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Statistics From the Giants/Buccaneers Game

The following is taken directly from and their main site writer Michael Eisen.

Just some Interesting things to consider or know.

The Giants improved to 3-0 for the second year in a row, the first time they’ve done that in back-to-back seasons since 1993 and ’94.

*The Giants shutout an opponent for the first time since Oct. 30, 2005, when they routed Washington at home, 36-0. It was their first shutout on the road since Nov. 20, 1983, when they won at Philadelphia, 23-0.

*The shutout was the fourth of Tom Coughlin’s head coaching career. The Jacksonville Jaguars had two shutouts when he was their head coach: Sept. 17, 2000 vs. Cincinnati (13-0) and Dec. 3, 2000 vs. Cleveland (48-0).

*The Giants held Tampa Bay to 86 total yards. The last opponent to gain so few yards was Philadelphia on Nov. 20, 1983 – the previous road shutout – when the Eagles finished with 79 yards.

*The Buccaneers had five first downs – none until the third quarter – also the fewest by an opponent since that blanking of the Eagles, who had four.

*The Bucs rushed for 28 yards, the fewest by a Giants opponent since Arizona had 23 on Nov. 23, 2008. Backup quarterback Josh Johnson led Tampa Bay with 15 rushing yards – all on one fourth-quarter scramble. Former Giant Derrick Ward carried five times for two yards.

*Tampa Bay finished with 58 passing yards, the fewest allowed by the Giants since Atlanta threw for 53 yards on Nov. 9, 2003.

*The Giants rushed for 226 yards, their highest total since they ran for 301 yards vs. Carolina on Dec. 28, 2008.

*The Giants’ 27 first downs was their highest total since they had 27 in a 44-6 victory over Seattle on Oct. 5, 2008.

*The Giants’ time of possession of 43:38 was their highest since Oct. 29, 2000, when they owned the ball for 43:41 in a victory over Philadelphia. The franchise record is 45:43 in the 1983 shutout in Philly. The possession time of 43:38 in Tampa is the highest ever by a Coughlin-coached team.

*The Giants did not have a turnover for the second game in a row. They had one takeaway, Terrell Thomas’ first-quarter interception, which led to Eli Manning’s touchdown pass to Steve Smith.

*Neither Manning nor David Carr were sacked, the second game in a row the Giants did not allow a sack. That most recently happened in back-to-back games on Oct. 19 and 26, 2008, vs. San Francisco and at Pittsburgh.

*The Giants owned a 14-0 halftime lead. It was the first time they did not allow a point in the first half since Nov. 18, 2007 at Detroit. They led that game at the half, 10-0, and went on to win 16-10.

*This was the first time the Giants did not allow a point in the first three quarters since Sept. 30, 2007 (the 12-sack game vs. Philadelphia) when they led the Eagles, 16-0, and won, 16-3.

*Also, the victory in Tampa Bay was the first game in which the Giants did not allow a second-half point since Nov. 30, 2008, when they shutout the Redskins in the second half of a 23-7 victory in Washington.

*The Giants took the opening kickoff and promptly marched 80 yards to a touchdown on Brandon Jacobs’ six-yard run. It was the first time the Giants reached the end zone on their opening series since Nov. 30, 2008, when Eli Manning threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Amani Toomer at Washington. The Giants are 15-8 under Coughlin in games in which they score a touchdown on their first possession.

*Jacobs scored the 36th rushing touchdown of his career. That broke a tie with Ottis Anderson and moved him into sole possession of fifth place on the Giants’ career list. Alex Webster is fourth with 39.

*Ahmad Bradshaw led the Giants with 104 rushing yards on 14 carries, a 7.4-yard average. It was his second career 100-yard game; he ran for a career-high 151 yards at Buffalo on Dec. 23, 2007. Bradshaw’s 38-yard run in the first quarter was the Giants’ longest of the season.

The Giants are 28-10 in regular season games under Tom Coughlin when a back runs for at least 100 yards.

*The Giants scored three touchdowns on five trips inside the Tampa Bay 20-yard line. They also kicked a field goal and missed a field goal attempt. The Giants had entered the game with no touchdowns in eight trips inside the green zone.

*Terrell Thomas picked off a Byron Leftwich pass in the first quarter for his first interception of the season and the second of his career. On the first snap after a Giants punt, Leftwich was hit by Mathias Kiwanuka and threw short for Kellen Winslow. Thomas went low to secure the ball for the interception.

*Thomas’ previous pick was off Kurt Warner at Arizona on Nov. 23, 2008.

*Defensive end Justin Tuck didn’t practice all week and was so convinced he wasn’t going to play he didn’t bring cleats to the stadium. But the coaches told Tuck after arriving in the locker room that he would suit up. So the Pro Bowler borrowed a pair of cleats from Fred Robbins and played as a pass rusher on third downs. He was not credited with a tackle, but Tuck was thrilled to play and glad he got a chance to test his injured shoulder.

*Mario Manningham made his first career start in place of Domenik Hixon (knee) and had four catches for 55 yards.

*Mathias Kiwanuka started at left end for Tuck and was credited with three quarterback hits and a special teams tackle.

*C.C. Brown started at free safety for Kenny Phillips, who was placed on injured reserve last week. Brown had two solo tackles.

*Rookie tight end Travis Beckum caught his first two career passes, a one-yarder and a seven-yarder to give the Giants a first down on the game’s final series.

*Backup quarterback David Carr saw his first action of the regular season and completed two of three passes on the Giants’ final two possessions.

*Lawrence Tynes was wide left on a 21-yard field goal attempt near the end of the second quarter, the shortest miss by a Giants kicker since Dec. 19, 1981, when Joe Danelo was unsuccessful on a 21-yard try.

*Right tackle Kareem McKenzie left the game with a knee sprain and was replaced by rookie William Beatty. Rich Seubert left early with a sore shoulder and was replaced by Kevin Boothe. With the Giants firmly in control in the fourth quarter, the coaches used all three backup offensive linemen in uniform. Beatty moved to left tackle, Guy Whimper played right tackle and Boothe stayed at guard. Shaun O’Hara and Chris Snee played the entire game.

*Corey Webster led the Giants with four solo tackles.

*In addition to Eli Manning, Antonio Pierce and Jeff Feagles – elected by the players to be captains for the entire season – Jacobs and Robbins served as game captains.

*The Giants’ inactive players were cornerbacks Aaron Ross (hamstring) and Kevin Dockery (hamstring), wide receivers Domenik Hixon (knee) and Hakeem Nicks (foot), running back Danny Ware (elbow), defensive lineman Chris Canty (calf), linebacker Clint Sintim (groin) and offensive lineman Adam Koets (ankle).

*The Giants lead the regular season series against Tampa Bay, 11-6. They are 5-5 on the road against the Buccaneers, 3-2 (including 1-0 in the postseason) in Raymond James Stadium.

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One Response to “Statistics From the Giants/Buccaneers Game”

  1. Erik says:

    And, the part that’s STILL not getting the press it deserves: Corey Webster vs. opposing team’s #1 WR. Three games. Three bona fide #1 receivers (Moss, Williams, Bryant). Six receptions, 52 yards. Plays where Webster was in man coverage against the #1 receiver? Four catches, 26 yards. Seriously, if this man isn’t getting a look for All-Pro, I can’t imagine what it would take to earn it. He’s outplaying Asomougha, he’s outplaying Revis, he’s certainly outplaying the much-vaunted talent in the NFC East. He’s the reason the defense is still lights-out even with all the injuries.

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