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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Notes and statistics from the Giants' 10-7 victory against the New England Patriots in MetLife Stadium.

*Coupled with their victory last week in Washington, the Giants have won consecutive games for the first time since they won four in a row from Oct. 2-23, 2022.

*The Giants improved to 4-8 and moved into third place in the NFC East. They have their bye next week and return to action on Monday night, Dec. 11, at home vs. Green Bay.

*The Giants have one of the NFL's best records in games prior to a regular-season bye:

Seattle Seahawks: 28-7-0 (.800)

Minnesota Vikings: 24-10-0 (.706)+

Dallas Cowboys: 24-11-0 (.686)

New Orleans Saints: 23-11-0 (.676)

New York Giants: 23-12-0 (.657)

+Minnesota plays Monday night.

View photos from the Giants' Week 12 matchup against the New England Patriots.

*The Giants had a turnover advantage for the second straight week. They intercepted three passes and lost one fumble for a plus-2 differential, one week after finishing plus-6 in Washington – where they also had three interceptions. The Giants have picked off three passes in each of two consecutive games for the first time since Oct. 19-25, 2015, against Philadelphia and Dallas.

*The Giants finished with 10 first downs, matching the season low they set in San Francisco on Sept. 21. Their 58 rushing yards was their second-lowest total under Brian Daboll; they ran for 29 yards against the 49ers.

*The Giants led at halftime, 7-0. It was the third time this season they held their opponents scoreless in the first half. They did it at Buffalo on Oct. 15 (led, 6-0, lost 14-9) and the following week vs. Washington (led 14-0, won 14-7).

*Rookie Tommy DeVito won his second game as the Giants' starting quarterback. He completed 17 of 25 passes for 191 yards, one touchdown, and no interceptions for a passer rating of 103.9. Three of his passes were dropped in the first quarter. DeVito threw a 12-yard pass – on third-and-10 – in the second quarter for the Giants' only touchdown.

*Another rookie, Jalin Hyatt, finished with season-high and team-leading totals of five receptions for 109 yards. Hyatt, the Giants' third-round draft choice this year, is the first Giants player with at least 100 receiving yards in a regular-season game since Nov. 20, 2022, when Wan'Dale Robinson – then a rookie – gained exactly 100 yards on nine catches. The Giants had played 18 regular-season games without a 100-yard receiver. Hodgins had 105 yards on eight receptions, including a touchdown, in the Giants NFC Wild Card victory at Minnesota on Jan. 15.

*Hyatt had receptions of 22, 29, and 41 yards, the Giants' three longest plays in the game. He is the first Giants receiver with at least three 20+-yard catches in a game since Kadarius Toney had four on Oct. 3, 2021, in New Orleans.

*Robinson caught four passes for 26 yards. Darius Slayton, who was listed as doubtful on the Giants' Friday injury report, had two for 16 yards. Six other receivers had one catch apiece.

*Slayton was the first player listed as doubtful to play in a game in Daboll's two seasons as head coach.

*Saquon Barkley led the Giants with 46 rushing yards on 12 carries.

*The Giants' promising first offensive possession ended after 35 yards and five plays when DeVito and Robinson couldn't connect on a handoff on a jet sweep as the wide receiver ran to the right. The fumble, officially given to DeVito, was recovered by former Giant Jabrill Peppers at the Giants' 26-yard line.

The turnover was the Giants' first on their opening offensive possession since Dec. 4, 2022, when Daniel Jones fumbled after a 5-yard run against Washington.

*Rookie Deonte Banks intercepted his second pass of the season when he picked off a Mac Jones pass right in front of the Giants bench area with three seconds remaining in the first quarter. The pass was intended for rookie receiver Demario Douglas. Banks' first interception was against Washington on Oct. 22.

*With 4:27 remaining on the second quarter, linebacker Bobby Okereke intercepted a Jones pass intended for Douglas and returned it 55 yards to the Patriots' 26-yard line. The interception was Okereke's second of the season, tying his career high, and the fifth of his career. Okereke's first interception this season was at Miami on Oct. 8.

*Okereke's takeaway set up the game's first score, DeVito's 12-yard touchdown pass to Hodgins. Hodgins' touchdown was his second of the season and first since the Giants' victory in Arizona on Sept. 17.

*Safety Xavier McKinney intercepted a pass thrown by Patriots backup quarterback Bailey Zappe with 12:31 left in the fourth. It was McKinney's first interception since Nov 28, 2021, against Philadelphia, and it set up Randy Bullock's decisive 42-yard field goal.

*McKinney led the Giants with 10 tackles (four solo).

*Jihad Ward had a career-high 1.5 sacks and has all his 2.5 sacks this season in the last two games.

*Kayvon Thibodeaux was credited with a half-sack, raising his team-leading total to 11.0.

*The Patriots' longest play was a 19-yard pass from Jones to DeVante Parker. The second-longest was a 17-yard Jones to Parker pass.

*New England rookie kicker Chad Ryland hooked a 35-yard field goal attempt wide left with three seconds remaining.

*Jamie Gillan blasted a career-long 74-yard punt late in the first quarter, tied for the Giants' second-longest punt in 59 years. It was the longest kick by a Giants' punter since Rodney Williams' franchise record 90-yarder at Denver on Sept. 10, 2001. It is tied for second with 74-yarders by Len Younce vs. the Chicago Bears on Nov. 14, 1943, and Don Chandler at Dallas on Oct. 11, 1964.

Gillan's previous long punt was a 71-yarder on Oct. 7, 2019, when he was rookie playing for the Cleveland Browns at San Francisco. His previous long punts for the Giants were a pair of 69-yarders in 2022, on Sept. 11 at Tennessee and Oct. 20 at Seattle. His longest punt this season had been a 64-yarder at Buffalo on Oct.15.

*Daboll's first successful replay challenge this season was a key moment for the Giants. Late in the third quarter, New England running Rhamondre Stevenson picked up an apparent first down at the Patriots' 40 on an 8-yard run. Daboll challenged the ruling and after review, referee Scott Novak announced that Stevenson was short. After using a timeout, New England punted. Daboll is 1-3 this season on challenges after he was 3-1 in his debut season.

*The Giants are 17-11 against teams coming off a bye since 1990.

*Defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence was inactive because of the hamstring injury he suffered last week in Washington. Lawrence missed a game for just the third time in his five-year career. After playing in 47 consecutive games to start his career, he did not play in Chicago on Jan. 2, 2022, because he was on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. Lawrence was one of numerous starters who were not uniform for the 2022 season finale in Philadelphia.

Also inactive were tackle Evan Neal, who missed his fifth game in six weeks with an ankle injury, outside linebacker Bookie Basham (inactive for the first time this season), running back Jashaun Corbin, and safety Gervarrius Owens.

*The Giants beat the Patriots at home for the first time since Nov. 8, 1987. They lost to New England in Giants Stadium in 1996 and 2007, and in MetLife in 2015. The Patriots had won six of the last seven regular season meetings between the teams, but the Giants defeated the Patriots in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI.

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