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Notes & Stats: Giants vs. Cowboys Recap


ARLINGTON, Texas – Notes and statistics from the Giants' 49-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in AT&T Stadium:

*With Daniel Jones (knee) and Tyrod Taylor (rib cage) on injured reserve, Tommy DeVito was the Giants' starting quarterback. He is the first rookie free agent quarterback to start a non-strike game for the Giants since the common draft began in 1967, the 10th such quarterback to start an NFL game since 2010, and the 10th rookie quarterback to start this season, the league's highest total since at least 1950.

*DeVito, who was frequently pressured by Dallas' defensive front, completed 14 of 27 passes for 86 yards, two touchdowns and one interception for a passer rating of 67.8. He threw touchdown passes of 10 yards to Lawrence Cager in the third quarter and two yards to Sterling Shepard with six seconds remaining in the game. His longest completion was a 26-yarder to tight end Daniel Bellinger.

*DeVito also rushed for 41 yards on seven carries, with a long run of 19 yards. He was sacked five times for losses totaling 25 yards.

*Shepard caught his first touchdown pass since the 2022 season opener in Tennessee, where he scored on a 65-yard reception. He missed most of the season with a torn ACL.

*Cager scored his second career touchdown and first in a year; he scored on a nine-yard catch in the Giants' victory against Houston on Nov. 13, 2022.

*Wide receiver Darius Slayton (21 yards) and running back Jashaun Corbin (12) led the Giants with three receptions apiece. Corbin also had a one-yard run. The 13 scrimmage yards were the first of his career.

*Saquon Barkley was the Giants' leading rusher with 66 yards on 13 carries, including a team long 21-yarder.

*Dallas dominated the game statistically with sizeable advantages in total yards (640-172), first downs (32-16), net passing yards (472-61) and time of possession (37:21-22:39).

*Dallas' 49 points were the most allowed by the Giants since a 51-17 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Nov. 5, 2017. The previous high total given up in Brian Daboll's two seasons as head coach was 48 points to Philadelphia last Dec. 11.

*The Cowboys' 640 total yards were the second-most ever allowed by the Giants. On Nov. 14, 1943 – almost 80 years to the day – the Chicago Bears gained 682 yards in a 56-7 victory. The previous high under Daboll was 524 yards at Miami on Oct. 8.

*Dallas' 472 net passing yards were the third-highest total allowed by the Giants. New Orleans threw for 505 yards on Nov. 1, 2015, and the Bears passed for 488 yards in the 1943 game mentioned above.

*The Cowboys' 32 first downs tied for the third-highest total by a Giants opponent. The Rams had 38 on Nov. 13, 1966; New Orleans had 35 in 2015; and Dallas had 21 on Sept. 10, 1978.

*The Giants trailed 28-0 at halftime. It was their largest deficit after two quarters since they trailed the Eagles by the same score in their NFC Divisional Playoff Game last January. The halftime deficit was the Giants' largest in a regular-season game since Jan. 3, 2010, when were behind in Minnesota, 31-0.

*The Giants had one first down in the first 30 minutes, their lowest total in a half since Nov. 23, 2017, when they had one in the second half in a loss in Washington.

*The Giants' 27 first-half yards were their fewest since they gained 18 yards in the first two quarters on Sept. 22, 2013, at Carolina.

*The Giants' 172 total yards were their third-lowest total of the season and in the Daboll era; they gained 171 in their first meeting with the Cowboys on Sept. 10 and 150 in San Francisco on Sept. 21.

*The Giants were 0-for-12 on third-down conversion attempts, their first game without a third-down success since Jan. 3, 2021, when they came up short on all seven of their tries but still beat the Cowboys in MetLife Stadium, 23-17. That is their only victory since the 1970 merger without converting a third-down opportunity.

*Including their 40-0 loss on Kickoff Weekend, the Giants were swept in their season series with Dallas for the third consecutive season. The Cowboys' 89 points were the most they have scored in one season against the Giants. The previous high was 76 points in 2007, the season the Giants won Super Bowl XLII.

*The Giants have lost six in a row and 13 of their last 14 games vs. Dallas. They have lost seven straight games in AT&T Stadium.

*The Giants lost their third game in a row and fell to 2-8. They Giants have lost seven straight games vs. teams with a winning record entering the matchup, including all five games this season.

*The Giants' defense did not record a sack for the second game in a row and the fifth time in 10 games.

*Second-year cornerback Cor'Dale Flott recorded his first interception when he picked off a Dak Prescott pass intended for tight end Jake Ferguson on the final play of the first quarter. Flott returned the ball 21 yards to the Dallas 12-yard line. The Giants advanced to the four, but on fourth-and-two, Barkley was stopped for no gain by DeMarcus Lawrence and former Giant Johnathan Hankins.

