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Inside the Numbers: Offensive stats breakdown

eli-throw-12217.jpg's Michael Eisen takes a statistical look at the team's performance in the air:

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Statistics can sometimes be illuminating. At other times they are confounding. In the Giants' last two games, they've been a little of both.

For example, in an NFL in which teams prefer to move the football through the air, the Giants' passing yardage totals were 118 at Denver and 131 against Seattle, easily the lowest figures in Ben McAdoo's two seasons as head coach. Yet the Giants won the first game by 13 points, and lost the second by 17.

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On the other side of the ball, the Broncos gained 412 yards and the Seahawks 425, two of the four highest totals allowed by the Giants in those two seasons (443 by Philadelphia last year, 434 by Tampa Bay this season). Naturally, the Giants are 2-2 in those games.

*The Giants' 249 combined net passing yards vs. Denver and Seattle was their lowest two-game total since Oct. 28-Nov. 11, 2007, when they combined for 243 yards against Miami and Dallas.

*The Giants were outgained by the Seahawks, 425-177. The 248-yard deficit was the Giants' largest since Sept. 22, 2013, when Carolina gained 402 yards to the Giants' 150.

*The Giants' 177 total yards was easily the lowest total of the McAdoo era. The previous low was 219 yards at Green Bay on Oct. 9, 2016.

*With their best wide receivers sidelined by injuries, the Giants' wideouts combined for seven catches against the Broncos and Seahawks. That's the lowest two-game total by their receivers since Sept. 1-8, 1996, when they also had seven catches, against Buffalo and Dallas.

*Seattle's 26 first downs was the highest total by a Giants opponent since Carolina had 28 on Dec. 20, 2015.

*Both the Giants and their opponents have scored 12 more points in the second half than in the first half. But the Giants have scored 62 second-half points to just 50 in the first two quarters, while their seven opponents have scored 22 more points in each half - 84 in the second and 72 in the first. Overall, the Giants have been outscored, 156-112.

*The Giants and Seahawks combined for 22 penalties (15 by Seattle), the highest total in a Giants game since Oct. 16, 2016, when the Giants and Ravens also had 22 combined penalties.

*The Giants led at the half on Sunday, an occurrence that usually leads to victory. Under McAdoo, they are 9-2 when leading at halftime, and 2-9 when trailing (they are 1-0 when tied).

*Conversely, they trailed after three quarters, 10-7. Unfortunately, that trend held up. The breakdown is the same as it is at halftime: the Giants are 9-2 when leading entering the fourth quarter, 2-9 when trailing (and 1-0 when tied).

*The Seahawks rushed for 104 yards. The Giants are 0-6 this year and 2-10 since the start of the 2016 season when their opponents gained at least 100 yards on the ground. They are 1-0 this year and 10-1 overall when holding their foes to fewer than 100 rushing yards.

*Eli Manning did not throw an interception Sunday and is now 51-25 in games he starts in which he didn't throw a pick. He is 58-72 when at least one of his passes is intercepted.

*Manning needs 186 yards to become the seventh quarterback in NFL history to throw for 50,000 yards.

*Manning is second in the NFL with 167 completions. Tom Brady is first with 174.

*Rookie Travis Rudolph had his first three NFL receptions on Sunday, and became the 79th different receiver to catch a Manning regular-season pass.

*Tight end Evan Engram leads all NFL rookies with 342 receiving yards. His 30 catches are second, behind Carolina running back Christian McCaffrey's 44 (for 329 yards).

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