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Notes & Stats: Giants off to best start since 2011


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Notes and statistics from the Giants' 20-12 victory against the Chicago Bears:

*The Giants improved to 3-1, their best record after four games since they were 3-1 in 2011.

*Chicago scored on four field goals by substitute kicker Michael Badgley. It was the first game in which the Giants did not allow a touchdown since Oct. 24, 2021, when they defeated Carolina, 25-3.

*The Giants led at halftime, 14-9. It was the third consecutive game in which they did not allow a first-half touchdown. In their previous two games, they were tied with Carolina, 6-6, and trailed Dallas, 6-3.

*Daniel Jones' 21-yard run with 5:06 remaining in the first quarter was the Giants' initial first-half touchdown of the season. The Giants had last scored a first-half touchdown on Dec. 12, 2021, against the Chargers in Los Angeles, on Mike Glennon's three-yard pass to Eli Penny. Their seven-game drought without a first-half touchdown had been the NFL's longest.

*The Giants rushed for 262 yards on 44 carries. It is their highest rushing yardage total since they ran for 308 yards vs. Carolina on Dec. 21, 2008. The Giants' 44 rushing attempts is their highest total since they had 44 in Washington on Dec. 31, 2017 (260 yards).

*The Giants averaged 6.0 yards a carry, their highest total with at least that many carries since Dec. 23, 2007, when they averaged 6.1 yards (289 yards on 47 attempts) at Buffalo.

*Conversely, the Giants' 71 net passing yards is their fewest since they threw for 49 yards on Oct. 28, 2007, in a victory over Miami in London – where they Giants face the Green Bay Packers next week.

View photos from the Giants' Week 4 game against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium.

*The Giants completed nine passes, their lowest total since they had four completions at Chicago on Jan. 2, 2022, and their fewest in a victory since they had nine at the Jets on Dec. 24, 2011. Of course, one of the completions was a short pass that Victor Cruz turned into a 99-yard touchdown.

*The Giants had no offensive turnovers. Their only turnover was on Richie James' lost fumble on a punt return.

*Quarterbacks Jones and Tyrod Taylor were sacked just once, the lowest total allowed by the Giants since Dec. 19, 2021, vs. Dallas (one).

*The Giants' defense recorded six sacks of Chicago quarterback Justin Fields, their highest total since they had six against the Panthers on Oct. 24, 2021.

*The Bears rushed for 146 yards, the third consecutive opponent with at least that many yards on the ground. Carolina ran for 146 yards and Dallas had 176 yards on Monday night.

*Saquon Barkley led the Giants' ground assault with 146 yards on 31 carries, a 4.7-yard average. It was his second-highest total of the season, surpassed by the 164 rushing yards he had in the season-opening victory at Tennessee.

*The 31 carries are Barkley's career high. His previous high was 27 (for 142 yards) vs. Tampa Bay on Nov. 18, 2018.

*Barkley's 146 yards was his fourth-highest career total. He ran for 189 yards at Washington on Dec. 22, 2019, 170 at Washington on Dec. 9, 2018, and the 164 vs. the Titans on Kickoff Weekend.

*The 100-yard game was the 14th of Barkley's career. That broke a tie with Brandon Jacobs and gave Barkley the fourth-highest total in franchise history, behind Tiki Barber (38), Joe Morris (19) and Rodney Hampton (17).

*Jones completed eight of 13 passes for 71 yards with neither a touchdown nor an interception. He also had six rushing attempts for 68 yards and two touchdowns.

*On both of his touchdowns, Jones faked a handoff to Barkley – who moved to the right with most of the offense - before running up the left side for the score. Jones' 21-yard touchdown run his first since a six-yarder at Washington on Sept. 16, 2021. It was Jones' second-longest touchdown run; he scored on a 34-yarder vs. Philadelphia on Nov. 15, 2020.

*Jones also scored the Giants' second touchdown on an eight-yard run. He now has seven career rushing touchdowns. It was the second time Jones has rushed for two touchdowns in a game. In his first career start at Tampa Bay on Sept. 22, 2019, Jones had a pair of seven-yard scores, including the game-winner with 1:16 remaining.

