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Notes & Stats: Giants off to best start since 2008

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JACKSONVILLE – Notes and statistics from the Giants' 23-17 victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars in TIAA Bank Field:

*The Giants won their fourth consecutive game, their longest streak since they won four in a row from Nov. 8 to Dec. 6, 2020. The margin of victory in the four games totaled 23 points.

*The Giants improved to 6-1, their best record through seven games since 2008 when they started 11-1.

*With victories at Tennessee, vs. Green Bay in London and in Jacksonville, the Giants have won their first three road games for the first time since 2009 when they swept a three-game road trip to Dallas, Tampa Bay and Kansas City.

*The Giants won for the first time in four games in Jacksonville and evened their series with the Jaguars at 4-4.

*The Giants gained 436 yards, their highest total since they had 485 yards in an overtime victory in New Orleans on Oct. 3, 2021. It was their most yardage in a four-quarter game since they totaled 470 yards at Dallas on Sept. 8, 2019.

*The Giants' 236 rushing yards is their third-highest total this season. They ran for 262 yards vs. Chicago on Oct. 2 and 238 yards in the season opener on Sept. 11.

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*Each team had 27 first downs. That is the Giants' highest total since they had 28 at Washington on Dec. 22, 2019, and the most their opponent has had since Tampa Bay had 28 on Nov. 22, 2021.

*The Giants tied their season low by allowing only one sack, the number they recorded two weeks ago against Green Bay.

*The Giants had no turnovers for the second time in three games (also vs. Green Bay). They have won their last five games in which they did not commit a turnover.

*The Giants tied their season low with two punts, also achieved against the Packers.

*The Jaguars gained 452 yards, the highest total by a Giants opponent since Dallas compiled 515 yards on Oct. 10, 2021. Jacksonville's 310 passing yards were the most given up by the Giants since the Cowboys had 314 in that 2021 game.

*The Giants did not sack the opposing quarterback for the second time this season; it also happened vs. Dallas on Sept. 26.

*Like Baltimore last week, Jacksonville punted just twice.

*The teams combined for 21 accepted penalties (eight for the Giants), the highest total in a Giants game since they and the Chiefs totaled 22 infractions on Nov. 1, 2021.

*The Giants took a 7-0 lead just nine plays and 4:39 into the game when Jones threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Darius Slayton. It ended the Giants' streak of 14 consecutive game without a first possession touchdown. They had last scored on their initial offensive series on Nov. 7, 2021, vs. the Raiders when Jones threw a 30-yard scoring pass to Evan Engram – who now plays for the Jaguars.

*Slayton scored his first touchdown of the season on his 10th reception of the year and his second on the drive. He had last scored on Jan. 9, 2022, in the 2021 season finale on a 21-yard reception vs. Washington.

*The Jaguars quickly countered with a six-play, 70-yard drive that ended with Travis Etienne, Jr.'s seven-yard touchdown run. Trevor Lawrence completed all three of his passes for 48 yards, including a 24-yarder to tight end Dan Arnold immediately before the touchdown.

*The Jaguars kicked an extra point to tie the game. However, after the Giants were penalized for an illegal formation, Jacksonville coach Doug Pederson took the point off the board and decided to try a two-point conversion when the ball was moved from the two to the one-yard line. Etienne ran the ball into the end zone to give Jacksonville an 8-7 lead.

*Jacksonville is the second Giants opponent to score a first possession touchdown this season. The first was also on the road against an AFC opponent, a pass from Ryan Tannehill to Dontrell Hilliard at Tennessee in the opener at Tennessee on Sept. 11.

*This was the first game in which the Giants and their opponents each scored on their first offensive possession since the victory against the Raiders last season. After Engram's touchdown, Las Vegas countered with Derek Carr's two-yard scoring pass to Hunter Renfrow.

*The Giants forced the game's only turnover at an opportune time in the second quarter when Xavier McKinney forced a fumble by Etienne that was recovered in the end zone by Julian Love with 3:26 left in the half. It was McKinney's first career forced fumble and Love's second recovery; he had one on Nov. 28, 2021 vs. Philadelphia.

