The New York Giants watched helplessly as their fans, who had not attended a home game since 2019, exited MetLife Stadium in the fourth quarter on Sunday.
That’s because the Denver Broncos, led by Teddy Bridgewater, put on a clinic and dominated New York in a game that wasn’t nearly as close as the score indicated (27-13).
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There’s little time for the Giants to sulk, however. They now hit the road for a Thursday night game against the Washington Football Team with the familiar threat of an 0-2 start firmly on the table.
But before we look ahead to the Week 2 game, let’s see what interesting stats, numbers and broken records were birthed from the Week 1 loss to Denver.
The Giants lost their fifth consecutive regular-season open and their 10th in the past 11 years.
Saquon Barkley played in his first game since September 20, 2020.
With his seven receptions, Sterling Shepard passed Hakeem Nicks for 10th on the Giants’ all-time list (320 receptions).
Shepard has now caught at least one pass in 55 consecutive games.
Daniel Jones’ 42-yard pass to Darius Slayton was the Giants’ longest opening-season pass since 2013 (Eli Manning to Hakeem Nicks for 57 yards).
Kenny Golladay, Kyle Rudolph, Kadarius Toney, Devontae Booker and Gary Brightwell all caught their first pass as a member of the Giants.
Azeez Ojulari recorded his first career sack.
Ojulari’s sack was the Giants’ first full sack by a rookie since William Joseph in 2003.
The Giants defense allowed their first 100-yard rusher (Melvin Gordon) since Week 1 of the 2020 season (Benny Snell Jr.).
Gordon’s 70-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter was the longest run surrendered by the Giants since 2012 (Bernard Pierce, 78). It was also the lonest touchdown run surrendered by the Giants since 2011 (Fred Jackson, 80).
Nate Solder started at right tackle for the first time since January 22, 2012.
Will Hernandez started his first career game at right guard.
The Giants are now 3-9 in MetLife Stadium openers (1-4 in season-opening home games).
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