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Notes & Stats: Giants vs. Washington Recap

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Notes and statistics from the Giants' season-ending 22-7 loss to the Washington Football Team:

*The Giants' offense continued to struggle, as it has since quarterback Daniel Jones suffered his season-ending neck injury on Nov. 28. Coupled with last week's 29-3 loss in Chicago, the Giants scored in single digits in consecutive games for the first time since losses to Arizona (26-7) and Cleveland (20-6) on Dec 13 and 20, 2020.

*In their final four games, the Giants scored just two touchdowns on 46 offensive possessions.

*The Giants finished with 83 net passing yards one week after setting a franchise low with minus-6. It's the first time they had fewer than 100 net passing yards in consecutive games since Dec. 24-30, 2006, when they had 83 vs. New Orleans and 94 at Washington. They joined Chicago and Detroit as teams with back-to-back games with less than 100 passing yards this season.

*The Giants passed for less than 200 net yards in each of their last nine games, their longest streak since going 12 games in a row spanning the 2004-05 seasons. They are the first team to do so since Washington had 10 consecutive such games in 2019.

*Washington finished with 99 net passing yards. It was the first game in which neither the Giants nor their opponents reached 100 net yards through the air since Oct. 4, 1998, when they had 71 and Tampa Bay finished with 60 in a 20-3 Buccaneers victory.

*The Giants lost their sixth consecutive game, their longest season-ending losing streak since they lost their final eight games in 2003.

*The Giants finished 4-13 and in fourth place in the NFC East.

*For the second straight season, the Giants were 3-5 in MetLife Stadium.

*The Giants were 1-5 vs. the NFC East and 3-9 against the NFC.

*Washington swept the season series from the Giants for the first time since 2011.

View photos from the Week 18 matchup between the Giants and Washington at MetLife Stadium.

*The Giants trailed at halftime, 6-0. It was the fourth Giants game this season in which neither team scored a first-half touchdown. The Giants led Carolina, 5-3, on Oct. 17 and Philadelphia, 3-0, on Nov. 28 and were tied with the Eagles, 3-3, two weeks ago.

*The Giants were scoreless in the opening half for the first time since Dec. 13, 2020, vs. Arizona, when they trailed 13-0 on their way to a 26-7 loss. It was the sixth time this season and the fourth week in a row they did not score a first-half touchdown.

*Washington's Joey Slye kicked a 43-yard field goal as time expired in the second quarter to increase the Giants' deficit this season in the final two minutes of the first half to 79-0. The Elias Sports Bureau, which has scoring times in full back to 1970, said no other team was outscored by 79+ points in the final two minutes of the first half in a season since then. The Giants are the first team to score zero in the final two minutes of the first half since the 1972 Baltimore Colts.

*Darius Slayton scored the Giants' only touchdown on a 22-yard pass from Jake Fromm in the fourth quarter. Slayton was the first Giants wide receiver to catch a touchdown pass in 10 games and the first since Dante Pettis against Carolina on Oct. 24. It was the fifth score for a Giants wideout this season. Slayton was the only Giants wide receiver with two touchdowns this season and both were against Washington, including his 33-yarder on Sept. 16.

*Fromm made his second career start at quarterback and completed 15 of 31 passes for 103 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions (one returned for a touchdown and one on the game's final play, both by Bobby McCain) for a passer rating of 40.1.

*Fromm also led the Giants with 53 rushing yards on five carries and had the team's longest run, a 27-yarder. It was the third time this season a quarterback was the Giants' top rusher (Jones did it twice) and the fifth time a quarterback had the team's longest run (Jones three times, Mike Glennon once).

*Saquon Barkley rushed for 30 yards and Devontae Booker added 14. They tied for the team lead on the season with 593 yards each. That is the team's lowest leading rushing figure since 2016, when Rashad Jennings led the Giants with…593 yards.

*Tight end Kyle Rudolph caught a team-high four passes vs. Washington though they gained just 17 yards. Kenny Golladay (22 yards) and Barkley (19) each had two receptions.

*Evan Engram had one catch and finished the season with a team-high 46, five more than Barkley. This is the first season in which the Giants did not have a player with at least 50 receptions since 1992, when Ed McCaffrey led the team with 49.

*Golladay had a team-high 521 yards on 37 receptions, but he did not score a touchdown.

*Alex Bachman became the seventh Giants wide receiver with a rushing attempt this season. But he was tackled for a three-yard loss by linebacker Jamin Davis on a fourth-and-one with 2:43 remaining in the first quarter. Wideouts Kenny Golladay, Sterling Shepard, Kadarius Toney, John Ross, Pharoh Cooper and C.J. Board also ran the ball this season. Seven wide receivers are the most to ever run the ball in one season for the Giants and the most by any team in the NFL this season.

*Lorenzo Carter sacked Taylor Heinicke for a seven-yard loss late in the second quarter. It was Carter's fourth straight game with a sack after he had no sacks in his first 10 games. Carter is the first Giants player with a sack in four consecutive games since Olivier Vernon had one in five straight from Nov. 6-Dec. 4, 2016. Carter totaled 5.0 sacks in the season's last four games.

*Azeez Ojulari didn't have a sack on Sunday but finished the season with a team-high 8.0. He is the first rookie to lead the team in sacks since it became an official statistic in 1982. Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor didn't lead the Giants in sacks when he was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year in 1981. He had 9.5 sacks, which trailed team leader George Martin's 11.0. Dallas' Micah Parsons (13.0) is the only other rookie to top his team in sacks this season.

*Leonard Williams recorded a 10-yard sack and finished second on the team with 6.5.

*Safety Logan Ryan had the team's third sack.

*Linebacker Tae Crowder had a team-high 12 tackles (four solo). Carter had nine (six unassisted).

*The Giants did not have a takeaway for the fourth time this season (all in the last six games). They have lost their last five games in which they did not force an opposition turnover.

*Right guard Will Hernandez, who was listed as questionable on Friday because of an ankle injury, aggravated the injury and limped off the field with 4:31 remaining in the first quarter. The four-year veteran was the only player on the team who had not missed a snap all season, participating in all 1,041 offensive plays entering the game. It was the first time he was forced off the field due to injury in his career.

With Hernandez sidelined, Matt Skura moved from left to right guard and Ben Bredeson took over at left guard.

*Bachman returned one punt for 16 yards and four kickoffs for a 23.5-yard average. Pharoh Cooper, who had been the primary returner in the second half of the season, was not activated off the practice squad for the game.

*McCain intercepted a Fromm pass intended for Engram and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown to increase the visitor's lead to 12-0 with 3:41 remaining in the third quarter. McCain was the third opposing defensive player to score a touchdown vs. the Giants this season, and all of them were on interceptions. Dallas' Anthony Brown scored on a 45-yard return on Oct. 10 and Philadelphia's Alex Singleton on a 29-yarder on Dec. 26.

*The Giants were 1-7 when they won the coin toss this season.

*The Giants had just three inactive players: quarterback Mike Glennon (wrist) and wide receivers Kadarius Toney (shoulder) and John Ross (knee).

*The Giants' 2022 opponents are set. They will play nine home games and eight road games.

Home: Dallas, Philadelphia, Washington, Chicago, Detroit, Carolina, Houston, Indianapolis, Baltimore.

Away: Dallas, Philadelphia, Washington, Green Bay, Minnesota, Seattle, Jacksonville, Tennessee.


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