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Postgame Notes and Stats from Giants vs. Cowboys

  • The Giants lost their second game in a row after three straight victories and fell to 3-4. They are three games behind the first-place 6-1 Cowboys in the NFC East.
  • The Giants lost their third consecutive game to Dallas, the first time that's happened since 2006-07.
  • The Giants have lost two games in a row in AT&T Stadium after winning their first four games there.
  • The Giants finished 1-2 NFC East road games, only the second time in nine seasons they were under .500 in division games away from home. They were 1-2 in 2012. The Giants don't play their first home game against an NFC East opponent until Dallas visits MetLife Stadium for a Sunday night game on Nov. 23.
  • With the result, both the Giants and Cowboys are both 19-7 in games prior to a regular-season bye. That is the NFL's second-best mark, behind Seattle's 20-6.
  • Tom Coughlin is 12-7 in pre-bye games, including 7-4 with the Giants.

The Giants rushed for 104 yards. It was the first time this season they ran for at least 100 yards and lost. They had been 3-0 in such games.

  • Dallas gained 423 yards, the second-highest total allowed by the Giants this season; Philadelphia totaled 448 yards last week.
  • The Cowboys' 156 rushing yards were also the second-highest total for a Giants opponent; the Eagles ran for 203 a week ago.
  • Dallas, which entered the game with an NFL-best 56.3 third-down conversion percentage, succeeded on nine of 14 opportunities (64 percent). The Giants countered by going five-for-13 (38 percent).
  • Each team had 20 first downs.
  • The game was tied at halftime, 14-14. It was the Giants' first halftime tie since Dec. 1, 2013 at Washington, when the score was also 14-14. The Giants won that game, 24-17.
  • This was the Giants' first loss in a game in which they were tied after two quarters since Oct. 9, 2011, when a 14-14 deadlock became a 35-25 loss to Seattle. The Giants had won their previous four games in which they were tied at halftime.
  • The Giants lost the turnover battle, 2-1, after tight end Larry Donnell lost his second fumble on the team's final offensive play.

Eli Manning completed 21 of 33 passes for 248 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions for a passer rating of 116.7.

  • It was the second time this season Manning threw at least three scoring passes; he had four in the victory at Washington on Sept. 25.
  • Manning did not throw an interception for the third consecutive game and the fourth time in five games. This is his first three-game streak without an interception since Sept. 14-Oct. 5, 2008, against St. Louis, Cincinnati and Seattle.
  • This was the first game in which Manning was not sacked since a victory over New Orleans on Dec. 9, 2012. It was the first time he was not sacked in a loss since Sept. 30, 2012 at Philadelphia.
  • It was the first time Manning did not throw an interception and was not sacked in the same game since Oct. 14, 2012, in a victory in San Francisco (the last time the Giants' offense had a no-sack, no-turnover game).
  • Manning scrambled for 11 yards and a first down in the third quarter. It was his longest run since he had a 12-yarder at Kansas City on Sept. 29, 2013.
  • Donnell tied his career-high with seven receptions, the third time this season he had that many catches in a game. He had just one reception in the last two games. His 90 yards were a career-best.
  • Rueben Randle had six catches for 74 yards.

Rookie Odell Beckham Jr. started in place of the injured Victor Cruz and had four receptions for 34 yards, including touchdowns of nine and five yards. He is the first Giant to score exactly two touchdowns in a game since Brandon Jacobs rushed for two scores at Chicago on Oct. 10, 2013. Randle was the last Giant to catch two touchdown passes in a game, on Oct. 6, 2013 vs. Philadelphia. Of course, Donnell had three touchdown receptions on Sept. 25 in Washington.

  • Tight end Daniel Fells caught Manning's third touchdown pass when he made a terrific catch for a 27-yard score in the second quarter. Fells' fourth touchdown of the season tied Donnell for the team lead.
  • The Giants had only four wide receivers in uniform, not just due to Cruz's absence, but also because rookie Corey Washington was inactive for the first time this season. Washington does not have a regular-season reception.
  • Preston Parker took Cruz's place in the slot and had two catches for 19 yards.
  • Former Cowboy Kevin Ogletree, signed last week, played briefly, but was not targeted on any of Manning's passes.
  • Cornerback Prince Amukamara had the Giants' only takeaway when he intercepted a Romo pass and returned it 38 yards, setting up Manning's touchdown pass to Fells. Amukamara also led the Giants with seven tackles, all solos.

