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Inside the Numbers: Monday Night Football Recap

Notes and statistics from the Giants' 30-10 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Raymond James Stadium:

*The Giants were held to their lowest point total of the season and fell to 3-7. The Bucs improved to 7-3. The Giants will face the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday in their first NFC East home game of the season.

*The Giants finished with 215 total yards, the second-lowest total of the 26-game Joe Judge era. They gained 159 yards in a loss to Arizona on Dec. 13, 2020. Only one of the Giants' 54 offensive plays gained more than 16 yards.

*The Giants' 15 first downs were a season low and their fewest since they had 14 vs. Cleveland last Dec. 20. They have 31 first downs in their last two games, including 16 in the victory against Las Vegas on Nov. 7.

*The Giants rushed for 66 yards, their second-lowest total of the season; they ran for 60 yards in their season-opening loss to Denver.

*The Giants' 24:21 time of possession was a season low.

*Tampa Bay finished with 402 yards, the sixth time this season a Giants opponent has gained more than 400 yards. The Raiders totaled 403 yards two weeks ago.

*The Giants converted only one of nine third-down opportunities, their fewest successful conversions since they had one (in 10 tries) at Baltimore last Dec. 20.

*The Giants allowed their first second-half touchdown in four games when Mike Evans caught a five-yard pass from Tom Brady midway through the third quarter. They had not surrendered a post-halftime touchdown since the Rams' Cooper Kupp scored on a 13-yard reception with 11:55 left on Oct. 17.

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*Daniel Jones completed 23 of 38 passes for 167 yards – a season-low 4.4 yards-per-attempt – one touchdown and two interceptions for a passer rating of 57.7.

*Jones' touchdown pass covered just two yards, but it was one of the most memorable of his career, because it was caught by left tackle Andrew Thomas. On the second play following Adoree' Jackson's interception, Jones faked a handoff and threw into the end zone for Thomas, who leaped high to secure the ball. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Thomas is the first Giants offensive lineman to catch a touchdown pass since the 1970 merger.

However, it was not the first time Thomas scored points for the Giants. On Oct. 11, 2020, he caught a pass for a two-point conversion in Dallas. Thomas was the first player in NFL history whose listed position is on the offensive line to score on a two-point conversion (which were instituted in 1994).

*Thomas was the second NFL offensive lineman to score a touchdown this season. Indianapolis guard Danny Pinter scored on a pass from Carson Wentz against the Jets on Nov. 4. That was also a two-yard score.

*Thomas was activated off injured reserve earlier in the day after missing the previous three games with foot and ankle injuries.

*Rookie Kadarius Toney led the Giants with seven catches for 40 yards. His longest reception gained eight yards. Toney suffered a quad contusion in the fourth quarter.

*Toney threw his third pass of the season, an incompletion intended for Darius Slayton in the second quarter. Toney is one-for-three and Giants' wide receivers are two-for-four passing this season. Dante Pettis completed a 16-yarder to Jones against Carolina on Oct. 24.

*John Ross did not catch pass, but he joined Toney and Sterling Shepard as Giants wide receivers with rushing attempts this season. Ross gained 16 yards.

*Tight end Kyle Rudolph caught one pass, a season and team-long 28-yarder, in his 150th regular-season game. Rudolph was forced off the field in the second half with an ankle injury.

*Saquon Barkley returned to the starting lineup after missing four games with an ankle injury. He rushed for 25 yards on six carries and caught six passes for 31 yards.

*Thomas' touchdown was set up by cornerback Adoree' Jackson first interception of the season early in the second quarter. Brady's quick throw to the left side bounced high off Mike Evans' left shoulder. Jackson alertly grabbed the ball and returned it 10 yards to the Buccaneers' five-yard line. Thomas scored two plays later.

*The interception was the third of Jackson's five-year career and first since Oct. 7, 2018, for Tennessee at Buffalo (off Josh Allen). His first career pick was on Sept. 16 of that season. The quarterback was Houston's Deshaun Watson.

*The Giants have at least one takeaway in 12 consecutive games, the NFL's longest active streak. Indianapolis is second by forcing a turnover in 11 straight games.

*Rookie Raymond Johnson III had the Giants' only sack – the first of his career – a 10-yard takedown of backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert in the fourth quarter.

*Safety Xavier McKinney led the Giants with seven tackles (five solo).

*Linebacker Benardrick McKinney started for the first time this season and had five tackles (three solo).

*The Buccaneers scored a touchdown on the game's first series when Brady connected with Chris Godwin for a 13-yard score. It was the second game in a row the Giants allowed a first-possession touchdown; two weeks ago, the Raiders' Derek Carr threw a two-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Renfrow. This is the first time the Giants have allowed touchdowns on their opponents' opening drive in consecutive games since Nov. 14 and 20, 2016, in home victories against Cincinnati and Chicago. The Giants are 1-5 under Judge when they allow a first-possession touchdown.

*Brady completed 30 of 46 passes for 307 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He was the third quarterback to throw for at least 300 yards against the Giants this season, joining Washington's Taylor Heinicke and Dallas' Dak Prescott. The Giants are 1-5 under Judge when an opposing quarterback throws for at least 300 yards.

*Brady completed his first 10 passes, the first time he's done that in Tampa Bay. He is the first quarterback to do that against the Giants since Washington's Dwayne Haskins on Dec. 22, 2019.

*On their second possession, the Bucs scored on Ryan Succop's 15-yard field goal that capped a 79-yard drive on which they ran 18 plays in 7:48. It was the first 18-play drive against the Giants since Sept. 24, 2017, when Philadelphia scored on LeGarrette Blount's one-yard run. The previous high number of plays on an opponent's drive this season was 15, by Atlanta and Las Vegas on possessions that also ended in field goals.

At 7:48, it was the second-longest drive against the Giant by time this season; the Raiders' 15-play series took 8:08 to complete.

*The Giants' primetime losing streak stretched to 10 games. During that time, they are 0-6 on Monday nights, 0-3 on Thursday nights and 0-1 on Sunday nights. The Giants are 0-7 under Judge and 0-8 when Jones starts in prime time. They last won a night game on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018 at San Francisco, 27-23. The Giants have no more night games scheduled this season.

*The Giants are 25-45-1 on Monday night, including 16-32-1 on the road.

*The Giants fell to 7-25 in regular-season games against defending Super Bowl champions (but they are 3-0 in the postseason). They have lost their last nine regular-season games vs. defending champions since beating the Denver Broncos in 1998. The Giants last defeated a defending champion on the road on Nov. 1, 1992 in Washington.

*The Giants are 14-20 in games following a regular-season bye. This was the fourth season in a row their first post-bye game was on the road.

*Safety Logan Ryan, the Giants' leading tackler and one of their defensive captains, missed his first game in two seasons with the Giants because he is on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. Ryan had the Giants' longest starting streak at 24 consecutive games. With Ryan sidelined, four players are tied for the most consecutive starts with 12: Jones, Leonard Williams, James Bradberry and Tae Crowder.

*Julian Love started at safety for Ryan and had six tackles (three solo) and two passes defensed.

*The Giants' inactive players were wide receiver Sterling Shepard (quad), fullback Cullen Gillaspia (calf), tight end Kaden Smith (knee), linebackers Lorenzo Carter (ankle/illness) and Oshane Ximines, defensive back Nate Ebner (knee) and offensive lineman Wes Martin.

Gillaspia, who has played a team-high 160 special teams snaps, and Smith each missed their first game of the season. Carter was inactive for the third straight game and Ximines for the second in a row.

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