Notes and statistics from the Giants' 49-24 loss to the New Orleans Saints.
*The Giants lost their third consecutive game and fell to 6-4 and out of first place in the NFC East. They are one game behind the Dallas Cowboys.
*The 25-point loss was the Giants' worst since a 45-17 loss in Green Bay on Dec. 26, 2010.
*New Orleans' 49 points were the most allowed by the Giants since a 50-21 loss to Washington on Sept. 19, 1999. They had not allowed more than 45 points since their last visit to New Orleans, a 48-27 defeat on Oct. 18, 2009.
*The Giants gained 465 total yards, their highest total since they had 480 yards vs. Dallas on Nov. 14, 2010.
*The Giants' 392 net passing yards was their second-highest total of the season. They threw for 395 yards in a loss to Seattle on Oct.9.
*The Giants' 29 first downs was their highest total since they had 30 in a victory at Seattle on Nov. 7, 2010.
*The Saints gained 577 total yards, the second-highest total ever allowed by the Giants and the most they have surrendered in 68 years. On Nov. 14, 1943, the Chicago Bears gained 682 yards vs. the Giants.
*New Orleans' 205 rushing yards were the most by a Giants opponent in exactly a year; Jacksonville ran for 207 yards in a Giants victory on Nov. 28, 2010.
*The Saints' 372 net passing yards were the most allowed by the Giants since Green Bay threw for 396 yards last Dec. 26.
*New Orleans' 31 first downs were the most by a Giants opponent since Tennessee had 31 in an overtime victory on Dec. 1, 2002 and the most in a four-quarter game since San Diego had 31 on Oct. 19, 1980.
*The Saints scored seven touchdowns. The last Giants opponent to score seven touchdowns was … New Orleans, on Oct. 18, 2009. The breakdown was the same in each game: four Drew Brees touchdown passes and three rushing scores.
*The Giants trailed at halftime, 21-3, making this the fourth consecutive game in which they did not score a first-half touchdown.
*The 18-point halftime deficit was the Giants' largest since they trailed the Colts in Indianapolis, 24-0, on Sept. 19, 2010.
*The Giants' defense did not have a sack for the first time since Nov. 14, 2010 vs. Dallas.
*The Giants' first series ended when Eli Manning's pass for Jake Ballard was intercepted in the end zone by linebacker Will Herring. It was the second time this season the Giants had an opening-possession turnover. On Sept. 19 vs. St. Louis, Manning was picked off by safety Quintin Mikell on the Giants' first series.
*The Giants did not force a turnover, ending their NFL-long streak of 23 consecutive games with at least one takeaway. The last time they did not have a takeaway was on Sept. 26, 2010 vs. Tennessee.
*Manning completed 33 of 47 passes for 406 yards two touchdowns and an interception. The 47 attempts were his highest total since he threw 48 passes vs. Dallas on Nov. 14, 2010. The 33 completions tied the second-highest total of his career (also against the Cowboys last year). The 406 yards were second to the 420 yards he threw for against Seattle on Oct. 9.
*Manning shattered a team record by completing 21 consecutive passes from late in the second quarter to late in the fourth quarter. That is tied for the sixth longest streak in NFL history and is the longest since his brother, Peyton Manning, hit 23 straight on Dec. 14 and Dec. 18, 2008 vs. Detroit (6) and Jacksonville (17). It is the longest one-game streak since David Carr, now Manning's backup, completed 22 consecutive passes for Houston vs. Buffalo on Nov. 19, 2006. The NFL record of 24 in a row was set by Philadelphia's Donovan McNabb in 2004.
The previous Giants record of 13 in a row was set by Phil Simms at Cincinnati on Oct. 13, 1985 and tied by Kerry Collins on Sept. 10 and 17, 2000 (at Philadelphia and Chicago). Manning's previous best was 12 in a row at Atlanta on Oct. 15, 2007.
*Manning has thrown for 3,358 yards and 20 touchdowns this season. He is the fifth quarterback in NFL history with seven consecutive seasons with at least 3,000 yards and 20 touchdown passes. The other four quarterbacks to accomplish the feat are Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, Dan Marino and Brees:
CONSEC. SEASONS WITH 3,000 PASSING YARDS & 20 TDs
*Manning increased his career total to 26,004 passing yards.
*Manning has 19 career 300-yard games, two behind Giants record-holder Phil Simms. The Giants are 9-10 in those games, including 0-2 when Manning throws for more than 400 yards.
*Victor Cruz led the Giants with a career-high nine receptions for 157 yards and two touchdowns, including a 72-yarder. Cruz's previous best was eight catches vs. Seattle on Oct. 9, when he had 161 yards. It was his second two-touchdown game of the season; he scored twice at Philadelphia on Sept. 25.
*It was the fourth time this season Cruz finished with more than 100 receiving yards. He also had 91, 98 and 99-yard games.
*Brandon Jacobs scored the Giants' first touchdown on an eight-yard run in the third quarter. It was his 53rd career rushing touchdown, leaving him two behind franchise record-holder Tiki Barber.
