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The 2022 NFL regular season is officially complete. For the first time since 2016, the New York Football Giants didn’t have to pack their things and go home this week. Instead, they’re owners of the sixth seed in the NFC Playoffs. Their prize is a Christmas Eve rematch in Minnesota against the Vikings.

As one might imagine, the trash talk has already started as Big Blue prepares for its biggest game in years. First-year head coach Brian Daboll and his staff shocked (and impressed) everyone by getting what many thought was a roster that needed to be rebuilt, back to the postseason.

It’s not just that the Giants’ 9-7-1 record is their first winning season since 2016. It’s also the first time they’ve gotten themselves over the six-win mark during this period. After going 4-13 in 2021, Daboll and Co. squeezed every last bit of talent out of this roster to more than double its win total just one year later.

There have been many things to like about the Giants throughout the course of this year, even with the imperfections. But how did they rank in certain categories when compared to the rest of the league?

With the help of our friends at SportRadar, we can see where they ranked in 32 different categories. We’ll detail it below with what the category is, how New York performed, where it ranked within the NFL, and what the league average number was.

Giveaways: 16 (2nd in NFL), 22.2 league average

Offensive Rushing Yards Per Game: 148.2 (4th), 121.6 league average

Defensive Red Zone TD %: 49.2% (5th), 56.1% league average

Defensive 3rd Down %: 35.1% (5th), 39.4% league average

Offensive Red Zone TD %: 63.3% (7th), 56.1% league average

Rushing % on Offense: 47.8 (8th), 43.3 league average

Offensive Red Zone Score %: 89.8% (10th), 86.4% league average

Turnover Margin: 3 (11th), 0 league average

Starting Field Position After Kickoff: 25.9 (13th), 25.8 league average

Defensive Sacks: 41.0 (13th), 40.5 league average

Defensive Passing Yards Per Game: 214.0 (14th), 218.5 league average

Points Scored Per Game: 21.5 (T-15th), 21.9 league average

Defensive Rushing %: 43.5 (15th), 43.3 league average

Point Differential: -0.4 per game (16th), 0.0 league average

Rushing Yard Differential: 4.0 (16th), 0.0 league average

Points Allowed Per Game: 21.8 (T-17th), 21.9 league average

Offensive Yards Per Game: 333.9 (18th), 340.1 league average

Defensive Passing %: 56.5 (18th), 56.7 league average

Penalty Yards: 827 (19th), 780.7 league average

Defensive Red Zone Score %: 87.3% (19th), 86.4% league average

PAT %: 94.1% (22nd), 94.6% league average

Offensive Third-Down %: 36.8% (22nd), 39.4% league average

2-Minute Offense: 13 (T-23), 17.5 league average

Defensive Yards Per Game: 358.2 (25th), 340.1 league average

Takeaways: 19 (25th), 22.2 league average

Offensive Passing %: 52.2% (25th), 56.7% league average

Net Passing Difference Per Game: -28.3 (26th), 0.0 league average

Drive Ending in Punt %: 41.9% (26th), 37.0%

Penalties: 106 (T-26), 94.8 league average

Offensive Passing Yards Per Game: 185.7 (26th), 218.5 league average

Defensive Rushing Yards Per Game: 144.2 (27th), 121.6 league average

Offensive Sacks Allowed: 49 (T-27th), 40.5 league average

Let’s find some perspective in these rankings to see how much things have changed from 2021 to 2022. New York ranked within the top 10 in seven different categories, and among the top half of the league in 15 categories. It’s also worth noting they didn’t finish 30th or worse in any of the above metrics.

In 2021, the Giants ranked in the top 10 in five categories, and within the top half of the league in 11 categories. On the other side of the spectrum, they ranked 30th or worse on seven different occasions.

This is the definition of progress, and Big Blue is playing with house money as they attempt to advance past the Vikings in Minnesota on Sunday.

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Matt Musico is an editor for ESNY. He’s been writing about baseball and the Mets for the past decade. His work has been featured on numberFire, MetsMerized Online, Bleacher Report, and Yahoo! Sports.