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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Notes and statistics coming off the loss to New England and heading into the Giants' bye week:


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•  Eli Manning's 87-yard touchdown pass to Odell Beckham Jr. was the longest completion against a Bill Belichick-coached team. The previous long was an 85-yarder from Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger to Hines Ward on Sept. 25, 2005.

•  Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, who rejoined the Giants yesterday, has caught more passes (306) for more yards (4,538) from Eli Manning than any other receiver. In second place is the player he replaced on the roster, Victor Cruz, with 264 receptions for 3,963 yards. Neither, of course, has caught a Manning throw this season, though Nicks hopes to add to his total beginning Nov. 29 in Washington.

•  Rueben Randle leads players on the current roster with 168 catches on Manning passes, for 2,306 yards. Beckham is closing in, with 154 receptions for 2,154 yards.

•  Beckham caught his 20th touchdown pass from Manning on Sunday, moving into fourth place on that list. Ahead of him are Plaxico Burress (33), Nicks (26), and Cruz (24).

•  Manning has thrown 5,993 passes, and needs seven more attempts to become the 12th player in history with 6,000.

•  The 27-26 defeat to the Patriots was the Giants' fourth this season by four or fewer points. It's the first time that's happened in a single season since 2004, Tom Coughlin's first year as coach. That season, the Giants lost four games by a total of 11 points. This year, they've dropped four by nine points.

•  This is the first time the Giants have lost four times by four or fewer points in their first 10 games since 1995.

•  On Nov. 1, Kai Forbath kicked a 50-yard field goal as time expired and the Giants fell to the Saints in New Orleans, 52-49. On Sunday, Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 54-yard field goal with one second remaining. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Giants are the first team in history to lose two games in a season on field goals of 50-plus yards with less than five seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

•  Tom Brady completed passes of 76 yards to Rob Gronkowski (for a touchdown), and 54 yards to Brandon LaFell. It was the first game in which the Giants surrendered two passes of at least 54 yards since Dec. 24, 2005, when Washington's Santana Moss caught passes for 72 and 59 yards, the first from Patrick Ramsey, and the second from Mark Brunell.

•  Danny Amendola's 82-yard punt return, which ended when he collided with a teammate and fell at the seven-yard line, was the longest non-scoring punt return vs the Giants since Sept. 20, 1964, when Pittsburgh's Brady Keys had a 90-yard return before he was knocked out of bounds at the Giants' one. Steelers quarterback Ed Brown scored on a quarterback sneak on the following play. Pittsburgh won, 27-24.

•  Josh Brown's 14 points against New England increased his Giants total to 311. He became the 18th player to score at least 300 points for the Giants. Brown's total puts him in 15th place on the franchise's career list, one point behind Kyle Rote and two behind Pat Summerall.

•  Brown's 95 points place him second in the NFL, two behind Gostkowski. Brown has made a career-high and Giants-record 27 consecutive field goal attempts. That is the NFL's second-longest active streak, trailing only … Gostkowski, whose two field goals against the Giants increased his streak to 30.

•  Brown has kicked four field goals in each of the last two games. He previously booted four three-pointers in consecutive games in the 2014 season finale vs. Philadelphia and the 2015 opener in Dallas. The last Giants kicker with four field goals in back-to-back games in the same season was Lawrence Tynes, on Sept. 16 and 20, 2012, vs. Tampa Bay (4) and at Carolina (5).

•  With long field goals by Brown (53) and Gostkowski (54), the game vs. New England was the second in Giants history in which each team kicked a field goal of at least 53 yards. The first was…the previous game, at Tampa Bay, where Brown and Connor Barth each booted 53-yarders.

•  With the long field goals by Forbath, Barth and Gostkowski, Giants opponents have kicked field goals of at least 50 yards in three consecutive games for the first time.

•  The Giants continue to lead the NFL in turnover differential, now at plus-13. Kansas City and Carolina are tied for second at plus-8. The Giants have a league-high 23 takeaways, three more than the Panthers and Philadelphia. Their 10 turnovers are tied with Carolina and Arizona for the league lead.

•  The Giants' running game continues to struggle, ranking 26th in yards per game (95.0) and 28th in yards per carry (3.8). They've gone 11 consecutive games without an individual 100-yard rusher since Andre Williams ran for 110 yards at St. Louis last Dec. 21. That is their longest streak since they played 14 consecutive games without a 100-yard rusher from Oct. 18, 2009 to Sept. 26, 2010. When a Giants runner reaches the century mark, it usually results in a victory; they are 45-13 in regular-season games under Tom Coughlin when they have a 100-yard rusher.

Photo timeline from the Giants Week 10 matchup against Patriots

•  The Giants have three rushing touchdowns, their lowest total through 10 games since 1996, when they had two.

•  The Giants have just three runs of 20 or more yards, tied for 25th in the NFL, and 22 runs of 10-plus yards, tied for 24th.

•  The Giants today made bye-week transactions on both their active roster and practice squad.

They re-signed safety Cooper Taylor to the roster off the practice squad, filling the spot created when they waived linebacker James Morris yesterday.

Taylor, the Giants' 2013 fifth-round draft choice, was waived on Oct. 20 and signed to the practice squad on Nov. 3. He played in three games early this season, and had an assisted special teams tackle.

Taylor played in 10 games as a rookie, and had four special teams tackles. He also scored a touchdown after recovering a blocked punt and returning it 21 yards against Oakland. Taylor spent the entire 2014 season on injured reserve after suffering an injury to the sesamoid bone in his left foot in a preseason game at Indianapolis on Aug. 16.

•  The Giants signed wide receiver Ben Edwards and center Shane McDermott to the practice squad.

Edwards, 5-11 and 194 pounds, was a 2014 draft eligible player, but did not join an NFL team until the Giants signed him on May 11, 2015. He was waived injured on July 31. At the University of Richmond, Edwards was a two-time All-Colonial Athletic Conference first-team selection. In four seasons, he caught 207 passes (second in school history) for 2,196 yards and 15 touchdowns. As a senior in 2013, Edwards had 74 receptions for 706 yards and five touchdowns.

McDermott, 6-4 and 297 pounds, played in 45 games with 35 starts at center for the University of Miami. As a senior in 2014, he was a first-team, All-ACC selection by the league's coaches.

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