EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Tyrod Taylor joined a select group of players Sunday night in Buffalo but missed an opportunity to join a more exclusive club.
When Taylor took the first snap against the Bills in Highmark Stadium, he became the Giants' 31st starting quarterback in the Super Bowl era. The list includes Super Bowl winners Phil Simms, Jeff Hostetler and Eli Manning, as well as Pro Football Hall of Famers Fran Tarkenton and Kurt Warner. At the other end of the spectrum are 1987 strike replacement quarterbacks Mike Busch and Jim Crocicchia, and eight other quarterbacks without a victory.
Taylor had an opportunity to become just the 12th quarterback in the club's history to win his Giants debut, and first since Colt McCoy three years ago. But despite five trips inside the Buffalo 20-yard line, the offense did not produce a touchdown and Taylor left Buffalo – where he played for the Bills from 2015-17, with a loss in his first game as the Giants starter. His career regular-season record is 26-26-1.
It is not yet known if Taylor will start the Giants' home game against the Washington Commanders on Sunday or if Daniel Jones will return after missing the Buffalo game with a neck injury. Taylor is one of six Giants starters with an 0-1 record and one of 11 without a victory.
The 31 quarterbacks who have started at least one regular-season game for the Giants in the Super Bowl era and their record:
- Dave Brown 23-30-0
- Scott Brunner 12-18-0
- Mike Busch 0-1-0
- Kerry Collins 35-33-0
- Jim Crocicchia 0-1-0
- Randy Dean 1-2-0
- Jim Del Gaizo 0-3-0
- Jake Fromm 0-2-0
- Mike Glennon 0-4-0
- Jerry Golsteyn 2-3-0
- Kent Graham 10-9-0
- Jeff Hostetler 16-9-0
- Randy Johnson 1-8-0
- Daniel Jones 22-35-1
- Danny Kanell 10-9-1
- Tom Kennedy 0-1-0
- Eli Manning 117-117-0
- Colt McCoy 1-1-0
- Earl Morrall 1-5-1
- Craig Morton 8-25-0
- Jesse Palmer 0-3-0
- Joe Pisarcik 8-19-0
- Jeff Rutledge 2-5-1
- Phil Simms 95-64-0
- Geno Smith 0-1-0
- Norm Snead 11-14-1
- Tyrod Taylor 0-1-0
- Fran Tarkenton 33-36-0
- Kurt Warner 5-4-0
- Davis Webb 0-1-0
- Gary Wood 0-6-0
The quarterback who won their first start with Giants (made first start in the Super Bowl era):
09/17/1967 Fran Tarkenton at St. Louis, 37-20
11/03/1974 Craig Morton at Kansas City, 33-27
09/18/1977 Jerry Golsteyn Washington, 20-17
12/10/1978 Randy Dean St. Louis, 17-0
10/07/1979 Phil Simms Tampa Bay, 17-14
12/07/1980 Scott Brunner at Seattle, 27-21
11/27/1988 Jeff Hostetler at New Orleans, 13-12
09/04/1994 Dave Brown Philadelphia, 28-23
10/12/1997 Danny Kanell at Arizona, 27-13
09/22/2019 Daniel Jones at Tampa Bay, 32-31
12/06/2020 Colt McCoy at Seattle, 17-12
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*Buffalo's 14 points Sunday night were the fewest allowed by the Giants in a loss since Nov. 21. 2004, when they were defeated by Atlanta, 14-10. The real significance of that game was that it was Manning's first career start. If the Giants had scored another touchdown, he would have joined the list immediately preceding this note. It was the seventh time in Brian Daboll's two seasons as head coach the Giants have held an opponent to fewer than 20 points. The Giants are 6-1 in those games.
*Saquon Barkley returned to action in Buffalo after missing three games with a sprained ankle and rushed for a game-high 93 yards on 24 carries. That raised his career total to 1,007 rushing attempts. Barkley is the seventh player with at least 1,000 carries in a Giants uniform:
- Tiki Barber - 2,217
- Rodney Hampton - 1,824
- Joe Morris - 1,318
- Alex Webster - 1,196
- Brandon Jacobs - 1,136
- Ron Johnson - 1,106
- Saquon Barkley - 1,007
*Graham Gano's three field goals vs. Buffalo increased his total in four seasons with the Giants to 99. With one more, he will become the fifth player in franchise history with 100, joining Pete Gogolak, Brad Daluiso, Lawrence Tynes and Joe Danelo.
*The game in Buffalo was the 51st of Gano's career in which he kicked at least three field goals, including 15 with the Giants.
*The Giants had a plus-3 turnover differential last week in Miami and a plus-2 differential Sunday in Buffalo. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is the first time in the Super Bowl era the Giants have lost consecutive games when they had a +2 or better differential in each.
*The Giants have lost two consecutive games in which they did not commit a turnover for the first time since Dec. 20-27, 2020 vs. Cleveland and at Baltimore. Dating back to last season, they have lost three straight games in which they had no giveaways.
*The Giants converted 10 of 19 third-down opportunities (52.6%) against the Bills. That was their highest number of successes since they had 10 against Philadelphia on Dec. 17, 2017, and their most opportunities since they had 20 at Philadelphia on Dec. 26, 2021.
*The Giants have not thrown a touchdown pass in four games, their longest streak since they went four games without one from Sept. 20-Oct. 11, 2020.
*Maybe time of possession isn't that important. The Giants are 0-4 this season when they own the ball for 30 or more minutes.
*The Giants had leads of 6-0 and 9-7 in Buffalo Sunday night. They lost after leading in the fourth quarter for the first time since Nov. 1, 2021. That Monday night, they were ahead of the Chiefs in Kansas City, 17-14, but lost, 20-17. Last Dec. 4, they led Washington in the fourth quarter, 20-13, in a game that finished in a 20-20 tie.
*The Bills scored their first touchdown at the end of a 17-play, 89-yard drive that took 9:58 off the clock. It was the longest drive in terms of time by a Giants opponent in more than eight years. On Sept. 13, 2015, the Dallas Cowboys took 10:17 to complete a possession that ended with a Dan Bailey field goal.
Buffalo's second touchdown drive took 6:47 to complete. None of the Bills' other seven possessions lasted more than 2:52