seven percent) at Kansas City on Sept. 29, 2013.

*The Giants trailed at halftime, 19-3. The 16-point deficit was their second-largest after two quarters this season. On Nov. 29, in Washington,

they trailed at halftime, 17-0, on their way to a 20-14 defeat.

*The game in Washington was the only other one this season in which the Giants failed to score a first-half touchdown.

*The Vikings rushed for 218 yards, the second-highest total allowed by the Giants this season; Dallas ran for 233 yards in a Giants victory on Oct. 25. Adrian Peterson had 109 of the Vikings' yards.

*Playing without his best receiver, Odell Beckham Jr., who was serving a one-game NFL suspension, Eli Manning completed 15 of 29 passes for 234 yards, including a 72-yard touchdown to Rueben Randle, and three interceptions. Randle's two receptions from Manning were the most among the team's wideouts, who caught just five of his passes.

*Randle's touchdown was his career-high seventh of the season; he had six in 2013. Randle has scored a touchdown in three consecutive games.

*All four of Manning's first-quarter passes were incomplete.

*The 234 yards increased Manning's season total to 4,134, the third-highest total of his career, and his fifth 4,000-yard season. Phil Simms and Kerry Collins are the only other Giants quarterbacks to throw for 4,000 yards in a season, and they each did it once.

*The touchdown pass was Manning's 33rd of the season, extending the career high he set last week. His previous best in a full season was 31 in 2010.

*The 33rd touchdown pass is tied for the second-highest total in Giants history. Y.A. Tittle threw for 33 scores in 1962. Tittle holds the franchise record with 36 touchdown passes in 1963.

*It was Manning's 292nd career touchdown pass, breaking a tie with Hall of Famer Warren Moore and moving him into sole possession of eighth place on the NFL's career list.

*Manning threw three interceptions for the second time this season; he also did it at Washington on Nov. 29.

*Manning was sacked four times, the most he's absorbed since he was sacked four times at Jacksonville on Nov. 30, 2014.

*Manning played in his 184th regular-season game, tying him with Joe Morrison and Lawrence Taylor for fifth on the franchise's career list.

*Ryan Nassib, Manning's backup, played in a regular-season game for the first time since Dec. 7, 2014 at Tennessee, and threw his first passes since Oct. 12, 2014 at Philadelphia. Nassib completed all five of his passes – to five different receivers – including a 25-yard touchdown to Myles White. It was Nassib's first career touchdown throw, and White's first score.

*Hakeem Nicks had one reception for the fifth consecutive game. It gained four yards.

*Rashad Jennings led the Giants in rushing with 74 yards on 14 carries, with a long run of 16 yards. Jennings also caught two passes for 62

yards, for 136 yards from scrimmage. Jennings accounted for 100 of the Giants' 112 first-half yards.

*The Giants did not have a takeaway for the fourth time this season (also vs. Atlanta and San Francisco, and at Washington). They defeated the 49ers for their only victory among the four games. The Giants have lost 17 of their last 18 regular-season games in which their defense did not force a turnover.

*Robert Ayers accounted for 1.5 of the Giants' three sacks of Teddy Bridgewater. Jonathan Casillas had a sack, and George Selvie a half of a sack he split with Ayers.

*Ayers has 6.0 sacks in the last four games to give him a team and career-high 8.0 sacks. His previous best was 5.5 sacks with Denver in 2013. Cullen Jenkins and the departed Damontre Moore are tied for second on the team with 3.0 sacks.

*Casillas has 2.0 sacks and Selvie 1.0 this season. Casillas led the Giants with 10 tackles (seven solo).

*With Dwayne Harris taking on a larger receiving role in Beckham's absence, Shane Vereen returned kickoffs. Vereen had seven runbacks for 142 yards. Harris had two punt returns for 12 yards.

*Three rookies who were signed off the Giants' practice squad last week made their NFL debuts – defensive end Brad Bars, wide receiver Ben Edwards and tight end Matt LaCosse.

Bars had one special teams tackle, and it temporarily prevented a touchdown. After Robert Blanton caught Josh Brown's onside kick and took off, Bars stopped him after an 18-yard return at the Giants' 27-yard line. Minnesota, however, scored six plays later to increase its lead to 39-10.

Edwards had a nine-yard reception on a pass from Nassib, and a 20-yard kickoff return.

*LaCosse tied fellow tight end Will Tye for the team lead with three receptions, and also played on special teams.

*Safety Craig Dahl suffered a concussion when he collided with Prince Amukamara with 8:09 remaining in the first half and did not return. Dahl was replaced by Brandon Meriweather, who was re-signed last week after another safety, Cooper Taylor, suffered a concussion.

*Right tackle Marshall Newhouse left the game in the third quarter with a concussion and was replaced by rookie Bobby Hart.

*Linebacker J.T. Thomas was ejected from the game after a fourth-quarter skirmish between the teams.

*Safety Harrison Smith scored Minnesota's second touchdown when he intercepted a Manning pass intended for Rueben Randle and returned it

35 yards to the end zone. It was the second defensive touchdown scored by a Giants' opponent this season. On Oct. 19, Philadelphia's Nolan Carroll picked off a Manning pass and returned it 17 yards for a touchdown in Lincoln Financial Field.

*Minnesota's Adrian Peterson rushed for 104 yards on 22 carries, including a two-yard touchdown. He is the fourth Giants opponent to rush for at least 100 yards this season, joining Philadelphia's DeMarco Murry, Dallas' Darren McFadden and, last week, Carolina quarterback Cam Newton.

*Vikings' running back Jerick McKinnon scored touchdowns on runs of seven and 68 yards to become the second back in three games to run for two scores vs. the Giants. Miami's Lamar Miller rushed for 14 and 38-yard touchdowns on Dec. 14.

*McKinnon's 68-yard run was the longest against the Giants since Baltimore's Bernard Pierce had a 78-yarder on Dec. 23, 2012. Pierce was tackled at the one. McKinnon had the longest touchdown run vs. the Giants since Buffalo's Fred Jackson had an 80-yarder on Oct. 16, 2011.

*Minnesota's Blair Walsh kicked five field goals – from 32, 52, 22, 53 and 27 yards. He is the first Giants' opponent to kick five field goals in a 

game since Oct. 6, when Philadelphia's Alex Henery accomplished the feat. His longest three-pointer was 41 yards.

*Walsh had the fourth and fifth three-pointers of at least 50 yards kicked against the Giants this season. He is the first Giants opponent to kick two field goals of at least 50 yards in a game since Oct. 17, 2010, when Detroit's Jason Hanson booted a pair of 50-yarders.

*The Giants' inactive players were linebacker Devon Kennard (foot), safety Cooper Taylor (concussion), cornerback Jayron Hosley, wide receiver Geremy Davis, offensive linemen Adam Gettis and Emmett Cleary, and defensive end Stansly Maponga.

*For the second week in a row, the Giants' game captains were Justin Pugh and Craig Dahl, who joined season-long captains Manning and Cullen Jenkins.

*The Giants trail in the regular-season series with Minnesota, 14-10.

*The Giants fell to 20-25-1 on Sunday nights, including 10-14-1 on the road.

*This was the Giants' first outdoor game in Minnesota since 1976. When they return in the 2016 season, the Vikings will be in U.S.A. Bank Stadium, their new fixed-roof home.

Photos from Giants Sunday night matchup vs. the Minnesota Vikings

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