GIANTS NOTES FOLLOWING OVERTIME LOSS TO EAGLES
PHILADELPHIA – Notes and statistics from the Giants’ 23-17 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Lincoln Financial Field:
*The Giants played their first overtime game since Dec. 2, 2018 when they defeated Chicago at home, 30-27. Monday night’s game was their first overtime loss since Dec. 6, 2015 against the Jets, 23-20. The Giants had won 10 of their previous 11 overtime games (including two NFC Championship games) dating back to Dec. 11, 2005. The first two victories in that streak were in Philadelphia.
*The Giants’ 17-3 halftime lead matched their largest advantage after two quarters this season. They led Washington by the same score in their 24-3 victory on Sept. 29.
*The Giants lost for the second time this season when leading at halftime. On Nov. 24 in Chicago, they led after two quarters, 7-3, but lost, 19-14.
*The 14-point halftime lead was the Giants’ largest in a game they eventually lost since Nov. 30, 2014, when they led Jacksonville, 21-3, but fell, 25-24.
*The Giants did not score a second-half point for the second time this season. On Oct. 10 at New England, they trailed at the half, 21-14, and lost, 35-14.
*The Giants totaled 255 yards – 29 in the second half – the fourth time in five games they gained fewer than 300 yards.
*The Giants had 10 first downs – two in the second half – their second-lowest total of the season; they finished with 10 first downs at New England. Philadelphia’s 27 first downs tied the Patriots for the highest total by a Giants opponent this season.
*The Giants had no turnovers for the first time since Nov. 18, 2018, in a 38-35 victory against Tampa Bay. They had won 16 of their previous 19 games in which they did not turn over the ball dating back to late in the 2012 season. Entering Week 14, the Giants’ 18-game streak with at least one giveaway tied them with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the NFL’s longest streak.
*The Eagles’ nine third-down conversions were the most by a Giants opponent since Dallas had 11 on Dec. 30, 2018.
*The Giants owned the ball for just 21:59, roughly half of Philadelphia’s time of possession of 42:51. It was the Giants’ second-lowest possession time of the season (20:24 at New England).
*Eli Manning started in place of Daniel Jones (ankle injury), his first action since he played the entire game in a Week 2 loss to Buffalo. Manning completed 15 of 30 passes for 203 yards, two first half touchdowns to rookie Darius Slayton (plays that covered 35 and 55 yards) and no interceptions for a passer rating of 94.2.
*Manning moved past Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger – another quarterback selected in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft – in two categories on the NFL’s career lists. His 203 passing yards increased his total to 56,740 and moved him into seventh place, just ahead of Roethlisberger (56,545). He is also seventh on the all-time list for touchdown passes with 364, one more than Roethlisberger. Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers is right behind them with 361. Roethlisberger played only two games this season before elbow surgery forced him to go on injured reserve.
*Manning’s 55-yard touchdown pass was his longest pass since a 55-yarder to Sterling Shepard at Indianapolis on Dec. 23, 2018 and his longest scoring throw since he tossed a 67-yarder to Shepard against the Eagles in MetLife Stadium on Dec. 17, 2017.
*Slayton (five catches for 154 yards), Golden Tate (one for 11 yards) and tight end Kaden Smith (two for nine yards) increased to 97 the number of receivers who have caught a regular-season pass from Manning. Slayton is the 57th different player to catch at least one Manning touchdown pass.
*Manning started his 233rd career regular-season game. He is now 116-117 overall and 10-20 vs. the Eagles. He is 10-11 on Monday Night Football.
*Saquon Barkley led the Giants with 66 rushing yards on 17 carries. No other running back had a rushing attempt. Wide receiver Sterling Shepard picked up eight yards on an end-around and Manning ran twice, one a kneel-down.
*Barkley caught three passes for one yard. It was the second time in three games he gained one receiving yard. In Chicago, he did so while catching two passes.
*Barkley has caught at least one pass in each of his 26 career games. That ties the record for consecutive games with a catch to start a career in a Giants uniform, set by Ron Johnson from 1970-72.
*Slayton’s 154 yards are a career high. He has the Giants’ last two 100-yard receiving games, including 121 against the Jets on Nov. 10.
*Slayton’s yardage total is the highest by a Giants receiver since Oct. 22, 2018, when Sterling Shepard gained 167 yards on five catches, also in a Monday night road game, at Atlanta. The 154 yards is the highest total by a Giants rookie since Odell Beckham, Jr. had 185 receiving yards vs. Philadelphia on Dec. 28, 2014.
*This was Slayton’s third two-touchdown game of the season (also at Detroit and at the Jets). That is the highest total by a Giants rookie since Beckham had four games with at least two touchdown catches in 2014. Slayton leads the Giants with seven touchdown receptions.
*This was Slayton’s second game with more than 100 receiving yards and two touchdown catches. He is the first NFL rookie to have multiple 100-yard, two-touchdown games since 2014, when Mike Evans (two), Allen Hurns (two) and Beckham (three) each accomplished the feat.
*Tight end Scott Simonson started for the first time this season but was not targeted on any passes.
*The Giants sacked Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz three times, increasing their season total to 29, one less than they had in the entire 2018 season.
*Linebacker Markus Golden sacked Wentz on the game’s first series, increasing his team-high total to 8.5 sacks. That is the highest total by a Giants linebacker since Jessie Armstead had 9.0 in 1999. Golden needs 1.5 sacks to be the first Giants player in double digits since 2014, when Jason Pierre-Paul had 12.5.
*Rookie Oshane Ximines twice sacked Wentz for losses totaling 13 yards. The first two-sack game of Ximines’ career doubled his season total.
*Safety Antoine Bethea led the Giants with 13 tackles (10 solo).
*On their second possession, the Eagles tried to get a first down on a fourth-and-one with a Wentz quarterback sneak. But rookie safety Julian Love forced a fumble that was recovered by linebacker David Mayo. It was the second forced fumble for Love in as many weeks, in his second career start. The fumble recovery was the first for Mayo in 72 career games.
*First-year cornerback Sam Beal made his first career start at left cornerback. The Giants began the game in a nickel defense that included corners Janoris Jenkins and DeAndre Baker. Beal had seven tackles (six solo) but was called for two penalties on the game-tying drive.
*Linebacker Kareem Martin played his first game since the season opener in Dallas on Sept. 8. He suffered a knee injury and was placed on injured reserve, from which he was activated on Saturday. Martin had one solo tackle.
*Right guard Kevin Zeitler left the game in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury and was replaced by Nick Gates.
*The Giants were 0-2 on Monday nights this season and are 25-41-1 all-time, including 16-30-1 on the road and 1-8 vs. the Eagles.
*Wentz completed 33 of 50 passes for 325 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. It was the highest number of passes thrown by a quarterback against the Giants since Oct. 15, 2017, when Denver’s Trevor Siemian had 50 attempts (completing 29).
*Tight end Zach Ertz caught nine passes for 91 yards, including a pair of two-yard touchdowns – the first tied the score with 1:53 remaining in the fourth quarter, the second won the game with 5:10 elapsed in overtime.
*The Giants fell to 2-11 with their ninth consecutive loss, tying the franchise record set in the first nine games of the 1976 season.
*The Giants have lost six in a row and 10 of their last 11 games against Philadelphia. The teams meet again on Dec. 29 in MetLife Stadium.
*The Giants have lost six consecutive games in Lincoln Financial Field.
*The Giants’ inactive players were quarterback Daniel Jones (ankle), tight ends Evan Engram (foot) and Rhett Ellison (concussion), cornerback Corey Ballentine (concussion), running back Wayne Gallman, and offensive linemen Eric Smith and Chad Slade.