Here are some other numbers from Sunday's game of pinball between the Giants and Saints, courtesy of the giants' PR department:
- With the victory, the Giants are assured of their eighth consecutive non-losing season, the team's longest streak since finishing .500 or better in 10 straight years from 1954-63.
Valentine's View: I have said this at times over the past few years and it bears repeating. There are always things to grouch about, but we are witnessing the best era of Giants' football since those glory days of the 1950s. Remember that every time you get upset about a single play call or single occurrence. Giants' fans have it pretty darn good right now.
- The Giants' 52 points was their highest total since a 55-24 victory over Green Bay on Dec. 20, 1986. It was the most points ever scored by a Tom Coughlin-coached team in the regular season. The previous best was achieved on Dec. 3, 2000, when his Jacksonville Jaguars defeated Cleveland, 48-0. The Jaguars defeated Miami, 62-7, in a 1999 AFC Divisional Playoff Game.
Valentine's View: The most amazing thing about the 52 points is that the Giants missed several terrific scoring opportunities, especially in the first half.
- Coughlin earned his 150th regular season victory as a head coach. He is the 17th coach in NFL history to win at least 150 regular-season games. Coughlin broke a tie with Bill Cowher and is alone in 17th place, one victory behind former Giants coach and Hall of Famer Steve Owen.
Valentine's View: Is Coughlin or is he not a Hall of Fame coach? That is a subject for a full debate, but I will just toss it out there, anyway.
- Victor Cruz increased his season totals to 76 receptions for 1,004 yards. He finished the 2011 season with 82 catches for a team-record 1,536 yards.
Valentine's View: Not bad 2012 numbers for a guy who, truth be told, hasn't really had a great year to this point.
- This was Eli Manning's seventh career four-touchdown game, tying Hall of Famer Y.A. Tittle for the franchise record. The Giants are 4-3 in those games. Manning increased his career yardage total to 31,008 and moved past former Giant Norm Snead (30,797) into 33rd place on the NFL's career list. Manning's four touchdown passes increased his career total to 205. That moved him past Matt Hasselbeck (201), Roman Gabriel (201) and Jim Everett (203) and into 30th place on the NFL's all-time list.
Valentine's View: The guy isn't half bad.
- Stevie Brown intercepted two passes, which he returned for 91 yards. That increased his season totals to seven picks and 259 return yards. The seven interceptions are the most by a Giant since 1984, when Mark Haynes had seven. Brown's 259 yards are a single-season franchise record. The former mark of 251 was set by Hall of Famer Emlen Tunnell in 1949 and matched by Dick Lynch in 1963.
Valentine's View: I have said this before, but I think Brown (along with Will Hill) could be playing Kenny Phillips out of a job with the Giants and into a different uniform next season.