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Notes & Stats: Inside the second-half comeback


NASHVILLE – Notes and statistics from the Giants' 21-20 victory against the Titans in Nissan Stadium:

*In Brian Daboll's debut as head coach, the Giants won their first Kickoff Weekend game since 2016 and ended a five-game losing streak in season openers. They had lost 10 of their previous 11 openers.

*The Giants improved to 51-42-5 in both openers and road openers and 34-27-5 in season-opening road games.

*The one-point victory was the Giants' first since a 20-19 triumph against Washington on Oct. 18, 2020.

*The Giants scored the game-winning points with 1:06 remaining on Daniel Jones' one-yard touchdown pass to Chris Myarick and a shovel pass to Saquon Barkley for a two-point conversion. It was the Giants' first successful two-point conversion since Oct. 17, 2021, when Jones completed a pass to tight end Kyle Rudolph.

*The Titans took a 7-0 lead on their first offensive possession when Ryan Tannehill threw a seven-yard touchdown pass to running back Dontrell Hilliard. The Giants had last allowed a touchdown on an opponent's first series in a season on Sept. 8, 2014, when Detroit's Matthew Stafford connected with Hall of Fame wide receiver Calvin Johnson for a 67-yard score.

*The Giants trailed at halftime, 13-0. It was their first scoreless opening half since…their last game. In the 2021 season finale on Jan. 9, 2022, they were down at the half, 6-0, in a game they lost, 22-7. That was their only scoreless first half of the 2021 season. But they played nine games last season in which they did not score a first-half touchdown.

*This was the Giants' first victory when they were behind after two quarters since Nov. 7, 2021, when a 13-10 deficit against Las Vegas became a 23-16 triumph.

*This was the Giants' first victory after not scoring in the first half since Dec. 5, 2020, when they trailed in Seattle, 5-0, but went on to win, 17-12.

*The Giants also trailed after three quarters, 20-13. They had last won when facing a deficit entering the fourth quarter on Oct. 3, 2021, when they were losing in New Orleans, 14-10, before rallying to win in overtime, 27-21. The Giants had lost their previous 10 games when they trailed after three quarters.

View photos from the Giants' Week 1 win over the Tennessee Titans in Nashville.

*The Giants' 394 total yards was their highest total since they gained 485 yards in the victory against the Saints last season. It was their highest total in a game without an overtime since Sept. 16, 2021, when they totaled 391 yards in a one-point loss in Washington.

*Led by Saquon Barkley, the Giants rushed for 238 yards, their highest total since they ran for 260 yards against Washington on Dec. 31, 2017.

*Barkley rushed for 164 yards on 18 carries, including a four-yarder in the third quarter for the Giants' first touchdown of the season. The 164 yards was the third-highest total of his career and the most he's had in a game outside FedExField. Barkley ran for a career-high 189 yards on Dec. 22, 2019 and 170 yards on Dec. 9, 2018. Both of those games were in Washington.

*Barkley set up his touchdown with a 68-yard run on the Giants' first play of the third quarter. It was his fourth 68-yard run, which is tied for the second-longest of his career. Barkley also ran for 68 yards against Jacksonville on Sept. 9, 2018 (his first NFL game); Dec. 30, 2018 vs. Dallas; and vs. Philadelphia on Dec. 29, 2019.

Barkley's longest career run is a 78-yard touchdown at Washington on Dec. 9, 2018.

*Barkley also led the Giants with six receptions for 30 yards. His 194 yards from scrimmage is the fourth-highest total of his career. He totaled a franchise record 279 yards in Washington on Dec. 22, 2019; 229 yards against Philadelphia on Oct. 11, 2018; and 197 at Washington on Dec.9, 2018.

*Daniel Jones completed a career-high 81% of his passes (17 of 21). They accounted for 188 yards, two touchdowns and one interception for a passer rating of 115.9. His previous best was 75%, which he achieved on Nov. 15, 2020 vs. Philadelphia and Nov. 7, 2021 against Las Vegas.

*Jones threw a 65-yard touchdown pass to Sterling Shepard in the third quarter. It was the second-longest scoring throw and tied for the second-longest completion of his career, and it was the longest pass he's thrown to a wide receiver.

In his first NFL start on Sept. 29, 2019 at Tampa Bay, Jones tossed a 75-yard touchdown pass to tight end Evan Engram. On Nov. 4 of that season, he completed a 65-yard pass to Barkley against Dallas.

*The 65-yard reception was the third-longest of Shepard's seven-year career and his longest against a team other than the Philadelphia Eagles. He has scored on all three of those catches. His longest catch was a 77-yarder at Philadelphia on Sept. 24, 2017. Shepard also had a 67-yard score vs. the Eagles on Dec. 17, 2017

*Shepard led the Giants with 71 receiving yards on just two catches.

*Myarick's touchdown was the second of his career. Each has been one-yard long.

*Two Giants wide receivers had rushing attempts: Kadarius Toney two for 23 yards and Richie James one for two yards. Toney did not catch a pass, but James had five receptions for 59 yards, both the team's second-highest totals.

*Linebacker Tae Crowder led the Giants with seven tackles (four solo).

*Rookie free agent linebacker Tomon Fox had the Giants' only sack of Ryan Tannehill, for zero yards.

*The Giants started two rookies, tight end Daniel Bellinger and right tackle Evan Neal. They had last started two rookies in a season opener in 2020 (cornerback Darnay Holmes and left tackle Andrew Thomas). The Giants had last had two offensive rookies on Kickoff Weekend in 2018 (guard Will Hernandez and Barkley).

*Rookie wide receiver Wan'Dale Robinson left the game with a knee injury in the second quarter and did not return. He caught one pass for five yards in his NFL debut.

*Cornerback Nick McCloud left the game with a hamstring injury.

*Ben Bredeson started at left guard, the second start of his three-year career (second season with the Giants). He started at left guard on Sept. 26, 2021 vs. Atlanta. Bredeson rotated with rookie third-round draft choice Joshua Ezeudu throughout the game.

*Safety Jason Pinnock recovered his first career fumble after Titans rookie Kyle Phillips muffed a Jamie Gillan punt.

*Daboll won the first challenge of his career after the officials ruled Tennessee tight end Chig Okonkwo was not down by contact on a 19-yard reception. Daboll correctly thought he was and after review, the gain was reduced to 11 yards.

*The following Giants made their NFL debut: Bellinger, Neal, Robinson, Ezeudu, Micah McFadden, Car'Dale Flott, Fox, D.J. Davidson and Devery Hamilton.

The following veterans made their Giants debut: Jon Feliciano, Mark Glowinski, Matt Breida, James, Jihad Ward, Nick Williams, Justin Ellis, Austin Calitro, Tony Jefferson, Gillan, Pinnock and McCloud

*The Giants' game captains were Jones, Leonard Williams and Xavier McKinney.

*The Giants inactive players were edge rushers Kayvon Thibodeaux (knee) and Azeez Ojulari (calf); wide receiver Darius Slayton; running back Antonio Williams; defensive backs Dane Belton and Justin Layne; and offensive lineman Tyre Phillips.

*The Giants lead their series with the Titans, 7-6.

They are 2-0 against the Houston/Tennessee franchise in season openers, including a 34-14 victory in Yankee Stadium in 1973.

*This was the Giants' first victory in a road season opener against an AFC team. It was also just their second season opener as visitors against an AFC team. In 2001, they lost in Denver, 31-20.

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