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Notes & Stats: Giants at midway point of season


SEATTLE – Notes and statistics from the Giants' 27-13 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Lumen Field:

*The Giants' four-game winning streak ended; they are now 6-2. They are tied for second place in the NFC East with Dallas. Both teams trail the 7-0 Philadelphia Eagles.

*The Giants' 6-2 record is their best after eight games – the halfway point of each team's season from 1978-2020 – since they were 6-2 in 2012.

*The 14-point margin of defeat was the Giants' highest since a 22-7 loss to Washington on Jan. 9, 2022.

*This was the Giants' first game in 2022 decided by more than one score. Entering the game, the Giants were the only team in the NFL to have every one of its games decided by a single score (eight points or less).

*The Giants' 13 points are their fewest since their defeat to Washington in the 2021 season finale. Their previous low this season had been 16 in a seven-point loss to Dallas on Sept. 16.

*Seattle's 27 points are the most allowed by the Giants since a 29-3 loss in Chicago on Jan. 2. The Cowboys' 23 points had been the most by a Giants opponent this season.

*The Giants trailed in the fourth quarter for the fourth consecutive game, but unlike the previous three, they were unable to rally for a victory.

*The Giants gained 225 yards, their lowest total since they finished with 177 yards on Jan. 9 against Washington. Their previous low this season was 238 vs. Baltimore on Oct. 16.

*The Giants' 78 rushing yards are their fewest since they ran for 70 in a victory against Philadelphia on Nov. 28, 2021. Their 2022 low total had been 83 against the Ravens two weeks ago.

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*The Giants' 14 first downs were four fewer than they had in any game this season (18 vs. Carolina and Baltimore) and their lowest total since they had 10 in the 2021 finale against Washington.

*Daniel Jones was sacked five times, tying the Giants' previous season high set against both Tennessee on Sept. 11 and Dallas on Sept. 26.

*Each team punted six times, the highest total since the Titans and Giants each had six punts in the season opener at Tennessee.

*Despite all that, the Giants owned a time of possession advantage of 7:08 (33:34-2:26). It was their third-highest time of possession of the season.

*The Seahawks gained 227 yards, two more than Green Bay, which had been the season low by a Giants opponent. The Seahawks' 87 rushing yards were the fewest allowed by the Giants this season (Tennessee had 93).

*The Giants did not register a first down on any of their first three drives of the game for the first time since Oct. 10, 2019, at New England.

*The Giants totaled 46 offensive yards in the first half, their lowest two-quarter output since Oct. 22, 2017, when they had 42 yards in MetLife Stadium – also against Seattle.

*Graham Gano tied the game at 10-10 with a 31-yard field goal that capped the opening drive of the second half, a series in which the Giants traveled 79 yards in 14 plays and 8:56. It was their longest possession in terms of time this season; they scored a touchdown vs. Green Bay that took 8:07 to complete.

*Jones completed 17 of 31 passes for 176 yards, with neither a touchdown pass nor an interception. It was the fifth consecutive game in which he did not throw a pick, tying the career high he set from Nov.8-Dec. 20, 2020 (he was inactive for two games during that streak).

*One week after rushing for a career-high 107 yards, Jones was limited to 20 yards on the ground on six carries.

*Saquon Barkley finished with season-low totals of 53 rushing yards on 20 carries and 62 yards from scrimmage, his first game with less than 88 scrimmage yards. He entered the game with an NFL-leading 906 yards.

*Barkley scored the Giants' only touchdown on a one-yard run in the second quarter. It was his team-leading fifth touchdown, his highest total since had had six in 2019.

*One significant footnote to Barkley's touchdown: Nick Gates entered the game along with Jack Anderson as extra blockers. It was Gates' first snap since suffering a devastating left leg injury at Washington on Sept. 16, 2021.

*Cornerback Adoree' Jackson set up Barkley's touchdown when he forced a fumble by Seattle wide receiver Tyler Lockett and recovered the ball at the Seahawks' two-yard line with 6:30 remaining in the second quarter. Barkley scored two plays later.

*The fumble recovery was Jackson's second of the season; he secured a loose ball against Carolina on Sept. 18. It was his fourth career forced fumble and first since Dec. 31, 2017, when he was credited with one against Jacksonville in the final game of his rookie season at Tennessee.

*The two-yard touchdown drive was the Giants' shortest since Sept. 13, 2015, when they scored on a one-yard possession after an interception in Dallas.

*Darius Slayton led the Giants with six receptions for 66 yards, including three third down catches he converted into first downs.

*Third-year safety Safety Xavier McKinney recorded his first career sack when he tackled Smith for an eight-yard loss late in the second quarter. This was McKinney's 31st career game.

*Rookie linebacker Micah McFadden registered his first career sack with a seven-yard takedown of Geno Smith late in the first quarter. He joins Kayvon Thibodeaux and Tomon Fox as Giants rookies with sacks this season.

*Rookie Joshua Ezeudu made his first career start, at left guard. He stepped in for Ben Bredeson, who injured his knee last week in Jacksonville and was placed on injured reserve Friday.

*Tyre Phillips made his first Giants start at right tackle for Evan Neal, who also suffered a knee injury last week. Phillips started 13 games for the Baltimore Ravens in 2020-21. This was his seventh start at right tackle.

*Cornerback Nick McCloud made his first career start in his seventh game as the Giants' nickel corner. He finished with two tackles (one solo).

*Tomon Fox (six solo) and Leonard Williams (five) led the Giants with eight tackles apiece.

*Seattle scored the game's first touchdown on a 69-yard second quarter drive that was completed in 15 plays, the most by a Giants opponent this season. Green Bay had a 14-play possession that ended with an unsuccessful fourth down try and a 13-play touchdown drive.

*The Giants' record in games prior to a regular season bye fell to 22-12. Their .647 winning percentage ranks sixth among NFL teams. The Giants return to action on Nov. 13 at home against Houston.

*Linebacker Elerson Smith made his season debut with one tackle on defense and another on special teams.

*Defensive lineman Nick Williams left the game in the first half with a biceps injury and did not return.

*The Giants are 4-5 in Seattle, 3-3 in Lumen Field and 10-10 in their series with the Seahawks, which began in 1976.

*The Giants' game captains were Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley, Leonard Williams, Dexter Lawrence and Xavier McKinney.

*The Giants' inactive players were wide receiver Kenny Golladay (knee), tight end Daniel Bellinger (eye), tackle Evan Neal (knee), linebacker Oshane Ximines (quad), cornerback Cod'Dale Flott (calf) and linebacker Austin Calitro.


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