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Notes & Stats: Giants vs. Eagles Recap

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Notes and statistics from the Giants' 48-22 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in MetLife Stadium:

*The Giants fell to 7-5-1 and into a third-place tie in the NFC East with the Washington Commanders, whom they tied last week and will face next week in a prime time game in FedExField.

*The 26-point margin of defeat is the Giants' largest since a 29-3 loss in Chicago on Jan. 2, 2022, and the largest to the Eagles since a 27-0 loss in Philadelphia on Oct. 12, 2014.

*Philadelphia's 48 points are the most allowed by the Giants since a 51-17 loss to the Rams on Nov. 5, 2017, and the most given up to the Eagles since a 49-21 loss on Oct. 4, 1959.

*The Giants are 1-4-1 in their last six games.

*The Giants are 4-2-1 in MetLife Stadium with one game remaining, New Year's Day against the Indianapolis Colts.

*The Giants are 0-3-1 in NFC East games, including 0-2-1 at home. This is the first season since 2018 they did not win a division home game. They have games at Washington and Philadelphia remaining.

*Philadelphia's 437 yards are the second-highest total for a Giants' opponent this season; Jacksonville gained 452 yards in a Giants' victory on Oct. 23.

*The Eagles' 27 first downs tied the Jaguars' total for the season high vs. the Giants.

*Philadelphia rushed for 253 yards, the highest total allowed by the Giants since Nov. 9, 2014, when the Seattle Seahawks ran for 350 yards.

View photos from the Giants' Week 14 game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium.

*The Eagles rushed for four touchdowns (two by Miles Sanders and one each by Boston Scott and Jalen Hurts). They are the second Giants opponent to run for four scores in the last four games. The Detroit Lions rushed for four touchdowns, including three by Jamaal Williams, on Nov. 20. The last opponent with more than 250 yards and four touchdowns on the ground were the Seahawks eight years ago.

*Philadelphia's defense sacked quarterbacks Daniel Jones and Tyrod Taylor seven times, the highest total allowed by the Giants since the Arizona Cardinals had eight sacks on Dec. 13, 2020.

*The Giants trailed at halftime, 24-7, their largest halftime deficit since Jan. 2, 2022, when they were behind in Chicago, 22-3. They had last allowed that many points in the first two quarters on Dec. 12, 2021, when their halftime deficit against the Chargers in Los Angeles was also 24-7.

*Taylor entered the game in the fourth quarter and played the final two series. He still led the Giants with 40 rushing yards on two carries, including a 32-yarder. Taylor also completed all five of his passes for 47 yards, the longest a 19-yard touchdown to Richie James.

*Jones completed 18 of 27 passes for 169 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown to Isaiah Hodgins. He was sacked four times for 17 yards.

*Jones also rushed for 26 yards on four carries, including a one-yard touchdown. It was his fifth score of the season, matching his combined total in his first three seasons, and the 10th of his career.

*Saquon Barkley, whose playing time was limited by a sore neck and the circumstances of the game, had nine rushing attempts for 28 yards and caught two passes for 20 yards. Barkley increased his career rushing total to 4,020 yards.

*James led the Giants with seven receptions, the second-highest total of his career. On Nov. 5, 2002, he caught nine passes playing for San Francisco vs. Green Bay.

*Philadelphia scored a touchdown on its first offensive series when Sanders ran for three yards up the middle to cap a 14-play, 84-yard drive that took 8:05 to complete.

The Eagles are the third team this season – and the first in MetLife Stadium – to score a first-possession touchdown against the Giants. Tennessee in the season opener and Jacksonville on Oct. 23 also did it.

*The 8:05 drive is the longest allowed by the Giants this season; last week, the Commanders held the ball for eight minutes before punting. The previous long touchdown drive was by the Green Bay Packers and took 7:44 on Oct. 9. The 14 plays tied for the most by a Giants opponent; Seattle (Oct. 30) and Dallas (Nov. 24) also had 14-play touchdown drives.

*When the Eagles next had the ball, they scored a touchdown by travelling 91 yards, tying the longest drive against the Giants this season. Green Bay also marched 91 yards on a series that ended with a touchdown.

*Azeez Ojulari recorded two sacks of the Giants' four sacks and has three sacks in two games since missing two months with a calf injury.

*Rookie Ryder Anderson made his first career start and picked up his first sack, in his third game. He had two solo tackles. A free agent from Indiana, Anderson he was elevated from the practice squad for the first time since Oct. 23 in Jacksonville and the maximum third time this season. If Anderson plays again, the Giants must sign him to their active roster.

*Another rookie free agent, defensive back Zyon Gilbert, was elevated for the second week in a row and had his first sack, a 10-yard takedown of Hurts.

*Three Giants led the Giants with nine tackles apiece: safeties Jason Pinnock (eight solo) and Julian Love (six) and linebacker Jaylon Smith (seven).

*Two rookie draft choices left the game with injuries: tight end Daniel Bellinger (ribs) and linebacker Micah McFadden (neck and ankle).

*Defensive end Elerson Smith, playing in his fifth game of the season, made the biggest play of his 13-game career when he blocked an Arryn Siposs punt in the end zone with 4:15 remaining in the second quarter. The ball caromed to the two-yard line where Siposs picked it up and advanced it to the 15-yard line. The Giants scored their first touchdown three plays later.

Smith is the first Giants player with a blocked punt since Oct. 20, 2019, when Michael Thomas got his hands on a punt by Arizona's Andy Lee. Eli Penny recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown.

*Scott set up the Eagles' final score of the first half with a 66-yard kickoff return, the longest allowed by the Giants since Nov. 29, 2020, when Cincinnati's Brandon Wilson scored on a 103-yard runback.

*Sanders' 144 rushing yards are the most by a Giants opponent since Washington's Antonio Gibson ran for 146 yards in the 2021 season finale (Jan. 9, 2022).

*The Giants game captains were Jones and special teamers Graham Gano, Casey Kreiter and Cam Brown.

*The Giants' inactive players were defensive lineman Leonard Williams (neck), offensive linemen Joshua Ezeudu (neck) and Shane Lemieux (toe), cornerbacks Adoree' Jackson (knee) and Rodarius Williams, tight end Lawrence Cager, and wide receiver David Sills.

Leonard Williams did not miss a game in his first seven NFL seasons but has sat out four this year, including three from Weeks 3-5 with a knee injury.

*The Eagles clinched a playoff berth and are the NFL's only undefeated team on the road this season with a 6-0 record. They have won eight straight regular-season road games since losing to the Giants, 13-7, on Nov. 28, 2021.

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