*Jones was sacked just once, but it was costly; he injured his left ankle when he was brought down for an 11-yard loss by safety Jaquon Brisker with about three minutes left in the third quarter. Jones twice handed off to Barkley to end the series and was replaced by Taylor on the Giants' next offensive series.

But on his second possession, Taylor was hit hard by cornerback Kyler Gordon and left the game. The Giants later announced he had suffered a concussion. Jones re-entered and split wide left as Barkley took three direct snaps. Jones went back under center, but only to hand off. Taylor threw the Giants' only fourth-quarter pass, which was intercepted by safety Eddie Jackson at the seven-yard line.

*The Giants' leading receiver was rookie tight end Daniel Bellinger, with team-high totals of three catches for 23 yards. Barkley had two receptions and four other players had one catch apiece.

*Defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence had a career-high 2.0 sacks. He previously had 1.0 sack on eight occasions, most recently on Dec. 12, 2021, at the Chargers.

*Inside linebacker Tae Crowder sacked Fields for an eight-yard loss in the second quarter. It was Crowder's first full sack of his career. As a rookie in 2020, he had two half-sacks – vs. Cleveland on Dec.20 and vs. Dallas on Jan. 3.

*Crowder led the Giants with 10 tackles (eight solo).

*Jihad Ward and Azeez Ojulari each had their first sacks of the season.

*Ojulari officially forced a fumble by Fields – who seemed to lose the ball on his own merits – that was secured by Kayvon Thibodeaux for his first career fumble recovery.

*Graham Gano kicked field goals of 44 and 43 yards but was wide left on a 37-yard try with 17 seconds remaining.

*The Bears snapped the ball for the game's final play with three seconds remaining. Fields completed a two-yard pass to Trestan Ebner, who then commenced a series of desperation moves that – according to the official play-by-play - included five laterals and four fumbles, the last of which was recovered by safety Dane Belton after time expired. It was the Giants' third fumble recovery of the game.

*In addition to Jones and Taylor, several Giants left the game with injuries. Cornerback Aaron Robinson (knee), safety Julian Love (concussion), tackle Evan Neal (neck), wide receiver Kenny Golladay (knee) and defensive tackle Henry Mondeaux (ankle) did not return. Guard Mark Glowinski (ankle) did.

*Love and fellow safety Xavier McKinney were the only players on the Giants' defense to play every snap in the first three games.

*When Glowinski was out, Ben Bredeson moved from left to right guard and rookie Joshua Ezeudu took over on the left side. Devery Hamilton replaced Neal at right tackle. Fabian Moreau replaced Robinson and Dane Belton stepped in for Love.

*Daboll improved to 2-0 on challenges this season. With 4:18 remaining in the second quarter, Darnell Mooney made what was originally ruled a 21-yard reception on a pass from Justin Fields. Daboll challenged the play and after review, referee Carl Cheffers announced the pass - which hit the ground before Mooney secured it - was incomplete.

*Rookie linebacker Micah McFadden made his first career start. He is the sixth 2022 Giants draft choice to start at least one of the first four games. The others are Thibodeaux, Neal, Cor'Dale Flott, Daniel Bellinger and Belton.

*Linebacker Jaylon Smith, signed yesterday off the practice squad, made his 2022 debut, replacing McFadden on the Giants' second defensive series. The two players split time the rest of the game. Smith had nine tackles (six solo).

*Wide receiver Sterling Shepard, who suffered a torn ACL late in the loss to Dallas on Monday night, watched the game from the Giants' bench area.

*The Giants' pregame introductions featured special teams players. Two of them – Casey Kreiter and Cam Brown – joined Jones on the field for the coin toss.

*The Giants' inactive players were defensive lineman Leonard Williams (knee), wide receivers Kadarius Toney (hamstring) and Wan'Dale Robinson (knee), cornerbacks Cor'Dale Flott (calf) and Nick McCloud (hamstring), linebacker Austin Calitro and tackle Tyre Phillips.

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