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Inside the Numbers: Eli climbs a few historic lists



EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.** – Statistical leftovers from the Giants' season-opening 27-26 loss to the Cowboys in Dallas.

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*Eli Manning played in his 170th regular-season game Sunday, tying Pro Football Hall of Famer Mel Hein for 10th on the franchise's career list.

*Manning started his 168th consecutive regular-season game in Dallas. Defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins has the team's second-longest starting streak…at 17 games.

Will Beatty's streak of 46 consecutive starts ended Sunday. He is on the reserve/physically unable to perform list because of a pectoral injury he suffered in May.

*Manning's 193 passing yards in Dallas increased his career total to 39,948. He needs 52 yards vs. Atlanta on Sunday to become the 15th quarterback in NFL history with at least 40,000 passing yards.

*Manning threw neither a touchdown pass nor an interception vs. the Cowboys. That's just the eighth time that's happened in his 168 starts. The Giants are 4-4 in those games. It was the 29th time he didn't throw a touchdown pass. The Giants are 9-20 when Manning does not throw for a score.

*When Sam Bradford lined up under center for Philadelphia last night, he became the 29th different quarterback to start for the other three NFC East teams since Manning's starting debut on Nov. 21, 2004. The Eagles lead the pack with 11 quarterbacks, followed by Washington (10) and Dallas (9). Yes, that's 30 quarterbacks. Donovan McNabb started for both Philadelphia and Washington. He counts in each team's total, but just once in the division total.

*Rookies Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota, the top two choices in the 2015 NFL Draft, debuted on Sunday. That increased to 166 the number of NFL starting quarterbacks since Manning assumed control of the Giants' offense.

*Left tackle Ereck Flowers and safety Landon Collins, the Giants' first two selections in this year's NFL Draft, each started in Dallas. It was the first time the Giants' first and second-round draft choices started the season opener as rookies since Aug. 31, 1997, when wide receiver Ike Hilliard (first round) and running back Tiki Barber (second) started in a victory over Philadelphia.

*Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie scored the Giants' first touchdown of the season on a 57-yard fumble return in the second quarter. The last season in which the defense scored the team's initial touchdown was 2003, when defensive end Kenny Holmes recovered a fumble by St. Louis quarterback Kurt Warner in the end zone.

DRC has six touchdowns (five interception returns, one fumble return) since his 2008 rookie season, which ties him for fourth among NFL defensive players during that time.

*Josh Brown kicked four field goals Sunday, as he did in the 2014 season finale vs. Philadelphia. The last Giants kicker with at least four field goals in consecutive games was Lawrence Tynes on Sept. 16-20, 2012 vs. Tampa Bay and at Carolina.

*Brown has kicked a field goal of at least 50 yards in each of the last three games (52 at St. Louis on Dec. 21, 53 vs. the Eagles on Dec. 28, and 50 at Dallas on Sunday). The last Giants kicker to do that was Jay Feely from Oct. 16-30, 2005 (50-yarder at Dallas, and 52-yarders vs. Denver and Washington).

*The Giants did not sack Romo Sunday night. Under Coughlin, they are 11-15 in games in which they do not register a sack.

*Since Coughlin became coach in 2004, opposing quarterbacks have completed at least 36 passes in a game five times. Romo is responsible for four of those games, including three of the teams' last four meetings in Dallas, when he completed exactly 36 passes:

41 – Tony Romo on 12/6/09 in 31-24 Giants victory over Dallas
40 – Marc Bulger on 10/2/05 in 44-24 Giants victory over St. Louis
36 – Tony Romo on 10/28/12 in 29-24 Giants victory in Dallas
36 – Tony Romo on 9/8/13 in 36-31 Cowboys victory in Dallas
36 – Tony Romo on 9/13/15 in 27-26 Cowboys victory in Dallas.

*None of Romo's 36 completions gained more than 25 yards. The last Giants opponent to hit at least 36 passes with none longer than 25 yards was…Romo, on Sept. 8, 2013. The last NFL quarterback to do it was New England's Tom Brady, who had a long gain of 24 yards among 38 completions at Detroit on Nov. 23, 2014.

*Middle linebacker Uani' Unga accentuated his NFL debut by intercepting a tipped Romo pass. He was the first player with an interception in his Giants' debut since safety Ryan Mundy on Sept. 8. 2013, also at Dallas.

Before Unga, the last linebacker with an interception in his first game with the Giants was Vince Costello on Sept. 17, 1967 at St. Louis.

*The Cowboys scored the game-winning points on an 11-yard pass from Tony Romo to Jason Witten with seven seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it is the first time a Giants opponent scored a go-ahead, game-winning touchdown with seven or fewer seconds remaining in the Super Bowl era (now in its 50th season).

The Giants have lost several games on opponents' come-from-behind field goals with seven or fewer seconds remaining, most recently on Dec. 28, 2008 at Minnesota, where Ryan Longwell's 50-yard three-pointer as time expired gave the Vikings a 20-19 victory.

*One statistic Tom Coughlin liked from the Dallas game was the turnover differential, which was 3-0 in the Giants' favor. That kind of margin normally tilts the game toward the team with the advantage.

The Giants had not lost a game with a turnover differential of plus-3 or better since Nov. 29, 1987 at Washington, where four takeaways and just one turnover couldn't prevent a 23-19 defeat. Before Sunday, the last visiting team to lose with a plus-3 or better differential was Tampa Bay at Seattle on Nov. 3, 2013.

Since the start of the 2010 season, teams with at least a plus-3 turnover differential are 235-11.

Gameday photo timeline from Giants vs. Cowboys Week 1 matchup

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