The New York Giants checked all of the wrong boxes in their 40-0 dismantling defeat, courtesy of the Dallas Cowboys on "Sunday Night Football" at MetLife Stadium. It was the Giants' largest shutout home loss in franchise history. The G-Men also joined the 1990-1991 Raiders as the only other team in NFL history to lose a playoff game by 30 or more points -- they lost 38-7 against the Eagles in the 2022 NFC divisional round -- and subsequently fall in their opener the following season by 30 or more points.
Thanks to the 40-0 loss, Daniel Jones being sacked seven times to Dak Prescott's zero, losing the turnover margin 3-0, having their opening drive field goal attempt blocked and returned for a touchdown, and Jones tossing a pick-six, the Giants had a historic, melancholy kind of NFL bingo. No team in league history had ever lost a game 40-0 or worse, lost a sacks battle in a game seven-to-zero or worse, lost a turnover battle in a game three-to-zero or worse, had a field goal attempt blocked and return for touchdown, and had an interception returned for a touchdown across an entire season, according to OptaStats.
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The Giants did all of those things in one night. The one silver lining is those 1991 Raiders did end up making the postseason after the back-to-back shellackings to end the 1990 season and start the 1991 season. Basically, the Giants have a chance to right the ship and still have a solid 2023 season despite the stink of their Week 1 debacle.