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Giants vs. Lions postgame notes and stats

DETROIT – Notes and statistics from the Giants' 31-26 loss to the Detroit Lions in Ford Field:

*The Giants lost their fourth consecutive game and fell to 2-6 at midseason. The Giants did not hold a lead in any of the four games.

*The Giants gained 370 yards and finished with 24 first downs, their highest figures since they had 389 and 24 in their victory against Washington on Sept. 29.

*The Giants converted seven of 12 third-down opportunities, their second-highest total of the season. They had eight third-down successes in their victories against Tampa Bay and Washington.

*The Giants committed one turnover – a Daniel Jones fumble that was returned for a touchdown – to increase their season total to 19, matching their total for the entire 2018 season.

*Detroit had 375 total yards, the sixth time in eight games the Giants' opponent has finished with that total or more. The Lions' eight successful third-down conversions were the most for a Giants foe since Dallas had 11 in the 2018 season finale.

*Both teams gained most of their yards through the air. The Giants finished with 290 net passing yards, their third-highest figure of the season, while the Lions threw for 316 yards.

*The Giants trailed at the end of the first quarter, 14-0, the same deficit they faced at that juncture in their loss last week to Arizona. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is the first time the Giants ever faced a deficit of at least 14 points at the conclusion of the first quarter in consecutive games.

*The Giants had two takeaways to just one for the Lions. This was the first game the Giants lost despite having a positive turnover differential since Oct. 22, 2018, when they had one takeaway and no giveaways, but lost at Atlanta, 23-20.

*The Giants' defense got off to a strong start when Janoris Jenkins intercepted Matthew Stafford's fourth pass of the game at the Giants' five-yard line and returned it 10 yards. It was the Giants' second takeaway this season on an opponent's first offensive series. On Sept. 29 vs. Washington, rookie linebacker Ryan Connelly intercepted a Case Keenum pass that was tipped by Jenkins.

*Three plays after Jenkins' pick, Detroit linebacker Devon Kennard, a former Giant, scored his first career touchdown when he picked up the ball after a Daniel Jones fumble and raced 13 yards to the end zone. Jones was sacked for a 10-yard loss by Jarrad Davis as he was trying to pass to Saquon Barkley. The ball traveled two yards backward instead of forward, enabling Kennard to scoop it up. Kennard was the second Giants opponent to score a defensive touchdown and second to do so on a fumble return this season. On Oct. 10 at New England, linebacker Kyle Van Noy returned the ball 22 yards for a score after a fumble by Jon Hilliman.

*The Giants' second takeaway was a fumble recovery by Antoine Bethea, who fell on the ball at the Detroit 38-yard line after fellow safety Jabrill Peppers forced it out of Kenny Golloday's hands following a 14-yard reception in the fourth quarter. But the Giants couldn't capitalize and lost the ball on downs with 3:27 remaining.

*Jones completed 28 of 41 passes for 322 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions for a passer rating of 124.2. The attempts, completions, touchdowns and rating were all career highs. The yardage total is second to his 336 yards in his starting debut at Tampa Bay on Sept. 22. Jones did not throw an interception for the first time since that victory against the Buccaneers.

*Jones is the third rookie quarterback in Giants history to throw four touchdown passes in a game, and the first in 53 years. The others were Charlie Conerly on Oct. 17, 1958 vs. the Chicago Cardinals and Tom Kennedy on Dec. 11, 1966 vs. Pittsburgh. Jones was the first rookie quarterback to accomplish the feat on the road. The Giants lost all three games in which rookie quarterbacks threw four touchdown passes.

*Jones actually set his career high with his third touchdown pass. He is the first Giants rookie with three touchdown passes in a game since Eli Manning on Jan. 2, 2005 vs, Dallas, and the first to do it on the road since Phil Simms on Dec. 9, 1979 at St. Louis.

*Jones threw two scoring passes to fellow rookie Darius Slayton and one each to tight end Evan Engram and running back Saquon Barkley. Engram and Slayton are tied for the team lead with three touchdown receptions.

*Jones' 41 passes without an interception were the most by a Giants quarterback since Manning threw 41 times against New Orleans on Sept. 30, 2018.

*Barkley led the Giants with 64 rushing yards on 13 carries and tied Golden Tate for the team lead with a season-high eight receptions (for 79 yards) and one touchdown.

*The receiving touchdown was Barkley's first of the season, fifth of his career and first since Nov. 25, 2018 at Philadelphia.

