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Notes & Stats: Giants continue flurry of takeaways

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Notes and statistics from the Giants' 27-10 season-ending victory against the Philadelphia Eagles in MetLife Stadium:

*The Giants ended a three-game losing streak and finished third in the NFC East for the second season in a row, this time with a 6-11 record.

*The Giants were 3-3 in division games, their best such record since they were 4-2 in 2020.

*The Giants were 4-4 in MetLife Stadium, including 2-1 in division games.

*The Giants ended a five-game losing streak to the Eagles in defeating them for the first time since Nov. 28, 2021.

*The Giants' 17-point margin of victory was their second highest in Brian Daboll's two seasons as head coach. They defeated the Indianapolis Colts, 38-10, in their 2022 home finale. It was their most one-sided victory against the Eagles since a 42-7 romp on Dec. 30, 2012, Andy Reid's final game as Philadelphia's head coach.

*The Giants' 27 points was their third-highest total of the season. They scored 31 in victories against Arizona and Washington.

*The Giants led at halftime, 24-0. It was the fourth game this season in which they shut out their opponents in the first half. They led Buffalo, 6-0; Washington, 14-0; and New England, 7-0. In the previous four games against the Eagles, the Giants had been outscored in the first half by a combined 88-10.

*The 24-point lead was the Giants' largest since their 28-point victory against Indianapolis last season. It was their largest halftime lead since they were ahead in Washington, 34-0, on Dec. 9, 2018.

*The Giants punted on the game's opening series, making this the first season since 1997 in which they did not score a first-possession touchdown.

*The Giants' 415 total yards and 306 net passing yards were each their second-highest totals of the season. They gained 439 yards, including 312 through the air, at Arizona on Sept. 17. This season, the Giants were 4-1 when they exceeded 200 net passing yards and 2-10 when they had fewer than 200 yards.

*The Giants did not score a second half touchdown for the seventh time this season. They won each of the last three games in which they did not score a touchdown in the second half, against New England, Washington, and Philadelphia.

*Tyrod Taylor made his second straight start and fifth of the season and completed 23 of 32 passes for 297 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He twice briefly left the game because of injury and was replaced by Tommy DeVito, who completed both of his passes. Taylor also rushed for 38 yards on eight carries.

*On the season, Taylor and DeVito were very close statistically. The former had two more attempts (180-178) and completions (116-114). Taylor's rating was one-tenth of a point lower (89.1-89.2). Taylor threw for more yards (1,341-1,101) and fewer touchdown passes (3-5). Each threw three interceptions.

*Saquon Barkley rushed for 46 yards on 18 carries and finished the season with 962 yards, 38 shy of what would have been his fourth 1,000-yard season.

*Barkley scored the Giants' first two touchdowns on runs of two and three yards four and one-half minutes apart in the second quarter. He increased his season total to six rushing touchdowns – no one else had more than one - and his career total to 35. The latter figure moved him past Pro Football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford (34) and into a tie for sixth on the franchise's all-time list with Ottis Anderson.

*This was the second game this season – and the fourth in his career – in which Barkley rushed for two touchdowns. He also did it on Dec. 11 vs. Green Bay.

*Barkley set up the Giants' third touchdown – a 19-yard reception by Darius Slayton – with a 46-yard catch, his longest since he scored on a 54-yarder at New Orleans on Oct. 3, 2021. His previous long reception this season was a 32-yard touchdown against Washington on Oct. 22.

*Slayton's touchdown was his fourth of the season, the second-highest total of his career. He scored eight touchdowns as a rookie in 2019. Slayton, who had an 80-yard touchdown reception last week vs. the Rams, scored in back-to-back games for the second time in his career. He scored touchdowns in consecutive games on Dec. 9-15, 2019, in his rookie season.

*Slayton joined Wan'Dale Robinson and Darren Waller as players with a team-high five receptions. Robinson had all his in the first half and led the team with 85 yards. Slayton totaled 62 yards and Waller had 45.

*Robinson finished the season with a team-high 60 catches, for 525 yards and one touchdown.

