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Notes & Stats: Giants' 6 takeaways most since 2014


LANDOVER, Md. – Notes and statistics from the Giants' 31-19 victory against the Washington Commanders in FedExField:

*The Giants improved to 3-8 as they ended losing streaks of three games overall and five games on the road. They host New England next week before their bye.

*The Giants improved to 2-2 in NFC East games. Including their 14-7 victory last month in MetLife Stadium, the Giants swept the season series against Washington for the first time since 2020. The Giants are 8-2-1 in their last 11 games against Washington. Both losses occurred in 2021.

*The Giants' 31 points tied their season high, which they scored in a Week 2 victory at Arizona. They scored 17 fourth-quarter points in each of the games. The Giants had not totaled more than 17 points in any of their previous eight games.

*The 12-point margin of victory was the second highest in Brian Daboll's two seasons as head coach. The Giants defeated Indianapolis, 38-10, on Jan. 1.

*The Giants had six takeaways – five on defense and one on special teams – their highest total since Sept. 25, 2014, when they had four interceptions and two fumble recoveries – also in a victory at Washington (35-14). The breakdown Sunday was three interceptions and three fumble recoveries.

*The Giants last had three interceptions in a game on Nov. 21, 2021, in a victory against Philadelphia. Darnay Holmes had one of the picks in that game and one Sunday.

*The Giants' three fumble recoveries were their highest total since they had three on Oct. 2 2022, against Chicago.

*The takeaways were a decisive factor in a game in which the Giants had fewer total yards (403-292), rushing yards (174-91) and first downs (28-13). The Giants punted seven times to just twice for the Commanders.

*The Giants did not have a turnover.

View photos from the Giants' Week 11 matchup against the Washington Commanders.

*In his second career start, rookie quarterback Tommy DeVito completed 18 of 26 passes for 246 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions for a passer rating of 137.7. Two of his touchdown passes went to Saquon Barkley and the third to Darius Slayton.

*DeVito threw two touchdown passes last week in Dallas and is the first Giants quarterback with at least five in his first two NFL starts since 1950.

*DeVito was sacked nine times for losses totaling 45 yards. This is the first victory in Giants history in a game when their quarterback(s) was sacked at least nine times.

*The nine sacks were the second-most allowed by the Giants this season; Seattle had 11 sacks on Oct. 2. It's the third game in which they allowed at least eight sacks, including two weeks ago in Las Vegas.

*Barkley, who tied for the team high with four catches (for 57 yards), scored on a 24-yard reception for the game's initial score in the first quarter and on a 5-yard catch early in the fourth quarter. It was his second career game with two receiving touchdowns and first time since Oct. 7, 2018 - the fifth game of his career - when he scored on passes of 57 and 15 yards from Eli Manning at Carolina.

*Barkley has a team-leading four touchdown catches, tying the career-high he set as a rookie in 2018.

*Barkley's early touchdown was the Giants' first in a first quarter this season. They had scored nine first-quarter points in their first 10 games, all on field goals.

*This season, the Giants are 3-0 when Barkley scores a touchdown, 0-8 when he doesn't.

*Barkley also rushed for a game-high 83 yards on 14 carries. Before his season-long 36-yard run on the final play of the third quarter, Barkley had six attempts for minus-2 yards.

*The Giants scored their second touchdown when DeVito threw a 40-yard pass to Slayton with 5:58 remaining in the second quarter. It was the Giants' third-longest pass of the season and longest touchdown pass. The only longer passes were both caught by Jalin Hyatt – a 58-yarder from Daniel Jones at Arizona in Week 2 and a 42-yarder from Tyrod Taylor vs. Washington on Oct. 22.

*Slayton's touchdown was his first of the season and first since Nov. 13, 2022, vs Houston (a 54-yarder). Slayton caught four passes for 82 yards in the first half but did not play in the second half after injuring his arm.

*For the first time this season, the Giants started the same five offensive linemen in consecutive games. From left to right tackle, they were Andrew Thomas, Justin Pugh, John Michael Schmitz, Ben Bredeson and Tyre Phillips.

