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Inside the Numbers: Graham Gano's dominance

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – A collection of statistics and notes about the Giants and assorted players in the wake of their 20-12 victory Sunday night in Washington:

*The note against which all others pale: According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Giants will clinch a playoff berth Saturday if they defeat the Vikings in Minnesota and two of the following three teams lose: Washington, Detroit or Seattle. Like the Giants, they each play on the road; the Commanders visit San Francisco, the Lions are at Carolina, and the Seahawks face the Chiefs in Kansas City.

*The Giants are 8-5-1 and each of their eight victories has been by eight or fewer points. They are the first team with at least eight victories through 14 games and each win by no more than eight points since the 2003 Cincinnati Bengals (eight wins).

*Graham Gano kicked a pair of 50-yard field goals in the Giants' victory in Washington Sunday night. It was the third game this season in which he kicked two 50+ yard field goals (also vs. Carolina and Dallas), the most this year by any NFL kicker.

*Gano has six games in which he kicked two field goals 50 yards or longer in his 13-year career. All six are in his three seasons with the Giants.

*Gano's six games with multiple field goals of at least 50 yards place him fourth among active kickers, behind Arizona's Matt Prater (nine) and Baltimore's Justin Tucker and Denver's Brandon McManus (eight each).

*Gano's seven long field goals this season place him in a three-way tie for the league's fourth-highest total. Las Vegas' Daniel Carlson and Dallas' Brett Maher each have nine, and Indianapolis' Chase McLaughlin has eight. Gano is tied with Tucker and McManus.

*Gano has kicked a team-record 19 field goals of 50+ yard in three seasons with the Giants. That ties him with Carlson for the second-highest total during that span. McManus has 22.

*Gano has scored 97 points and needs three for the 10th 100-point season of his career and third in a row.

*Saquon Barkley is fourth in the NFL with 1,170 rushing yards and sixth with 1,464 yards from scrimmage. Each figure is the second highest of his career.

*Barkley's 120 total yards in Washington increased his career total to 5,883. That moved him past Ron Johnson (5,789) and into 13th place on the Giants' career list, just 10 yards behind Odell Beckham, Jr. Barkley needs 117 yards to become the 10th player in Giants history with 6,000 total yards.

*Barkley has 316 scrimmage handles this season (269 carries, 47 receptions), the NFL's third-highest total behind Las Vegas' Josh Jacobs (337) and Tennessee's Derrick Henry (326).

*Barkley leads the Giants with 1,170 rushing yards and 47 receptions and can become the first player to lead the Giants in each category since…Barkley, as a rookie in 2018 (1,307 rushing yards and 91 receptions).

*Daniel Jones threw 32 passes Sunday, his third-highest total without getting sacked. He threw 40 passes at New Orleans on Oct. 3, 2021, and 37 against Green Bay on Dec. 1, 2019 without absorbing a sack.

*The game in Washington was the third of Jones' 51 career starts – and his first complete game - in which he did not throw an interception and was not sacked. The others were on Nov. 29, 2020, at Cincinnati and Oct. 10, 2021, at Dallas, games he left early with injuries.

*Jones had 10 rushing attempts vs. the Commanders (for 35 yards). Each of his five games with double-digit carries have been played this season: 12 vs. Washington, 11 at Jacksonville and 10 at Washington, at Green Bay and vs. Carolina.

*Darius Slayton had five receptions in Washington and has caught 144 passes from Jones, more than any other receiver. He passed Sterling Shepard, who has 140 receptions on Jones passes. Slayton's 2,105 yards are easily the highest among Jones' receivers; Shepard is second with 1,409.

*Kayvon Thibodeaux's touchdown on a one-yard return of a recovered fumble Sunday was the Giants' shortest such play on defense since Dec. 28, 2003, when defensive end Keith Washington fell on a fumble by quarterback Jake Delhomme in the end zone, following a 17-yard sack by Osi Umenyiora. On Sept. 17, 2006, wide receiver Tim Carter recovered a Plaxico Burress fumble in the end zone in a victory in Philadelphia.

*With 106 tackles and two interceptions, safety Julian Love is one of two players currently leading his team outright in both categories, with Houston's Jalen Pitre (117 tackles and three picks). The last Giant to lead the team outright in both categories in the same season was Antrel Rolle in 2013.

*The Giants have scored at least 13 points in every game this season, something they last did in each of their first 14 games in 2005, when they did so in every game and won the NFC East title with an 11-5 record.

*The Giants have played six games this season in which they did not commit a turnover. The high total in the NFL this season is seven games (Detroit, Miami, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh). San Francisco and Cincinnati also have six turnover-free games.

*On Sunday, the Giants' offense neither allowed a sack nor committed a turnover, the first game in which it accomplished those feats together since Oct. 1, 2017, at Tampa Bay – a game the Giants lost on a field goal as time expired.

*Washington had just one third-down conversion in 10 tries, the lowest total for a Giants opponent since Nov. 15, 2020, when Philadelphia was 0-for-9 in a 27-17 Giants victory.

*The Giants finished with 288 total yards, 19 first downs and two third-down conversions in their victory Sunday night. It was the first time they won a game with such low numbers in each category since Dec. 11, 2016, vs. Dallas. In a 10-7 victory, the Giants totaled 260 yards and 12 first downs and were two-for-14 on third-down opportunities.

*The Giants and Commanders combined for three third-down conversions, the lowest total in a Giants game since the Giants and Cowboys totaled three in the 2016 matchup.

*The Giants (97 yards) and Commanders (91 yards) each had touchdown drives exceeding 90 yards on Sunday. That had last happened in a Giants game on Sept. 8, 2019, when the Giants (91 yards on their first possession of the season) and Dallas (93 yards) did it.

*The Giants have had six drives of at least 80 yards this season and have scored touchdowns on every one of them.

*The Giants are 8-0-1 when they have 30 or more rushing attempts, 0-5 when they have fewer than 30.

*The Giants have won eight straight games and 13 of 14 when holding their opponents to less than 20 points, including five games this season (Carolina, Chicago, Jacksonville, Houston and Washington).

*The Giants today waived third-year linebacker Tae Crowder.

The 255th and last selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, Crowder played in 41 games with 31 starts for the Giants. He started the first eight games this season and departs with 43 tackles (24 solo), 1.0 sack, three tackles for loss, two quarterback hits and one forced fumble. He also had two special teams tackles.

*Cornerback Adoree' Jackson (knee) and guard Shane Lemieux (toe) did not participate in the Giants' walkthrough today.

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