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Inside the Numbers: Jason Pinnock makes history with 102-yard interception return


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Leftover statistics following the Giants' 31-16 loss Sunday to the Miami Dolphins:

*In making the Giants' biggest play of the game, safety Jason Pinnock not only earned a line in the franchise's record book but established an NFL standard as well.

Pinnock scored the Giants' only touchdown on a 102-yard interception return of a Tua Tagovailoa pass that was tipped by Bobby Okereke. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that is the longest return by a player on his first career interception in the Super Bowl era.

Only three players have returned their first pick at least 100 yards and the Giants played in two of the games in which it happened.

On Nov. 14, 2010, Dallas' Bryan McCann intercepted an Eli Manning pass and returned it 101 yards in what became a 33-20 Cowboys victory in Jason Garrett's first game as head coach.

The only other player in the Super Bowl era to return his first career interception the length of the field for a touchdown was Oakland's Chris Carr, whose 100-yard runback provided the deciding points in a 20-13 Raiders victory against Pittsburgh on Oct. 29, 2006.

*Pinnock also forced a first-quarter fumble by Raheem Mostert that went out of bounds. He was the first Giants player with a pick-6 and a forced fumble in the same game since Oct. 15, 2017, when Janoris "Jackrabbit" Jenkins scored on a 43-yard interception return in a victory in Denver.

*Graham Gano, who leads the Giants with 26 points, kicked field goals of 49, 37 and 51 yards in Miami. It was his 50th career game in which he kicked at least three field goals, including his 14th in four seasons with the Giants. His 50 games with at least three field goals rank third among active kickers, behind Baltimore's Justin Tucker (62) and Arizona's Matt Prater (54).

*Gano has kicked multiple 40-yard field goals an NFL-high 15 games since joining the Giants.

*Gano has 43 career field goals of 50+ yards, including a Giants-record 23. He is tied with former Green Bay kicker Mason Crosby for seventh on the NFL's career list. Gano is fourth among active kickers behind Prater (73), Tucker (58) and the Jets' Greg Zuerlein (45). His 23 long field goals since joining the Giants in 2020 is the NFL's second-highest total, one behind Brandon McManus' 24.

*In the Giants' last three games, Gano has kicked field goals of 57, 55 and 51 yards. Since 1970, he is one of three Giants kickers to kick 50+-yard field goals in three consecutive games in a single season, joining Jay Feely (Oct. 16-30, 2005) and Aldrick Rosas (Nov. 18-Dec. 2, 2018). Josh Brown also did it in three straight games, across two seasons (Dec. 21, 2014-Sept. 13, 2015).

*Gano is not the only kicker consistently displaying impressive leg strength. In the Cleveland Browns' last three games, Dustin Hopkins has kicked field goals of 55, 52 and 53 yards.

*Kayvon Thibodeaux leads the Giants with 4.0 sacks, the highest total by a Giants player through five games since Markus Golden had 4.5 in 2019.

*The Giants witnessed in person Sunday why the five fastest speeds by NFL ballcarriers this season have all been by the Dolphins. Miami had a 76-yard touchdown run and completed passes of 64 and 69 yards among their several chunk plays. The Dolphins averaged 9.7 yards a play, the highest figure by a Giants opponent since Dec. 4, 1966, when Cleveland averaged 9.7 yards a play in a 49-40 victory.

*The Giants' defense picked up its first three takeaways of the season, ending a franchise-record streak of four consecutive games without one. The team also had a plus-3 turnover differential in Miami, thanks to a giveaway-free day by the offense. Those numbers usually result in victory. In the last 10 seasons (since 2014), teams with a turnover differential of plus-3 or better are 383-26-2. During that time, the Giants are 20-10 in games in which they do not commit a turnover.

*The Giants lost two games last season in which they had a positive turnover differential, at Dallas and at Philadelphia.

*Daniel Jones had the Giants' longest run in Miami, an 11-yarder. It was the 17th time in his five seasons Jones has had the team's longest run.

*Jones' 197 rushing yards rank third among NFL quarterbacks this season, behind Baltimore's Lamar Jackson (265) and Philadelphia's Jalen Hurts (206).

*The Giants rushed for 85 yards vs. the Dolphins. In Brian Daboll's two seasons as coach, they are 9-6-1 when they rush for 100 or more yards, 1-5 when they don't.

*Jamie Gillan is seventh in the NFL with a net punting average of 44.5 yards. He entered the season with a career net average of 40.0 yards, including 40.1 in his first Giants season in 2022.

*The loss in Miami left the Giants with a 3-11 record in road games following a Monday night game. They are scheduled for one more Monday night game in 2023, Dec. 11 at home against Green Bay. Six days later, they will play in New Orleans. Overall, they are 35-37 in games following a Monday night game, including 16-16 since 2000.

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