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Postgame Notes & Statistics


Notes and statistics from the Giants' 20-17 victory over the Miami Dolphins.

*The Giants won their second consecutive game and improved to 5-2 for the seventh time in Tom Coughlin's eight seasons as head coach. They were 6-1 in 2008

*The Giants have won four in a row and five of their last six games following a regular season bye. They are 8-15 overall after a bye. Coughlin is 10-6, including 5-3 with the Giants.

*The Giants gained 402 total yards, their third consecutive 400-yard game.

*The Giants' 344 net passing yards was their second-highest total of the season (they had 420 yards vs. Seattle). Their 58 rushing yards was their second-lowest total of the year (they had 54 at Arizona).

*The Giants converted eight of 16 third-down opportunities, a season-best 50 percent. Their previous best was 46 percent (six of 13) at Arizona.

*The Giants had no turnovers for the second straight game, the first time that's happened since Sept. 20 and 27, 2009 in victories at Dallas and Tampa Bay. The Giants have won each of their last six games in which they did not commit an offensive turnover.

*Miami gained 246 yards, the lowest total allowed by the Giants since Minnesota had 164 yards on Dec. 13, 2010.

*The Dolphins' 101 net passing yards was the lowest total by a Giants opponent since Chicago threw for 51 yards on Oct. 3, 2010.

*Miami's Reggie Bush rushed for 103 yards. The Giants are 4-0 this season when an opposing back runs for at least 100 yards.

*The Dolphins scored touchdowns on each of their first two offensive possessions, the first Giants opponent to do that since Nov. 1, 2009, when Philadelphia's Leonard Weaver's (41-yard run) and Brent Celek (17-yard pass from Donovan McNabb) scored for the Eagles.

*The Giants allowed a first-possession touchdown for the second time this season (also vs. Seattle on Oct. 9). Under Tom Coughlin, the Giants are 13-14 in games in which they have allowed a first-possession touchdown.

*Miami's 90-yard touchdown drive in the second quarter was the longest scoring possession against the Giants since the Eagles marched 90 yards for a touchdown in Philadelphia in Nov. 21, 2010. The previous long this season had been 88 and 84-yard field goal drives by Philadelphia and St. Louis, respectively. The longest previous touchdown drives were 80-yarders by Buffalo and Seattle.

*The Giants had both their starting offensive and defensive lines intact for the first time this season. Center David Baas and guard Chris Snee had each missed one of the previous two games. Defensively, Justin Tuck had missed three games in a row and four of the first six and Osi Umenyiora had sat out the first three. Tuck and Umenyiora did not start Sunday, because the Giants opened with a different alignment up front (Dave Tollefson, Rocky Bernard, Linval Joseph, Chris Canty and Jason Pierre-Paul all started). But they played the majority of the game. Tuck had a tackle and a half-sack and Umenyiora had two tackles, including a 10-yard sack.

*Brandon Jacobs played after missing two games with a knee injury and rushed for 10 yards on four carries and caught one pass.

*Ahmad Bradshaw led the Giants with 50 rushing yards on 13 carries. He now has 2,998 career rushing yards. Bradshaw's five catches increased his career total to 99.

*Eli Manning completed 31 of 45 passes for 349 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. The 31 completions tie the third-highest total of his career. He completed 36 passes vs. Tennessee on Sept. 26, 2010, 33 vs. Dallas on Nov. 14, 2010 and 31 at Philadelphia on Sept. 17, 2006.

*Manning has not thrown an interception in the Giants' last two games, the first time he's done that since Dec. 13 and 21, 2009 vs. Philadelphia and at Washington.

*The 300-yard game was the 17th of Manning's career, tying him with Kerry Collins for second in Giants history. Phil Simms is first with 21. The Giants are 9-8 when Manning throws for at least 300 yards, including 2-1 this season.

*Manning's passer rating was 106.6. It was his sixth consecutive game with a rating greater than 90.

*Manning has thrown at least two touchdown passes in seven of the Giants' last nine home games.

*Manning improved to 23-5 as a starter in October, the best mark among quarterbacks who began their career in the Super Bowl era (minimum 20 starts).

*This was the 18th time in his career Manning has rallied the Giants from a fourth-quarter deficit or tie to win a game, including four times this season (Philadelphia, Arizona, Buffalo and Miami).

*Under a fierce rush, Manning threw a third-quarter pass to D.J. Ware with his left hand. It fell incomplete, dropping Manning to two-for-four on left-handed throws in his career.

"I think it was pretty safe," Manning said. "Just kind of a throwaway.  I saw the back, I couldn't throw with my right, someone was holding it, so I tried to just kind of get it to him.  I didn't try to put it in a bad situation or throw it way down the field.  It was more of a throwaway than anything."

Manning first threw a pass left-handed on Sept. 14, 2008 in St. Louis, where he completed a two-yard throw to Jacobs while being wrapped up by defensive end James Hall. On Sept. 26, 2010, his southpaw toss to Kevin Boss in the end zone was intercepted by Tennessee cornerback Jason McCourty. On Nov. 21, 2010 in Philadelphia, Manning, tied up by the Philadelphia rush, flipped a sidearm left-handed pass to Bradshaw for a two-yard gain in the third quarter.

*Victor Cruz led the Giants with seven receptions for 99 yards, including the game-winning 25-yard touchdown catch with 5:58 remaining. It was the fourth time this season Cruz had at least 98 receiving yards in a game.

*Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham had six catches apiece. Manningham scored the Giants' first touchdown on a seven-yard pass.

*Lawrence Tynes made both of his extra point attempts, extending his streak to a franchise-record 135 in a row. The previous mark of 133 was set by Pete Gogolak from 1967-72. Gogolak is the Giants' all-time leading scorer.

*Joseph, the Giants' second-year defensive tackle, picked up his first career sack when he tackled Miami quarterback Matt Moore for a seven-yard loss in the second quarter.

*Corey Webster had the game's only takeaway when he intercepted a Moore pass on Miami's last offensive play. It was Webster's third interception in the last two games and tied him with Aaron Ross for the team lead.

*The Giants' inactive players were cornerback Prince Amukamara, running back Da'Rel Scott, fullback Henry Hynoski, defensive tackle Dwayne Hendricks and offensive lineman Stacy Andrews, Mitch Petrus and James Brewer.

With Andrews sidelined for the first time this season, Kevin Boothe played as the extra lineman/jumbo tight end in several packages. Boothe took over at center for two plays after Baas left the game with a knee injury in the second quarter.

*The game captains were Michael Boley and David Diehl. They joined season-long captains Manning, Tuck and Zak DeOssie for the coin toss.

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