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Inside the Numbers: Gano re-writes record book

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Graham Gano has played only 25 games for the Giants, but he has already inserted his name throughout the field goal section of the franchise's record book.

On Sunday, Gano kicked field goals of 35, 32, and 38 yards without a miss in a 23-16 victory against the Las Vegas Raiders. He has made 50 of 53 attempts with the Giants, a 94.3 percentage that is the best in team history for kickers with at least 50 attempts. Josh Brown held the former mark by hitting 91.7% (88 of 96) from 2013-16.

Gano's 94.3 percentage is the second highest among all kickers with at least 40 attempts since the start of the 2020 season. Atlanta's Younghoe Koo is first at 94.4% (51-for-54). Koo's 40-yard field goal as time expired gave the Falcons a 17-14 victory against the Giants on Sept. 26.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Gano is the third kicker to make at least 50 of his first 53 field goal attempts with one team. The others are Josh Lambo (50 with Jacksonville) and former Giant Robbie Gould (50 with San Francisco).

Earlier this season, Gano kicked his 10th field goal of 50 or more yards in a Giants uniform, eclipsing the former Giants record of nine that Joe Danelo had held since 1982.

When Gano joined the Giants last season, the franchise single season record for 50+ yard field goals was four, shared by Brown and Aldrick Rosas. Gano kicked five, including a franchise single-game record of three, and has matched that total this year.

Gano also extended his team record to 37 consecutive successful attempts before missing a 35-yard try in New Orleans on Oct. 3. His only other miss this year was a 54-yard attempt in Dallas the following week – when he also kicked a pair of 51-yard field goals.

This season, Gano has made 19 of 21 attempts (90.5%), a strong follow-up to his Giants debut season a year ago, when he hit 31 of 32 tries (96.9%). His 19 field goals place him second in the NFL, behind New England's Nick Folk, who has 21. Gano, who has made all 12 of his extra point tries, has scored 69 points, the sixth-highest total among kickers.

Sunday's game was the 44th in which Gano has kicked at least three field goals since he entered the NFL with Washington in 2009. That is the fifth-highest total among active kickers.

Among active kickers, Gano's 274 field goals rank sixth, his 326 attempts are seventh and his 84.05 percentage ranks 11th (minimum: 100 attempts).

From Daniel Jones' one-handed catch on a trick play to Xavier McKinney's pick-six to the OT thriller in New Orleans, re-live the best moments from the first half of the season in this must-see photo gallery.

*The Giants did not allow a second-half touchdown in any of their last three games, against Carolina, Kansas City and Las Vegas. They last did that from Dec. 11-22, 2016 vs. Dallas, Detroit and Philadelphia.

*The Giants' wide receivers caught just three passes Sunday, two by Kenny Golladay and one by Kadarius Toney. That was the lowest total by the team's wideouts since Oct. 15, 2017, when they caught only two in a victory in Denver. A week after four receivers - Odell Beckham, Jr., Beckham, Dwayne Harris, Sterling Shepard and Brandon Marshall - suffered injuries, the only wideouts with catches were Roger Lewis, Jr. for 15 yards and Tavarres King for seven.

The two games have several similarities. The Giants scored 23 points to defeat an AFC West opponent. Their only offensive touchdown in each game was scored on a reception by tight end Evan Engram. They scored their second touchdown on an interception return, 43 yards by Janoris Jenkins vs. the Broncos and 41 yards by Xavier McKinney on Sunday. The Giants rushed for 148 yards on 32 carries in Denver and ran for 149 yards on 31 attempts vs. Las Vegas. In Denver, Eli Manning completed 11 of 19 passes for 128 yards. Two days ago, Daniel Jones hit 15 of 20 passes for 110 yards. Aldrick Rosas kicked three field goals against the Broncos, just as Gano did against the Raiders. The defense allowed only one touchdown.

Oh, and Denver's punter in that game was Riley Dixon, who had a 51.0-yard gross average and 44.3 net average on three kicks. On Sunday, Dixon, now the Giants punter, kicked three times and had a 48.7-yard gross average and a 47.0-yard net average.

*On Sunday, the Giants had 190 fewer net passing yards than the Raiders (286-96), their largest deficit in a victory since … wait for it … that game in Denver five years ago, when they finished with 118 net passing yards to the Broncos' 366.

The Giants also had 158 fewer total yards (403-245) than their opponents and won for the first time since Oct. 25, 2015, vs. Dallas and had eight fewer first downs (24-16). Their last victory with that trifecta of statistical deficits was Oct. 5, 1997, against the Cowboys.

*McKinney has five interceptions in his first 15 career games, the first Giants defender to do that since cornerback Will Allen in 2001-02.

*The Giants have at least one takeaway in 11 consecutive games, the NFL's longest active streak. Indianapolis is second by forcing a turnover in 10 straight games.

*After the Giants' rushing attack produced 149 yards Sunday, the Giants under Joe Judge are 8-5 when they run for at least 100 yards and 1-11 when they do not. This season, they are 2-2 when they hit the century mark and 1-4 when they don't.

*The Giants were one of four teams that entered Week 9 with a .500-or-below winning percentage and defeated a team that began the week in first place in their division. They joined Denver (which defeated Dallas), Jacksonville (Buffalo) and Kansas City (Green Bay). It was the first time since Dec. 18, 2011, that four teams with a .500-or-below record entering Week 9 or later each defeated a division leader on the same day.

*Engram's three receptions vs. Las Vegas increased his career total to 242. That broke a tie with Del Shofner (239) and lifted him past Alex Webster (240) and into 18th place on the franchise's career list. Earnest Gray (243), Plaxico Burress (244), and Aaron Thomas (247) are directly ahead of him. Thomas is currently fourth among tight ends in Giants history.

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