EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - In the final two games of the Giants' just-concluded 2010 season, Eli Manning threw touchdown passes of 85 and 92 yards to Mario Manningham. They were two of the nine longest pass plays in the 86-year history of the Giants. Those throws also exemplified that the Giants' offense proficiently produced big plays throughout the season.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Giants had 80 scrimmage plays of 20 or more yards this season (58 passes, 22 runs), tying them with the Philadelphia Eagles for the highest total in the NFL. Their 14 touchdown passes of 20-plus yards led the league.
Mario Manningham, who caught both of those long touchdown passes, was one of just two receivers to score on two receptions of at least 85 yards this season. The other was Philadelphia's DeSean Jackson.
Manningham had seven touchdown receptions of 25 or more yards, which placed him second in the league behind Pittsburgh's Mike Wallace, who had nine.
Manningham finished the season on a roll. In the final three games of the season, the third-year receiver caught 16 passes for 346 yards, a 21.6-yard average. In order, Manningham totaled 113, 132 and 101 yards in the last three games to become the first Giants receiver with three consecutive 100-yard games since Homer Jones in 1968.
*Hakeem Nicks led the team with 11 touchdown catches (in 13 games) and Manningham added nine. They are the first pair of Giants with at least nine touchdown catches since 1967, when Jones had a franchise-record 13 and Aaron Thomas had nine.
*Manning is second in Giants history in attempts (3,332), completions (1,932) and yards (22,646) and is third in touchdown passes (156). Through his first 105 NFL games – 103 starts – Manning has had a remarkably symmetrical career:
*Manning and his brother Peyton were the most protected quarterbacks in the NFL this season. The Giants and Indianapolis Colts each allowed a league-low 16 sacks this season. That was easily the fewest sacks allowed by the Giants since the 16-game season was instituted in 1978. Their previous low total was 24 sacks allowed in 2002. The overall team record is 10, set during a 14-game season in 1972.
*Giants opponents fumbled 42 times this season. The last team whose opponents fumbled at least 42 times was Philadelphia in 2002 (45). The Giants recovered 23 opponents fumbles this season, the highest total in the NFL since Baltimore in 2000 (26).
*The Giants' offense led the NFL by averaging 6.57 yards on first down.
*In the last two weeks of the season, Green Bay and Washington had 396 and 318 net passing yards, respectively. It was the first time in their history the Giants allowed at least 318 passing yards in consecutive games.
*Aaron Rodgers of the Packers (404) and Rex Grossman of the Redskins (336) were the first quarterbacks to throw for at least 330 yards in back-to-back games vs. the Giants since Washington's Mark Rypien (349) and Detroit's Bob Gagliano (344) on Sept. 11 and 17, 1989.
*The Giants joined Houston, Jacksonville and St. Louis as the only teams that did not have a defensive touchdown in 2010.
*The Giants, Texans and Rams were the only teams without a return touchdown this season.
*The Giants led the NFL in takeaways (39) and giveaways (42), the first NFL team to do so since St. Louis in 2003 (46 takeaways, 39 giveaways).
*First-round draft choice Jason Pierre-Paul finished the season with 4.5 sacks, the most by a Giants rookie since Cornelius Griffin had 5.0 in 2000.
*Keith Bulluck's interception of a Grossman pass last Sunday was the 21st pick of his career. That is the second-highest total among active linebackers, behind only Baltimore's Ray Lewis (30).
*Ahmad Bradshaw rushed for 1,235 yards and Brandon Jacobs had 823 to give the Giants two 800-yard runners in the same season for only the second time. In 2008, Jacobs rushed for 1,089 yards and Derrick Ward added 1,025.
*Since 2006, four different Giants backs have rushed for at least 1,000 yards – Tiki Barber, Jacobs, Ward and Bradshaw. No other team has more than three 1,000-yard rushers in those five seasons (Tennessee with Travis Henry, LenDale White and Chris Johnson).
*Bradshaw finished ninth in the NFL in rushing yards and 12th in yards from scrimmage with 1,549.
*The Giants held their opponents to fewer than 100 rushing yards in nine of 16 games. They were 9-0 in those games. The Giants were 1-6 when the opposition rushed for more than 100 yards.
*Osi Umenyiora led the Giants and tied an NFL record with 10 forced fumbles and Justin Tuck was first in the league with five recoveries of opponent fumbles.