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Offense sputters early; Beckham Jr. continues 100-yard streak


LANDOVER, MD – Notes and statistics from the Giants' 20-14 loss to the Washington Redskins in FedEx Field:

*The Giants lost their second game in a row and fell to 5-6. They are tied with Washington for first place in the NFC East, one game ahead of Philadelphia and two in front of Dallas.

*The Giants' five-game winning streak vs. Washington ended. They had last lost to the Redskins on Dec.3, 2012, when the score was 17-16. The Giants are 10-8-1 in FedEx Field.

*The Giants lost this season in Dallas, Philadelphia and Washington. This is the first season since 1996 in which they lost all of  their NFC East road games.

*The Giants did not have a takeaway, the third time that's happened this season. They lost to Atlanta and beat San Francisco when they did not force a turnover. The game against the 49ers was their only victory in the last 17 regular-season games in which they did not have a takeaway.

*The Giants fell to 10-17 (.370) in games following a regular-season bye. They have lost their last two post-bye games after winning six in a row.

*Playing the entire game without two starting offensive linemen, and most of it without a third starter, the Giants rushed for only 33 yards on 13 carries, a 2.5-yard average. Their longest run was eight yards. The 33 yards was their lowest total since they ran for 25 yards in a loss to Seattle on Dec. 15, 2013.

*The Giants converted three-of-15 third down opportunities, Washington four-of-15. But the Giants succeeded on both of their fourth-down tries, while the Redskins were one-for-two.

*The Giants' time of possession of exactly 24 minutes was their third-lowest of the season, and all three were division games. They owned the ball for 22:50 and 21:56 in their two games against Dallas.

*The Giants trailed at halftime, 17-0. The 17-point deficit was their largest after two quarters since Oct. 12, 2014, when they fell behind 20-0 at Philadelphia. That 27-0 loss to the Eagles was also the last time they were shutout in a first half. It was the first time the Giants did not score a first-half touchdown since Nov. 3, 2014, when they trailed Indianapolis at halftime, 16-3.

*The score was still 17-0 after the third quarter. It was the first time the Giants were shutout for the first 45 minutes since that defeat in Philadelphia last season.

*The Giants committed turnovers on their first two offensive possessions, each on Eli Manning passes that were intercepted after being tipped, one by the Giants, and the other by Washington.

On their first series, Washington linebacker Perry Riley picked off a Manning pass that was mishandled by running back Shane Vereen. It was the second time this season the Giants committed a turnover on their first offensive series, and each time was the result of a tipped pass. On Nov. 8 at Tampa Bay, Manning's pass on the first play of the game bounced off Odell Beckham Jr. and was intercepted by cornerback Sterling Moore.

After forcing a Washington punt, the Giants held the ball for three plays before Manning's pass to the right side was tipped by cornerback Will Blackmon, a former Giant. As safety Kyshoen Jarrett delivered a hard shot to Dwayne Harris, Blackmon grabbed the ball and returned it six yards.

The Giants had last given away the ball on each of their first two offensive possessions on Oct. 10, 2013, at Chicago when Manning was intercepted by Zack Bowman and Tim Jennings, the latter returned 48 yards for a touchdown.

*Manning completed 26 of 51 passes for 321 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions for a passer rating of 59.4, his lowest rating since Nov. 16, 2014, when he had a 36.6 rating in a loss to San Francisco (in a game in which he threw five interceptions).

*After a one-game break, the 50-pass mark proved to be bad news for the Giants. They fell to 2-22 in regular-season games in which they throw at least 50 passes, including 2-20 when one quarterback throws all the passes. They had won their previous 50-pass game, 30-27 over the 49ers on Oct. 11, when Manning threw 54 passes.   

*The 51 passes increased Manning's career total to 6,044. He is the 12th player in NFL history to throw at least 6,000 regular-season passes.

*Manning threw for more than 300 yards for the fourth time this season and the 37th time in his regular-season career. The Giants are 1-3 this year, and 16-21 in Manning's career when he passes for at least 300 yards.

*Manning has thrown at least two touchdown passes in each of the last four games, his longest such streak since Sept. 14-Oct. 5, 2014.

*The three interceptions were Manning's season high, and his highest total since his five-interception game against San Francisco last year.

