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Giants vs. Patriots: Postgame notes & stats

Foxborough, Mass. – Notes and statistics from the Giants' 35-14 loss to the New England Patriots in Gillette Stadium.

*The Giants lost their second game in a row and fell to 2-4, including 1-2 on the road. They return to action on Oct. 20 at home vs. Arizona.

*The Giants were shorthanded on offense, where their top two running backs and top two receivers were inactive. Saquon Barkley missed his third game with a sprained ankle and Wayne Gallman his first with a concussion (he left last week's loss to Minnesota in the first quarter). Tight end Evan Engram has a knee injury and wideout Sterling Shepard is in the concussion protocol for the second time this season.

Those four players had combined for 1,137 of the Giants' 1,824 rushing and receiving yards entering the game. That's 62.3% of their offensive output.

*New England's 35 points tied the season high for a Giants opponent; Dallas defeated them in the season opener, 35-17. The Giants have allowed 28 or more points in five of their six games.

*The 21-point margin of defeat was the Giants' largest since a 34-13 loss to Philadelphia on Oct. 11, 2018 – their Thursday night game last season.

*The Giants were shut out in the second half, the first time they did not score a point in the last two quarters since a 17-0 loss to Tennessee on Dec. 16, 2018.

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*The Giants totaled 213 offensive yards, just two more than their season low of 211, set last Sunday vs. Minnesota.

*The Giants' 161 net passing yards was also their second-lowest of the season; they threw for 147 yards vs. the Vikings last week.

*Their 52 rushing yards was their lowest total since they ran for 47 yards vs. Tennessee last Dec. 16.

*The Giants' 10 first downs were their fewest since they finished with seven at Washington on Nov. 23, 2017.

*The Giants allowed only one sack, the fourth time in six games their quarterback was sacked no more than once.

*The Giants' time of possession of 20:24 was their lowest since Dec. 24, 2006, when they owned the ball for just 19:26 against New Orleans.

*The Giants committed four turnovers – three interceptions and a fumble -- for the second time in three games. But the last time they had four takeaways, they beat Washington, 24-3.

*New England's 27 first downs were the most for a Giants opponent since Indianapolis had 27 on Dec. 23, 2018.

*Without Barkley and Gallman, the Giants' leading rusher for the second week in a row was rookie free agent Jon Hilliman, who made his first NFL start and ran for 38 yards on 10 carries. He also had two receptions but fumbled one in the fourth quarter and the ball was returned 22 yards for a touchdown by Kyle Van Noy.

*Daniel Jones completed 15 of 31 passes for 161 yards, one touchdown (a 64-yarder to Golden Tate) and three interceptions for a passer rating of 35.2. It was the first time in Jones' four starts he completed less than 50% of his passes and the first time he threw three interceptions.

*Playing just his second game of the season, Tate had team-high totals of six receptions for 102 yards. It was the Giants' fourth 100-yard game of the season (Engram 116 at Dallas and 113 at Tampa Bay, and Shepard 100 at Tampa Bay). The 100-yard game was the 17th of Tate's career.

*Tate's 64-yard touchdown catch was the Giants' second-longest play of the season; Engram scored on a 75-yard pass and run vs. the Buccaneers. It was Tate's first touchdown with the Giants and first in the regular-season since Dec. 3, 2018, when he played for Philadelphia against Washington. He caught the game-winning touchdown pass in the Eagles' NFC Wild Card Game victory at Chicago on Jan. 6.

*Linebacker Markus Golden scored the Giants' second touchdown on a 42-yard fumble return with 4:38 remaining in the second quarter. Lorenzo Carter set up the score with a 10-yard sack and forced fumble of Tom Brady.

It was Golden's first career touchdown and second fumble recovery. His first was on Dec. 4, 2016 for Arizona against Washington.

Carter picked up his first full sack of the season and the first forced fumble of his two-year career.

*The defensive touchdown was the Giants' second of the season; Jabrill Peppers intercepted a pass by Washington's Dwayne Haskins and returned it 32 yards for a score on Sept. 29.

*Golden's touchdown was the first by a Giants player on a fumble return since Jan. 1, 2017, when cornerback Trevin Wade scored on an 11-yard return on the game's last play at Washington.

*Golden's 42-yard fumble return was the longest by a Giants player since Olivier Vernon's 43-yarder vs. Washington on Oct. 28, 2018, and the longest for a touchdown since Jason Pierre-Paul's 43-yarder at Cleveland on Nov. 27, 2016.

*The Patriots scored the first touchdown of the game on Chase Winovich's six-yard return of a blocked Riley Dixon punt – the ball hit the helmet of Giants up-back Nate Stupar and caromed in the air. Winovich caught it and ran into the end zone.

It was the first time a Giants punt was blocked since Dec. 17, 2017, when Philadelphia's Kamu Grugier-Hill got his hands on a kick by Brad Wing.

The Patriots were the first Giants opponent to score a special teams touchdown since Oct. 7, 2018 at Carolina, where Michael Palardy's punt hit the back of Odell Beckham, Jr.'s leg and was recovered in the end zone for a touchdown by Colin Jones. It was officially ruled a fumble recovery.