*Barkley's 38-yard reception in the third quarter – the Giants' longest play of the game – was the third-longest of his career. He had 57 and 55-yarders last season, the first for a touchdown at Carolina, the second against Philadelphia. His previous long this season were a pair of 19-yarders, one each against Buffalo and Tampa Bay.

*Barkley's 143 yards from scrimmage increase his career total to 2,562. He is the sixth player since 1950 to reach 2,500 scrimmage yards in his first 21 games or less, joining Edgerrin James, Eric Dickerson, Ezekiel Elliott, Billy Sims and Ottis Anderson.

*Slayton scored the Giants' first two touchdowns on passes of 22 and 20 yards from Jones. Slayton was the first Giants receiver with two scoring receptions in a game since Odell Beckham, Jr. had touchdown catches of 10 and 20 yards at San Francisco on Nov. 12, 2018. He is the first rookie receiver to accomplish the feat since…Beckham, who had touchdown catches of nine and 80 yards at St. Louis on Dec. 21, 2014.

*Tate's eight catches increased his season total to 23. He is the team's third-leading receiver, despite missing the first four games while serving an NFL suspension.

*Right tackle Mike Remmers suffered an injury that forced him to leave the game for one play in the fourth quarter. First-year pro Nick Gates replaced him at tackle. It was the first snap this season missed by one of the Giants' five starting offensive linemen.

*The Giants' four sacks of Matthew Stafford tied their season high. Markus Golden picked up his team-leading sixth sack when he tackled Stafford for a nine-yard loss in the fourth quarter. Lorenzo Carter, Dalvin Tomlinson and Grant Haley had the Giants' other sacks. Haley's sack was the first of his career. Tomlinson picked up is first full sack of the season, and Carter has 2.5 sacks.

*Rookie cornerback DeAndre Baker led the Giants with eight tackles (seven solo). Haley also had seven unassisted stops.

*The Lions scored their second touchdown on 49-yard pass from Stafford to wide receiver Marvin Hall (who scored on a 47-yard reception for the Falcons last year against the Giants). It tied for the third-longest pass and was the longest aerial score allowed by the Giants this season. The three long passes that were not scores were a 62-yard completion from Dak Prescott to Michael Gallup at Dallas on Sept. 8, a 55-yarder from Jameis Winston to Mike Evans at Tampa Bay on Sept. 22, and a 51-yarder from Josh Allen to Cole Beasley against Buffalo on Sept. 15.

*Linebacker Deone Bucannon, signed last week, had one solo tackle in his Giants debut.

*Aldrick Rosas' extra point attempt after the Giants' second touchdown sailed outside the left upright, ending his steak of 23 consecutive successes dating back to last season. Rosas had last missed a PAT when he was wide right at Washington on Dec. 9, 2018.

*The Giants were unsuccessful on a two-point conversion attempt after their third touchdown when Daniel Jones' pass for Darius Slayton fell incomplete. They are one-for-two on attempts this season. Their success was at Tampa Bay on Sept. 22.

*Detroit's Matt Prater kicked a 52-yard field goal, tying Tampa Bay's Matt Gay for the longest by a Giants opponent this season. Prater was wide right on a 53-yard attempt earlier in the second quarter.

*The Giants fell to 32-29 in regular-season games played indoors, including 7-3 in Detroit and 4-2 in Ford Field (one of the victories was against the Minnesota Vikings in a 2010 game that was moved after the Metrodome roof collapsed).

*Golladay caught six passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns. He was the fifth Giants opponent to score at least two touchdowns this season, joining Tampa Bay wide receiver Mike Evans and Arizona running back Chase Edmonds (three apiece) and Minnesota wideout Adam Thielen and New England quarterback Tom Brady (two).

*Golladay is the sixth receiver to gain at least 100 yards against the Giants this season. The others are Dallas' Gallup and Amari Cooper, Evans, Thielen and New England's Julian Edelman.

*Danny Amendola led the Lions with eight receptions, for 95 yards.

*Stafford joined Prescott (four) and Tampa Bay's Jameis Winston as quarterbacks to throw at last three touchdown passes vs. the Giants.

*The Giants' inactive players were wide receiver Sterling Shepard (concussion), cornerback Corey Ballentine (concussion), linebackers Tae Davis and Devante Downs, offensive linemen Chad Slade and Eric Smith, and quarterback Alex Tanney.


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