The interception was the Giants' first since Deonte Banks picked off Washington's Sam Howell on Oct. 22.

*Darnay Holmes intercepted a pass by backup quarterback Cooper Rush in the fourth quarter, the third pick of his career and first since Nov. 28, 2021, against Philadelphia.

*Linebacker Bobby Okereke led the Giants with 11 tackles (seven solo) and safety Xavier McKinney added 10 (eight solo).

*Cager's touchdown capped a 91-yard drive on the Giants' second possession of the third quarter. It was their longest scoring possession in terms of yardage since they had a 97-yarder at Washington on Dec. 18, 2022. Their previous long this year was an 88-yard drive, against Washington on Oct. 22.

*Dallas took a 14-0 lead on Ferguson's one-yard touchdown reception with 8:48 remaining in the second quarter. It capped an eight-play, 96-yard drive that was the longest by a Giants opponent since a 98-yarder on Oct. 10, 2021 – also by the Cowboys in AT&T Stadium. The previous long possession in terms of yardage against the Giants this season was 94 yards by the Dolphins in Miami on Oct. 8.

*Prescott completed 26 of 35 passes for 404 yards, four touchdowns and one interception for a passer rating of 138.3. Prescott is the first quarterback to throw for 400 yards against the Giants since … Prescott, who threw for 405 yards on Sept. 8, 2019.

*Prescott has won each of his last 12 starts against the Giants.

*Prescott is the first quarterback to throw four touchdown passes against the Giants since the Rams' Matthew Stafford on Oct. 17, 2021, when Los Angeles scored 51 points.

*Prescott was feeding his two favorite targets all game. CeeDee Lamb caught 11 passes for 151 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown. He also scored the game's first touchdown on a 14-yard end-around on Dallas' first series. Brandin Cooks had nine receptions for 173 yards and a touchdown. This is the first game in Giants history in which two opposing receivers each had at least 150 receiving yards.

*Lamb and Cook are the fifth and sixth receivers to gain at least 100 yards against the Giants this season. Under Daboll, the Giants are 2-7-1 in the regular season and 1-0 in the postseason when an opposing receiver has at least 100 yards.

*Lamb became the first Giants opponent to score rushing and receiving touchdowns in the same game since San Francisco's Matt Breida on a three-yard run and 11-yard catch on Nov 12, 2018 in a 27-23 Giants win. Breida is in his second season with the Giants.

*Shepard's late touchdown reception enabled the Giants to score more than 16 points for the first time since their 31-28 victory in Arizona on Sept. 17.

*In his second game since replacing Graham Gano as the Giants' kicker, Randy Bullock scored his first points, with a pair of extra points and a 40-yard field goal in the second half.

*The Cowboys entered the game with an NFL-high 67 first-quarter points, while the Giants had a league-low nine points. Dallas scored the only seven points in the quarter.

*Tyre Phillips substituted for the injured Evan Neal (ankle) at right tackle, their sixth consecutive game with a different offensive line configuration than the previous contest, and their ninth different starting combination in 10 games. Phillips started his third game since rejoining the Giants on Oct. 17. The other starters were left tackle Andrew Thomas, left guard Justin Pugh, right guard Ben Bredeson and center John Michael Schmitz.

Thomas left the game with a left knee injury with 6:20 remaining in the first quarter. His lower left leg was bent awkwardly on a short run by Barkley. Thomas walked to the sideline, but after a stop in the medical tent, he was carted off the field to the locker room. He later returned to the game with a brace on his knee.

While Thomas was being examined, Pugh moved from left guard to tackle, and Marcus McKethan took over at guard.

*Reserve tight end Tyree Jackson started in his Giants debut as the Giants opened in a two-tight end set. He was not targeted on any passes.

*With Adoree' Jackson inactive with a concussion, the Giants' starting cornerbacks were Deonte Banks, Nick McCloud and Flott. It was McCloud's first start of the season. He started eight games in 2022, including each of the last seven, after Adoree' Jackson injured his knee on Nov. 20. McCloud was credited with three solo tackles.

*Kayvon Thibodeaux (concussion), Banks (ankle) and Flott (shoulder) did not play in the second half due to injuries.

*The Giants' inactive players were cornerback Adoree' Jackson (concussion), running back Deon Jackson (concussion), tackle Evan Neal (ankle), guard Mark Glowinski, nose tackle Jordon Riley, safety Gervarrius Owens and kicker Cade York.


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