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Eli Manning, left, of the New York Giants

Eli Manning, left, of the New York Giants talks with Drew Brees, right, of the New Orleans Saints shake hands after the game. (Nov. 28, 2011) Credit: Getty Images

A lot of stuff happened in the game last night besides, you know, the Saints winning big and the Giants losing a third straight. Here are a few nuggets, most of them from the Giants:

New Orleans’ 49 points were the most allowed by the Giants since a 50-21 loss to Washington on Sept. 19, 1999. They had not allowed more than 45 points since their last visit to New Orleans, a 48-27 defeat on Oct. 18, 2009.

The Saints gained 577 total yards, the second-highest total ever allowed by the Giants and the most they have surrendered in 68 years. On Nov. 14, 1943, the Chicago Bears gained 682 yards vs. the Giants. The Giants lost that game 56-7. It's a safe bet none of the Bears slam-dunked (or finger-rolled) the football over the crossbar on that day.

This was the fourth straight game that the Giants were held without a touchdown in the first half. They’re 1-3 in those games.

Victor Cruz had a career-high nine receptions for 157 yards and two touchdowns, including a 72-yarder. It was the fourth time this season that Cruz has topped 100 receiving yards in a game. In three others this year he has 91, 98 and 99 yards.

And finally, Eli Manning shattered a team record by completing 21 consecutive passes from late in the second quarter to late in the fourth quarter. That is tied for the sixth longest streak in NFL history and is the longest since his brother, Peyton Manning, hit 23 straight on Dec. 14 and Dec. 18, 2008 vs. Detroit (6) and Jacksonville (17). It is the longest one-game streak since David Carr completed 22 consecutive passes for Houston vs. Buffalo on Nov. 19, 2006. The NFL record of 24 in a row was set by Philadelphia’s Donovan McNabb in 2004. The previous Giants record of 13 in a row was set by Phil Simms at Cincinnati on Oct. 13, 1985 and tied by Kerry Collins on Sept. 10 and 17, 2000 (at Philadelphia and Chicago). Manning’s previous best was 12 in a row at Atlanta on Oct. 15, 2007.

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