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Game Notes: Giants lock up 6th seed in NFC


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Notes and statistics from the Giants' 38-10 victory against the Indianapolis Colts in MetLife Stadium:

*The Giants won for the second time in three games to improve to 9-6-1 and clinch the sixth playoff seed in the NFC, their first postseason berth since 2016. They will play their final regular-season game next weekend against the NFC East-leading Eagles in Philadelphia.

*The Giants will make their 33rd postseason appearance, which ties them with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the third-highest total in NFL history, behind the Green Bay Packers (35 and still in contention for the seventh seed) and Dallas Cowboys (35, including this season).

*The Giants finished 5-3-1 in MetLife Stadium, their best home record and first winning mark since they were 7-1 in 2016.

*The Giants gained 394 yards, their third-highest total of the season (445 last week in Minnesota, 436 at Jacksonville and 413 vs. Detroit). Their 217 rushing yards is their third-highest total (262 vs. Chicago, 236 at Jacksonville). And their 26 first downs is their second-highest total (27 at Jacksonville).

*Indianapolis, which started Nick Foles at quarterback and replaced him with Sam Ehlinger when Foles suffered a rib injury late in the second quarter, passed for only 124 yards, the lowest total by a Giants opponent since Washington threw for 99 yards in the 2021 season finale.

*The Giants ended their NFL-long streak of 43 games without scoring at least 30 points. They had last reached that figure on Oct. 11, 2020, in a 37-34 loss in Dallas. They had last scored at least 30 points in a victory when they won at Washington, 41-35 in overtime, on Dec. 22, 2019. Their last 30-point performance in a four-quarter game was a 36-20 victory against Miami on Dec. 15, 2019, in Eli Manning's last game. The 38 points is the Giants' highest total in a four-quarter victory since Dec. 9, 2018, when they won in Washington, 40-16.

*The 28-point margin of victory is the Giants' largest since Dec. 7, 2014, when they defeated the Tennessee Titans in Nashville, 36-7. Their previous largest margin this season was eight points, which occurred three times.

*Indianapolis' 10 points are the fewest allowed by the Giants since a 13-7 victory against Philadelphia on Nov. 28, 2021.

*The Giants scored 24 unanswered points in the second quarter to take a 24-3 halftime lead. It is their highest-scoring quarter since they put 27 on the board in the second at Washington on Dec. 9, 2018. Their 21-point halftime lead was their largest since they led that 2018 game in Washington, 34-0.

*The Giants did not allow a first-half offensive touchdown for the sixth time this season (also vs. Carolina, Dallas, Chicago, and Houston and at Washington).

*Brian Daboll is the fifth coach in Giants history to lead the team to the playoffs in his debut season, joining Allie Sherman (1961), Dan Reeves (1993), Jim Fassel (1997) and Ben McAdoo (2016). Rookie coach Earl Potteiger led the Giants to the 1927 NFL championship in the era before playoffs.

*Daboll and Minnesota's Kevin O'Connell raised to 26 the number of first-year head coaches who have led their teams to the playoffs since the 2002 realignment.

View photos from the Giants' Week 17 game against the Indianapolis Colts.

*Daniel Jones completed 19 of 24 passes (79.2%) for 177 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 125.2 passer rating that is the third highest of his career. Jones has five career games in which he completed at least 76.5% of his passes – all this season.

*This is the 12th time in 16 games Jones did not throw an interception.

*Jones was not sacked for the second time in three games – and the second time this season.

*Jones also led the Giants in rushing with 91 rushing yards on 11 carries, including touchdown runs of 18 and 10 yards. The 91 yards is the third-highest total of his career (107 at Jacksonville on Oct. 23 and 95 at Washington on Sept. 16, 2021). Jones' 11 carries ties for his second-highest total; he had 12 vs. Washington on Dec. 3 and 11 at Jacksonville. All six of his career double-digit carry games have been this season.

*Jones' two touchdowns tie his career high; he also scored twice at Tampa Bay in his first career start on Sept. 22, 2019, and vs. Chicago on Oct. 2.

