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Giants defeat Redskins: Postgame notes and stats

LANDOVER, Md. – Notes and statistics from the Giants’ 40-16 victory against the Washington Redskins in FedExField.

*The Giants won for the fourth time in five games and improved their record to 5-8.

*The Giants won their first game against an NFC East opponent after four losses and ended a five-game losing streak in division road games.

*The Giants improved their all-time regular-season record against Washington to 100-68-4 to become the first NFL franchise with 100 regular-season victories against another franchise.

*The Giants’ 24-point margin of victory was their largest since a 36-7 triumph at Tennessee on Dec. 7, 2014, and their largest in a division game since a 45-14 rout of the Redskins in Washington on Sept. 25, 2014.

*The Giants’ 40 points – which were all scored in the first three quarters – was their highest total since a 52-49 loss in New Orleans on Nov 1, 2015, and their highest in a victory since the 2014 win in Washington mentioned above.

*The Giants led at halftime, 34-0. It was their highest point total in a half since they led Philadelphia, 35-7, at halftime on Dec. 30, 2012. It was the first time the Giants scored at least 34 points in a first half while shutting out their opponent since Nov. 7, 2010, when they were leading in Seattle, 35-0.

*The 34-point halftime lead was the third-largest regular-season advantage in Giants history. On Nov. 29, 1959, they led Washington, 38-0, on their way to a 45-14 triumph. The 2010 game in Seattle is No. 2. The Giants also led Minnesota, 34-0, in the 2000 NFC Championship Game (which they won, 41-0).

*The Giants led at the end of the third quarter, 40-0, their largest lead since they were ahead of the Seahawks, 41-0, on Nov. 7, 2010.

*The Giants were actually outscored in the fourth quarter, 16-0. This is their first victory in which they did not score in the final quarter since Dec. 11, 2016 against Dallas. That was under much different circumstances, as the Giants held on to win, 10-7.

*The Giants held their opponents scoreless through the first three quarters for the first time since Oct. 27, 2013, when they led in Philadelphia, 12-0, on their way to a 15-7 victory.

*For the first time since Dec. 20, 2015 against Carolina, five different Giants players scored touchdowns – Saquon Barkley rushing, Sterling Shepard, Bennie Fowler and Russell Shepard receiving, and Curtis Riley on an interception return.

*Eli Manning played the first three quarters and completed 14 of 22 passes for 197 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions for a passer rating of 132.0 that was his third-highest of the season (155.8 vs. Tampa Bay on Nov 18, and 132.3 at Houston on Sept 23). Not coincidentally, the Giants won all three of those games.

*Manning’s 197 passing yards increased his career total to 55,142. He is the seventh quarterback in NFL history with at least 55,000 passing yards. Manning passed the milestone on a perfect 30-yard pass to Corey Coleman up the left sideline that set up the Giants’ first offensive touchdown in the second quarter. The Chargers’ Philip Rivers threw for 220 yards in a victory against Cincinnati to just miss joining Manning in the 55,000-yard club. Rivers has 54, 986 passing yards. Manning and Rivers were traded for each other during the 2004 NFL Draft.

*Rookie quarterback Kyle Lauletta made his regular-season debut when he played in the Giants’ four offensive series in the fourth quarter. Lauletta threw five passes – four were incomplete and the fifth was intercepted by linebacker Mason Foster on his first series.

*Lauletta is the first Giants rookie quarterback to throw a regular-season pass since…Manning in 2004.

*Running back Saquon Barkley continued his record-breaking rookie season by rushing for 170 yards, including a 78-yard touchdown, on 14 carries, and leading the team with four receptions for 27 yards.

*Barkley’s rushing yardage total was the highest by a Giants player since Rashad Jennings ran for 170 yards on Jan. 3, 2016, in a loss to Philadelphia.

*Barkley’s 170 rushing yards was the second-highest total by a rookie in Giants history. On Dec. 5, 1943, Bill Paschal ran for 188 yards, against Washington in the Polo Grounds.

*Barkley extended his Giants rookie record by increasing his season total to 1,124 yards. He is the 57th rookie to rush for at least 1,000 yards since the NFL went to a 16-game season in 1978. Barkley’s 1,000-yard season is the 24th in Giants history, and first since Ahmad Bradshaw’s 1,015 yards in 2012.

*Barkley’s 1,124 yards is the highest total by a Giants back since Bradshaw ran for 1,235 yards in 2010.

*Barkley 78-yard run was the second-longest by a rookie in Giants history; Bradshaw ran for an 88-yard touchdown at Buffalo on Dec. 23, 2007. Barkley’s 78-yard run was the Giants’ longest since Bradshaw’s 88-yarder 11 years ago. It is tied for the fifth-longest touchdown run and sixth-longest run overall in Giants history with Tiki Barber’s 78-yard score vs. Arizona on Dec. 3, 2000.