*Odell Beckham Jr., who was targeted 18 times, led all receivers with nine receptions for 141 yards, including an acrobatic 21-yard touchdown catch. It was Beckham's fourth consecutive 100-yard game, his sixth of the season, and the 13th of his two-year career. The Giants are 5-8 in those games.

*The touchdown was Beckham's ninth of the season, which is four more than any of his teammates have (Dwayne Harris has five, four receiving and one on a kickoff return).

*In three games vs Washington, Beckham has 28 catches for 364 yards (121.3 a game) and five touchdowns.

*Rueben Randle scored the Giants' other touchdown, on a 40-yard reception.

*Hakeem Nicks made his second Giants debut with a four-yard reception in the second quarter.

"It felt real good putting the eights back on my chest," said Nicks, who was signed on Nov. 17, and is wearing his familiar No. 88 jersey. "It felt real good wearing the Giants jersey, being back with the team. Just got to make sure that we got to check the

film out, see where we went wrong as an offense and correct it."

*Washington kicker Dustin Hopkins' 51-yard field goal attempt in the first quarter was blocked by Jay Bromley. It was the Giants' first block of an opposing field goal try since Dec. 11, 2011, ay Dallas when Jason Pierre-Paul redirected Dan Bailey's 47-yard try – that would have tied the game - with six seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

*Cornerback Prince Amukamara started at right cornerback after missing five games with a partially-torn pectoral muscle. He had four tackles (three solo).

*Linebacker Mark Herzlich, who was declared out on Friday and upgraded to questionable Saturday with a quad injury, was in uniform, and had a special teams tackle.

*The Giants, already playing without injured starting offensive linemen Justin Pugh and Weston Richburg, lost guard Geoff Schwartz with 5:30 remaining in the first quarter after he fractured his lower left leg – one day shy of one year since he broke his left ankle at Jacksonville. Schwartz was initially replaced at left guard by rookie Bobby Hart. After it was determined that Schwartz would be unable to return, Hart and right guard John Jerry switched positions.

Schwartz, who started each of the first 10 games at right guard, moved to left guard with Pugh inactive for the second straight game with a concussion. It was Schwartz's second career start at left guard. The other was on Sept. 29, 2013 for Kansas City…against the Giants.

*Jerry started at right guard, where he played all 16 games in the 2014 season. Two weeks ago vs. New England, Jerry started at left guard for Pugh.

*Dallas Reynolds started at center in place of Richburg, who was inactive with an ankle sprain suffered two weeks ago. It was Reynolds' first start in three years with the Giants, and first since Dec. 30, 2012, for Philadelphia against the Giants. Then a rookie, Reynolds started the last 14 games that season for the Eagles.

*Because the Giants' opened the game in a two-tight end formation, both Will Tye and Jerome Cunningham started for the second game in a row. Tye had career-high totals of six catches for 74 yards. Cunningham caught one pass for two yards.

*Linebacker Devon Kennard led the Giants with 10 tackles (five solo).

*Kirk Cousins' 63-yard touchdown pass to DeSean Jackson was the third-longest play against the Giants this season. New England's Tom Brady threw a 76-yard scoring pass to Rob Gronkowski two weeks ago, and Tampa Bay's Jameis Winston completed a 68-yard throw to Mike Evans on Nov. 8.

*Washington coach Jay Gruden won the first replay challenge by an opposing coach since Dallas' Jason Garrett on opening night. With 4:24 remaining in the first quarter. Harris ran under a Brad Wing punt, caught and then released the ball as he crossed the goal line. The officials placed the ball at the one-yard line. Gruden challenged, saying Harris leg hit the goal line before he let go of the ball, which would make it a touchback and move the ball to the 20. After review, referee Carl Cheffers reversed the call, saying Harris' left foot was on the goal line with the ball still in his hands. Opposing coaches are 2-1 this season and 34-40 in Tom Coughlin's 12 years on replay challenges.

*The Giants' inactive players were guard Justin Pugh (concussion), center Weston Richburg (ankle), tight end Larry Donnell (neck), defensive end George Selvie, safety Cooper Taylor, wide receiver Geremy Davis and cornerback Leon McFadden.

*The Giants' game captains were Cullen Jenkins and Devon Kennard.

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