The New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys battled to a 36-35 finish at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, and it was Big Blue who came out on the wrong side of that score.
With the loss, the Giants finished the season with a 5-11 record, which is a two-game improvement over the 2017 campaign that saw head coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Rice fired mid-season.
Although the Giants fell, it was an exciting game from start to finish and featured a substantial amount of interesting numbers, statistics and several broke records.
Let’s take a look:
The Giants finished last in the NFC East in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1976-1978.
With their 36-35 loss in Week 17, the Giants became the first team in NFL history to lose their final two games by one-point (they had a lead with under 2:00 remaining in each of those games).
The Giants lost eight games this season by seven points or less, which was the most by any team in the NFL.
The Giants lost their eighth straight game in which Eli Manning threw for over 300 yards. They are now 19-31 in those games.
Eli Manning finished the season with 4,299 yards passing, which is the seventh time he’s gone over 4,000 yards in his career.
Eli Manning completed 66% of his passes in 2019, which represents a career-high.
Saquon Barkley rushed for 100 yards for the seventh time in Week 17, extending his own franchise rookie record.
Saquon Barkley ended the season with six 50-plus yard runs, which led the league and was twice as many as any other player.
Saquon Barkley finished the season with 91 receptions, which ties the Giants’ all-time record (Odell Beckham Jr.) and sets the NFL record for the most all-time by a rookie running back.
By going over 2,000 yards from scrimmage, Barkley became just the third rookie running back in NFL history to accomplish that feat (Eric Dickerson, Edgerrin James).
Saquon Barkley led the Giants in both rushing yards and receptions.
With his rushing touchdown in Week 17, Barkley amassed 11 on the season, which set the Giants’ all-time rookie record.
Saquon Barkley finished the season with 15 total touchdowns, which set the Giants’ all-time rookie record.
Saquon Barkley became the first NFL rookie since 1980 (Billy Sims) to finish with 1,200-plus yards rushing and 600-yards receiving.
Saquon Barkley went over 100 scrimmage yards on Sunday for the 13th time, which ties Eric Dickerson for the all-time rookie record.
Saquon Barkley became just the fifth rookie in NFL history to finish with at least 1,900 yards from scrimmage and 15 touchdowns.
Wayne Gallman scored his first career rushing touchdown in Week 17.
Sterling Shepard finished his season with 66 receptions for 872 yards, which were both career-highs.
Rookie defensive lineman B.J. Hill record a half a sack in Week 17, giving him 5.5 on the season, which set the Giants’ all-time rookie record (sacks weren’t an official stat when Lawrence Taylor was a rookie).
By making 32 of his 33 field goal attempts (97%) this season, Aldrick Rosas set an all-time Giants record.
Cowboys tight end Blake Jarwin became the first tight end in NFL history to catch three touchdown passes against the Giants in a single game.
Wide receiver Alonzo Russell made his NFL debut in Week 17.
Quarterback Kyle Lauletta took one snap in Week 17, but it came as a wide receiver.