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Notes, Anecdotes & Statistics

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Notes and statistics from the Giants' 21-3 victory over the Minnesota Vikings in Ford Field.

*The Giants won their third consecutive game and improved to 9-4. They are tied atop the NFC East with the Philadelphia Eagles, who visit New Meadowlands Stadium on Sunday.

*With their ninth victory of the season, the Giants are assured of a winning record for the third time in the last four years. They were 8-8 last year.

*The Giants broke a four-game losing streak to Minnesota and beat the Vikings for the first time since Oct. 31, 2004. The Giants trail in the regular season series, 13-9.

*The game was moved from Sunday in Minneapolis to Monday in Detroit because of the weekend storm that covered Minnesota with about 17 inches of snow and caused the inflatable dome at Mall of America Field to collapse. The crowd of 45,910 was an unusual mix of Giants fans, Vikings fans and those with no particular rooting interest. At one point, a chant of "Let's go Lions" broke out.

*The Giants have been the visiting team in each of the last two relocated NFL regular season games. On Sept. 19, 2005, they were visitors in Giants Stadium against the New Orleans Saints when the teams' game was moved from the Louisiana Superdome following Hurricane Katrina. The Giants won, 27-10.

*It is believed this was the third time in the last 25 years that weather or natural disasters forced the NFL to hastily move a regular season game to a site that was not the home stadium of either competing team. That does not count New Orleans' 2005 season, when the Saints, after playing a home game in Giants Stadium, hosted games in Baton Rouge and San Antonio.

In 1989, the Loma Prieta earthquake that caused a 10-day disruption in the World Series also forced the San Francisco 49ers to move their Oct. 22 home game against New England to Stanford Stadium. The 49ers won, 37-20, and went on to win the Super Bowl that season. On Oct. 27, 2003, the Miami Dolphins defeated the Chargers, 26-10, in a game played in Tempe, Arizona because of wildfires in the San Diego area.

*The Giants are 25-15 in regular season games in domed stadiums, including 8-3 under Tom Coughlin and 2-0 in Ford Field. They are 2-0 this season after also winning in Houston on Oct. 10.

*The Giants allowed three points for the second time this season. They defeated Chicago, 17-3, on Oct. 3.

*The Giants held their opponent scoreless in the second half for the first time since Oct. 11, 2009, when they defeated Oakland, 44-7.

*This is the fourth time this year a Giants opponent was held to single-digit scoring, including Washington last week. It's the first time they held their opponents to fewer than 10 points in consecutive games since Oct. 30 and Nov. 6, 2005 when they defeated Washington, 36-0, and San Francisco, 24-6.

*Tom Coughlin became the 21st coach in NFL history with 140 victories. Coughlin has 132 victories in the regular season (64 with the Giants) and eight in the postseason.

*The Giants rushed for 213 yards, their highest total since they ran for 220 yards vs. Oakland on Oct. 11, 2009. Brandon Jacobs (116 yards on 14 carries) and Ahmad Bradshaw (103 yards on 11 attempts) each rushed for more than 100 yards. It was only the second time in history the Giants had two 100-yard rushers in the same game. It last happened at Buffalo on Dec. 23, 2007, when the runners were Jacobs (145 yards on 24 carries) and Bradshaw (151 yards on 17 attempts).

*Jacobs has rushed for more than 100 yards in back-to-back games for the first time since Nov. 2 and Nov. 9, 2008, when he ran for 117 and 126 yards against Dallas and Philadelphia. This was his 11th career 100-yard game, which ties him with Eddie Price (1950-55) for fourth on the Giants' career list. The Giants are 10-1 when Jacobs rushes for at least 100 yards.

*Bradshaw's 100-yard game was his fourth of the season (the first since Oct. 25 at Dallas) and the seventh of his career. The Giants are 7-0 when Bradshaw rushes for at least 100 yards.

*Jacobs set up the Giants' first touchdown with a 73-yard run and Bradshaw scored the second touchdown on a 48-yarder. Those are the Giants' two longest runs of the season.

The 73-yard run was by far the longest of Jacobs' career. His previous long run was 44 yards vs. Seattle on Oct. 5, 2008. His longest this year had been the 39-yarder he recorded last week against Washington. It was the longest run by a Giants player since Nov. 16, 2008, when Bradshaw had a 77-yard gain vs. Baltimore.

Bradshaw's 48-yard run was his longest of the season. His previous long was a 45-yarder vs. Detroit on Oct. 17. It was the Giants' longest touchdown run since Bradshaw's 88-yard scamper at Buffalo on Dec. 23, 2007.

*Jacobs and Bradshaw each scored a touchdown. They each have eight rushing touchdowns this season. It is the first time in Giants history two players have at least eight rushing touchdowns in the same season.

