EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants’ 38-35 victory against Tampa Bay on Sunday created a cornucopia of notable statistics, many of them by the two offensive stars in the game, 15-year veteran quarterback Eli Manning and rookie running back Saquon Barkley.
Manning completed 17 of 18 passes for 231 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions for a passer rating of 155.8, a career-best rating in a game in which he played all four quarters.
His 94.4 completion percentage is a Giants record in a game with at least 10 attempts, and is tied for the third-highest in a game in NFL history (minimum 15 attempts):
|94.7||Alex Smith||San Francisco||Arizona||Oct. 29, 2012||18/19|
|94.7||Ryan Tannehill||Miami||Houston||Oct. 25, 2015||18/19|
|94.4||Fran Tarkenton||Minnesota||Cincinnati||Nov. 13, 1977||17/18|
|94.4||Craig Morton||Denver||San Diego||Sept. 27, 1981||17/18|
|94.4||Eli Manning||Giants||Tampa Bay||Nov. 18, 2018||17/18|
*Manning tied his career high by completing his first 11 passes on Sunday, the third time he’s done that in his career and the second time this season. He hit his first 11 passes before throwing an incompletion on Dec. 18, 2016 vs. Detroit, and again in this season’s opener vs. Jacksonville on Sept. 9.
*The Giants improved to 100-84 in games in which Manning throws at least one touchdown pass, including 28-27 when he throws exactly two. They are 14-26 when Manning does not throw a touchdown pass.
*Manning will start his 225th regular-season game when the Giants face the Eagles Sunday in Philadelphia. He will become the fifth quarterback to start at least 225 games for one franchise, joining John Elway (Denver), Brett Favre (Green Bay), Dan Marino (Miami) and Tom Brady (New England).
*Barkley had season-high totals of 27 carries for 142 yards and three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving). He caught two passes for 10 yards.
*It was Barkley’s third 100-yard rushing game of the season, tying Eddie Price’s franchise rookie record, set in 1950.
*Barkley’s 142 yards place him fifth on the Giants’ single-game rookie list. Bill Paschal holds the record with 188 yards vs. Washington on Dec. 5, 1943. Barkley’s rushing total vs. Tampa Bay was the highest by a Giants rookie since Ahmad Bradshaw ran for 151 yards at Buffalo on Dec. 23 2007.
*Barkley increased his season rushing total to 728 yards. He vaulted over Tucker Frederickson (1965), Price (1950) and Andrew Williams (2014) and into third place on team’s single-season rookie rushing list. Hall of Famer Tuffy Leemans holds the record with 830 yards in 1936. Ron Dayne ran for 770 yards in 2000. Barkley needs to run for 103 yards in the final six games to break the record.
*Barkley has scored 10 touchdowns (seven rushing and three receiving). Paschal (1943) and Odell Beckham, Jr. share the Giants rookie record with 12 touchdowns. Paschal holds the team rookie rushing TD record with 10 in 1943. Barkley is tied with Brandon Jacobs (2005) and Williams (2014) for second place with seven.
*Barkley’s seven rushing touchdowns gives him one more than Manning has in his career.
*Barkley is the first Giants running back to score three touchdowns in a game since David Wilson vs. New Orleans on Dec. 9, 2012 – but one of Wilson’s scores was on a kickoff return (and two runs). The last Giants back to score three touchdowns from scrimmage had been Bradshaw, who scored on three one-yard runs vs. Buffalo on Oct. 16, 2011.
*Barkley scored on a six-yard reception and runs of five and two yards. Before Barkley, the last Giants back to score on a run and reception in the same game was Bradshaw, who scored touchdowns on a five-yard run and 10-yard catch against Dallas on Jan. 1, 2012.
*Barkley was the first Giants back with two rushing touchdowns in a game since Rashad Jennings at Jacksonville on Nov. 20, 2014 (runs of two and 17 yards).
*Barkley is the first Giants running back with three touchdown receptions in his rookie season since Charles Stackhouse in 2002.
*Barkley’s 64 receptions tie him with tight end Evan Engram (2017) for the fourth-highest total by a rookie in franchise history. Two years ago, Sterling Shepard caught 65 passes in his rookie season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Giants are the first franchise in history to have rookies catch at least 64 passes in each of three consecutive seasons.
*Barkley is third in the NFL with 1,268 yards from scrimmage (728 rushing, 540 receiving). He is the sixth player in NFL history to record at least 1,200 scrimmage yards and 10 touchdowns in their first 10 games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Eric Dickerson and Marshall Faulk, and Ezekiel Elliott, Adrian Peterson and Billy Sims.
*Barkley and Dickerson are the only players in history to record 100+ scrimmage yards in at least nine of their first 10 career games.
*Barkley is a long way from challenging the NFL rookie record, set by Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson in 1983 with 2,212 yards from scrimmage (1,808 rushing, 404 receiving).
*The Giants are averaging 4.3 yards per rushing attempt. They last finished a season with an average above 4.0 yards in 2012 (4.6).
*The Giants threw only 18 passes on Sunday, their fewest throws in a victory since Dec. 23, 2007, when Manning had 15 attempts in a 38-21 victory in a wild weather game in Buffalo.
*The Giants jumped out to a 14-0 lead on Sunday, the first time they did that since Nov. 6, 2016, in a 28-23 victory against Philadelphia.
*The Giants (163 yards) and Buccaneers (151) each exceeded 150 rushing yards on Sunday, the first time both teams did that in a Giants game since Dec. 20, 2015, when the Giants (161) and Carolina Panthers (171) did it.
*The victory Sunday was the Giants’ first in a game in which their opponents punted just once since Oct. 21, 2012, when they beat Washington, 27-23.
*Michael Thomas, Alec Ogletree, Curtis Riley and B.W. Webb all intercepted passes against Tampa Bay. It was the first game in which four different Giants defenders picked off passes since Sept. 25, 2014, in a 45-14 victory in Washington. The players who intercepted passes that night were Antrel Rolle, Prince Amukamara, Trumaine McBride and Quintin Demps.
*The Giants did not commit a turnover in either of their last two games, the first time they’ve done that since Dec. 23-30, 2012, against Baltimore and Philadelphia.
*Tampa Bay’s Mike Evans scored on a fumble recovery in the end zone Sunday, the first Giants’ offensive opponent to score a touchdown on a fumble recovery since Washington’s Joshua Morgan returned a fumble by Robert Griffin III 13 yards for a score on Dec. 3, 2012.