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Tynes led the team with 100 points, his second 100-point season in a row and third in his four years with the Giants. Tynes succeeded on 19 of 23 field goal attempts and all 43 of his extra point tries.

The 100 points increased Tynes' Giants total to 341, which places him seventh on the franchise's career list, one ahead of Raul Allegre and just seven points behind Amani Toomer.

Tynes' 43 extra points without a miss were the third-highest single-season total in Giants history. Pat Summerall made all 46 of his PATs in 1961 and Tynes hit 45 in 2009.

Tynes has made 115 consecutive extra points since missing one vs. San Francisco on Oct. 21, 2007. The team record of 133 in a row was set by franchise scoring leader Pete Gogolak from 1967-72.

Tynes' 53-yard field goal at Dallas last Oct. 25 tied his career long, set on Oct. 22, 2006, when he played for Kansas City against San Diego. His previous long field goal as a Giant was a 52-yarder at Denver on Thanksgiving night, 2009.

On Sept. 26 vs. Tennessee, Tynes kicked a 50-yard field goal and was wide left on a 53-yard attempt. It was the first time he tried two field goals of 50-plus yards since Oct. 21, 2005, when he kicked field goals of 51 and 52 yards in Kansas City's 30-20 victory in Miami. The Giants had last attempted two 50-yarders in a game on Oct. 30, 2005, when Jay Feely tried 50- and 51-yarders against Washington. The first was good, but the latter hit the left upright.

The rest of the special teams were not always as consistent as Tynes. The kickoff coverage team ranked fourth in the NFL. But the punt coverage and punt and kickoff return teams all finished 31st in the league.

Several players had notable special teams performances.

Rookie punter Matt Dodge was ninth in the NFL with a 44.8-yard gross average on 72 punts.

Chase Blackburn missed three games because of injuries, but still led the Giants in special teams tackles for the sixth season in a row with 17 (13 solo). Dave Tollefson and Deon Grant tied for second with 13 (each had nine solo tackles).

D.J. Ware led the Giants with a 20.6-yard average on 21 kickoff returns. Will Blackmon's 6.7-yard average on 14 punt returns led the team.

Aaron Ross returned punts for the first time in his career on Dec. 26 at Green Bay. He ran back three for 13 yards, a 4.3-yard average.

Terrell Thomas blocked David Akers' 42-yard field goal attempt at Philadelphia on Nov. 21. Before that play, the last Giant to block a field goal try was also Thomas, on Dec. 7, 2008 in Giants Stadium. The kicker then was also Akers. And both blocks were on the final play of the first half.

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