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Notes & Stats: Breaking down Giants vs. Cowboys


Notes and statistics from the Giants' 44-20 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in AT&T Stadium:

*The Giants fell to 1-4 while the NFC East-leading Cowboys improved to 4-1.

*Dallas' 44 points were the most allowed by the Giants since a 51-17 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in MetLife Stadium on Nov. 5, 2017 and the most in a road game since a 49-17 loss at Minnesota on Dec. 27, 2015.

*The previous high points total by a Giants opponent in the 21-game Joe Judge era was 37 by the Cowboys 364 days ago in AT&T in a 37-34 Dallas victory.

*The 24-point margin of defeat was the second highest under Judge; the Giants lost to San Francisco, 36-9, on Sept. 27, 2020.

*The Giants have lost eight of their last nine games to the Cowboys.

*Dallas gained 515 total yards, including 201 on the ground. The 515 yards was the highest total allowed by the Giants since New Orleans gained 608 yards in a 52-49 victory on Nov. 1, 2015 and is tied for the ninth-highest total ever given up by the Giants. The previous high under Judge was 422 yards by Philadelphia on Oct. 22, 2020.

*The Cowboys' 201 rushing yards was the highest total by a Giants opponent since Baltimore ran for 249 yards last Dec. 27.

*Dallas' 26 first downs were the most by a Giants opponent since the Cowboys had 26 on Jan. 3, 2021.

*The Giants' offense did not allow a sack for the second straight game, the first time that's happened since Sept. 24 and Oct. 1, 2017, in losses at Philadelphia and Tampa Bay.

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*Greg Zuerlein's 31-yard field goal with 8:43 elapsed were the initial first quarter points allowed by the Giants this season.

*Quarterback Daniel Jones, running back Saquon Barkley, wide receiver Kenny Golladay and rookie cornerback Rodarius Williams all left the game with injuries. In addition, wideouts Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton and safety Jabrill Peppers were inactive with hamstring injuries and left tackle Andrew Thomas was in uniform but did not play because of a foot injury.

*Barkley was hurt with 6:31 remaining in the first quarter, when his left foot landed on cornerback Jourdan Lewis after he jumped for an overthrown pass, resulting in his ankle rolling. Barkley limped off the field and on its telecast, FOX soon showed that his ankle had swelled significantly. Barkley was examined by the team's medical staff while sitting on the bench before he was carted off the field.

*Barkley ran for nine yards on two carries before leaving the game.

*Barkley was replaced by Devontae Booker, who rushed for a team-high 42 yards on 16 carries, including a one-yard, fourth-down score with 2:51 remaining in the second quarter, his first touchdown for the Giants and first since Nov. 15, 2020, when he scored twice for the Las Vegas Raiders against Denver. Booker also caught three passes for 16 yards, the last a three-yard touchdown with 3:16 remaining.

*Booker was the second Giants back in as many games to score on a rush and a reception. In a victory in New Orleans last week, Barkley scored on a 54-yard catch-and-run and the game-winning six-yard run in overtime.

*Jones was hurt on the play immediately preceding Booker's first touchdown. On third-and-goal from the one, Jones faked a handoff and ran left, where he was met by rookie linebackers Jabril Cox and Chauncey Golston. Cox's helmet collided with that of Jones, whose head hit the artificial turf. He was slow to rise and was unsteady on his feet as he attempted to walk to the bench area. He was met on the field by the medical staff, placed on a cart and taken inside to be examined. The Giants soon announced that he was out of the game with a concussion.

*Jones completed five of 13 passes – and five of his final seven throws – for 98 yards, with neither a touchdown nor an interception.

*Jones was replaced by first-year Giants backup Mike Glennon, who last played when he started the final five games of the 2020 season for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Glennon is a nine-year veteran who has 27 career starts and is playing for his sixth team in six years.

*Glennon completed 16 of 25 passes for 196 yards, the touchdown to Booker and two interceptions.

*The Giants announced at halftime that Golladay would not return to the game because of a knee injury he suffered in the first half. Golladay was targeted three times but did not catch a pass.

*Rookie wide receiver Kadarius Toney, the Giants' first-round draft choice this year, had a breakout game with game-high totals of 10 catches for 189 yards. In the first four games, Toney totaled 10 receptions for 92 yards.

*Toney's 189 receiving yards is a Giants rookie record, breaking the mark of 185 yards set by Odell Beckham, Jr. vs. Philadelphia on Dec. 28, 2014. It was also the highest total by a Giants receiver since Beckham had 222 yards against Baltimore on Dec. 16, 2016.

*Toney had the first 100-yard receiving game by a Giants rookie since Dec. 9, 2019, when Darius Slayton had 154 yards on five catches, including two touchdowns, in a Monday night game in Philadelphia.

*Toney had the first 10-catch game by a Giants receiver since Slayton had 10 (for 121 yards and two touchdowns) at the Jets on Nov. 10, 2019.

*Toney also attempted a pass to Booker that fell incomplete and gained seven yards on a run. His run was his second of the season and third by a Giants wide receiver this season and his pass was the first by a Giants wide receiver since Nov. 29, 2020, when Golden Tate threw one in Cincinnati. It was also incomplete. Tate is the last Giants wideout to complete a pass, an 18-yarder to Wayne Gallman on Nov. 2, 2020 vs. Tampa Bay.