*Barkley also had a 52-yard run to set up another Giants touchdown. He is the first Giants back with two runs of 50 or more yards in a game since Barber on Dec. 30, 2006 – also in a victory in FedExField. In his final career regular-season game, Barber scored touchdowns on runs of 55 and 50 yards.

*Barkley scored his 13th touchdown (nine rushing, four receiving), a new Giants rookie record. He had been tied with Paschal (12 in 1943) and Odell Beckham, Jr. (12 in 2014).

*Barkley’s nine rushing touchdowns leaves him one shy of Paschal’s team rookie record, set in 1943.

*Barkley has five touchdowns from scrimmage this season of 50 or more yards, the most ever by a Giants rookie and the most by any Giants player since Beckham had five in 2015. Barkley is the first NFL rookie with five 50+ yard touchdowns from scrimmage since Minnesota wide receiver Randy Moss in 1998. Only Billy Howton of the 1952 Green Bay Packers had more such touchdowns as a rookie (six).

*Barkley’s four receptions increased his season total to 78, breaking a tie with tight end Jeremy Shockey (2002) and moving into second place on the Giants’ rookie list. Beckham is first with 91 catches in 2014.

*Beckham, the Giants’ leading receiver, missed his first game of the season because of a quad injury he originally suffered two weeks ago in Philadelphia. The Giants announced yesterday that Beckham did not travel with the team to the game.

*The Giants’ other pass catchers all contributed in Beckham’s absence. Tight end Evan Engram returned to action after missing two games with a hamstring injury and caught three passes for a team-high 77 yards, including a team-long 39-yarder. Fowler made his third start of the season in place of Beckham and caught his first touchdown pass of the season, a six-yarder. Sterling Shepard has two receptions for 17 yards, including a three-yard touchdown, and delivered key blocks on each of Barkley’s long runs. Russell Shepard scored on an 11-yard throw. Coleman’s 30-yard catch was his longest of the season.

*The Giants took a 7-0 lead when safety Curtis Riley intercepted a Mark Sanchez pass and returned it nine yards for a touchdown with 2:45 remaining in the first quarter. Linebacker Kareem Martin tipped the pass, which was intended for wide receiver Michael Floyd.

It was the second game in a row and third time this season the Giants scored a touchdown on an interception return. Linebacker Alec Ogletree had the first two, on a 15-yard return vs. Tampa Bay and an eight-yard runback last week vs. Chicago.

*The Giants have scored touchdowns on interception returns in consecutive games for first time since Oct. 25 and Nov. 1, 2015, when Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie had a 58-yard score vs. Dallas and Trumaine McBride a 63-yarder at New Orleans.

*Riley’s interception was his third of the season and fourth of his career. The touchdown was the first of Riley’s career.

*Ogletree registered his team-high fifth interception when he picked off a Sanchez pass and returned it 18 yards to the Washington 10-yard line in the second quarter. Three plays later, Sterling Shepard scored his touchdown.

*Ogletree also led the Giants with eight tackles (three solo).

*The Giants, who did not have more than three sacks in any of their first 11 games, recorded five takedowns for the second game in row. Olivier Vernon led the way with 1.5 sacks, splitting one with Martin. Josh Mauro and rookies Lorenzo Carter and Sean Chandler all had solo sacks. It was a career first for Chandler.

*Michael Thomas started at strong safety for Landon Collins, who was placed on injured reserve last week with a shoulder injury. It was Thomas’ third start of the season and first at safety. The six-year veteran started two games as an extra defensive back. This was Thomas’ first start at safety since Nov. 26, 2017, when he played for Miami at New England. Thomas had six tackles (three solo) and intercepted a late Josh Johnson pass for his second pick of the season.

*Linebackers B.J. Goodson and Carter returned to action after missing the victory against Chicago last week with neck and hip injuries, respectively. Goodson started and had two tackles (one solo), and Carter had five tackles (four solo).

*Rookie defensive back Kamrin Moore was in uniform for just the second time this season (also vs. New Orleans on Sept. 30). Moore played in the secondary, but did not have a tackle.

*Giants kicker Aldrick Rosas kicked field goals of 35 and 23 yards and four extra points. The 10 points increased his season total to 109 points. Rosas is the first Giants player to score at least 100 points in a season since Josh Brown scored 134 in 2015. The Giants’ kicker scored at least 100 points in every season from 2005-15.

*Rosas was wide right on his final extra point attempt ending his – and the team’s – streak of 25 consecutive successes.

*In addition to Beckham, the Giants’ inactive players were quarterback Alex Tanney, tight end Garrett Dickerson, defensive backs Tony Lippett and Kenny Ladler, defensive lineman John Jenkins, and offensive lineman Evan Brown.

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