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Giants top Washington; Postgame notes and stats

  • The Giants won their second game in a row to improve to 5-9. They clinched third place in the NFC East, the second year in a row they will finish third.
  • The Giants broke a three-game home losing streak while winning in MetLife Stadium for the first time since beating Atlanta on Oct. 5. They are 3-4 at home with a game still to play vs. Philadelphia on Dec. 28.
  • The Giants swept the season series with Washington for the second season in a row. They have won five of their last six games vs. the Redskins.
  • The Giants' are 2-3 in NFC East games this season.
  • The Giants trailed at halftime, 10-7. It was the second time this season they won when trailing after two quarters. On Oct. 5, they trailed Atlanta, 13-10, before rallying to win, 30-20.
  • Washington's only second-half score was a field goal. It was the second week in a row the Giants did not allow an offensive touchdown in the second half.

The Giants gained 287 yards, their third-lowest total of the season; they totaled 197 at Detroit on Sept. 8 and 253 at Philadelphia on Oct. 27.

  • The Giants rushed for 49 yards, their lowest total since they ran for 41 yards at Detroit on Dec. 22, 2013.
  • The Giants' only turnover was a fumbled punt by Odell Beckham Jr. with nine seconds left in the game. They have won their last five games in which they did not commit an offensive turnover.
  • Tom Coughlin won his 95th regular-season game as the Giants' head coach. That is second in franchise history to Hall of Famer Steve Owen (153).
  • The victory was the 163rd of Coughlin's NFL career. That moves him into sole possession of 13th place on the NFL's career list – at least temporarily. Coughlin is one game ahead of Jeff Fisher. Those two coaches will be on opposite sidelines next week when the Giants visit the Rams in St. Louis.
  • Coughlin has 175 total victories, including postseason games. That breaks a tie with Mike Holmgren and moves Coughlin into sole possession of 12th place on that list.

Eli Manning won his 90th regular-season game as the Giants' starting quarterback. That is second in franchise history to Phil Simms (95).

  • Manning completed 23 of 34 passes for 250 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. His passer rating of 118.5 was his second-highest of the season. He had a rating of 123.2 vs. Houston on Sept. 21.
  • Beckham caught 12 passes for 143 yards and all three of the Giants' touchdowns. The 12 receptions were the most ever by a Giants rookie wide receiver. Beckham had set the record last week with 11 receptions at Tennessee. The 12 receptions tied the record for all Giants rookies set by tight end Mark Bavaro at Cincinnati on Oct. 13, 1985.
  • While Beckham had 12 receptions, the other seven Giants to catch passes totaled 11 receptions.
  • Beckham's 12 receptions tied the highest total by a wide receiver in franchise history and was the sixth time a Giants player caught at least 12 passes in a game. Hakeem Nicks was the last to accomplish the feat, with 12 receptions at Houston on Oct. 10, 2010. Amani Toomer was the only other Giants wideout with 12 catches in a game (Sept. 17, 2006 in an overtime victory in Philadelphia). Bavaro and tight end Jeremy Shockey were the others. Running back Tiki Barber owns the team record with 13 catches at Dallas on Jan. 2, 2000.

These 5 players stood out in the Giants win over Washington

Beckham's 71 receptions are 12 more than runner-up Rueben Randle and are three shy of the team rookie record set by Shockey in 2002.

  • Beckham's 143 yards marked the fifth time this season he gained more than 100 receiving yards, extending his own Giants rookie record.
  • Beckham has at least 90 receiving yards in seven consecutive games, extending his NFL rookie record.  
  • Beckham's 972 yards this season are a new Giants rookie record. The old record of 894 was set by Shockey in 2002. Beckham has broken the record in 10 games – and still has two games to play. Shockey played in 15 games in his debut season.
  • Beckham is the first rookie in Giants history to catch three touchdown passes in a game. The last Giants rookie to score three times in a game was David Wilson, who rushed for two touchdowns and returned a kickoff for another against New Orleans on Dec. 9, 2012.
  • Beckham's nine touchdowns this season are the highest total by a Giants rookie since Bill Swiacki set the record for first-year Giants with 10 in 1948.
  • Beckham had a fourth touchdown on Sunday wiped out by Justin Pugh's holding penalty.
  • Beckham's nine touchdowns lead the team. In 2013, Rueben Randle led the Giants with six touchdowns.

Beckham was the second Giant to catch three touchdown passes in a game this season. Tight end Larry Donnell did it on Sept. 25 – also against Washington.

  • The Giants sacked Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III (who took over for the injured Colt McCoy after one series) seven times. It was the third week in a row the defense had at least seven sacks, the first time that's happened in Giants history.
  • Jason Pierre-Paul and Johnathan Hankins led the team with 2.5 sacks apiece. Cullen Jenkins had a full sack and Damontre Moore and Devon Kennard split the last sack.
  • The Giants have 41 sacks this season, far exceeding their 2013 total of 34 – with two games remaining.
  • Pierre-Paul increased his team-leading season total to 9.5 sacks. Hankins is second on the team with 7.0.
  • Kennard, the rookie linebacker, has 4.5 sacks in the last three games.    

The Giants trailed at halftime, 10-7, after a Washington touchdown on the final play of the half was taken off the board after a review. Griffin was originally given a touchdown on an eight-yard run around right end as time expired in the second quarter. But after review, referee Jeff Triplette said a diving Griffin lost possession before reaching the goal line (officially a forward fumble) and did not meet the requirement of regaining possession before he landed. That nullified the touchdown and left the Giants' halftime deficit at three points.

  • The Giants' recovered an onside kick on the second-half kickoff – which was from Washington's 35-yard line, because of a pair of 15-yard penalties (unsportsmanlike conduct and an ejection) on Redskins receiver Santana Moss, who got in Triplette's face after RG3's touchdown was taken off the board. It was the Giants' second successful onside kick of the season; they recovered one vs. San Francisco. Prior to that, the Giants hadn't recovered one of their onside kicks since Nov. 7, 2004 vs. Chicago.
  • Griffin threw a 61-yard pass to Andre Roberts that was the longest non-touchdown pass against the Giants this season and the third-longest overall. Atlanta's Matt Ryan threw a 74-yard touchdown pass to Antone Smith on Oct. 5 and Matthew Stafford threw a 67-yarder to Calvin Johnson for a score at Detroit on Sept. 8.
  • Giants running back Rashad Jennings aggravated his ankle injury on his only carry, a three-yard gain, and was preplaced by rookie Andre Williams (who rushed for 44 yards on 18 carries).
  • Rookie Corey Washington had a four-yard catch in the second quarter, his first reception since Nov. 3 vs. Indianapolis.
  • Jameel McClain joined captains Manning, Antrel Rolle and Zak DeOssie at midfield for the coin toss. The honorary captain was former center Shaun O'Hara.
  • The Giants' inactive players were linebackers Jacquian Williams (concussion) and James Davidson, offensive linemen James Brewer (concussion) and Eric Herman, cornerback Jayron Hosley and running back Chris Ogbonnaya.

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