Jason Pierre-Paul had both of the Giants' sacks, giving him a team-high 3.5 for the season. It was JPP's first two-sack game since Dec. 24, 2011, when he had two takedowns of the Jets' Mark Sanchez.

  • Zack Bowman started at left cornerback for Dominique-Rodgers Cromartie, who was limited in practice last week with back and hamstring injuries. It was Bowman's first start of the season and the 24th of his seven-year career. Bowman had five tackles (three solo) and broke up a pass. DRC played sparingly and had one tackle.
  • Jayron Hosley was the first nickel corner in the wake of Trumaine McBride's season-ending thumb surgery. But safety Stevie Brown got his most extensive acton since losing his starting job to Quintin Demps.
  • Beckham's first career rushing attempt gained 13 yards on the opening play of the second quarter. He also returned two punts for 21 yards,

Michael Cox averaged 29.0 yards on three kickoff returns.

  • All four of Josh Brown's kickoffs were touchbacks.
  • Defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins limped off with a calf strain with 1:50 remaining in the first quarter and did not return. He wore a protective boot after the game. Mike Patterson and Markus Kuhn split the workload in place of Jenkins.
  • Jon Beason left the game in the second quarter with a toe injury. X-ray's were negative, but he did not return. Jameel McClain played middle linebacker and rookie Devon Kennard saw extensive action on the strong side.
  • Dallas scored on a 93-yard touchdown drive, the second march of more than 90 yards allowed by the Giants in as many games. Philadelphia drove 97 yards for a score last week.
  • Dallas running back DeMarco Murray rushed for 128 yards and touchdown on 28 carries (his NFL-record seventh consecutive 100-yard game to start the season) and Dez Bryant caught nine passes for 151 yards. It is the first time a Giants opponent had a 100-yard rusher and receiver in the same game since Dec. 3, 2012, when Washington's Alfred Morris ran for 124 yards and Pierre Garcon had 106 yards on 8 catches. The time before that was on Sept. 5, 2012, when Murray rushed for 131 yards and Ogletree had 114 yards on eight catches for Dallas.

Three of the last four times the Giants have given up at least 100 yards to a runner and receiver in the same game, the opponent was Dallas. Each of the last five times it happened, the team was from the NFC East.

  • Philadelphia's LeSean McCoy (149 yards last week) and Murray are the first running backs to exceed 100 yards against the Giants in consecutive games since Buffalo's Fred Jackson (121 yards) and Miami's Reggie Bush (103) on Oct. 16 and 30, 2011 (the Giants had a bye in-between those victories).
  • Dallas quarterback Tony Romo threw three touchdown passes (two to Gavin Escobar, one to Terrance Williams), the first player to throw for three scores against the Giants since San Diego's Philip Rivers on Dec. 8, 2013.
  • Escobar caught touchdown passes of 15 and 26 yards, joining Detroit's Calvin Johnson as receivers who have scored twice against the Giants this season.
  • Dallas coach Jason Garrett won a replay challenge with 2:58 remaining in the first quarter. On third-and-seven, Manning threw a pass to Preston Parker, who lost the ball while being tackled, but was ruled down by contact. The official ruled the Giants had picked up a first down. Jason Garrett challenged the ruling, saying Parker was short. After review, referee Jerome Boger said the spot of the ball was the 46½-yard line. They measured to see if Parker did pick up the first and he was inches short. Because of that, Dallas won the challenge and was not charged a timeout. Giants opponents are 1-1 this season and 30-36 in replay challenges since Coughlin became coach in 2004. (1-1, 30-36).

The Giants were going to go for it on fourth down, but Will Beatty was penalized for a false start and they opted to punt.

  • In addition to Washington, the Giants' inactive players were running back Rashad Jennings (knee), offensive linemen Adam Snyder, Brandon Mosley and James Brewer, defensive tackle Jay Bromley and defensive end Kerry Wynn.

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