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Inside the Numbers: Another Eli game-winning drive


*Statistical leftovers from the Giants' 21-20 victory against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night: *

• With a 6-3 record, the Giants have matched their victory total from each of the previous two seasons, when they finished 6-10.

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• The Giants are 4-1 at home, exceeding their victory total in MetLife Stadium in both 2014 and 2015, when they were 3-5. They last won four home games in 2013. They were also 4-4 at home in their 2011 Super Bowl XLVI season. MetLife opened in 2010. The Giants' best home record in the stadium's first six seasons was 6-2 in 2012.

• The Giants' six victories have been by a total of 21 points. It's the first time in their history the Giants won by a combined 21 or fewer points over a six-victory span in a single season.

• Eli Manning's 3-yard touchdown pass to Sterling Shepard three plays into the fourth quarter accounted for the game-winning points against the Bengals. It also gave Manning his 33rd regular season, fourth-quarter, game-winning drive, which tied him with Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger for third among active quarterbacks, behind Tom Brady (39) and Drew Brees (38). Roethlisberger temporarily had his 34th when he threw a go-ahead touchdown pass to Antonio Brown with 42 seconds remaining on Sunday. But Dallas' Ezekiel Elliott ran 32 yards for the game-winning score with only nine seconds left, knocking Big Ben's comeback off the board.

• Manning threw three touchdown passes against Cincinnati. The Giants are 24-6 when he throws for three scores.

• Tavarres King caught one pass for six yards to become the 74th different receiver to catch a regular-season pass from Manning.

• Rookie tight end Jerell Adams scored the game's first touchdown on a 10-yard throw to become the 45th different receiver to be the recipient of a Manning touchdown pass.

• Manning's Monday night record improved to 9-8.

• With Victor Cruz sidelined with an ankle injury, the Giants started rookie wide receivers Shepard and Roger Lewis, Jr. Monday night. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, they were the first pair of rookie wideouts to start for the Giants since Dec. 15, 1984, when Bobby Johnson and Lionel Manuel started the regular-season finale vs. New Orleans. Manuel caught two passes for 26 yards, while Johnson had one catch for nine yards.

• Adams joined Shepard and Lewis as Giants rookies to catch touchdown passes this year. The last season the Giants had that many rookies with touchdown receptions was 1987, but that was because three strike-replacement games were played. For a non-strike season, you have to go all the way back to 1948 to find at least three Giants rookies with touchdown catches. That year, six first-year players accomplished the feat: John Atwood, Bruce Gehrke, Joe Johnson, Anthony "Skippy" Minisi, Joe Scott, and Bill Swiacki. From that group, only Scott and Swiacki played more than one season for the team.

• The Giants are the only NFL team with three rookies with at least one touchdown reception this season.

• Safety Landon Collins has at least one interception in three consecutive games, the first Giants player to hit that trifecta since linebacker Michael Boley, who did it in the first three games of the 2012 season against Dallas and Tampa Bay at home and on the road at Carolina.

• Collins had two picks vs. the Los Angeles Rams in London, and has four interceptions in three games. He is the first Giants player with four INTs in a 3-game span since cornerback Phillippi Sparks had two picks in each of two consecutive games (Nov. 23 and 30, 1997, at Washington and vs. Tampa Bay).

• Collins' four interceptions place him third in the NFL, behind only San Diego's Casey Hayward and Kansas City's Marcus Peters, who each have five.

• Collins is also tied for the team lead (with end Olivier Vernon) with 3.0 sacks. He is the first safety with at least four interceptions and at least 3.0 sacks in his team's first nine games since Green Bay's LeRoy Butler in 1996.

• On the play immediately following Collins' interception Monday night, Cincinnati safety George Iloka picked off Manning's long pass for King. The Giants and their opponents had last had interceptions on consecutive plays on Sept. 5, 2002 in Giants Stadium, where a Kerry Collins pass to Ike Hilliard early in the second quarter was picked off by San Francisco linebacker Julian Peterson, and Will Allen immediately got the ball back for the Giants by intercepting a Jeff Garcia pass intended for Terrell Owens.

• Odell Beckham, Jr. caught 10 passes for 97 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown, on Monday night. He was also credited with a pass defensed on the final play of the first half when he joined four defensive teammates at the goal line to defend a long pass attempt by Andy Dalton. Beckham was the first NFL player with a reception and a pass defensed in the same game since Atlanta's Julio Jones on Sept. 18, 2014.

• The Giants' first play Monday night was a 25-yard pass from Manning to tight end Will Tye. It was the longest opening-play gain for the Giants since Sept. 15, 2013, when Manning threw a 51-yard pass to Victor Cruz against Denver.

• All four NFC East teams won last weekend for the first time since Week 14 in 2012.

• The victory against Cincinnati evened the Giants' all-time home Monday night record at 9-9. They are 24-37-1 overall.

• The Giants are three games over .500 at 6-3, but have scored two fewer points than their opponents (184-182). The only other teams with both a winning record and a negative point differential are Detroit (which is 5-4 and has been – barely - outscored, 206-205), Houston (which is 6-3 despite being outscored, 188-163), and Miami (5-4 with a 206-204 point differential).

• The Giants are still the NFL leader in red zone defense. Their opponents have scored 13 touchdowns on 31 possessions inside the 20-yard line, a league-leading percentage of 41.9. Pittsburgh is second at 43.3 percent (13 touchdowns in 30 opposing trips). The Chicago Bears, this week's opponents, are tied for sixth at 50 percent (15-for-30).

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