*This is the second game in which he threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more; he also accomplished that double in his first career start at Tampa Bay on Sept. 22, 2019.

*Jones' 18-yard touchdown run is the second-longest of his career. He scored on a 21-yard run vs. the Bears on Oct. 2.

*Saquon Barkley carried 12 times for 58 yards and increased his season total to a career-high 1,312 yards – five more than he had in his 2018 Rookie of the Year season.

*Backup running back Matt Breida finished with season-high totals of nine carries and 59 yards.

*Richie James led the Giants with seven receptions for 76 yards, including a six-yard touchdown. Isaiah Hodgins added four receptions for 42 yards and also scored on a six-yard pass. James and Hodgins share the team lead with four touchdown catches apiece.

*James had a total of three in his first three seasons with San Francisco. He scored all four of his touchdowns in the last seven games.

*Hodgins, who had zero career touchdowns when he signed with the Giants on Nov. 2, scored for the fourth time in five games.

*Rookie tight end Daniel Bellinger had a career-long 24-yard reception among his three catches.

*The Giants continued their every-two-series rotation at left guard, where Nick Gates started and was relieved on the third offensive series by Ben Bredeson – who yielded the position back Gates after two possessions.

*Landon Collins scored his second career touchdown and the Giants' second defensive touchdown of the season on a 52-yard interception return with 1:45 remaining in the second quarter to increase the Giants' lead to 21-3. Collins caught Nick Foles' pass intended for Parris Campbell right in front of the Giants' bench area and sprinted untouched up the sideline for the touchdown.

Kayvon Thibodeaux scored the Giants' other defensive touchdown this season, on a one-yard fumble return on Dec. 18 in the victory in Washington.

Collins' interception return touchdown is the Giants' first since Nov. 7, 2021, when Xavier McKinney picked off a pass by Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr and returned it 41 yards for a score.

Collins' is the Giants' longest interception return touchdown since Nov. 23, 2017, when Janoris Jenkins scored on a 53-yarder in Washington.

Collins scored his first touchdown since Oct. 23, 2016, when he intercepted a pass by the Rams' Case Keenum and returned it 44 yards for a score in a Giants victory in London. That was part of a two-interception, eight-tackle performance that earned Collins the NFC Defensive Player of the Week Award.

*Collins' interception is the Giants' fifth this season.

*Pro Bowler Dexter Lawrence and Thibodeaux had the Giants' two sacks. Lawrence increased his season-leading and career-high total to 7.5. Thibodeaux raised his total to 4.0.

*Linebacker Jaylon Smith led the Giants with nine tackles (five solo).

*Safety Xavier McKinney started at free safety and had seven tackles (four solo) and one pass defensed in his first game since Oct. 30. McKinney was activated yesterday off the reserve/non-football injury list.

*Chris McLaughlin gave the Colts a 3-0 lead with a 23-yard field goal late in the first quarter, a score set up by a 49-yard pass from Nick Foles to Parris Campbell. That completion is tied with two runs for the third-longest play allowed by the Giants this season. Washington's Taylor Heinicke and Jahan Dotson hooked up for a 61-yard pass on Dec. 18, and Chicago quarterback Justin Fields threw a pass to Darnell Mooney that gained 56 yards on Oct. 2. Christian McCaffrey, then with Carolina (Sept. 18), and Jacksonville's Travis Etienne (Oct. 23) each pierced the Giants' defense for 49-yard rushes.

*The Giants ended a four-game losing streak to Indianapolis and defeated the Colts for the first time since Dec. 22, 2002, and the first time at home since Dec. 12, 1993

*Pro Football Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor was introduced before the game and received a loud ovation as he rang the Giants Pride Bell on the sideline.

*The Giants' game captains were Jones and Pro Bowlers Barkley and Lawrence.

*The Giants' inactive players were cornerbacks Adoree' Jackson (knee) and Rodarius Williams, safety Dane Belton, linebacker Jarrad Davis, offensive linemen Jack Anderson and Wyatt Davis and tight end Lawrence Cager.


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