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Notes & Stats: Giants enter key NFC East stretch


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Notes and statistics from the Giants' 31-18 loss to the Detroit Lions Sunday in MetLife Stadium:

*The Giants lost for the second time in three games and fell to 7-3. With Philadelphia's comeback victory in Indianapolis, the Giants are tied with the Cowboys, two games behind the first-place Eagles in the NFC East. The Giants play in Dallas on Thanksgiving Day.

*The Giants fell to 4-2 at home.

*The 31 points were the most allowed by the Giants since a 34-10 loss in Philadelphia last Dec. 26.

*The Giants' defense had neither a sack nor a takeaway for the second time this season. It also happened on Sept. 26 vs. Dallas, their other home loss.

*After committing no offensive turnovers in their last three and four of their last five games, the Giants had a season-high three against the Lions, including two interceptions.

*Two Giants streaks ended at six games: time of possession of more than 30 minutes (they had 28:12) and six third-down conversions (they had five).

*The Giants trailed at halftime, 17-6, their second-largest deficit after two quarters this season. In the opener at Tennessee, they were behind, 13-0. Sunday's halftime deficit was the Giants' largest at home since they trailed Dallas, 15-3, on Dec. 19, 2021.

*The Giants gained 413 yards and had 25 first downs, both their second-highest totals of the season (436 and 27 at Jacksonville).

*The Giants' 324 net passing yards were 111 yards more than their previous high this season and their highest total since had 402 in an overtime victory in New Orleans on Oct. 3, 2021. It was their highest total in a four-quarter game since Dec. 22, 2019, when they had 346 net passing yards in Washington.

*Daniel Jones completed 27 of 44 passes for 341 yards – all season highs – one touchdown and two interceptions for a passer rating of 74.1. The 44 attempts are the third-highest total of his career. He threw 51 against the Rams on Oct. 17, 2021, and 47 vs. Philadelphia on Dec. 29, 2019. The 27 completions are his sixth highest; he completed 29 passes against Los Angeles last season and 28 in four different games. Jones' 341 yards are also third highest, behind the 402 in New Orleans in 2021 and 352 at Washington on Dec. 22, 2019.

*This was Jones' – and the Giants' - first 300-yard game since he passed for 402 yards in New Orleans last season.

*Jones streak of passes without an interception ended with 6:09 remaining in the second quarter when rookie Aidan Hutchinson picked off his pass intended for Darius Slayton and returned the ball 19 yards to the Giants' 18-yard line. It was the first interception thrown by Jones since his final pass against Dallas on Sept. 26. He played more than six games and threw 153 passes – including his first eight today - without one of them ending up in enemy hands, which had been the NFL's longest active streak.

*The interception was the second this season for Hutchinson, a rookie defensive lineman who was the No. 2 overall selection in the 2022 NFL Draft.

*Jones was also intercepted on a fourth-down pass in the third quarter by rookie safety Kerby Joseph. It was the first game in which Jones threw two picks since Nov. 22, 2021, at Tampa Bay.

*Jones scored the Giants' first touchdown on a three-yard run with 2:41 remaining in the first quarter. It was his fourth touchdown of the year – two more than he had in any of his first three seasons – and the ninth of his career.

*Jones led the Giants with 50 rushing yards on seven attempts and had the team's longest run, a 15-yarder.

*Saquon Barkley, who had an NFL-high 931 rushing yards entering the game, was held to 22 yards on 15 carries. His previous low was 53 yards at Seattle on Oct. 30. The 22 yards is the second-lowest total in a game in which Barkley had at least 10 attempts. On Nov. 10, 2019, he gained one yard on 13 attempts vs. the Jets.

*Backup Matt Breida scored the Giants' second touchdown on a three-yard run in the fourth quarter. It was his first touchdown since Nov. 25, 2021, on a 23-yard reception for Buffalo at New Orleans on Thanksgiving and his first rushing touchdown since Nov. 14, 2021, at the Jets (also in MetLife Stadium) on a 15-yard run. He also scored on a 15-yard reception in that game.

*Rookie Wan'Dale Robinson led the Giants with nine receptions for 100 yards. The nine receptions are the most by a Giants player since Sterling Shepard had 10 vs. the Rams on Oct. 17, 2021. Robinson had the Giants' first 100-yard receiving day since Kadarius Toney set a franchise rookie record with 189 yards at Dallas on Oct. 10, 2021.

*Darius Slayton caught five passes for 86 yards, including a team-long 24-yarder.

*Richie James scored his first Giants touchdown on a nine-yard pass from Jones in the fourth quarter.

*In his first game against his former team, Kenny Golladay caught two passes for 29 yards, his first receptions since the season opener in Tennessee.

*Shane Lemieux made his 2022 debut as the Giants' starter at left guard, his first game action since Sept. 12, 2021, against Denver. A knee injury he first suffered in training camp sidelined him for the remainder of the 2021 season and a toe injury he sustained this summer kept him out of the first nine games of the current season.

*Lemieux was replaced in the second half by rookie Joshua Ezeudu, who started the previous two games.

*Second-year cornerback Rodarius Williams made his season debut as a reserve cornerback, his first action since Oct. 10, 2021, in Dallas, where he suffered a torn ACL. He had four solo tackles.

*Safety Julian Love (five solo) and defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence (three) each had a team-high seven tackles.

*Graham Gano missed both of his extra points attempts, the first time in his 184-game career (including postseason) that he missed more than one. When his first attempt was blocked by John Cominsky, Gano's streak of consecutive PAT successes ended at 36. His last miss had been on Jan. 3, 2021 – the 2020 season finale – when he was wide left on an extra point try after the Giants scored their first touchdown in a victory against Dallas. Gano later kicked two extra points in that game and all 17 of his attempts in both 2021 and 22 before missing today.

*The Giants missed two extra points in a game for the first time since Nov. 20, 2016 – exactly six years ago – when Robbie Gould was their kicker. They defeated Chicago that day, 22-16.

*Detroit rushed for four touchdowns – three by Jamaal Williams and one by D'Andre Swift – the most by a Giants opponent since Seattle ran for five scores on Nov. 9, 2014.

*Williams is the first Giants opponent to score three touchdowns – and run for three – since Philadelphia's Boston Scott on Dec. 29, 2019.

*Several Giants left the game with injuries: Robinson (knee), starting cornerbacks Adoree' Jackson (knee) and Fabian Moreau (ribs), center Jon Feliciano (neck) and tackle Tyre Phillips (neck) and safety Jason Pinnock (jaw).

*The Giants' game captains were Jones, Barkley and left tackle Andrew Thomas.

*The Giants' inactive players were tight end Daniel Bellinger (eye), tackle Evan Neal (knee), offensive lineman Jack Anderson, wide receiver David Sills, inside linebacker Austin Calitro and outside linebacker Quincy Roche.

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