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Notes & Stats: Giants' season ends in Philadelphia


PHILADELPHIA – Notes and statistics from the Giants' 38-7 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in an NFC Divisional Playoff Game in Lincoln Financial Field:

*The sixth-seeded Giants finished their first season under coach Brian Daboll with a 10-8-1 record, while the top-seeded 15-3 Eagles advanced to the NFC Championship Game next week against the winner of Sunday's Dallas-San Francisco game.

*The Giants' postseason record fell to 25-26, including 9-16 as visitors and 2-3 vs. Philadelphia. They are 21-13 in playoff games since the 1970 merger, including 9-8 on the road and 5-7 in divisional round games.

*The Giants have played seven postseason games since 1990 against teams seeded No. 1 (four in the NFC and three in the AFC) and this was their first loss.

*The Giants are the 25th team since 1970 to lose twice an opponent in the regular season and meet that team a third time in the postseason. Those teams are 9-16 in the third game, including 6-13 on the road.

*The Giants, who fell twice to the Eagles in their final five regular-season games, lost three games to one team in a single season for the first time in their history.

*The Giants are 4-3 against NFC East opponents in postseason play since 1970: 2-3 vs. Philadelphia and 1-0 against both Dallas and Washington.

*The Giants' lost their 10th consecutive game in Lincoln Financial Field, including nine in the regular season, their longest streak in one stadium in franchise history.

*The Giants have allowed 38 points in each of their last two postseason defeats, including a 38-13 wild card loss in Green Bay in 2016.

*The Giants trailed at halftime, 28-0, their largest deficit after two quarters in their 51-game postseason history. The previous standard for a one-sided postseason half was set on Dec. 31, 1961, when the Giants were behind 24-0 in a 37-0 loss to the Packers in Green Bay in the NFL Championship Game.

*It was the second time in three games the Giants did not score a first-half point, and both were against the Eagles. In the regular-season finale on Jan. 8, the Giants – who played mostly reserves in that game - trailed at half, 16-0, and lost, 22-16.

*The Eagles held statistical advantages in total yards (416-227), rushing yards (268-118), first downs (26-13) and time of possession (35:43-24:17). Philadelphia also converted 10 of 14 third down opportunities (71.4%) and scored touchdowns on all four of their first-half trips into the red zone.

*Philadelphia's 268 rushing yards are the most ever for a Giants opponent in a postseason game. The former mark of 246 was set by the Detroit Lions in the NFL Championship Game on Dec. 15, 1935. It is the most rushing yards allowed by the Giants in any game since the Seattle Seahawks ran for 350 yards on Nov. 9, 2014. The Eagles rushed for 253 yards in their victory against the Giants in MetLife Stadium on Dec. 11.

*The Giants scored their only points with 6:15 remaining in the third quarter on an eight-yard run by Matt Breida. After lining up in a wildcat formation with Jones going in motion to the right side, Saquon Barkley took the shotgun snap and handed off to Breida, who scored his first career postseason touchdown.

*Barkley had nine rushing attempts for the second straight week, for 61 yards, both team-high totals. He also had a game-long 39-yard run.

*Jones completed 15 of 27 passes for 135 yards, no touchdowns and one interception for a passer rating of 53.8. He was sacked five times for losses totaling 26 yards. Jones also rushed for 24 yards on six carries.

*Richie James led the Giants with seven receptions for 51 yards. Barkley caught two passes and six other receivers had one catch apiece. One of them was Breida, whose first career postseason reception was a 19-yarder on a throw from Jones late in the first quarter.

*Safety Xavier McKinney had the Giants' only sack of Jalen Hurts, a six-yarder.

*Linebacker Jaylon Smith led the Giants with 14 tackles (eight solo). Safety Julian Love also had eight unassisted stops.

*The Giants had no takeaways for the second week in a row.

*The Eagles took a 7-0 lead just 4:54 into the game when Hurts threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to tight end Dallas Goedert. Philadelphia took the opening kickoff and drove 75 yards in eight plays, including a 40-yard pass to DeVonta Smith. It was the second straight game the Giants allowed an opening-possession touchdown. In their victory last week in Minnesota, quarterback Kirk Cousins opened the scoring with a one-yard run. The Giants allowed only three touchdowns on their opponents' opening offensive possession in the regular season, most recently against the Eagles on Dec. 11.

*Philadelphia also scored on its second possession when Hurts threw a nine-yard touchdown pass to Smith with 1:21 left in the opening quarter. That capped another eight-play drive, which covered 52 yards in 4:18. This was the second time in 19 games this season the Giants allowed touchdowns on each of their opponents' first two possessions. The Eagles also did it in the first instance, in MetLife Stadium on Dec. 11, when Miles Sanders scored on a three-yard run and Hurts followed with a 41-yard touchdown pass to Smith.

*Jones was intercepted by former Giant James Bradberry with 27 seconds remaining in the first quarter. The pass was intended for Darius Slayton. That ended Jones' streak of consecutive passes without throwing an interception at 74 (35 in the regular season and 39 in the playoffs, including 35 last week against the Vikings). He had last been picked off with 11:42 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Giants' regular-season loss in Minnesota on Dec. 24 by Patrick Peterson.

*In addition to the passing touchdowns, the Eagles rushed for three scores – a three-yard run by Boston Scott, a five-yarder by Hurts and, with 1:51 remaining, a 35-yard run by Kenneth Gainwell, who rushed for a game-high 112 yards.

*Scott enhanced his reputation as a Giant-killer. He has scored 19 career touchdowns (17 in the regular season and two in the playoffs) and 11 of them have been against the Giants.

*All five of the Eagles' sacks were by members of their front four – 1.5 each for Haason Reddick and Josh Sweat and one each for Brandon Graham and Fletcher Cox.

*The Giants' inactive players were inside linebacker Micah McFadden, defensive tackle Henry Mondeaux, cornerback Rodarius Williams, guards Jack Anderson and Wyatt Davis, defensive back Zyon Gilbert and wide receiver Makai Polk. Gilbert and Polk were elevated from the practice squad yesterday.

View photos from the Giants' Divisional Round playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles.


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