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Notes & Stats: Sunday Night Football Recap


ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – Notes and statistics from the Giants' 14-9 loss to the Buffalo Bills in Highmark Stadium:

*This was the lowest scoring Giants game since a 13-7 victory against Philadelphia on Nov. 28, 2021.

*The Giants led at halftime, 6-0, shutting out a team that had scored 88 first half points in its first five games. It was the first time the Giants did not allow a point in the first half since they led the Eagles, 3-0, in the game two years ago. They had last played a first half without allowing an offensive touchdown on Jan. 1, 2023, when they led Indianapolis, 24-3, on their way to a 38-10 victory.

*This was the first game this season in which the Giants scored first.

*The Bills entered the game third in the NFL with an average of 31.8 points a game. The Giants' defense held them to less than half that. Buffalo was also fourth with an average of 390.4 yards a game but finished with just 297 on Sunday.

*The Giants, however, did not score an offensive touchdown for the third consecutive game and have not scored one in the first half this season.

*Graham Gano scored all the Giants' points on field goals of 29, 43 and 29 yards.

*When the Giants were ahead, 3-0, and snapped the ball with 1:29 remaining in the first quarter, it was the first offensive play they ran this season with a lead. Their only previous lead was in the final 19 seconds in Arizona in Week 2 after Graham Gano kicked the game-winning field goal.

*Though Buffalo entered the game with an NFL-high 13 takeaways, the Giants did not commit a turnover for the second consecutive week.

*The Giants converted 10 of 19 third down opportunities, their most successes since they had 10 against Philadelphia on Dec. 17, 2017.

*The Giants lost their fourth consecutive game and fell to 1-5. They host the Washington Commanders next week.

*This was the Giants' first loss in a game they led at halftime since last Thanksgiving in Dallas, where they were ahead, 13-7, but lost, 28-20. They had last lost a game when leading after three quarters on Dec. 24 in Minnesota, where they held a 13-10 lead before the Vikings rallied for a 27-24 victory.

*Tyrod Taylor played the entire game at quarterback in place of Daniel Jones, who was inactive with a neck injury he suffered last week in Miami. Taylor completed 24 of 36 passes for 200 yards and was sacked three times for 15 yards. He also rushed for 24 yards on five carries.

*Saquon Barkley returned to action after missing three games with a sprained ankle and rushed for 93 yards on 24 carries, both game-high totals. He ran for 61 yards on six carries in the fourth quarter when he had a game-long 34-yard run. Barkley also caught four passes for five yards.

*Wan'Dale Robinson led the Giants with eight catches (for 62 yards). Darius Slayton had a team-high 69 receiving yards, on four catches, including a game-long 31-yarder.

*Justin Pugh, elevated to the active roster from the practice squad Saturday, started at left guard. Pugh played in his first game and made his first start in one year. On Oct. 16, 2022, he started at left guard for the Arizona Cardinals at Seattle but tore his right ACL and missed the remainder of the season. The start and appearance were his first for the Giants since Nov. 12, 2017, when he started at right tackle in San Francisco. Pugh re-injured his back that day and was placed on injured reserve on Dec. 14 and missed the rest of the season. He signed as a free agent with the Cardinals the following offseason. Pugh, the Giants' first-round draft choice in 2013, spent five seasons with each team. He returned to the Giants when he was signed to their practice squad on Oct. 3.

*Mark Glowinski, who played left guard last week in Miami, started at right guard, where he started 16 games in 2022 and the 2023 season opener.

*The already-thin Giants offensive line took another hit when Josh Ezeudu, who started his fifth consecutive game at left tackle, left the game with 6:35 remaining in the first quarter with a toe injury. He did not return. His absence led to a re-configuration of the line, with Pugh moving to left tackle, Glowinski to left guard, and Marcus McKethan to right guard, where he had started the previous four games. Pugh started at left tackle for the Giants on Sept. 24, 2015, against Washington. He said after the game he could not remember when he last played the position.

*Inside linebacker Micah McFadden returned to the starting lineup after missing the game in Miami last week with an ankle injury.

*Linebackers Bobby Okereke and McFadden teamed up to force a pair of Buffalo turnovers in the first half, and the latter picked up the first fumble recovery and interception of his career.

On the Bills' second possession, Okereke forced a fumble by wide receiver Gabe Davis that was recovered by McFadden at the Giants' 44-yard line. The takeaway led to Graham Gano's 29-yard field goal. The forced fumble was Okereke's second of the season (he had one against Dallas in the season opener) and the sixth of his career.

In the second quarter, Okereke tipped a Josh Allen pass for Dawson Knox and McFadden caught the ball for an interception at the Giants' 41-yard line. It was the second consecutive week Okereke tipped an opposing pass that resulted in a Giants interception. Last week in Miami, Jason Pinnock picked off Tua Tagovailoa and tied a Giants franchise record with a 102-yard return for a touchdown.

*McFadden is the first Giants player with a fumble recovery and interception in the same game since safety Jabrill Peppers on Nov. 8, 2020, at Washington.

*Okereke led the Giants with 11 tackles (eight solo) and McFadden was second with seven stops (three solo).

*Cornerback Adoree' Jackson briefly left the game a neck injury with 2:42 remaining in the first quarter. He was replaced by rookie Tre Hawkins, who started the season opener and played extensively in the following two games.

*Parris Campbell and Eric Gray each returned a kickoff for the Giants. Campbell's 21-yard runback was his first since 2019 when he returned seven kickoffs for 175 yards for the Indianapolis Colts.

*The Giants' inactive players were quarterback Daniel Jones (neck), left tackle Andrew Thomas (hamstring), center John Michael Schmitz (shoulder), tackle Matt Peart (shoulder), defensive lineman D.J. Davidson (knee), and safeties Bobby McCain and Gervarrius Owens.

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