From the Giants Public Relations Dept:
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Notes and statistics from the Giants’ 30-17 victory over the Houston Texans in MetLife Stadium:
*The Giants won for the first time this season and improved to 1-2. They return to action Thursday night in Washington.
*The Giants finished with 419 total yards, their highest total since they had 478 in a loss in Dallas on Sept. 8, 2013 and the most they’ve had in a regular-season victory since they gained 437, also against the Cowboys, on Jan. 1, 2012.
*The Giants rushed for 193 yards, their highest total on the ground since they ran for 202 yards vs. Dallas on Nov. 24, 2013. They ran for 53 and 81 yards in their first two games.
*The Giants’ 26 first downs was their highest total since they had 28 against Denver on Sept. 15, 2013.
*The Giants’ time of possession of 32:34 was their highest since they held the ball for 35:14 vs. Green Bay on Nov. 17, 2013.
*Houston’s 419 yards were the most by a Giants opponent since Philadelphia gained 439 yards on Oct. 6, 2013.
*The Giants held a 14-0 lead at halftime (when their yardage advantage was 262-83). It was the first time they had held their opponents scoreless in the first two quarters since Oct. 27, 2013, when they led in Philadelphia, 12-0, on their way to a 15-7 victory. It was the first time they did not allow a touchdown in the first half since Dec. 29, 2013, when they led Washington, 10-6, and won, 20-6.
*The Giants increased their lead in the third quarter to 17-0, their largest advantage since they led Philadelphia, 21-0, on Dec. 30, 2012.
*The victory was the 171st of head coach Tom Coughlin’s career (159 regular season, 12 postseason). That broke a tie with one Hall of Famer (Paul Brown) and moved him into a tie with another (Joe Gibbs) for 13th on the NFL’s career list. Mike Holmgren is next on the list with 174 victories.
*For the first time this season, the Giants had a takeaway (they intercepted three of Ryan Fitzpatrick’s passes) and won the turnover battle. Prince Amukamara, Antrel Rolle and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie had the interceptions. It was the first time the Giants picked off three passes in a game since Nov. 17, 2013, when Jon Beason, Jason Pierre-Paul and Rolle had interceptions against Green Bay.
*Amukamara had the Giants’ first takeaway of the season when he intercepted a Fitzpatrick pass with 7:31 remaining in the first quarter.
*Rolle intercepted a Fitzpatrick pass with 1:48 remaining in the second quarter. Rolle returned the ball 25 yards to the Texans’ two-yard line. It was Rolle’s first pick since Dec. 15, 2013, when he intercepted Seattle’s Russell Wilson. Rolle had a career-high six interceptions last season. His pick Sunday set up Rashad Jennings’ one-yard touchdown run.
*Rodgers-Cromartie’s interception in the fourth quarter was his first as a Giant and the 20th of his career. His last pick was on Dec. 22, 2013, when he played for Denver against…Houston. The quarterback was Matt Schaub.
*Jennings led the Giants with 176 rushing yards on 34 carries. Both totals are career highs. His previous bests were achieved when he played for Oakland last season – 23 carries on Dec. 15 vs. Kansas City and 150 yards on Nov. 17 at Houston. It was the fifth 100-yard game of Jennings’ career.
*Jennings’ 34 carries were the most by a Giant since Dec. 5, 1999, when Joe Montgomery had 38 rushing attempts vs. the Jets. His 176 were the highest total by a Giants back since Ahmad Bradshaw ran for 200 yards on 30 carries vs Cleveland on Oct. 7, 2012. It was the first 100-yard performance by a Giant since Andre Brown ran for 127 yards on Nov. 24, 2013 vs. Dallas and the first 150-yard game since Bradshaw’s performance.
*Eli Manning completed 21 of 28 passes for 234 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. His passer rating of 123.2 was his highest in a game since Dec. 30, 2012, when it was 134.5 vs. Philadelphia. Manning did not throw an interception for the first time since last Nov. 24 vs. Dallas and he was sacked just once.
*Victor Cruz caught five passes for 107 yards and a touchdown. It was Cruz’s first 100-yard game since Nov. 17, 2013 vs. Green Bay and the first by a Giants receiver since Hakeem Nicks had 135 yards on five catches vs. San Diego last Dec 8.