*Jones completed 19 of 30 passes for 202 yards, the touchdown to Slayton and no interceptions (he threw a third-quarter pass that was picked off by Devin Lloyd, but the turnover was nullified by Foye Oluokun's roughing the passer penalty).

*Jones set career highs with 11 rushing attempts for 107 yards (9.7-yard avg.), including a one-yard touchdown to put the Giants ahead with 5:31 remaining in the fourth quarter. His previous bests were 95 yards at Washington on Sept. 16, 2022, and 10 attempts against Carolina on Sept. 18.

*According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Jones' 107 yards are the fourth-highest total by a quarterback in Giants history and the most for a player at that position in 76 years. Harry Newman ran for 114 yards vs. Green Bay on Nov. 11, 1934 and 108 yards at Boston on Oct. 8, 1933. Frank Filchock also had 108 rushing yards, on Oct. 6, 1946, at Pittsburgh.

*Jones 24-yard scramble in the fourth quarter was the Giants' longest run in Jacksonville. It is the 12th time Jones has had the Giants' longest run in a game.

*The rushing touchdown was Jones' career-high third of the season and the seventh of his career.

*Jones led the Giants to victory from a fourth-quarter deficit or tie for the fifth time this season. He totaled three such games in his first three seasons.

*Saquon Barkley led the Giants with 110 rushing yards on 24 carries – after totaling 18 yards on nine attempts in the first half. It was Barkley's third 100-yard game this season (164 at Tennessee, 146 vs. Chicago) and the 15th of his career. That is the fourth-highest total in franchise history, two behind Rodney Hampton.

*Barkley and Jones became the third tandem of rushers to each top 100 rushing yards in a game in Giants history. This is the first time a quarterback has been one of the players. On Dec. 23, 2007, Ahmad Bradshaw rushed for 151 yards and Brandon Jacobs added 143 in a victory in Buffalo. The same duo each passed the century mark on Dec. 13, 2010, when Bradshaw ran for 116 yards and Jacobs 103 in a victory over Minnesota (that was played in Detroit).

*In his third career game, rookie Wan'Dale Robinson led the Giants with six receptions (for 50 yards). He had four catches entering the game.

*Slayton had a team-high 58 yards on three receptions.

*Love led the Giants with nine tackles (five solo).

*Gano kicked field goals of 33, 33 and 34 yards.

*Landon Collins, elevated off the practice squad yesterday, played in his first NFL game since Dec. 21, 2021 (for Washington at Philadelphia) and his first for the Giants in 1,422 days (Dec. 2, 2018, vs. Chicago). On Collins' first snap, he stopped Travis Etienne five yards short of a first down on third-and-10.

*The Giants lost three offensive players, including two on the line, to injuries in the first half.

Left guard Ben Bredeson left the game with a right knee injury with 5:13 remaining in the first quarter. He walked off the field but was carted into the locker room and the Giants soon announced he would not return. Rookie Joshua Ezeudu replaced Bredeson.

*Right tackle Evan Neal went down with a left knee injury on a four-yard run by Barkley with 13:13 left in the second quarter. A cart was summoned to remove Neal, but he walked off the field slowly on his own. After a stop in the medical tent, he rode a cart to the locker room. Neal, too, was declared out of the game. Tyre Phillips, who played seven offensive snaps in his Giants debut last week, took over at right tackle.

*Tight end Daniel Bellinger, another member of the 2022 draft class who had played well in the first six games, also required a cart to leave the field with 56 seconds left in the half. He suffered an injury to his left eye at the end of a 13-yard reception.

"I would say his eye looks terrible right now," coach Brian Daboll said at his postgame news conference.

*The Giants' inactive players were wide receivers Kenny Golladay (knee) and Kadarius Toney (hamstring); outside linebacker Oshane Ximines (quad); cornerback Cor'Dale Flott (calf); inside linebacker Austin Calitro; and safety Jason Pinnock (ankle).

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