*Lawrence Tynes scored six points with a field goal and three extra points, raising his Giants career total to 403 points. He is the sixth player in franchise history to score at least 400 points.
*Tynes' three extra points increased his Giants total to 160, moving into third place on the franchise's career list, behind Pete Gogolak (268) and Joe Danelo (170).
*Tynes was short on a career-long 61-yard field goal attempt as time expired in the first half. His previous long was a 58-yarder for Kansas City at Denver on Sept. 12, 2005. Had it the kick been good, it would have been the longest field goal in Giants history (Ali Haji-Sheikh picked a pair of 56-yarders in 1983).
*Tom Coughlin lost two replay challenges less than three minutes apart in the third quarter.
With 7:03 remaining in the third quarter. Brees ran to his right before completing a 15-yardpass to Pierre Thomas. Coughlin challenged the play, claiming it was an illegal forward pass because Brees had released the ball past the line of scrimmage. After review, referee Gene Steratore upheld the call on the field.
With 4:26 left in the quarter, rookie Da'Rel Scott fumbled after the ball was snapped to him in the shotgun formation. Safety Roman Harper recovered the ball for the Saints. Coughlin challenged the call, saying Scott was down by contact before he fumbled. Steratore again declined to change the call. After winning his first four challenges this season, Coughlin hs lost his last four.
*The Giants' three-game indoor winning streak ended. They are 27-16 in regular season games played in domes, including 9-4 under Coughlin. They are 3-7 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, where they have lost four in a row dating back to 1994.
*Brees threw for 363 yards, the highest total by an opposing quarterback since Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers passed for 404 yards last Dec.26. The Saints' other nine passing yards were on a throw on a fake field by backup Chase Daniel. Brees is the first quarterback to throw four touchdown passes in a game against the Giants since Rodgers.
*Jimmy Graham and Lance Moore were the first Giants opponents to catch two touchdown passes in a game since Philadelphia's Jeremy Maclin on Dec. 19, 2010.
*The Giants fell to 22-32-1 on Monday Night Football, including 15-24-1 on the road. They were 1-1 on Monday night this season, including a 28-16 victory over St. Louis in MetLife Stadium on Sept. 19.
*The Giants are now 8-4 since 1990 when their opponents are coming off a bye and the Giants are not.
*The Giants faked a punt in the third quarter, but Steve Weatherford was stopped for no gain. Coughlin said after the game Weatherford did not hear that the fake had been called off.
*The Saints pulled a surprise at the end of the game's first possession when they faked a field goal attempt. John Kasay lined up for what would have been a 37-yard try. But holder Chase Daniel – New Orleans' backup quarterback, jumped up and threw pass to tight end Jimmy Graham, who caught the ball near the right sideline. Graham slipped out Devin Thomas' grasp, but was tackled by Jason Pierre-Paul at the 10-yard line, two yards shy of a first down.
*Ramses Barden had three catches for 38 yards, including a 26-yarder that tied his career long, set vs. Dallas on Nov. 14, 2010.
*Rookie fullback Henry Hynoski caught a 10-yard pass, his first reception since Oct. 2 at Arizona.
*Devin Thomas had his first reception of the year, a 12-yarder.
*Prince Amukamara got his first career fumble recovery – on a Giants fumble. Aaron Ross lost the ball on the second-quarter punt return. The ball was slapped away from the Saints by Will Blackmon and secured near the sideline by Amukamara.
*Starting wide receiver Mario Manningham was inactive because of a knee injury. It was the second game this season he missed; he did not play at Philadelphia on Sept. 25 because of a concussion. Cruz started for Manningham...
Two other offensive starters were sidelined: running back Ahmad Bradshaw and left tackle Will Beatty. Bradshaw, the Giants' leading rusher, missed his fourth consecutive game with a stress fracture in his foot. He was again replaced by Jacobs, who rushed for 46 yards on 13 carries.
Beatty underwent surgery last week to repair a detached retina and is out indefinitely. David Diehl moved from left guard to tackle and Kevin Boothe start at guard. It was Diehl's first start of the season at left tackle, but the 57th of his career. Boothe started at left guard for the first time. He had started twice at center and once at right guard this season.
Linebacker Michael Boley missed his second game in a row with a hamstring injury. Safety Deon Grant started in place of Boley.
*Defensive end Osi Umenyiora suffered an ankle injury and did not play in the second half.
Also inactive were defensive back and punt team gunner Derrick Martin (hamstring), defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy and offensive lineman James Brewer.
*With Michael Coe out for the season and Derrick Martin inactive, the gunners on the punt team were Thomas and Blackmon.
*The game captains were Louisiana natives Brandon Jacobs and Corey Webster.
*Chad Jones, the Giants' 2010 third-round draft choice, who has not played football since suffering serious injuries in an auto accident before his first training camp, watched the game from the Giants' bench area. Jones lives in New Orleans and is continuing his rehabilitation here. He hopes to play for the Giants in 2012.
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