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Notes & Stats: Defense provides bright spot in LA

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Notes and statistics from the Giants' 17-9 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in SoFi Stadium:

*For the fourth time in as many games, the Giants' offense did not gain 300 yards. But their 295 total yards matched the season high they set on Sept. 20 in Chicago.

*The Giants rushed for a season-high 136 yards, 61 more than they had two weeks ago against the Bears. Wayne Gallman and Daniel Jones each had team-high totals of six carries and 45 yards.

*The Giants' 159 net passing yards was their lowest total since they threw for 134 yards at Chicago on Nov. 24, 2019.

*The Rams entered the game averaging 30 points, 27 first downs and 449.7 yards in their first three games. The Giants' defense held them to 17 points, 15 first downs and 240 yards, more than 200 under their average. The latter figure was the lowest total by a Giants opponent since Washington gained 176 yards on Sept. 29, 2019.

*Los Angeles ran for only 58 yards, the fewest allowed by the Giants since Washington rushed for 55 yards last year.

*Aside from Cooper Kupp's 55-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter, the Rams did not run a play that gained more than 16 yards.

*The Rams took a 7-0 lead when tight end Gerald Everett scored on a two-yard run with 6:19 remaining in the first quarter. Los Angeles is the third consecutive Giants opponent to score points on the opening offensive possession and the second this season to reach the end zone. On Sept. 20, Chicago's Mitch Trubisky threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to David Montgomery on the Bears' first series. Last week, San Francisco's Robbie Gould kicked a 52-yard field goal on the game's opening drive.

*Everett was the first tight end to rush for a touchdown against the Giants since Dec. 8, 1968, when St Louis' Jackie Smith scored on an 11-yard run in a 28-21 Cardinals victory.

*After failing to come up with a takeaway last week against the 49ers, the Giants' defense picked up a turnover on the first play of the second Los Angeles possession. Everett gained 10 yards on a pass from Jared Goff before losing the ball on a fumble that was forced by defensive tackle Austin Johnson and recovered by cornerback James Bradberry. It was the first career forced fumble for Johnson and first career recovery for Bradberry. The takeaway led to Graham Gano's 35-yard field goal.

*Jones completed 23 of 36 passes for 190 yards, no touchdowns and an interception that clinched the game for the Rams in the final minute. He had a 65.7 passer rating.

*After throwing at least one touchdown pass in each of his first 13 career starts, Jones has not thrown one in the last three games. He has thrown 108 consecutive passes without a touchdown.

*Jones was sacked five times, the most sacks he has absorbed since Nov. 10, 2019, when the Jets got to him six times.

*Jones' six rushing attempts tied his career high, set vs. Dallas on Nov. 2, 2019. His 45 rushing yards were his third-highest total; he ran for 54 yards last year against the Cowboys and 39 last week vs. the 49ers.

*Gallman's 45 rushing yards is his highest total since he ran for 63 yards vs. Washington on Sept. 29, 2019.

*Gallman had a career-long 26-yard run in the fourth quarter.

*Devonta Freeman started for the first time with the Giants and rushed for 33 yards on a game-high 11 carries and caught four passes for 35 yards.

*Wide receiver C.J. Board gained three yards on his first career rushing attempt on an end around in the first quarter.

*Tight end Evan Engram led the Giants with six receptions for 35 yards. Darius Slayton had a team-high 48 receiving yards on three catches, including a 33-yarder.

*Blake Martinez again led the Giants in tackles with 13 (eight solo).

*Kyler Fackrell and Johnson each sacked Goff. It was Fackrell's second sack of the season, tying him with Martinez and Leonard Williams for the team lead.

*Johnson sacked Goff for an eight-yard loss in the second quarter. It was his first sack since Nov. 5, 2018, when he played for Tennessee at Dallas and tackled Dak Prescott for a six-yard loss. Johnson has 3.5 career sacks.

*Johnson is the first Giants player with a sack and forced fumble in the same game since linebacker Lorenzo Carter at New England on Oct. 10, 2019.

*Linebacker Tae Crowder almost came up with his first career interception on the opening play of the third quarter. But a mandatory review of all turnovers revealed the ball hit the ground and resulted in the play being overturned.

*The Giants started Logan Ryan and Adrian Colbert at safety. Ryan took over at strong safety in place of Jabrill Peppers. When Peppers injured his ankle early in the game vs. San Francisco, Ryan moved to strong safety and Julian Love entered the game at free safety, where he started the first two games. Love was limited in practice this week by knee and ankle injuries and was replaced in the starting lineup by Colbert, who missed the previous two games with a quad injury.

*Colbert made his first start with the Giants, the 18th of his career and his first since Dec. 29, 2019 for Miami at New England. He made two tackles (one solo).

*Gano remains the Giants' top scorer. Gano kicked field goals of 35 and 37 yards in the second quarter and a 27-yarder in the fourth to account for all the Giants' scoring for the second week in a row. Gano has kicked seven consecutive field goals.

*With Peppers inactive because of an ankle injury, veteran receiver Golden Tate assumed the punt return duties and had three runbacks for 30 yards, including a 15-yarder.

*Cornerback Madre Harper, signed last week off the Raiders' practice squad, made his Giants' debut with a tackle of Raymond Calais on a kickoff return that might have prevented a touchdown.

*The Giants' six-man inactive list included Peppers (ankle), defensive lineman RJ McIntosh, wide receiver Austin Mack (who yesterday was added to the roster from the practice squad), rookie linebackers Carter Coughlin and TJ Brunson, and tackle Jackson Barton.

*The Giants played in Los Angeles for the first time since Oct. 16, 1994, when the Rams won by almost the same score they did on Sunday, 17-10. The Rams lead the regular-season series, 27-16.

*The Giants fell to 0-4 for the first time since 2017.

*The Giants lost last week to San Francisco, 36-9, and have scored fewer than 10 points in back-to-back games for the first time since Sept. 22 and 29, 2013, when they lost at Carolina (38-0) and at Kansas City (31-7).

*The Giants have not scored a touchdown in consecutive games for the first time since Nov. 8 and 15, 1998, when they were limited to two field goals in a 16-6 loss to Philadelphia and one in a 37-3 defeat to Green Bay.

*The Giants have not scored a touchdown in their last 21 offensive possessions. They have kicked seven field goals during that span.

View photos from the Week 4 matchup between the Giants and Rams at SoFi Stadium.

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