*On the first play of the Giants' second possession, Robinson caught a short Taylor pass and turned it into a 33-yard gain, the longest reception of his career. He previous long was a 32-yarder against Green Bay on Dec. 11

*Slayton had 50 receptions, tying the career high he set in 2020, and a career-high and team-leading 770 yards, 19 more than his total in 2020.

*Slayton and Barkley tied for the team lead with four touchdown catches.

*In what is expected to be his final game with the Giants, wide receiver Sterling Shepard caught three passes for 18 yards. It was the first time this season he caught more than one pass in a game. Shepard raised his career total to 372 receptions and moved him past Jeremy Shockey (371) and into fifth place on the Giants' all-time list.

*After starting the same five offensive linemen in each of the previous seven games, the Giants Sunday changed their line because of injuries. Matt Peart started at right tackle, his first start of the season, seventh of his career, and first since Dec. 26, 2021, in Philadelphia. Peart, whose first four starts were at left tackle, tore his ACL in that game against the Eagles. He stepped in for Tyre Phillips, who had started seven consecutive games before tearing a quad tendon last week vs. the Rams.

*Center John Michael Schmitz was inactive with a shin injury. Ben Bredeson moved from right guard to center, and Mark Glowinski started at right guard for the first time since Oct. 29 vs. the Jets.

*The Giants started 10 different offensive line combinations this season.

*Linebacker Bobby Okereke and safety Xavier McKinney played all 65 defensive snaps and were on the field for every one of the Giants' 1,228 defensive plays this season.

*The Giants' spate of takeaways continued with four on Sunday, increasing their total to 23 in the last eight games.

*Cornerback Nick McCloud forced a fumble by A.J. Brown after a 9-yard reception with 3:37 remaining in the first quarter. Micah McFadden recovered the ball and returned it eight yards to the Giants' 27-yard line. McCloud's forced fumble was his third of the season (including one on special teams) and second in as many weeks. McFadden's recovery was his fourth of the season, which was two more than any of his teammates.

*McKinney intercepted two passes – the first thrown by starting quarterback Jalen Hurts and the second thrown by backup Marcus Mariota – 28 seconds apart in the second quarter. That increased his season total to a team-leading three picks. McKinney's career high is five interceptions, set in 2021.

*Safety Dane Belton, starting for the injured Jason Pinnock, picked up the first sack of his career when he tackled Hurts for a 14-yard loss in the second quarter.

*Linebacker Bobby Okereke sacked Hurts for a 12-yard loss, increasing his season total to 2.5 – 1.5 more than he had with Indianapolis in any of his first four NFL seasons.

*Pinnock was placed on injured reserve Saturday with a toe injury, ending his team-long 17-game starting streak (the 2022 finale, plus the first 16 games this season). Kayvon

Thibodeaux, Okereke and McKinney are the only Giants who started all 17 games this season and now share the team's longest active streak.

*The Giants' top two 2023 draft choices were inactive due to injury, cornerback Deonte Banks (shoulder) and Schmitz. Banks missed his second consecutive game and second of the season.

Also inactive were wide receiver Parris Campbell, outside linebacker Benton Whitley, defensive tackle Timmy Horne and tight end Tyree Jackson. Jacob Eason was the third quarterback.

*The Giants' 2024 opponents are set. Next year, the NFC East will face the NFC South and the AFC North, the latter the only division in which all four teams finished over .500 this season. Because they finished third in the division, the Giants will play the third-place teams from the NFC North and the AFC South at home and the NFC West on the road. Unless they participate in one of the international games, the Giants will play 15 of their 17 games in the eastern time zone. They will play nine games at home and eight on the road.

The Giants' 2024 opponents:

Home: Dallas, Philadelphia, Washington, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Minnesota and Indianapolis.

Away: Dallas, Philadelphia, Washington, Atlanta, Carolina, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Seattle.

*The Giants own the sixth pick in the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft.

*Final note of the season: The Giants lost the coin toss Sunday and won only six of 17 tosses this season. Teams winning the toss were 6-11 in Giants games. The Giants were 1-5 when they won the toss and 5-6 when they lost it.

View photos from the Giants' Week 18 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles.

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