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Notes & Stats: Kayvon Thibodeaux records 3 sacks; 8.5 so far in '23

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Notes and statistics from the Giants' 13-10 overtime loss to the Jets in MetLife Stadium:

*The Giants played most of the game without either of their top two quarterbacks. Daniel Jones missed his third consecutive game with a neck injury. His replacement Tyrod Taylor, suffered a rib injury with 7:09 remaining in the second quarter and was soon transported to Hackensack University Medical Center for further examination and testing. It was determined he suffered injury to his rib cage. He will remain in HUMC overnight for observation.

*Tommy DeVito entered the game and became the first undrafted rookie to throw a pass for the Giants in a regular-season non-strike game in the common draft era (which began in 1967). Jim Crocicchia threw passes in a strike-replacement game in 1987. DeVito also became the first such quarterback to score a touchdown when he reached the end zone on a six-yard run in the third quarter for the Giants' only touchdown.

*With the Giants relying heavily on running back Saquon Barkley, DeVito threw only seven passes, completing two – both to Barkley in the Giants' possession that began overtime - for minus-1 yard. He also rushed for 12 yards on four carries.

*Barkley finished with a career-high 36 rushing attempts for 128 yards. His previous high was 35 carries against Houston on Nov. 13, 2022, which had also been his most recent game with more than 100 yards (152). It was Barkley's 17th career 100-yard game. The Giants are 9-8 in those games.

*The Giants' 203 rushing yards was their highest total since they had 217 in a victory against Indianapolis on Jan. 1, 2023.

*The Jets rushed for 58 yards, the lowest total by a Giants opponent in Brian Daboll's two seasons as head coach. The previous low was 61 yards by Minnesota in the Giants' victory in the NFC Wild Card Game on Jan. 15. The previous low total in the regular season was 76 yards by Washington last week.

*The Giants finished with six completions for seven yards. Barkley had a team-high three catches, but for zero yards. Darren Waller and Matt Breida each gained yards on their only reception. Waller, who had caught 20 passes the previous three games, was ruled out for the remainder of the game in the second quarter with a hamstring injury.

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*The loss dropped the Giants to 2-6 before they embark on a three-game road trip to Las Vegas, Dallas and Washington. They are 1-3 at home. The Giants are 0-3 against AFC teams after finishing the 2022 season 5-0 in interconference games.

*The Giants finished with minus-9 net passing yards, which the Elias Sports Bureau said is the fewest in franchise history. The previous low was minus-6 at Chicago on Jan. 2, 2022.

*The Giants' 13 punts are their highest total since Nov. 23, 1997, when they punted 13 times in a 7-7 tie at Washington.

*The teams combined for 24 punts, the highest total in an NFL game since Oct. 11, 1998, when the Raiders and Chargers punted 27 times.

*The teams' 15 first-half punts were the most in an NFL game since Sept. 13, 1981, when the Giants and Washington combined for 15 punts in the first two quarters.

*The Giants and Jets converted only four of 34 third-down opportunities, including zero on 18 attempts in the first half. This was the first game in which two teams were 0-for-18 on third-down tries in a first half since Nov. 15, 2009 (Kansas City and Oakland).

*Kayvon Thibodeaux recorded a career-high 3.0 sacks of Zach Wilson to raise his team-leading total to 8.5 – more than twice his rookie total of 4.0.

*Thibodeaux was the first Giants player with three sacks in a game since Leonard Williams had three against Dallas on Jan. 3, 2021.

*On the game's fourth play, Thibodeaux sacked Wilson for a 10-yard loss and forced a fumble that was recovered by Jihad Ward. Thibodeaux's forced fumble was his first since Dec. 18, 2022, in Washington. He returned that takeaway for a one-yard touchdown. Ward returned the one Sunday 13 yards to the Jets' 19-yard line, leading to Graham Gano's 31-yard field goal.

*The fumble recovery was the fourth of Ward's career and first since Dec. 12, 2019, when he played for Baltimore against the Jets.

*The Giants forced a turnover on their opponent's initial offensive possession for the first time since Sept. 18, 2022, when Darnay Holmes forced a fumble by Carolina wide receiver Robbie Anderson that was recovered by Adoree' Jackson. That takeaway also led to a Gano field goal, from 33 yards.

*The Giants scored just 2:53 into the game, the fastest they put points on the board since their victory against the Panthers last season, when Gano kicked a 36-field goal with just 2:10 elapsed.

*Linebacker Micah McFadden recovered a fumble with 2:24 remaining in the second quarter after Wilson could not control a snap from backup center Xavier Newman. The recovery was McFadden's second in three games; he had one at Buffalo two weeks ago. They are his first two career fumble recoveries.

*Greg Zuerlein kicked a 35-yard field goal to tie the game as time expired in the fourth quarter and a 33-yarder with 3:51 elapsed to win the game in overtime. He is the first Giants opponent to tie a game on the final play of the fourth quarter and kick a game-winner in overtime since Dallas' Billy Cundiff on Sept. 15, 2003. The first was a 52-yarder, the second a 25-yarder that was Cundiff's record-tying seventh field goal of the game in the Cowboys' 35-32 win.

*This was the Giants' first overtime game since their 20-20 tie against Washington on Dec. 4, 2022. They are 23-17-3 in regular-season overtime games, including 10-11-1 at home. The Giants' previous overtime defeat was at Philadelphia on Dec. 9, 2019.

*When DeVito scored with 8:59 remaining in the third quarter, it was the Giants' first second-half touchdown since Matt Breida's eight-yard scoring run in San Francisco on Sept. 21. The Giants had not scored a second half touchdown in their previous four games.

*Center John Michael Schmitz returned to the field after missing the previous three games with a shoulder injury. Justin Pugh (left) and Tyre Phillips (right) were the tackles and Ben Bredeson (left) and Mark Glowinski (right) the guards. The Giants deployed their seventh different starting offensive line combination in eight games.

*Gunner Olszewski, signed to the practice squad last week and the active roster yesterday, averaged 9.3 yards on six punt returns in his Giants debut.

*Linebacker Bobby Okereke led the Giants in tackles for the fifth consecutive game, with nine (seven solo).

*The Giants' inactive players were quarterback Daniel Jones (neck), tackles Andrew Thomas (hamstring) and Evan Neal (ankle), running back Deon Jackson, nose tackle Jordon Riley, and safeties Bobby McCain and Gervarrius Owens.

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