*It was Cruz’s 17th career regular-season 100-yard game, tying him with Homer Jones for second place in franchise history. Amani Toomer holds the Giants record with 22 100-yard receiving games. The Giants are 9-8 when Cruz has at least 100 yards.
*Cruz scored the game’s first touchdown on a 26-yard reception, his first score since Sept. 29, 2013 at Kansas City and his first at home since Dec. 30, 2012 vs. Philadelphia. Cruz had played 12 games and caught 65 passes between touchdowns.
*In the first quarter, Cruz had a 61-yard catch-and-run, his longest reception since his 69-yard touchdown at Kansas City last Sept. 29.
*Tight end Daniel Fells scored his second touchdown in as many weeks, on a nine-yard pass from Manning in the fourth quarter.
*Damontre Moore blocked a Shane Lechler punt in the fourth quarter, the first block by a Giant since Nov. 10, 2013, when Moore blocked a punt by Oakland’s Marquette King.
*Josh Brown succeeded on his first three field goal attempts of the season, from 39, 29, and 31 yards. His first try – which would have been from 30 yards – never got off the ground, because Zak DeOssie’s low snap bounced past holder Steve Weatherford. Brown picked up the ball, but was quickly tackled.
*Houston scored a touchdown on a 93-yard drive in the third quarter, capped by a 44-yard touchdown pass from Fitzpatrick to Damaris Johnson. It was the longest touchdown drive allowed by the Giants since Sept. 29, 2013, when the Chiefs drove 98 yards in Kansas City.
*Coughlin won his first replay challenge of the season, and it was a turning point in the game. With 10:41 remaining in the fourth quarter, Houston faced a third-and-eight from its own 29. The Giants led, 20-10, when Fitzpatrick scrambled for what was ruled an eight-yard gain and a first down. Coughlin challenged the ruling, saying Fitzpatrick was stopped short of a first down. After review, referee Terry McAulay reversed the call, ruling Fitzpatrick was stopped a yard short of the marker. Instead of continuing a drive that could have lifted them to within three points of the lead, the Texans were forced to punt. On the next play, Moore blocked Lechler’s kick, and three plays after that, Manning threw the touchdown pass to Fells that increased the Giants’ lead to 27-10, with 9:25 remaining.
Coughlin is 1-0 this season, 41-46 with the Giants and 50-53 in his career on replay challenges.
*The Texans successfully executed a fake punt on their first possession when Shane Lechler threw a 10-yard pass to Alfred Blue. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Lechler was the first punter to complete a pass against the Giants since New Orleans’ Tommy Barnhardt on Dec. 20, 1993.
*Wide receiver Preston Parker made his first career start when the Giants opened the game in a three-wideout alignment. Parker caught three passes for 33 yards.
*With Jon Beason (foot/ankle) inactive, Jameel McClain moved over from the strong side to start at middle linebacker and Mark Herzlich played strongside backer. It was Herzlich’s seventh career start, his first since Sept. 29, 2013 at Kansas City and second at a position other than middle linebacker in a 3-4 defense. On Dec. 23, 2012, Herzlich was one of four starting linebackers for the Giants in Baltimore.
*McClain led the Giants with 11 tackles (nine solo) and teamed up Johnathan Hankins for a six-yard, second-quarter sack that was the first allowed by the Texans this season.
*Cornerback Trumaine McBride was credited with his first career sack when he tackled Fitzpatrick for a one-yard loss late in the second quarter.
*Defensive tackle Markus Kuhn played for the first time this season, but was not credited with a tackle. Kuhn missed the first two games with an ankle injury.
*Offensive lineman Adam Snyder made his Giants debut on special teams.
*Wide receiver Julian Talley, signed last week off the practice squad, played on special teams.
*Linebacker Dan Fox, signed last week off the practice squad, made his NFL debut on special teams.
*The Giants’ inactive players were wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring), linebacker Jon Beason (foot/ankle), linebacker Devon Kennard (hamstring), offense linemen Charles Brown and James Brewer, defensive tackle Jay Bromley and defensive end Kerry Wynn.