It was Jacobs' 48th career rushing touchdown, tying him with Joe Morris for third on the team's all-time list. Rodney Hampton is second with 49. Bradshaw scored his 17th career rushing touchdown.

*The Giants' 89-yard touchdown drive in the second quarter was their third-longest of season, after a 93-yarder vs. Detroit and a 90-yarder against Chicago.

*The Giants held the Vikings to 61 rushing yards, the eighth time this season they held their opponents to less than 100 yards on the ground. They are 8-0 in those games. Minnesota's Adrian Peterson was held to 26 yards on 14 carries. Peterson entered the weekend as the NFL's fourth-leading rusher with 1,123 yards.

*Eli Manning started his 100th consecutive regular season game. He is the sixth quarterback in NFL history to reach that milestone. Manning now has the second-longest active streak, behind his brother, Peyton, because Minnesota's Brett Favre sat out Monday's game with a shoulder injury, ending his 18-year streak at 297 regular season games:

PLAYER

TEAMS

YEARS

CONSECUTIVE STARTS

Brett Favre

Packers, Jets, Vikings

1992-Present

297

Peyton Manning

Colts

1998-Present

205*

Ron Jaworski

Eagles

1977-1984

116

Tom Brady

Patriots

2001-2008

111

Joe Ferguson

Bills

1977-1984

107

Eli Manning

Giants

2004-Present

100*


*Active streak

*Manning has the third-best record among those quarterbacks after 100 starts:

Quarterback  Record 
Tom Brady 76-24
Brett Favre 65-35
Eli Manning  59-41
Peyton Manning 57-43
Ron Jaworski  54-46
Joe Ferguson 47-53

*Manning completed 22 of 37 passes for 187 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. Manning increased his season total to 3,169 yards, his sixth consecutive season with more than 3,000 yards. He is the only quarterback in Giants history to do that.

*Manning has thrown 24 touchdown passes this season, tying the second-highest total of his career. He threw 27 touchdown passes in 2009 and 24 in both 2005 and 2006.

*Manning was sacked by Jared Allen in the third quarter, ending the Giants' franchise-record streak of not allowing a sack at five-plus games. Manning had thrown 193 passes since the previous time he was sacked, on Oct. 25 by Dallas' DeMarcus Ware.

*Wide receivers Hakeem Nicks and Steve Smith and left tackle David Diehl returned to action. Nicks missed two games with compartment syndrome in his left leg, Smith sat out four games with a partially torn pectoral muscle and Diehl missed four games with hamstring and hip injuries.

Nicks started and had game-high totals of seven catches for 96 yards. Smith played as a reserve and had one catch for 12 yards. Diehl played the entire game at left tackle.

*The Giants sacked Favre's replacement, Tarvaris Jackson, four times. They have 39 sacks this season, seven more than they had all of last year.

*Osi Umenyiora had one of the sacks and leads the team with 10.0. He is the first Giant to hit double-digits since Justin Tuck had 12.0 in 2008. Barry Cofield had a sack to increase his season total to a career-high 4.0. His previous best was 3.0 in 2008.

*The Giants' inactive players were offensive linemen Shaun O'Hara (foot), Shawn Andrews (back) and Jamon Meredith; defensive tackle Linval Joseph; wide receiver Duke Calhoun; return specialist Darius Reynaud; linebacker Phillip Dillard; and defensive back Michael Coe.

*Coughlin lost a replay challenge in the second quarter. On second-and-goal from the two, Bradshaw ran up the middle and the officials ruled he was stopped just short of the goal line. Coughlin challenged the call, believing Bradshaw scored. After review, referee Jeff Triplette upheld the call on the field. The Giants lost a timeout, but Jacobs scored on the next play. Coughlin is 6-4 this season, 29-31 with the Giants and 39-40 in his career on replay challenges.

*Linebacker Keith Bulluck intercepted a Jackson pass in the third quarter. It was his first pick in exactly a year. On Dec. 13, 2009, Bulluck, then playing for the Tennessee Titans, twice intercepted St. Louis quarterback Keith Null.

*The Lions did their best to make their NFC North rivals, the Vikings, feel like a home team. The Vikings logo replaced the Lion that is normally displayed at midfield. And the word "Vikings" was painted in each end zone. The logo and "Vikings" were continually shown on the scoreboard. The Vikings video that is played prior to home games in Minneapolis was shown on the video boards here. Go Vikings, Fight, Fight, Fight."

Most ubiquitously, the sound of the Vikings horn that constantly plays at Mall of America Field was imported to Detroit.

*The Giants' game captains were Chris Canty and Rich Seubert.


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