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Giants vs. Rams: Postgame Stats and Notes


Postgame stats and notes from the Giants' Week 9 matchup with the Rams:

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. –Notes and statistics from the Giants' 51-17 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in MetLife Stadium:

*The Giants fell to 1-7 overall and 0-4 at home, the first time they've had each of those records since 1980.

*The 34-point loss was the Giants' worst since a 38-0 loss at Carolina on Sept. 22, 2013 and the most one-sided at home since Nov. 15, 1998 (37-3 to Green Bay). Their previous largest deficit in MetLife Stadium was 30 points (40-10) to Indianapolis on Nov. 3, 2014.

*The Rams' 51 points were the most by a Giants opponent since Nov. 28, 2015, when the Giants lost in New Orleans, 52-49. It was the highest point total they allowed at home since Dec. 12, 1964, in a 52-21 loss to Cleveland (which was also the last home game in which they trailed by at least 38 points, as they did when it was 48-10). It was the fifth highest total given up by the Giants at home (63 by the Chicago Cardinals in 1948, 56 by the Chicago Bears in 1943, 52 by the Rams in 1948 and the Browns in 1964). The last opposing team to score 50 points in a Giants home game was Washington on Sept. 19, 1999, in a 50-21 victory.

*The Giants fell to 11-18 (.380) in games following a regular-season bye.

*The Giants lost to the Rams for the first time since Oct. 14, 2001. They had won their previous seven games against the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams, and now trail in the all-time series, 26-16.

*The Giants did not have a takeaway for the third time this season (also at Dallas and at Tampa Bay). They committed three turnovers (two fumbles and an interception).

*The Giants did not sack the opposing quarterback for the second time this season. They failed to record a sack vs. the Chargers on Oct. 8.

*The Giants trailed at halftime, 27-10. The 27 first-half points were the most allowed by the Giants since Nov. 1, 2015, when the Saints scored 28 their 52-49 victory. The 17-point halftime deficit was the Giants' largest since they trailed 17-0 at Washington on Nov. 29, 2015.

*The game's opening series ended when Aaron Donald sacked Eli Manning and forced a fumble that was recovered by Connor Barwin. Four plays later, the Rams scored the game's first touchdown on Tyler Higbee's eight-yard reception. Manning's turnover was the Giants' first on an opening possession since their previous game against the Rams, in London on Oct. 23, 2016. On the second play of that game, tight end Larry Donnell lost a fumble. The Rams capitalized on that turnover with a touchdown on their first offensive series.

*Higbee's touchdown was the first allowed by the Giants on an opponent's opening offensive series in nine regular-season games, plus one postseason game. The last team to score a first-possession touchdown was Philadelphia, on Dec. 22, 2016, on Darren Sproles' 25-yard run. The Giants are 3-3 when their opponents score a touchdown on their opening drive in Ben McAdoo's two seasons as head coach.

*The Giants scored their first touchdown on a five-yard Manning pass to Tavarres King that capped a 14 play, 67-yard drive that consumed 7:39.

It was the most plays the Giants have run on a touchdown drive this season. Oddly, none of what had been their three highest-play drives of the season had resulted in a touchdown. They had field goal drives of 16 plays at Dallas and 13 plays at Denver, and a 12-play drive on which they lost the ball on downs vs. Detroit. The most plays they had previously run on a touchdown drive was 11, at Tampa Bay on Oct. 1.

The 7:39 possession was the Giants' second-longest in terms of time this season. It was topped only by the 16-play field goal drive in Dallas, which consumed 9:44.

*In a span of 1:52 in the second quarter, the Rams scored on Jared Goff touchdown passes of 52 yards to Robert Woods and 67 yards to Sammy Watkins. They were the first and third-longest plays allowed by the Giants this season. The second-longest was a 58-yard pass from Jameis Winston to O.J. Howard at Tampa Bay.

*A 37-yard completion to Sterling Shepard with just over 10 minutes remaining lifted Manning over the 50,000-yard mark for his career. He is the seventh player in NFL history to throw for more than 50,000 yards. The others are Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Dan Marino and John Elway. Manning finished the game with 50,034 yards. He is 1,441 yards behind Elway, who is sixth on the NFL's career list.

*Manning completed 20 of 36 passes for 220 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He now has 332 career touchdown passes.

*King's five-yard touchdown reception was the first regular-season score of his career. He caught a touchdown pass in the NFC Wild Card Game in Green Bay last Jan. 8.

*Aldrick Rosas' 50-yard field goal in the second quarter was the second-longest of his young career. He kicked a 51-yarder at Denver on Oct. 15.

*Brad Wing's punt late in the third quarter was blocked by Cory Littleton. It was the first time a Giants punt was blocked since Dec. 28, 2014, when Philadelphia's James Casey blocked a kick by Steve Weatherford.

*Rams quarterback Jared Goff completed 14 of 22 passes for 311 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. He is the third consecutive opposing QB and fourth this year to throw for more than 300 yards, joining Winston, Denver's Trevor Siemian and Seattle's Russell Wilson. Under Ben McAdoo, the Giants are 4-3 in games in which the opposing quarterback threw for at least 300 yards.

*Goff is the first opposing quarterback to throw at least four touchdowns in a game since Carolina's Cam Newton tossed five on Dec, 20, 2015.

*The Giants' inactive players were linebackers Jonathan Casillas (neck) and B.J. Goodson (ankle), offensive lineman Justin Pugh (back), defensive ends Olivier Vernon (ankle) and Kerry Wynn (knee), cornerback Donte Deayon (ankle) and quarterback Davis Webb.

Casillas missed his third consecutive game and Goodson missed his third game of the season; he sat out the Week 2 game vs. Detroit and the Week 3 contests on Philadelphia with a shin injury.

Two undrafted players, Curtis Grant and Calvin Munson, played middle linebacker. Each had six tackles; Grant had four solo stops, and Munson had three.

Pugh had started every game this season, three at left guard and four at right tackle. He was inactive for the first time since Dec. 11, 2016, when he sat out for the fifth consecutive game with a knee injury. Bobby Hart returned to the starting lineup at right tackle, his fourth start of the season.

Vernon was inactive for the fourth consecutive game. Wynn, who started each of the previous three games in his place, missed his first game of the season.

The defensive ends signed last week - Jordan Williams (off the practice squad) and Devin Taylor – made their Giants debuts. Williams had two tackles (one solo), and Taylor had an assisted tackle.

*Defensive back Tim Scott, signed off the practice squad yesterday when Weston Richburg was placed on injured reserve, made his NFL debut, but had no statistics.

*Running back Paul Perkins was in uniform after missing three games with injured ribs, but did not have a rushing attempt.

*Geno Smith also made his Giants debut when he played quarterback for Manning in the Giants' final two series. He threw two incomplete passes.

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