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Week 15 Notes & Stats: Giants vs. Saints Recap

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NEW ORLEANS – Notes and statistics from the Giants' 24-6 loss to the New Orleans Saints in the Caesars Superdome:

*The Giants' three-game winning streak ended, and they fell to 5-9. They are still mathematically alive in the NFC playoff race with three games remaining. They next play Christmas afternoon in Philadelphia.

*The defeat assures the Giants of finishing the season under .500.

*The game's most unusual site was punter Jamie Gillan kicking a 40-yard field goal for the Giants' final points as time expired in the second quarter. It was the first field goal and second attempt of his five-year career. Return specialist Gunner Olszewski was the emergency holder on the field goal, which cut the Giants' halftime deficit to 7-6.

Gillan was called upon to kick after Randy Bullock injured his hamstring on the kickoff following his 56-yard field goal in the first quarter. Bullock did not return to the game.

*Gillan's first field goal attempt was for the Cleveland Browns against the Jets on Dec. 27, 2020, in MetLife Stadium – also on the final play of the first half. Gillan's 61-yard try was short and to the right. He did kick a 31-yard field goal in a preseason game vs. the Cincinnati Bengals on Aug. 21, 2022.

*This was the first game in which two different Giants players kicked field goals since Oct. 23, 1994, when David Treadwell booted a 19-yarder and Brad Daluiso added a 49-yarder in a 10-6 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

*Bullock opened the scoring with a 56-yard field goal five minutes into the game. It was the second-longest of his 216 career field goals. On Dec. 22, 2019, he kicked a 57-yarder for the Cincinnati Bengals in Miami. It was his 15th career field goal of 50+ yards on 29 attempts. Bullock's kick was the Giants' first long-distance field goal since Graham Gano's 51-yarder at Miami on Oct. 8. Gano kicked a Giants season-long 57-yard field goal at San Francisco on Sept. 21.

*Bullock is the first Giants kicker other than Gano to kick a 50+-yard field goal since Aldrick Rosas booted a franchise record 57-yarder against Chicago on Dec. 2, 2018. Gano has twice matched that distance.

*This is the first season since 1985 in which three different players kicked field goals for the Giants. That year, Eric Schubert and Jess Atkinson each kicked 10 field goals, and Ali Haji-Sheikh added two.

*The Giants fell to 2-6 in road games with one remaining, next week in Philadelphia.

*This was the fourth game this season in which the Giants did not score a touchdown and the fifth game in which they had no offensive touchdowns

*The Giants were scoreless in the second half for the fourth time this season and the first time on the road (also losses to Dallas and Seattle, and a victory vs. Washington).

*The Giants totaled 193 yards of offense (60 rushing, 133 passing), the fifth game this season in which they had fewer than 200.

*Their 60 rushing yards was their third-lowest total of the season (29 at San Francisco, 58 vs. New England).

*This was the fourth game in which they finished with no more than 12 first downs. They had 10 against the Patriots and at the 49ers, and 12 vs the Jets.

*Tommy DeVito was sacked seven times for losses totaling 57 yards, one week after he was not sacked at all in a victory against Green Bay. It was the sixth game this season Giants quarterbacks were sacked at least seven times.

*The Giants converted only two third downs on 16 attempts, their second-lowest total this season; they were 0-12 in Dallas on Nov 12.

*New Orleans quarterback David Carr completed 23 of 28 passes, an 82.1 percentage that is the highest by a Giants opponent since Cleveland's Baker Mayfield's 84.3 completion percentage (27 for 32) on Dec. 20, 2020.

*Neither team committed a turnover, the first time that's happened in a Giants game since their NFC Wild Card Game victory in Minnesota last Jan. 15, and the first time in the regular season since Oct. 9, 2022, against Green Bay in London.

*This was the fifth game this season in which the Giants did not commit an offensive turnover, including losses to Miami, Buffalo and the Jets and their victory last month in Washington.

*The Giants streak with at least one interception ended at four games. The previous game in which they did not have an interception was Nov. 5 in Las Vegas, which was also the most recent game in which they had no takeaways. The Giants entered the game with an NFL-high 14 takeaways in their four previous games.

*DeVito completed 20 of 34 passes – both career highs – for 177 yards, and neither a touchdown nor an interception. His pass er rating was 72.8. DeVito also led the Giants 36 rushing yards on four carries.

*When DeVito was evaluated for a concussion late in the first half, Tyrod Taylor entered the game and played for the first time since suffering a ribs injury on Oct. 29. Taylor completed two of four passes for 13 yards.

*Saquon Barkley entered the game needing 34 yards from scrimmage to reach 1,000 for the fourth time in his six-year career. He barely got it. Barkley rushed for a season-low 14 yards on nine carries and gained 23 yards on two receptions. The 37 yards increased his yards from scrimmage total for 2023 to 1,033.

*Darius Slayton (63 yards), Darren Waller (40) and Wan'Dale Robinson (24) led the Giants with four receptions apiece. It was Waller's first game since injuring his hamstring on Oct. 29 vs. the Jets.

Jason Pinnock picked up the Giants' only sack when he tackled Derek Carr for a 9-yard loss in the second quarter. It was the safety's second sack of the season; he had an 8-yard takedown of Washington's Sam Howell on Oct. 22. Pinnock has 3.5 career sacks, all for the Giants in the last two seasons.

*The Giants fell to 1-3 in indoor games this season, 1-5 in Brian Daboll's two years as coach, 4-9 in the Superdome and 34-35 in indoor games since 1978.

*The Giants' inactive players were tackle Evan Neal (ankle), wide receiver Parris Campbell, running back Jashaun Corbin, linebacker Boogie Basham, and safety Gervarrius Owens.

View photos from the Giants' Week 15 matchup against the New Orleans Saints.

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