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Notes & Stats: Giants get on track vs. Carolina


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Notes and statistics from the Giants' 25-3 victory against the Carolina Panthers in MetLife Stadium:

*The Giants improved their record this season to 2-5 overall and 1-3 at home. They next play on Monday night, Nov. 1, against the defending AFC champion Kansas City Chiefs in Arrowhead Stadium.

*The 22-point margin of victory was the Giants' largest since Dec. 9, 2018, when they routed Washington in FedExField, 40-16. The previous largest margin in Joe Judge's two seasons as coach was 10 points, in a 27-17 victory vs. Philadelphia on Nov. 15, 2020.

*The Giants' defense was outstanding. After allowing 82 points the previous two weeks in losses to the Cowboys and Rams, the Giants held their opponents without a touchdown for the first time since Sept. 29, 2019, when they defeated Washington in MetLife, 24-3.

*The Giants did not allow a second-half point for the first time since Sept. 20, 2020, when they lost in Chicago, 17-13. They last shut out an opponent in the second half of a victory in the 2019 triumph vs. Washington.

*The Giants led at halftime, 5-3. It was the first Giants game in which neither team scored a first-half touchdown since Dec. 6, 2020, when the Giants trailed the Seahawks in Seattle, 5-0. They rallied to win that game, 17-12.

*The 5-3 halftime score was the NFL's first since Oct. 28, 2018, when San Francisco led Arizona, 5-3.

*Carolina gained just 173 total yards, 56 rushing yards, 117 passing yards and 11 first downs.

*The 173 yards were the fewest by a Giants opponent since Cincinnati finished with 155 yards in a 19-17 Giants victory last Nov. 29.

*The Panthers' 56 rushing yards were the third-fewest allowed by a Judge-coached team. Washington ran for 37 yards on Nov. 8, 2020, and the Bengals rushed for 40 in Cincinnati 11 months ago.

*Cincinnati's 115 passing yards last season was the only game under Judge in which the Giants allowed fewer yards through the air than Carolina's 117.

*The Panthers' 11 first downs tied the Judge-era low, set by … the Bengals last year.

*The Giants sacked Carolina quarterbacks Sam Darnold and PJ Walker six times for 27 yards in losses. The six sacks tied the team-high under Judge and defensive coordinator Patrick Graham; the Giants recorded six sacks against Dallas in the 2020 season finale on Jan. 3. The Giants' previous high this season was three sacks vs. Atlanta on Sept. 26.

*The Giants, who played without several high-profile offensive players, did not score a first-half touchdown for the second consecutive week and the third straight home game. Their 302 yards was their second-lowest total of the season; they gained 261 yards last week vs. Los Angeles.

*The Giants did not commit a turnover for the second time this season (though their only giveaway at New Orleans on Oct. 3 was an interception on a Hail Mary on the final play of the first half). They had lost their previous three games in which had no offensive turnovers - at Washington on Sept. 16, at Baltimore on Dec. 27, 2020, and vs. Cleveland on Dec. 20, 2020. The Giants had last won when not committing a turnover on Nov. 15, 2020, against vs. the Eagles.

*Quarterback Daniel Jones displayed a versatile skillset. He completed 23 of 33 passes for 203 yards, including a five-yard touchdown pass to Dante Pettis; rushed for 28 yards on eight carries; and made a terrific one-handed catch of a Pettis pass for a 16-yard gain.

*Jones was the first Giants player to complete a pass, catch a pass and run the ball since Kerry Collins at Denver on Sept. 10, 2001. No Giants quarterback had caught a pass since then. Collins lost two yards when he grabbed his own pass when it was batted back to him. He also threw for three touchdown passes and ran for five yards in the game.

*New Orleans' Taysom Hill and Washington's Taylor Heinicke are the only other NFL players this season with a pass completion, a reception and a rushing attempt in a game.

*Pettis, elevated yesterday off the practice squad, caught five passes for 63 yards. His touchdown was his second with the Giants and first since he caught a 33-yarder from Jones against Dallas on Jan. 3.

