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Notes & Stats: Giants vs. Dolphins Recap


MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Notes and statistics from the Giants' 31-16 loss to the Miami Dolphins in Hard Rock Stadium:

*The Giants lost their third consecutive game and fell to 1-4 this season. They travel again next week to face the 3-2 Bills in Buffalo on Sunday Night Football.

*The Giants couldn't capitalize on their first three takeaways of the season – including one that produced a touchdown – and having zero giveaways for a plus-3 turnover differential.

*The Giants' initial first-half touchdown and initial takeaway of the season earned a spot in the franchise record book.

Safety Jason Pinnock intercepted a Tua Tagovailoa pass intended for Jaylen Waddle that was tipped by linebacker Bobby Okereke and returned it 102 yards for a touchdown. That is tied for the longest interception return in Giants history. On Oct. 15, 1961, Erich Barnes intercepted a pass at Dallas and returned it 102 yards for a score. Pinnock's pick was the third in Giants history that was returned at least 100 yards. Henry Carr had a 101-yard touchdown at the L.A. Rams on Nov. 13, 1966.

*Pinnock's first career interception and touchdown is the longest such score in the NFL this season.

*The Giants' other takeaways were Kayvon Thibodeaux's recovery of De'Von Achane's fumble, which was forced by Xavier McKinney early in the second quarter, and Okereke's third-quarter interception of a Tagovailoa pass that led to a Graham Gano field goal.

*Okereke's interception was the third of his career.

*Gano continues to play long ball. He kicked a 51-yard field goal for the final score of the game. It was the third consecutive week in which he kicked a field goal longer than 50 yards; he booted a Giants' record-tying 57-yarder at San Francisco and a 55-yarder last Monday vs. Seattle.

Gano was also wide left on a 55-yard try in the first quarter and has made three of four long attempts this season. His 23rd field goal of 50+ yards since joining the Giants in 2020 extended his franchise record. Gano also kicked field goals of 49 and 37 yards.

*Pinnock's touchdown and Gano's three field goals accounted for all the Giants' scoring, as they did not score an offensive touchdown for the third time in five games.

*Thibodeaux had the Giants' only sack, a six-yard takedown of Tagovailoa. It was the third consecutive game Thibodeaux has recorded a sack. The last Giant with a sack in three consecutive games in which he played was Azeez Ojulari from Oct. 2 to Dec. 11, 2022. Ojulari was on injured reserve with a calf injury from Oct. 21-Dec. 3. The last Giants player with a sack in three straight games was defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence, from Oct. 2-16 last season. Thibodeaux has four of the Giants' five sacks this season.

*Daniel Jones completed 14 of 20 passes for 119 yards and was sacked six times before leaving the game in the fourth quarter with a neck injury.

*Jones was replaced by Tyrod Taylor, who completed nine of 12 passes for 86 yards and was sacked once. The Giants have allowed 18 sacks in their last two games.

*Tight end Darren Waller led the Giants with season-high totals of eight receptions and 86 yards. He also had the Giants' longest catch, a 21-yarder.

*Wan'Dale Robinson led the Giants' wide receivers with five receptions, but they gained only 18 yards.

*The Giants' running backs struggled as Saquon Barkley missed his third consecutive game with an ankle injury. Matt Breida started and ran for 21 yards on nine carries. Rookie Eric Gray had the first 12 rushing attempts of his career, but they gained just 25 yards, the team high. Jones ran for 24 yards, including a team-long 11-yarder.

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*The Giants ran 68 offensive plays to 54 for the Dolphins and owned the ball for 12 more minutes (35:39-24:01). But they averaged 3.9 yards per play to Miami's 9.7-yard average and were outgained, 524-268.

*The Dolphins' 524 yards were the most by a Giants' opponent since the New Orleans gained 608 yards in a 52-49 victory on Nov. 1, 2015. It was the 12th time in Giants history an opponent finished with more than 500 yards of total offense.

*Miami compiled 302 net passing yards and 222 rushing yards. The last Giants opponent with 300/200 was Dallas on Oct. 20, 2021, when the Cowboys threw for 314 yards and ran for 201.

*The Dolphins had a 300-yard passer in Tagovailoa (308), a 100-yard rusher in Achane (151 yards) and a 100-yard receiver in Tyreek Hill (181). They are the first Giants opponent with such a productive trio since Oct. 16, 2019, when Minnesota's Kirk Cousins threw for 306 yards, Dalvin Cook ran for 132 yards and Adam Thielen gained 130 yards and scored two touchdowns on seven recepitons.

*The Dolphins opened the scoring when Jaylen Waddle caught a two-yard touchdown pass from Tagovailoa midway through the first quarter. It was the first touchdown allowed by the Giants on an opponent's first possession in a regular-season game since last Dec. 11, when Philadelphia's Miles Sanders scored on a three-yard run. Both Giants' 2022 postseason opponents – Minnesota and Philadelphia – scored first-possession touchdowns.

*Maimi's 89-yard drive was the longest allowed by the Giants this season; the previous long was an 86-yard touchdown march by the Cardinals in Arizona on Sept. 17.

*That designation held up until Miami's third series, in the second quarter, when they traveled 94 yards to a touchdown, capped by a 76-yard Achane run up the left side.

*The 94-yard drive was the longest allowed by the Giants since Oct. 10, 2021, when the Cowboys traveled 98 yards for a touchdown in Dallas.

*Achane's 76-yard run was the longest by a Giants opponent since Buffalo's Fred Jackson scored on an 80-yard run on Oct. 16, 2011.

*Tagovailoa and Tyrek Hill later hooked up for a 64-yard completion and a 69-yard touchdown. The last Giants' opponent with a 70+-yard run and 60+-yard reception was Buffalo in that 2011 game. Naaman Roosevelt caught a 60-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick.

*The Giants elevated offensive linemen Jaylon Thomas and Jalen Mayfield off their practice quad and both played in the game.

Center Ben Bredeson left the game with 2:49 remaining in the first quarter to be examined by medical personnel and was replaced by Thomas, who made his NFL debut. Bredeson returned after three plays.

Mayfield made his Giants debut in the second quarter when Marcus McKethan left the game with a knee injury. McKethan did not return. It was Mayfield's first regular-season action since Jan. 2, 2022, when he started at left guard for Atlanta at Buffalo. Mayfield started 16 games for the Falcons in the 2021 season.

*Joshua Ezeudu started his fourth consecutive game at left tackle but was replaced by Matt Peart in the fourth quarter after Andrew Van Ginkel slipped past him for the sack that knocked Jones from the game.

*Achane finished with 11 carries for 151 yards, the highest total by a Giants opponent since Tennessee's Derrick Henry ran for 170 yards – on 33 carries – on Dec. 16, 2018.

*Hill caught eight passes for 181 yards, the highest total by a Giants opponent since Tampa Bay's Mike Evans finished with 190 yards on eight receptions on Sept. 22, 2019.


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