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Game Notes: Win-and-in scenario for Giants


MINNEAPOLIS – Notes and statistics from the Giants' 27-24 loss to the Minnesota Vikings in U.S. Bank Stadium:

*The Giants fell to 8-6-1. But because Seattle, Detroit and Washington also lost, the Giants can clinch a playoff berth by winning one of their last two games, Jan. 1 at home against Indianapolis and Jan. 7 or 8 at Philadelphia.

*Greg Joseph scored the game-winning points on a 61-yard field goal as time expired. It was the fifth field goal in NFL history that was 61 or more yards with zero time remaining in the fourth quarter. The Giants have lost games because of two of them. On Sept. 24, 2017, Philadelphia's Jake Elliott kicked a 61-yard field as time expired. The score then was also 27-24. Graham Gano was with Carolina when his 63-yarder with one second left gave the Panthers a 33-31 victory on Oct. 7, 2018.

*This is the eighth time in the last 10 seasons (2013-22) the Giants lost on a field goal as the game clock hit all zeroes. Before Saturday, it had last happened on Sept. 26, 2021, when Atlanta's Younghoe Koo kicked a 40-yarder to defeat the Giants, 17-14.

*The Giants are now 8-3-1 in one-score games this season, the NFL' second best record. Minnesota improved to a league-best 11-0 in games decided by eight points or less.

*The Giants amassed 445 offensive yards, their highest total since they gained 485 yards in an overtime victory in New Orleans on Oct. 3, 2021. Their previous high total this season was 436 yards at Jacksonville on Oct. 23.

*Their 319 net passing yards was their second-highest total of the season. They threw for 324 yards against Detroit on Nov. 20.

*The Giants sacked Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins four times, tied for their third-highest total this season, and increased their season total to 36 sacks. That is two more than they had in the entire 2021 season. Azeez Ojulari, Leonard Williams, Jaylon Smith and Landon Collins each had one sack.

View photos from the Giants' Week 16 game against the Minnesota Vikings.

*Daniel Jones completed 30 of 42 passes for 334 yards, one touchdown and one interception for a passer rating of 92.8.

*The 30 completions are Jones' career high. His previous high total was 29 completions against the Los Angeles Rams on Oct. 17, 2021.

*Jones' 334 yards is the fifth-highest total of his career and second highest this season; he threw for 341 yards against the Lions on Nov. 20.

*Jones' 300-yard game is the eighth of his career, the fifth-highest total in Giants history; Hall of Famer Y.A. Tittle is fourth with nine.

*Jones also rushed for 34 yards on four carries, the longest a 14-yarder. He increased his single-season franchise record for a quarterback to 617 yards.

*Saquon Barkley led the Giants with 84 rushing yards on 14 carries (a 6.0-yard average), including a 27-yard touchdown run that tied the game at 24-24 with 2:01 remaining after a two-point conversion.

*The rushing touchdown was his 10th of the season, one less than his career high of 11 in his 2018 Rookie of the Year season.

*Barkley scored his 29th career rushing touchdown and is 10th in franchise history, three behind Ahmad Bradshaw.

*Barkley also had season-high totals of eight receptions for 49 yards. The eight catches were the most Barkley has had in a game since he had nine on Oct. 28, 2018 (the last of three consecutive games in which he caught nine passes). Barkley's 49 receiving yards are his highest total since he had 74 at New Orleans on Oct. 3, 2021.

*Barkley had 133 scrimmage yards, the eighth time this season he has exceeded 100.

*Barkley was one of three players with a team-high eight catches, joining wide receivers Richie James (90 yards) and Isaiah Hodgins (89 yards and a touchdown). James' totals are his highest of the season and second highest of his career; he had nine catches for 184 yards for the San Francisco 49ers vs. Green Bay on Nov. 5, 2020. Hodgins surpassed his previous career highs of four receptions, which he had three times this year - on Oct. 9 for Buffalo vs. Pittsburgh, plus each of the previous two games, vs. Philadelphia and at Washington. Hodgins' previous career-best yardage total was 44 yards vs. the Commanders in the 20-20 tie on Dec. 4.

*Hodgins scored the Giants' first touchdown on a seven-yard pass from Jones with 4:23 remaining in the second quarter. It was his third touchdown reception of the season, tying him with James for the team lead.

*As they did last week in Washington, Nick Gates and Ben Bredeson split time at left guard. Gates played the first two series, followed by Bredeson for three. Gates returned for the first series in the second half and the two split playing time for the remainder of the game.

*Ojulari sacked Kirk Cousins for a six-yard loss in the second quarter, forcing the Vikings to attempt a field goal. The second-year pro has played in only six games this season but is second on the team with 5.5 sacks, one less than Pro Bowler Dexter Lawrence.

Unfortunately, Ojulari suffered an ankle injury on the sack and was carted to the locker room and did not return. He was replaced by Jihad Ward and Oshane Ximines.

*Jaylon Smith led the Giants with 10 tackles (three solo). It was his ninth consecutive game with at least five tackles.

*Gano kicked field goals of 44, 44 and 55 yards, the latter his third longest of the season. He also kicked one PAT to increase his season point total to 107. Gano has scored more than 100 points in each of his three Giants seasons and 10 times in his 13-year career.

*The 55-yard field goal is his third longest of the season. He booted a 57-yarder at Dallas on Nov. 24 and a 56-yarder vs. Carolina on Sept. 26. Gano has succeeded on seven of eight attempts from 50+ yards this season, missing only a 58-yard try vs. Washington on Dec. 4.

*Gano has kicked eight field goals of 50 yards or longer this season, breaking the previous franchise record of seven he set last year.

*His 20 50+ yards field goals in three seasons with the Giants are 11 more than anyone else in Giants history (Joe Danelo kicked nine from 1976-82).

*The Giants game captains were Jones, Dexter Lawrence and Leonard Williams.

*The Giants' inactive players were cornerbacks Adoree' Jackson (knee) and Rodarius Williams, wide receiver David Sills, and offensive linemen Shane Lemieux (toe) and Jack Anderson.


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