*Cornerback Nick McCloud got his first career interception when he picked off a Sam Howell pass intended for Dyami Brown on Washington's first offensive possession. This was McCloud's 27th career game and 25th in two seasons with the Giants.

*The Giants forced a turnover on an opponent's first possession for the second time this season. On Oct. 29 against the Jets, Kayvon Thibodeaux sacked Zach Wilson for a 10-yard loss and forced a fumble that was recovered by Jihad Ward.

*The defense also got a takeaway on the Commanders' second offensive series when Cor'Dale Flott forced a fumble by tight end Logan Thomas after a 5-yard reception. Safety Xavier McKinney recovered the ball. The takeaway led to Barkley's first touchdown reception. The forced fumble was the second of Flott's career and the first since Nov. 20, 2022, vs. Detroit. McKinney picked up his first career fumble recovery.

*The Giants had last forced turnovers the first two times their opponent touched the ball on Sept. 18, 2022, against Carolina. On the opening kickoff, Dane Belton recovered a Chubba Hubbard fumble on his first NFL play that was forced by Carter Coughlin. A short time later, on the Panthers' fifth offensive play, cornerback Darnay Holmes forced wide receiver Robbie Anderson to fumble, and the ball was recovered by Adoree' Jackson.

*Belton was integral to the Giants' third takeaway when he forced a fumble by Washington's Byron Pringle on the second-half kickoff. The ball was recovered by rookie safety Gervarrius Owens. The forced fumble and recovery were career firsts for Belton and Owens. This was just the second game in which Owens played this season; the first was the game against the Commanders last month.

*The Giants' fourth takeaway occurred with 42 seconds remaining in the third quarter, when Bobby Okereke forced a fumble by Chris Rodriguez that was recovered by Micah McFadden. The Giants' inside linebackers teamed up on for a takeaway for the third time this season. On Oct. 15 in Buffalo, Okereke forced a first-quarter fumble by wide receiver Gabe Davis that was recovered by McFadden. In the second quarter, Okereke tipped a Josh Allen pass for Dawson Knox and McFadden caught the ball for an interception at the Giants' 41-yard line.

*Takeaway No. 5 was Holmes' interception of a Howell pass with 11:11 remaining in the fourth quarter. That set up Randy Bullock's 36-yard field goal, which extended the Giants' lead to 24-12.

*The Giants got their sixth and final takeaway after the Commanders had closed to 24-19 and were driving for what they hoped would be a game-winning touchdown. On first-and-15 from the Giants' 48-yard line, Howell, under pressure from Dexter Lawrence and Azeez Ojulari, threw a pass to the right side for Thomas. Linebacker Isaiah Simmons intercepted the ball and returned it 54 yards for the clinching touchdown with just 16 seconds remaining.

*The interception return touchdown was the Giants' second of the season; Jason Pinnock tied a franchise record with a 102-yard return for a score at Miami on Oct. 8. It was Simmons' second career touchdown. On Oct. 20, 2022, while playing for Arizona, he intercepted a pass by New Orleans' Andy Dalton and returned it 56 yards for a touchdown.

*The Giants, who didn't record a sack in either of their two previous games, tackled Howell for a loss four times. Thibodeaux had 2.0 sacks, increasing his season total to 10.5 sacks. He is the first Giant with double digit sacks since Leonard Williams had 11.5 in 2020.

*Dexter Lawrence and Ward had the other sacks. Lawrence has 4.0 sacks, while Ward picked up his first sack since Dec. 4, 2022 – also a 5-yarder vs. Washington.

*Okereke led the Giants with a season-high 14 tackles (six solo). McKinney had 12 stops (eight solo).

*Flott and Washington wide receiver Curtis Samuel were ejected from the game for throwing punches during a fracas following Howell's 7-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter.

*Howell joined Arizona's Josh Dobbs and Dallas' Dak Prescott as quarterbacks to rush for a touchdown against the Giants this season.

*The Giants' inactive players were cornerback Adoree' Jackson (concussion), tackles Evan Neal (ankle) and Joshua Miles, running back Deon Jackson, safety Bobby McCain, defensive tackle Jordon Riley and kicker Cade York.


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