Vinovich's touchdown was the first on a blocked punt by a Giants opponent since Dec. 28, 2014, when Philadelphia's James Casey got his hands on Steve Weatherford's punt. Trey Burton picked up the ball and returned it 27 yards for a score in MetLife Stadium.

*Van Noy was the first Giants opponent to score a defensive touchdown since Sept. 9, 2018, when Jacksonville's Myles Jack intercepted an Eli Manning pass and returned it 32 yards for a touchdown. It was the first fumble return touchdown by an opposing defensive player since Dec. 24, 2017, when the Cardinals' Robert Nkemdiche brought one back 21 yards for a score at Arizona.

*The teams committed turnovers on consecutive plays in the first quarter. With 7:07 remaining, John Simon intercepted a Jones pass intended for Tate that was tipped by Stephon Gilmore. Simon returned the ball six yards to the Giants' 43-yard line. On the next play, Tom Brady's pass for Julian Edelman was intercepted by Janoris Jenkins at the Giants' three. Jenkins returned the ball to the Patriots' 35-yard line, but the Giants took possession at the 50 because of an unnecessary roughness penalty on Golden.

*The interception was Jenkins' third of the season, matching the total he had in each of his first two Giants seasons in 2016-17. It was his 11th interception in four seasons with the Giants and the 21st of his eight-year NFL career

*Jenkins' 62-yard return was the longest by a Giants player on an interception return since Nov. 1, 2015, when cornerback Trumaine McBride picked off a Drew Brees pass in New Orleans and ran it back 63 yards for a score.

*This was the first time the Giants and their opponent traded turnovers on consecutive plays since Sept. 18, 2017, when linebacker Devon Kennard recovered a Matthew Stafford fumble that was forced on a sack by Pierre-Paul. On the next play, Eli Manning was intercepted by Tahir Whitehead on a pass deflected by Evan Engram and Glover Quin.

*The Giants are now 5-4 against Bill Belichick's Patriots, including victories in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI. The previous five meetings, including the Super Bowls, were decided by an average of three points. The only other team with a winning record against Belichick is the Denver Broncos, who are 13-10 against him.

*The Giants are 7-24 in regular-season games vs. defending Super Bowl champions (but 3-0 in the postseason, most recently vs. Green Bay in an NFC Divisional Playoff Game on Jan. 15, 2012). They have lost their last eight regular-season games vs. defending champions. Their most recent victory was against the 13-0 Denver Broncos on Dec. 13, 1998.

*The Giants are 15-11-3 on Thursday, including a 4-6 mark since 2008 (2-5 on the road).

*Since the 1970 merger, the Giants are 3-9 against teams 5-0 or better. They have lost their last five games against those teams. Their last victory against a team 5-0 or better was on Oct. 26, 2003, when they defeated a Minnesota Vikings team, 29-17, that had won its first six games.

*Wide receiver Darius Slayton became the sixth Giants 2019 draft choice to start a game this season, joining first-rounders Jones, Dexter Lawrence and DeAndre Baker, third-rounder Oshane Ximines and fellow fifth-rounder Ryan Connelly.

*Linebacker Alec Ogletree returned to action after missing the previous two games with a hamstring injury. He had 12 tackles (including a team-high nine solo) and a four-yard sack of Brady in the fourth quarter, his first sack since Nov. 25, 2018 at Philadelphia.

*Linebacker David Mayo set a career high in tackles for the third consecutive game with 12 (eight solo). Safety Jabrill Peppers was the third Giants defender with double digit tackles (10), including eight solo.

*Golden and Mayo split one sack. It was the fifth consecutive game in which Golden had at least a half-sack, and the first sack for Mayo in his five-year, 65-game NFL career.

*Thursday morning, the Giants signed running back Austin Walter off their practice squad and terminated the contract of quarterback Alex Tanney, who has not played a down in his two seasons with the team. Walter made his NFL debut on special teams.

Walter, 5-8 and 190 pounds, was signed to the practice squad on Sept. 18. He was signed as a rookie free agent by the San Francisco 49ers on May 6 and waived on Aug. 31.

At Rice University, Walter played in 49 games with four starts and concluded his career with 345 carries for 1,744 yards and 13 touchdowns, 79 receptions for 803 yards and five scores, plus 71 kickoff returns for 1,548 yds, a 21.8-yard average.

*Rookie Kaden Smith also made his NFL debut. Smith was awarded off waivers to the Giants on Sept. 16.

*Pat Shurmur lost two replay challenges. The first occurred with 3:43 remaining in the first quarter. Brady threw a short pass to Edelman, who couldn't hold onto the ball after he was hit by Michael Thomas. The play was ruled an incomplete pass. Shurmur challenged the call on the field, believing it was a fumble. After review, referee Brad Allen announced the call on the field stood as an incompletion.

Shurmur threw his red challenge flag again after a third-down incompletion to Tate with 2:52 remaining in the game on which the coach contended Jonathan Jones should have been flagged for interference. But once again, the ruling on the field stood as called. Shurmur is 0-4 this season and 2-7 in two years with the Giants on challenges.

*Defensive tackle Olsen Pierre left the game with a concussion.

*This was the Giants' 600th regular-season loss in their 95-year history. They are 694-600-33.

*In addition to Barkley, Gallman, Shepard and Engram, the Giants' inactive players were linebacker Tae Davis, and offense linemen Chad Slade and Eric Smith.

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