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Notes & Stats: Giants fall to Cowboys, 21-6

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Notes and statistics from the Giants' 21-6 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in MetLife Stadium:

*The Giants' three-game home winning streak ended, and they are now 3-4 in MetLife. They had not lost at home since Oct. 17 against the Rams.

*This was the Giants' first home loss to an NFC East opponent in Joe Judge's two seasons as coach. They are 4-1 in division home games under Judge.

*The Giants' six points tied their low output in the 20-game Joe Judge era. A year ago tomorrow, they lost at home to Cleveland, 20-6.

*The Giants' 15 first downs tied the season-low they set at Tampa Bay on Nov. 22.

*The Giants finished with 178 net passing yards – 79 on their final drive – the sixth consecutive game and the seventh time in eight games they totaled less than 200 yards through the air.

*The Giants tied their season-high by committing four turnovers (three interceptions and one fumble). They also had four giveaways – including three interceptions – against the Rams on Oct. 17.

*The Giants' first offensive possession ended with a turnover when Mike Glennon was hit by DeMarcus Lawrence and floated a pass that was intercepted by Jourdan Lewis, who returned it 18 yards to the Giants' 13. Ezekiel Elliott scored the game's first touchdown two plays later.

*Dallas kicked two field goals in the final 1:39 of the second quarter – the second after recovering a fumble – increasing the Giants' scoring deficit this season in the final two minutes of the first half to 65-0.

*Glennon started his third consecutive game in place of Daniel Jones, who is sidelined with a neck injury, and completed 13 of 24 passes for 99 yards, with a long completion of 16 yards and three interceptions. In addition to Lewis, Malik Hooker and Trevon Diggs intercepted Glennon, the latter in the end zone with 8:12 remaining after Dallas coach Mike McCarthy challenged the ruling on the field of an incomplete pass. Entering the game, the Cowboys (20 interceptions) and Diggs (nine) led the NFL.

*Jake Fromm, who was signed on Dec. 1, made his NFL debut when he replaced Glennon with 3:41 remaining in the game. Fromm completed six of 12 passes for 82 yards and was sacked once for a three-yard loss. He led the Giants from their seven-yard line to the Dallas nine, where his final two throws, both to Pharoh Cooper, were incomplete.

*Devontae Booker led the Giants with 74 rushing yards on eight carries, including runs of 28 and 31 yards (on fourth down). He is the first Giants back with two runs of 28+ yards in a game since Saquon Barkley did it in Washington on Dec. 22, 2019.

*Barkley ran for 50 yards on 15 carries and caught four passes for four yards.

*Barkley's fumble with 41 seconds left in the first half set up Dallas' second late field goal. DeMarcus Lawrence punched the ball out of Barkley's arm and it was recovered at the Giants' 46-yard line by Carlos Watkins. The lost fumble was the first of Barkley's four-year career and it occurred on his 791st touch from scrimmage, including his 606th rushing attempt. He fumbled once in 2019 and once in New Orleans on Oct. 3, but the Giants recovered the ball after each of them.

*Tight end Evan Engram and Barkley led the Giants with four receptions apiece.

*Kenny Golladay topped the wide receivers with three catches for 53 yards, all in the fourth quarter.

*Sterling Shepard gained 15 yards on two catches, both on passes from Fromm. But Shepard -- the Giants' longest-tenured player and No. 8 on the franchise career list with 349 catches -- crumpled to the ground as he released off the line of scrimmage with 1:26 left. The Giants announced after the game that Shepard had torn his Achilles tendon. He had already missed seven games this season with hamstring and quad injuries.

*Wide receiver Collin Johnson made his first career start in his 25th game, including the 11th this season for the Giants. He had one reception for 16 yards.

*Linebacker Lorenzo Carter played arguably the best game of his career. He twice sacked Dak Prescott, forced a fumble that was recovered by Austin Johnson, and had a pass defensed and three quarterback hits.

*The Giants' third sack was split by rookie linebackers Azeez Ojulari and Quincy Roche. Ojulari increased his season total to 8.0 sacks, extending his franchise rookie record. It was the third consecutive game in which Ojulari had a sack, matching the streak he had in the season's first three weeks.

*After concerns all week about his availability because of a triceps injury, defensive lineman Leonard Williams started and played in his 109th consecutive game. Williams, who has never missed a game in his seven-year career, wore a brace on his right arm. He had three solo tackles and one forced fumble.

*Linebacker Tae Crowder led the Giants with 12 tackles (six solo). Defensive backs Logan Ryan and Julian Love each had 10 tackles (eight solo).

*With Adoree' Jackson and Aaron Robinson both on the COVID reserve list, cornerback Jarren Williams made his first career start in his fifth game. Williams was added to the roster from the practice squad yesterday as a COVID-19 replacement. He had five tackles (four solo) and broke up a pass.

*Linebacker Jaylon Smith, signed to the practice squad Friday and added to the roster yesterday, had four tackles (three solo) in his Giants debut.

*Graham Gano scored the Giants' points on field goals of 35 and 42 yards.

*Rookie running back/special teamer Gary Brightwell left the game in the second quarter with a neck injury.

*Dallas won the coin toss and elected to receive. It was the first time in Judge's 30 games as head coach that the team winning the toss did not defer. This season, the team that wins the toss is 6-8 in Giants games. The Giants are 3-5 when they lose the coin toss.

*The Giants' only inactive players were Jones and offensive lineman Ben Bredeson (foot).

View all the action from the Week 15 NFC East matchup between the Giants and Cowboys at MetLife Stadium.

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