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Notes & Stats: Breaking down Giants vs. Rams

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Notes and statistics from the Giants' 38-11 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in MetLife Stadium:

*According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this was the first 38-11 game in NFL history.

*The Giants gained 261 yards, including 61 on their final drive, their lowest total since they had 159 yards vs. Arizona on Dec. 13, 2020.

*Their 60 rushing yards matched the season low they set on opening day against Denver.

*The Giants committed four turnovers – three interceptions and a lost fumble – their highest total since they had four giveaways at New England on Oct. 10, 2019 (also three picks and a lost fumble).

*The Giants did not score a touchdown in the first three quarters for the second straight home game; they were limited to field goals until the final period in their 17-14 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sept. 26.

*This was the Giants' most one-sided defeat since they fell to the San Francisco 49ers, 36-9, on Sept. 27, 2020.

*The Giants trailed in the fourth quarter, 38-3, their largest deficit since they fell behind 48-10 on Nov. 5, 2017 – the last time they hosted the Rams. That game ended 51-17.

*The Giants faced a 28-3 deficit at halftime, their largest after two quarters since Jan. 3, 2020, when they were on the wrong end of a 31-0 score against the Vikings in Minnesota.

*The Rams scored all 28 of those points in the second quarter, the largest one-quarter outburst by a Giants opponent since Dec. 19, 2010, when the Philadelphia Eagles scored 28 in the fourth quarter in MetLife.

*The Giants committed three turnovers in the quarter – a lost fumble and two interceptions by Daniel Jones – their first three-giveaway quarter since the second quarter on Sept. 18, 2016, against New Orleans.

*Los Angeles took the second-half kickoff and drove 68 yards in 13 plays and 9:15 on a series that ended with Matt Gay's 32-yard field goal. It was the longest possession against the Giants in terms of time since Oct. 10, 2019, when the Patriots held the ball for 9:25 but missed a field goal attempt.

*The Giants fell to 1-5 and have lost their first three home games for the first time since 2017 (first four). Los Angeles is 5-1.

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*Jones completed 29 of 51 passes for 242 yards, no touchdowns, and three interceptions for a 44.7 passer rating that was the second-lowest of his career. He had a rating of 35.2 at New England two years ago.

*Jones' 51 attempts and 29 completions were both career highs. His previous high totals were 47 attempts vs. Philadelphia on Dec. 29, 2019, and 28 completions, a total he had four times, most recently at New Orleans two weeks ago in a performance that earned him the NFC Offensive Player of the Week Award.

*This was the first three-interception game for a Giants quarterback since Eli Manning was thrice picked off in his final career appearance, vs. Miami on Dec. 15, 2019.

*Jones was sacked for an eight-yard loss by Leonard Floyd on the game's first play. He also fumbled, but right guard Will Hernandez recovered the ball. A Giants quarterback had last been sacked on the team's first offensive play on Nov. 15, 2020, when Jones was tackled for a five-yard loss by Philadelphia's Derek Barnett.

*With Saquon Barkley sidelined with an ankle injury, Devontae Booker made his first start of the season and second in the last five years and had 12 of the Giants' 18 rushing attempts. He gained 41 yards. Booker also caught four passes for 28 yards.

*Eli Penny ran for 15 yards on three carries and scored the Giants' only touchdown on a four-yard run with 6:21 remaining. It was the third rushing touchdown of his five-year career and first since Dec. 31, 2017, when he played for Arizona at Seattle.

*Sterling Shepard led the Giants with 10 receptions for 76 yards. It was his highest total since he had 10 catches for 77 yards on Sept. 30, 2018, vs. New Orleans. Shepard's career-high is 11 receptions, which he has done twice (Nov. 12, 2017, at San Francisco and Dec. 17, 2017, vs. Philadelphia).

*This was the second consecutive game a Giants receiver had 10 receptions. Last week in Dallas, Kadarius Toney caught 10 passes for a Giants rookie record 189 yards. Toney had three receptions for 36 yards in the first quarter Sunday before leaving the game for good with an ankle injury.

*Dante Pettis caught five passes for 48 yards in his season debut.

*The Giants started their sixth offensive line combination in as many games. Andrew Thomas returned to the lineup at left tackle after missing the game in Dallas last week with a foot injury. Nate Solder moved back to the right side. Solder left the game temporarily with a finger injury and was replaced by Matt Peart. Thomas hurt his ankle with about 10 minutes remaining in the second quarter, so Peart played the left side for the rest of the game.

*Korey Cunningham played his first offensive snaps with the Giants, at right tackle.

*Matt Skura started at left guard but split time with Wes Martin.

*Leonard Williams had 1.5 sacks of Matthew Stafford to increase his season total to 3.0, tying Azeez Ojulari and Austin Johnson for the team lead. Dexter Lawrence had the other half-sack.

*Second-year safety Xavier McKinney intercepted two passes to become the first Giants player to do that in a game since Janoris Jenkins vs. Washington on Sept. 29, 2019. McKinney tied cornerback James Bradberry for the team lead with two picks.

*The Giants have at least one takeaway in each of their first six games for the first since 2011 (first 10).

*Linebacker Tae Crowder led the Giants with 10 tackles (seven solo).

*Stafford completed 22 of 28 passes for 251 yards, four touchdowns and one interception for a passer rating of 128.7. He is the first quarterback to throw four touchdown passes against the Giants since Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers on Dec. 1, 2019.

*Stafford is the first quarterback to throw three first-half touchdowns against the Giants since Tampa Bay's Jameis Winston on Sept. 22, 2019.

*Cooper Kupp caught nine passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns. Darrell Henderson, Jr. scored on a two-yard run and a 25-yard reception. They were the second and third Giants opponents this season to score twice, joining New Orleans' Taysom Hill, who scored on a pair of eight-yard runs. Kupp was the first opponent to catch two touchdown passes vs. the Giants was Pittsburgh's Pittsburgh's JuJu Smith-Schuster, who scored on 71 and seven-yard receptions on Sept. 14, 2020. Henderson was the first to score on a run and a reception since San Francisco's Matt Breida on a three-yard run and 11-yard reception on Nov. 12, 2018.

*Four Giants were injured in the game, including their last two first-round draft choices, Toney and Thomas with ankle injuries. Also hurt were wide receiver/return specialist C.J. Board (fractured forearm) and defensive lineman Danny Shelton (pectoral).

*After Board was carted off with 25 seconds left in the first half, Darnay Holmes assumed the kickoff return duties. He ran back two for 33 yards.

*Los Angeles safety Taylor Rapp intercepted two passes and rookie Robert Rochell picked off one. Rapp was the first Giants opponent with two interceptions in a game since Washington's Quinton Dunbar on Sept. 29, 2019.

*The Giants' inactive players were running back Saquon Barkley (ankle), wide receivers Kenny Golladay (knee) and Darius Slayton (hamstring), offensive lineman Ben Bredeson (hand), cornerback Josh Jackson and linebacker Quincy Roche.

*The 2011 Super Bowl XLVI champion Giants were honored in a halftime ceremony. Coach Tom Coughlin and quarterback Eli Manning – carrying the Vince Lombardi Trophy – were the last to be introduced, to loud cheering.

"The way the team came together is everything and all a coach could hope for," Coughlin said in a brief speech. "The night before Super Bowl XLVI, I told our team, 'I love you guys.' Ten years later, I tell you I love these guys, and I love this team."

The Giants honored the 2011 Giants team in a special halftime ceremony during Sunday's game against the Rams.

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