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Notes & Stats: Giants force 3 turnovers; 14 in past 4 games

KAYVON-THIBODEAX-TERADATA

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Notes and statistics from the Giants' 24-22 victory against the Green Bay Packers in MetLife Stadium:

*The Giants won their third consecutive game and improved to 5-8. The seventh and final NFC playoff berth is currently held by 6-7 Green Bay, which saw its three-game winning streak end. Four other teams are at 6-7. The Giants lost to one (Seattle) and face two of the others in their last four games: the Saints Sunday in New Orleans and the Rams on Dec. 31 in MetLife Stadium. Their other two games are against the 10-3 Eagles, including a Christmas afternoon contest in Philadelphia.

*Randy Bullock scored the game-winning points on a 37-yard field goal as time expired – just 1:37 after the Packers had taken a one-point lead on Malik Heath's 6-yard touchdown reception. It was the Giants' first field goal as the clock hit all zeroes since Sept. 18, 2016, when Josh Brown's 23-yarder gave the Giants a 16-13 victory against the Saints.

*Rookie quarterback Tommy DeVito improved to 3-1 as a starter. He completed 17 of 21 passes (81%) for 158 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions for a passer rating of 113.9 – his third game with a rating higher than 100.0. DeVito has not thrown an interception in his last 87 passes. DeVito was 4-for-4 for 53 yards on the game-winning drive.

*DeVito also rushed for 71 yards on 10 carries.

*DeVito was not sacked, prompting Giants coach Brian Daboll to present a game ball to the offensive line. In the previous four games, Giants quarterbacks had been sacked 28 times, the highest four-game total in franchise history.

*Saquon Barkley led all rushers with 86 yards on 20 carries, added 15 yards on three receptions, and hit three statistical milestones.

Barkley became the fifth player in Giants history to rush for 5,000 yards (5,032). Brandon Jacobs is fourth on the franchise's career list with 5,087 yards. Joe Morris is third with 5,296.

Barkley now has 2,003 receiving yards to become the fourth Giant with 5,000 rushing yards and 2,000 receiving yards, joining Tiki Barber, Alex Webster and Frank Gifford.

Barkley is the ninth player in franchise history with 7,000 total yards (7,025). Ahmad Bradshaw is just ahead of him with 7,168.

*With 101 scrimmage yards, Barkley reached the century mark for the 35th time in his career in the regular season, the second-highest total in franchise history.

*Barkley scored the Giants' first two touchdowns on runs of five yards in the second quarter and one yard in the third. It was Barkley's first two-rushing touchdown game since Dec 15, 2019, when he scored on runs of one and 10 yards vs. Miami in Eli Manning's last career game. They were Barkley's second and third rushing touchdowns of the season and first since he scored on a one-yard run at Arizona on Sept. 17.

*Barkley scored two touchdowns in a game for the third time this season. Against the Cardinals, he had a 5-yard touchdown catch in addition to his scoring run. In the victory at Washington on Nov. 19, he scored on receptions of 24 and five yards.

*Barkley has scored at least two touchdowns in a game 10 times (nine regular season and the NFC Wild Card Game in Minnesota in January).

*Barkley leads the Giants with three rushing and four receiving touchdowns and 42 points.

*The two rushing touchdowns increased Barkley's career total to 32, tying him with Bradshaw for ninth on the franchise's all-time list.

*Wide receiver Wan'Dale Robinson totaled a career-high 115 scrimmage yards. He had team-high totals of six catches for 79 yards and added 36 yards on two carries. Robinson had both a 32-yard run and a 32-yard reception.

The former was an end-around that set up Barkley's first touchdown. It was the longest run by a Giants wide receiver since Dec. 29, 2013, when Jerrell Jernigan had a 49-yard rush vs. Washington. Robinson's 32-yard catch-and-run put the Giants at Green Bay's 22-yard line, setting up Bullock's game-winning field goal.

*Isaiah Hodgins scored the Giants' third touchdown on an 8-yard pass from DeVito that gave the Giants a 21-13 lead with 1:28 remaining in the third quarter. It was Hodgins' second touchdown in as many games and third this season, placing him second on the team after Barkley.

*Darius Slayton caught two passes for 14 yards and increased his career yardage total to 3,003. He is the 22nd player with 3,000 receiving yards in a Giants uniform.

*The Giants had three takeaways – two fumble recoveries and an interception - to increase their total in the last four games to 14.

*Safety Jason Pinnock intercepted his second pass of the season when he picked off a Jordan Love throw intended for Dontayvion Wicks with 4:14 remaining in the second quarter. Pinnock returned the ball 21 yards to the Giants' 44. With his second interception, Pinnock moved into a four-way tie for the team lead with Bobby Okereke, Darnay Holmes and Deonte Banks. Pinnock's 123 return yards – including his 102-yard touchdown in Miami – lead the Giants.

*With 7:41 remaining in the same quarter, Kayvon Thibodeaux forced a fumble by Love that was recovered by Xavier McKinney. The officials originally ruled Love down by contact. Daboll challenged the call, believing Love fumbled before he was down. After review, referee Land Clark announced the call had been reversed and was a fumble. Daboll is 2-3 this season and 5-4 in two years on replay challenges.

*On the next play, Green Bay coach Matt LaFleur challenged a 13-yard catch by Wan'Dale Robinson at the Packers' sideline. But after review, the catch was upheld.

*Early in the third quarter, Darnay Holmes forced a fumble by punt returner Keisean Nixon, who had muffed, recovered and then again lost the ball. It was recovered by linebacker Benton Whitley.

*The defense sacked Love twice – one split by Thibodeaux and Micah McFadden and another by Azeez Ojulari and Dexter Lawrence.

*Banks, the Giants' 2023 first-round draft choice, led the team with 12 tackles (nine solo).

*The Giants ended a nine-game losing streak in home night games and won a primetime game in MetLife Stadium for the first time in exactly seven years. Their last such victory was on Dec. 11, 2016, 10-7 against Dallas. The Giants improved to 1-4 in primetime games this season. They had been 1-16 in their previous 17 regular-season night games.

*The Giants improved to 16-47-1 on Monday night, including 10-15 at home.

*This was the 1,400th regular-season game in Giants history. They are 720-646-34 overall and 400-300-17 at home.

*Green Bay became the first team in 13 Giants games this season to win the coin toss and elect to receive. The first 12 winners had all deferred to the second half, including the Giants five times. The Packers called tails. They punted on their first series. The last team in a Giants game to win the coin toss and receive the opening kickoff was the Dallas Cowboys on Dec. 19, 2021.

*The Giants ended Green Bay's 16-game December winning streak - which had started with a victory against the Giants in MetLife on Dec. 1, 2019.

*Green Bay rookie wide receiver Jayden Reed scored the Packers' first touchdown on a 16-yard run in the first quarter. He is the second wide receiver to rush for a touchdown against the Giants this season, joining Dallas' CeeDee Lamb on Nov. 12 (14 yards).

*The Giants' inactive players were wide receiver Parris Campbell (knee) – who played in each of the first 12 games – tackle Evan Neal (ankle), running back Jashaun Corbin, linebacker Boogie Basham and safety Gervarrius Owens.

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