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Inside the Numbers: 2014 statistical wrap-up


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. –**Statistical leftovers from the Giants' 2014 season:

  • The Giants scored at least 24 points in each of their final six games, their longest such streak in 51 years. They scored 24 or more points in eight consecutive games from Sept. 29-Nov. 17, 1963.
  • The Giants finished 10th in the NFL in total offense with an average of 367.2 yards a game, a 59.7 yards-per-game improvement over their 2013 average of 307.5. It was the team's largest one-year jump since 2005, when the Giants were ranked fourth in the league with an average of 361.7 yards game. That was a 66.6 yards-per-game increase over their 2004 average of 295.1. The 2005 season was the first in which Eli Manning started all 16 games.
  • In 2014, the Giants outscored their opponents by 41 points in the first half (211-170) but were outscored by 61 points in the second half (230-169).
  • The Giants were 0-6 when they trailed after the first quarter.
  • The Giants were 1-8 when they rushed for less than 100 yards.
  • They were 3-5 when they won the coin toss, 3-5 when they lost the coin toss.
  • Eli Manning completed a career-high 379 passes in 2014 and is one of five quarterbacks with at least 300 completions in each of the last six seasons. The others are Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Joe Flacco and Philip Rivers.
  • Manning now owns the three highest single-season completion totals in Giants history: 379 in 2014, 359 in 2011 and 339 in 2010.

Manning completed a career-high and franchise-record 63.1 percent of his passes this season (379 of 601). That increased his career completion percentage to 58.97, which vaulted him past Kerry Collins (58.51) and into first place on the Giants' career list (minimum, 1,000 attempts).

  • Manning owns the top two single-season completion percentages with 63.1 in 2014 and 62.9 in 2010. Oddly, despite owning the career and single-season percentage marks, Manning does not have any of the top eight single-game percentages in franchise history.
  • Manning's 53 passes in the season finale vs. Philadelphia increased his career total to 5,609. That moved him past Hall of Famer Dan Fouts (5,604) and into 12th place on the NFL's career list. Collins is No. 11 with 6,261 pass attempts.
  • Manning's 28 completions against the Eagles increased his career total to 3,308, moving him past Fouts (3,297) and into 13th place on that list. Hall of Famer Joe Montana is 12th with 3,409.
  • Manning threw 53 passes without being sacked vs. the Eagles, the most passes he's ever thrown without a sack. The previous best was 51 passes vs. Tampa Bay on Sept. 16, 2012. It was the eighth time Manning threw at least 40 passes in a game without being sacked.
  • The Giants are 23-10 in games in which Manning was not sacked.

Manning threw at least one touchdown pass in 15 of 16 games this season, tying the career high he set in 2005, his first full year as a starter. The only game in which he did not throw a touchdown pass was the 27-0 loss at Philadelphia on Oct. 12. Manning has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 139 of his 167 career regular-season starts.

  • Josh Brown now owns the Giants records for both single season and career field goal percentage.

In 2014, Brown hit 24 of 26 attempts (one of the misses was a block). His 92.3 success rate broke the former record (minimum 14 attempts) of 92.1 set in 2008 by John Carney (35 of 38).

In his two seasons with the Giants, Brown has succeeded on 47 of 52 field goal attempts, a 90.4 percentage. That is the highest in franchise history by a kicker with at least 50 attempts. The former mark of 81.4 was set in 2005-06 by Jay Feely (58 of 69).

Odell Beckham Jr. finished with 1,305 receiving yards in only 12 games, a 108.8-yard average that was both a Giants record and the highest figure by a rookie in NFL history.

  • Beckham caught 12 passes for 185 yards in the Giants' 34-26 season-ending loss to Philadelphia. That completed a nearly unprecedented month of December during which Beckham caught 43 passes for 606 yards. Only two other players in NFL history gained at least 600 receiving yards in December of one season, and all of them did it in the last three years: Detroit's Calvin Johnson in 2012 (707) and Cleveland's Josh Gordon in 2013 (658).
  • Beckham also set an NFL record for receiving yards by a rookie in one calendar month, December or otherwise. The previous mark was 596 yards by Bill Groman of the Houston Oilers, which had stood since November 1960. After Groman held the record for 54 years, Beckham fell three yards short of tying the mark in November before breaking it in December. The only other players to post back-to-back months of 500 or more receiving yards in one season were Calvin Johnson and Andre Johnson (both in 2012).
  • Beckman led all players in receiving yards in each of his last six games, the longest streak ever by an NFL rookie. The previous record was four straight games by John Jefferson of the Chargers in 1978.
  • In the Giants' last four games, Beckham totaled 130, 143, 148 and 185 yards to become the first player in franchise history with four consecutive 100-yard games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he was the first NFL rookie to accomplish the feat since Pittsburgh's Jimmy Orr in 1958.

The four-game streak was not the NFL's longest in 2014; Denver's Demaryius Thomas had seven consecutive 100-yard games from Oct. 5-Nov. 16.

  • Beckham had seven total 100-yard games, the most by a rookie since Groman had nine in 1960.
  • Beckham had at least 10 catches in a game four times, the first rookie in NFL history to do that. Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown also had four 10-catch games in 2014.

In the Giants' final two games – at St. Louis and vs. Philadelphia – Beckham had touchdown receptions 80 and 63 yards. He was the first Giant to have a touchdown catch of at least 63 yards in consecutive games since Victor Cruz on Dec. 24, 2011 and Jan. 1, 2012. Beckham was the first NFL rookie with such long touchdown catches in back-to-back games since Cincinnati's Isaac Curtis on Dec. 9 and 16, 1973 (70 and 77 yards). Since 1973, rookie receivers Jerry Butler (1979) and Eddie Kennison (1996) had two long touchdowns in one game, but not back-to-back contests.

  • Beckham's 1,043 receiving yards over the final eight games are the fourth-most ever in the second half of a season. The top three are Calvin Johnson 1,197 (2012), Jerry Rice 1,083 (1995) and Josh Gordon 1,064 (2013).
  • Jason Pierre-Paul finished the season with at least one full sack in five consecutive games, the first Giants player to do that since Osi Umenyiora had a streak of five in a row spanning the 2010-11 seasons.
  • The Giants had at least one sack in all 16 games for the first time since 2007.

Throwback Thursday to photos of the Giants 2014 season

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