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Instant Analysis: Giants fall to Dolphins, 20-9

AT A GLANCE: Playing without their starting quarterback, the Giants' offensive struggles continued in a 20-9 loss to the Dolphins in Miami. The Giants fell to 4-8 on the season, while the Dolphins improved to 6-7 with their fifth consecutive victory after losing seven in a row.

UP NEXT: The Giants, who play four road games in a five-week stretch, will spend the upcoming week practicing in Arizona before their matchup against the Chargers in Los Angeles.

View all the action from the Week 13 matchup between the Giants and Dolphins in Miami.

WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE OFFENSE

*The Giants ruled out Daniel Jones for Sunday's game in Miami after the quarterback was not cleared for contact, coach Joe Judge announced Friday morning.

"At this point, we don't feel 100 percent comfortable with him until the medical team clears him fully," Judge said before Friday's practice. "As of right now, we'll rule him out. We'll evaluate him for the future, including as soon as next week, with the doctors. We don't have any answers on the immediate future yet."

Jones suffered a neck injury in the Week 12 victory over Philadelphia and was limited in practice this week. Backup Mike Glennon made his 28th career start, and Jake Fromm, who was signed off the Buffalo Bills' practice squad this week, served as the backup. The quarterback switch came a week after the Giants changed play-callers as senior offensive Freddie Kitchens took over for Jason Garrett, who was relieved of his duties as offensive coordinator.

*Needing just three on Sunday, running back Saquon Barkley became the fastest player who started his career with the Giants to reach 4,000 yards from scrimmage (39 games). On Sunday, he ran for 55 yards on 11 carries and caught six passes for 19 yards.

*Kenny Golladay had three catches for 37 yards, including a long of 20 yards, before exiting early with an injury to his ribs. He was able to return to the field to start the second half but did not record a catch after that. The Giants were already playing without fellow receivers Kadarius Toney (oblique/quad) and Sterling Shepard (quad).

*The Giants and Dolphins entered with 19 takeaways, but Miami broke the stalemate when Xavien Howard intercepted a deep shot by Glennon intended for Darius Slayton down the left sideline. The Dolphins took over near their own goal line before the Giants forced a three-and-out on the ensuing possession. Glennon completed 23 of 44 passes for 187 yards with no touchdowns and the interception. He was sacked three times and hit eight times.

*The Giants scored a season-low nine points and failed to score more than 20 points for the eighth time in 12 games.

WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE DEFENSE

*The streak ended. The Giants had at least one takeaway in 13 consecutive games dating back to last season, tying them with the Indianapolis Colts for the NFL's longest active streak.

*The takeaways, however, are just the tip of the iceberg of the Giants' surge on defense. The Giants allowed 29.5 points, 401.3 yards, and 1.3 takeaways per game over their 1-5 start to the season. From Weeks 7-12, they averaged 15.2 points and 335.6 yards allowed as they won three of their past five games. On Sunday, they held Miami to 20 points and 68 rushing yards.

*Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa entered Sunday with the second-best completion percentage in the NFL and completed 30 of 41 passes for 244 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions against the Giants.

*With his first sack since Week 7, linebacker Azeez Ojulari broke a tie for the franchise rookie record. He had been knotted up with B.J. Hill, who recorded 5.5 sacks in 2018. Ojulari has 6.5 with five games to go.

*Linebacker Quincy Roche, who played at the University of Miami and was originally drafted by the Steelers in April, recorded his second sack of the season.

*Safety and defensive co-captain Logan Ryan returned from a two-game stint on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.

*The final two minutes of halves have been a problem for the Giants. They had allowed 64 points at the end of halves this season, fourth-most in the NFL heading into Sunday. The trend continued as Miami put together a 14-play, 89-yard touchdown drive to take a 10-3 lead with 26 seconds left in the first half.

WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT SPECIAL TEAMS

*With a 51-yarder in the fourth quarter, Graham Gano set the Giants record for most 50-yard field goals made in a season (six). Gano accounted for all nine of the team's points on Sunday.

IN-GAME INJURY REPORT

NYG: WR Kenny Golladay (ribs/returned)

MIA: RB Patrick Laird (knee)

INACTIVES

NYG: QB Daniel Jones (neck), CB Adoree' Jackson (quad), WR Kadarius Toney (oblique/quad), WR Sterling Shepard (quad), OLB Oshane Ximines, G Wes Martin

MIA: CB Trill Williams (hamstring), S Brandon Jones (ankle/elbow), RB Phillip Lindsay (ankle), DE Darius Hodge, TE Adam Shaheen (knee), NT John Jenkins

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