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Inside the Numbers: Giants vs. Vikings postgame stats

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Notes and statistics from the Giants' 28-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings in MetLife Stadium:

*The Giants' winning streak ended at two games and they fell to 2-3 on the season and 1-2 at home. They have a quick turnaround with a game Thursday night at undefeated and defending Super Bowl champion New England.

*This was the Giants second 18-point loss of the season; they fell on opening day in Dallas, 35-17. It was their largest loss at home since they dropped a 34-13 decision to Philadelphia on Oct. 11, 2018.

*The Giants were outgained, 490-211. It was the third time this season they allowed at least 490 yards. Dallas totaled 494 yards and Tampa Bay had 499.

*Minnesota rushed for 211 yards, the highest total allowed by the Giants since Tennessee ran for 215 yards last Dec. 16.

*The Giants' 211 yards was their lowest total since they gained 170 yards in a 20-10 loss at Washington on Nov. 23, 2017. Their 64 rushing yards was their fewest since they ran for 47 yards in the loss to the Titans last season. The Giants finished with 147 net passing yards, their lowest total since they threw for 121 yards in a victory against Washington on Dec. 31, 2017.

*The Giants converted 50% of their third down opportunities (eight of 16) but were zero-for-three on fourth down.

*The Giants punted on their opening offensive possession, the first time this season they did not score on their initial drive. They had been the only NFL team this season to score on each of their first offensive series (three touchdowns and a field goal).

*The Giants lost their first game with Daniel Jones as the starting quarterback. Jones completed 21 of 38 passes for 182 yards, one touchdown and one interception for a passer rating of 65.9. He was sacked four times for 35 yards in losses.

*Wayne Gallman started his second straight game at running back because Saquon Barkley was again inactive with an ankle injury. But Gallman carried just twice for 14 yards before leaving the game with a concussion. Rookie free agent Jon Hilliman, playing in his second NFL game, led the team with 20 rushing yards on nine carries. Eli Penny, the only other healthy back, had 15 yards on three attempts. Hilliman and Penny each had one reception.

*Tight end Evan Engram led the Giants with six receptions for 42 yards. He also gained five yards on two rushing attempts. Sterling Shepard paced the wide receivers with five catches for 49 yards. Golden Tate, playing in his first game with the Giants, had three catches for 13 yards and a 17-yard punt return.

*Rookie wide receiver Darius Slayton scored his first career touchdown on a 35-yard pass from Jones with 12:08 remaining in the second quarter. Slayton beat two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Xavier Rhodes on the play. He finished with a team-high 62 yards on four catches.

*Aldrick Rosas kicked a 32-yard field goal to conclude a 61-yard third-quarter drive that consumed 7:05 in 15 plays. He had kicked a 28-yarder, but it was taken off the board when former Giant Linval Joseph was penalized for unnecessary roughness. The 15 plays were the most the Giants ran on one possession since Oct. 28, 2018, when they scored on a touchdown on a 16-play drive vs. Washington. It was the longest they held the ball since a Dec. 2, 2018 when a touchdown drive vs. Chicago took 7:11 to complete.

*The Giants sacked Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins three times – one each by Markus Golden, RJ McIntosh and Dexter Lawrence.

Golden has at least a half-sack in four consecutive games. McIntosh, a second-year pro, picked up his first career sack when he tackled Cousins for a nine-yard loss on the game's opening drive. This was McIntosh's 11th career game. Lawrence tackled Cousins for an 11-yard loss in the second quarter for his second sack of the season.

*Rookie third-round draft choice Oshane Ximines made his first career start in place of Lorenzo Carter, who was inactive with a neck injury. It was the second game Carter has missed in his two-year career; he was inactive with a hip injury vs. Chicago on Dec. 2, 2018. Ximines had four tackles (two solo), including one for a loss.

*Due to injuries, David Mayo and Nate Stupar were the Giants' starting inside linebackers. Mayo started for the second week in a row and had a career-high nine tackles (five solo). Stupar made his 11th career start in 81 games and his second start in two seasons with the Giants. He started against Washington on Oct. 28, 2018. Stupar had three tackles (one solo).

*Safety Antoine Bethea led the Giants with 11 tackles (nine solo).

*The Giants' defense thwarted Minnesota's bid to score a touchdown late in the second quarter when safety Jabrill Peppers tomahawked the ball out of running back Dalvin Cook's hands and it was recovered by rookie Tuzar Skipper at the Giants' one-yard line. It was the first forced fumble of Peppers' three-year, 34-game career, and the first recovery for Skipper in his four NFL games.

*On the next play, the Vikings scored on a safety to extend their lead to 15-7 when Hilliman was tackled in the end zone by linebacker Anthony Barr. It was the first safety by a Giants opponent since Dec. 4, 2016 at Pittsburgh, where the Steelers took a 2-0 lead after Ereck Flowers was penalized for holding in the end zone.

*Rookie free agent Josiah Tauaefa, who was signed off the practice squad last week, made his NFL debut at linebacker and on special teams. He had three solo tackles, including two for loss.

*Rookie tight end Kaden Smith was in uniform for the first time but did not play.

*Rookie Corey Ballentine set up the Giants' first touchdown with a 52-yard kickoff return in the second quarter. It was the longest return by a Giants player since Oct. 25, 2015, when Dwayne Harris scored a touchdown on a 100-yard runback vs. Dallas.

*The Vikings' scored their first touchdown on Kirk Cousins' 15-yard pass to Adam Thielen to cap an 11-play, 98-yard series. It was the second 98-yard touchdown drive allowed by the Giants in three home games this season. On Sept. 15, the Buffalo Bills scored on a 98-yard drive that ended with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Josh Allen to Isaiah McKenzie.

*Cousins completed 22 of 27 passes for 306 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions for a passer rating of 138.6. He joined Dallas' Dak Prescott and Tampa Bay's Jameis Winston as quarterbacks to throw for more than 300 yards vs. the Giants this season.

*Minnesota's Dalvin Cook had 21 carries for 132 yards, the highest total by a Giants opponent since Tennessee's Derrick Henry ran for 170 yards on Dec. 16, 2018. The Giants are 2-4 under Pat Shurmur when an opposing back rushes for at least 100 yards.

*Thielen led the Vikings with seven catches for 130 yards and touchdown receptions of 15 and nine yards.

*Both coaches lost second-half challenges on what they considered incorrect calls/non-calls on pass interference.

In the third quarter, Minnesota's Trae Waynes was flagged for interfering with Cody Latimer. Mike Zimmer challenged the penalty, claiming no interference. After review, referee Clete Blakeman announced "the play stands as called." The Vikings were penalized 37 yards, but the Giants didn't score on the possession because Jones was sacked on fourth down by Danielle Hunter.

In the fourth quarter, the Giants failed to convert on fourth down when Jones threw a deep incompletion to Shepard. Shurmur challenged, believing Mike Hughes should have been penalized. But after review, the ruling on the field was upheld.

*The Giants' inactive players were running back Saquon Barkley (ankle), linebackers Alec Ogletree (hamstring), Tae Davis (concussion) and Lorenzo Carter (neck), offensive linemen Chad Slade and Eric Smith, and quarterback Alex Tanney.


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