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Notes & Stats: Giants vs. Falcons Recap

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Notes and statistics from the Giants' 17-14 loss to the Atlanta Falcons in MetLife Stadium:

*The Falcons scored 10 points in the final 4:13, including Younghoe Koo's game-winning 40-yard field goal as time expired, to defeat the Giants, 17-14. This was the second consecutive game the Giants lost on a final play field goal. Ten days ago, Dustin Hopkins kicked a 43-yard field with no time left to give the Washington Football Team a 30-29 victory in FedExField.

*The Giants have lost consecutive games on field goals as the clock reached all zeroes for the first time since Sept. 24, and Oct. 1, 2017. In the first game, Philadelphia's Jake Elliott kicked a 61-yard field goal to defeat the Giants, 27-24. A week later, Tampa Bay's Nick Folk booted a 34-yard field goal to give the Buccaneers a come-from-behind 25-23 victory.

*The Giants have lost three games on last play field goals in Joe Judge's two years as coach. Last Oct. 11, Greg Zuerlein's 34-yard field gave Dallas a 37-34 victory over the Giants. He had kicked a 40-yarder to tie the game with 1:56 remaining.

*The Giants fell to 0-3 for the second straight season.

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*Atlanta gained 296 yards, the lowest total by a Giants opponent since Cincinnati had 155 yards in a Giants victory last Nov. 29. The Falcons' 69 rushing yards were the fewest against the Giants since the Bengals ran for 40 yards last year.

*The Giants were seven-for-14 on third-down conversion attempts. The seven successes are their highest total since they had nine (in 21 tries) in Cincinnati in 2020.

*In the second quarter, the Giants kicked a field goal at the end of a 15-play, 73-yard drive that took 7:38 to complete. The Giants' longest previous scoring drive this season took 5:55 to complete in Washington. The 15 plays are the highest total in a Giants possession since they scored a touchdown on a 15-play drive in Baltimore last Dec. 20.

*The Falcons scored their final touchdown on a 72-yard drive that took 15 plays and 8:40 to complete. It was tied for the second-highest number of plays in a series by a Giants opponent this season; Denver ran 16 plays on a touchdown drive and 15 on a series that ended with a field goal in the season opener. It was the second time in three games an opponent held the ball for at least 8:40 (the Broncos had a series that lasted 8:42). The Giants did not allow any drives that long in 2020.

*The Giants recovered a Matt Ryan fumble in the second quarter. It is the first time since 2013 they had a takeaway in each of their first three games.

*Daniel Jones completed 24 of 35 passes for 266 yards and he threw neither a touchdown nor an interception for a passer rating of 90.9. This was the fifth time Jones started and did not throw a touchdown pass or interception. It happened four times in 2020, most recently on Dec. 13 vs. Arizona.

*Jones has thrown 104 passes this season without an interception.

*Saquon Barley had his most productive game of the season, leading the Giants in both rushing (51 yards and the team's only touchdown on 16 carries) and receiving (six catches for 43 yards). The 94 scrimmage yards marked his highest total since he had 117 on Dec. 29, 2019, vs. Philadelphia.

*Barkley's touchdown on a one-yard dive in the fourth quarter was his first since he scored on a 68-yard run in the 2019 season finale vs. the Eagles.

*After Barkley's touchdown, Jones ran the ball into the end zone for a two-point conversion, the Giants' first successful two-pointer since Colt McCoy completed a pass to Sterling Shepard at Seattle on Dec. 6, 2020.

*Rookie Gary Brightwell's first career rushing attempt gained four yards.

*Collin Johnson, who was acquired off waivers from Jacksonville on Sept. 1 and was inactive the first two games, made his Giants debut and led the team's wide receivers with five catches for 51 yards. Before Sunday, his last reception was an eight-yarder for the Jaguars on Dec. 20, 2020, at Baltimore.

*Kenny Golladay had four receptions for 64 yards, the same totals he had in the season opener vs. Denver.

*First-round draft choice Kadarius Toney caught two passes for 16 yards – on back-to-back plays in the second quarter.

*Wide receiver C.J. Board, who was signed to the active roster yesterday, had a career-long 38-yard reception on the Giants' first possession. It was Board's only catch of the game. Board got a step on cornerback T.J. Green, who started for the injured A.J. Terrell. His previous long was a 23-yarder for Jacksonville against Houston on Nov. 3, 2019.

*Tight end Evan Engram made his season debut after missing the first two games with a calf injury. He had two receptions for 21 yards but lost a fumble.

*Linebacker Azeez Ojulari sacked Ryan for a four-yard loss, the third sack in as many games for this year's second-round draft choice. Ojulari is the first Giants player ever with at least one sack in each of his first three games with the team. And, of course, he is the first Giants player with a sack in each of his first three career games.

*Ojulari is the first NFL player with at least 1.0 sack in each of his first three career games since Cleveland's Myles Garrett in 2017.

*Ojulari is the first Giants player with at least 1.0 sack in at least three consecutive games since Olivier Vernon had one in five straight games from Nov. 6-Dec. 4, 2016. Vernon totaled 7.0 sacks in that stretch, including 2.0 in each of the final two games.

*Ojulari is the first Giants player with at least 1.0 sack in each of his first three games of a season since Osi Umenyiora had one in each of his first four games in 2011.

*On his sack, Ojulari picked up his first career forced fumble when he knocked the ball from Ryan's hands. Lorenzo Carter recovered it for the Giants.

*Defensive linemen Leonard Williams and Austin Johnson each sacked Ryan for a six-yard loss. It was Williams' first sack of the season and Johnson's second.

*Linebacker Tae Crowder led the Giants with 14 tackles (five solo).

*Rookie linebacker Quincy Roche made his NFL debut but did not record a tackle. Roche was acquired off waivers from the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 1.

*The Giants lost middle linebacker, leading tackler, and defensive captain Blake Martinez to a knee injury on the game's fifth play, an eight-yard pass from Ryan to Cordarelle Patterson. After the play, Martinez lay face down on the turf. He was quickly examined by the Giants' medical staff and walked off the field with assistance from senior vice president of medical services Ronnie Barnes and assistant athletic trainer Justin Maher. The Giants soon announced that Martinez would not return. He was replaced by Reggie Ragland and Crowder called the defenses in the huddle.

*Before the first half ended, the Giants lost two important contributors on offense as wide receivers Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepard left the game for good with hamstring injuries. Board, Toney, and Johnson all picked up additional snaps with Slayton and Shepard sidelined.

*Judge threw his first challenge flag of the season with 3:51 remaining in the second quarter, on a Ryan pass to Olamide Zaccheaus that was ruled incomplete. Judge challenged, believing it was a catch and a fumble recovered by the Giants. After review, referee Adrian Hill upheld the original call. Judge is 0-2 on replay challenges in his two seasons with the Giants.

*The Giants' inactive players were running back Devontae Booker, cornerbacks Sam Beal and Josh Jackson, safety Nate Ebner and linebacker Justin Hilliard.

*One of the Falcons' inactive players was running back Wayne Gallman, who led the Giants with 682 rushing yards and six touchdowns last season.

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