*Toney was ejected from the game with 6:06 remaining after punching safety Damontae Kazee. Coach Joe Judge left the sideline and escorted Toney off the field.

*Tight end Evan Engram was second on the Giants with four catches for 55 yards.

*Thomas did not play because of a foot injury that limited him in practice last week. The Giants' first-round draft choice in 2020 had played in each of his first 20 career games, with 19 starts. The only other game he did not start was against Washington on Oct. 18, 2020. Thomas was replaced in the lineup against Washington by Matt Peart due to a coach's decision, though he played the majority of the game.

*Thomas' injury forced the Giants to start their fifth offensive line combination in as many games. Nate Solder, who started the first four games at right tackle, moved to the left side and Peart – who was limited 12 special teams snaps the previous three games – made his first start of the season on the right side. It was his second career start.

*Solder's start was his first at left tackle since Dec. 29, 2019 against Philadelphia. He opted out of the 2020 season due to concerns about COVID-19.

*Matt Skura made his second start at left guard to become the first Giants lineman to make two starts at that position this season. But Wes Martin played a significant number of snaps in place of Skura in his Giants debut.

*Linebacker Lorenzo Carter intercepted Dak Prescott's pass intended for running back Ezekiel Elliott on the seventh play of the game. Carter jumped and tapped the ball in the air before securing it for his first career interception in his 40th game.

*Carter's interception gave the Giants' defense its first takeaway on an opponent's opening possession since Nov. 8, 2020 at Washington. On that game's first play, quarterback Kyle Allen completed a 21-yard pass to Antonio Gibson, who lost a fumble that was forced by Logan Ryan and recovered by Jabrill Peppers.

*The Giants came up with a red zone takeaway with 34 seconds remaining in the first quarter when Prescott failed to control a shotgun snap and linebacker Reggie Ragland recovered the ball at the eight-yard line. It was the Giants' first multiple-takeaway game of the season and first since Dec. 6, 2020, when they intercepted a Russell Wilson pass and recovered his fumble in a victory in Seattle.

*Ragland's fumble recovery was the second of his career and first since Oct. 17, 2019, for Kansas City at Denver.

*Defensive lineman Austin Johnson had his third sack of the season, a nine-yard takedown of Prescott in the third quarter. That extends his career-high total to 3.0 for the season, which ties rookie Azeez Ojulari for the team lead. Johnson had six-yard sacks vs. Denver and Atlanta.

*Linemen Leonard Williams and Danny Shelton split the Giants' other sack of Prescott.

*Safety Logan Ryan and linebacker Tae Crowder led the Giants with eight tackles apiece; Ryan was credited with six solo stops and Crowder with five.

*Julian Love started for the Giants as the slot corner. It was the third-year pro's first start of the season and first since the Giants' previous game against Dallas, on Jan. 3, 2021, when he played safety. Love had five tackles (three solo).

*Graham Gano kicked a pair of 51-yard field goals, one each in the second and third quarters. On Sept. 16, he had 52 and 55-yard field goals at Washington. Gano's four field goals of 50+ yards is one shy of the franchise single-season record of five, which he set in his first season with the team in 2020. In addition, Gano increased his two-year total to nine field goals of at least 50 yards, which ties him with Joe Danelo, who played for the Giants from 1976-82, for the franchise career record.

*Gano, who was successful on all but one of his 32 field goal attempts in 2020, missed his second try in as many weeks when he pushed a 54-yard try wide right on the Giants' first offensive series. Gano had made his previous seven attempts from 50 or more yards, including two this season. His previous long-distance miss was from 57 yards at Chicago on Sept. 20, 2020, his only unsuccessful attempt of the season.

*This is the second season in a row Gano attempted three field goals of at least 50 yards in Dallas. On Oct. 11, 2020, he kicked three-pointers of 55, 50 and 54 yards in the Cowboys' 37-34 victory.

*Prescott completed 22 of 32 passes for 302 yards and became the first opposing quarterback to throw three touchdown passes against the Giants since Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger on Sept. 14, 2020.

*Prescott joined Washington's Taylor Heinicke (336) as the only quarterbacks to throw for more than 300 yards against the Giants this season.

*Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries and, like Booker, scored on both a run (13 yards) and a reception (four yards).

*Elliott is the third back to run for more than 100 yards against the Giants this season, joining Denver's Melvin Gordon III (101 yards) and New Orleans' Alvin Kamara (120).

*The game's last touchdown was scored with 1:28 remaining on a 45-yard interception return by Dallas cornerback Anthony Brown. He is the first Giants opponent to score a defensive touchdown since … Dallas cornerback Anthony Brown, who scored on a 29-yard fumble return in MetLife Stadium on Oct. 11, 2020. Brown was the first Giants foe to score on an interception return since Sept. 9, 2018, when Jacksonville's Myles Jack had a 32-yard touchdown return.

*The Giants' inactive players were wide receivers Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton, safety Jabrill Peppers – all with right hamstring injuries – guard Ben Bredeson (hand) and cornerbacks Sam Beal and Josh Jackson.

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