*Pettis was the second Giants' receiver to throw a pass this season; rookie Kadarius Toney threw an incompletion intended for Devontae Booker at Dallas on Oct. 10. Pettis' completion was the first by a Giants wideout since Golden Tate connected with Wayne Gallman for an 18-yard gain vs. Tampa Bay on Nov. 2, 2020.

*Pettis is the first Giants player with a touchdown reception and a pass completion in the same game since Oct. 7, 2018, when Odell Beckham, Jr. threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to Saquon Barkley and caught a 15-yarder from Eli Manning.

*Tight end Evan Engram led the Giants with six receptions for 44 yards. The six catches marked his highest total since he caught seven passes at Baltimore on Dec. 27, 2020.

*Wide receiver Darius Slayton returned to the field after missing three games with a hamstring injury and had five receptions for 63 yards.

*Booker led the Giants with a season-high 51 rushing yards on 14 carries, including a game-long 19-yarder for his second Giants touchdown. He also caught two passes for 15 yards.

*Eli Penny ran for 24 yards on nine attempts, the second-highest total of his career. He had 10 carries for Arizona at Washington on Dec. 17, 2017.

*Linebacker Azeez Ojulari had 2.5 of the Giants six sacks, just a half-sack shy of the team rookie record, set by Philip Tabor vs. Philadelphia on Sept. 23, 1979 (three years before sacks became an official stat) and tied by B.J. Hill against Chicago on Dec. 2, 2018.

*Ojulari leads the team with 5.5 sacks, which ties the rookie season record set by Hill three years ago.

*Defensive lineman Leonard Williams was right behind Ojulari with 1.5 sacks, raising his season total to 4.5.

*Another lineman, Dexter Lawrence, had his first full sack of the season.

* Safety Jabrill Peppers chased down Sam Darnold for a three-yard sack in the second quarter. It was the first sack by a Giants' defensive back this season and Peppers' first since Dec. 6, 2020, when he tackled Russell Wilson for a six-yard loss in Seattle.

*Cornerback James Bradberry intercepted a Darnold pass at the Giants' five-yard line and returned it 13 yards before fumbling and recovering the ball. It was Bradberry's team-high third interception of the season.

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

*Linebacker Tae Crowder led the Giants with six tackles (four solo).

*Graham Gano kicked field goals of 49, 53, and 44 yards in his first game against Carolina since leaving the Panthers, for whom he played from 2012-18 (he did not play in 2019). It was Gano's 43rd career game with at least three field goals.

*Gano kicked 52 and 55-yard field goals at Washington on Sept. 16 and a pair of 51-yarders at Dallas on Oct. 10 (when he also missed a 54-yard try). His five field goals of 50+ yards tied the Giants' single-season record, which Gano set last year.

*Gano's 10 field goals of 50+ yards in just 23 games is a franchise career record. Joe Danelo had held the mark of nine since he left the Giants following the 1982 season.

*With Andrew Thomas sidelined, Matt Peart made his first start of the season at left tackle and second overall. When Peart briefly left the game in the fourth quarter, Nate Solder moved from right to left tackle and Korey Cunningham stepped in on the right side.

*Linebacker Benardrick McKinney, who was signed to the practice squad Monday and elevated to the active roster yesterday, had two solo tackles in his Giants debut.

*David Moa, also elevated yesterday, made his NFL debut as a reserve defensive lineman.

*Wide receiver David Sills, signed off the practice squad yesterday, was targeted once in his NFL debut.

*The Giants scored their first points on a safety when Darnold's pass from the end zone did not go anywhere near an eligible receiver. Such a pass from the end zone is a safety. It was the first safety for the Giants since Dec. 15, 2019, when cornerback Sam Beal tackled Dolphins running back Patrick Laird in the end zone in the third quarter.

*The Giants' inactive players were running back Saquon Barkley (ankle); wide receivers Kenny Golladay (knee), Kadarius Toney (ankle), and Sterling Shepard (hamstring); nose tackle Danny Shelton (pec); and cornerbacks Sam Beal and Josh Jackson.

View photos from the New York Giants' 25-3 victory over the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium.

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