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Giants vs. Redskins: Postgame notes and stats

LANDOVER. Md. – Notes and statistics from the Giants' 41-35 overtime victory against the Washington Redskins in FedExField:

*The Giants won their second game in a row and improved to 4-11. They clinched third place in the NFC East.

*The Giants swept the season series with the Redskins for the first time since 2014.

*The Giants played to overtime for the second time in three games. On Dec. 9 in Philadelphia, the Eagles took the overtime kickoff and traveled 75 yards in eight plays to Zach Ertz's game-winning touchdown reception. On Sunday, the Giants moved 66 yards in 11 plays, the last a Daniel Jones' three-yard deciding touchdown toss to Kaden Smith.

*Smith's touchdown was the Giants' first in overtime in almost exactly 11 years. On Dec. 21, 2008, Brandon Jacobs scored on a two-yard run to give the Giants a 34-28 victory against the Carolina Panthers.

*The Giants are 22-16-2 in regular season overtime games, including 12-6-2 on the road.

*Today's game was the first Giants-Redskins game to require an overtime since Sept. 21, 2003, a 24-21 Giants victory in Washington.

*The Giants' 41 points was their highest total since a 52-49 loss in New Orleans on Nov. 1, 2015 and their highest total in a victory since they won, 45-14, at Washington on Sept 25, 2014. This was the second time they reached the 40-point mark under Pat Shurmur; their first was in their previous visit to Washington, a 40-16 triumph on Dec. 9, 2018.

*The teams combined for 76 points, the highest total in a Giants game since the 101-point outburst in the New Orleans' 52-49 loss four years ago.

*The Giants gained 552 yards, their highest total since they ran and passed for 604 yards – the second-highest total in franchise history - in a 41-34 victory against Tampa Bay on Sept. 16, 2012. The 552 yards is the Giants highest total ever in a road game.

*The Giants rushed for 206 yards – 189 by Saquon Barkley – their highest total since they ran for 227 yards in their victory in Washington last season.

*The Giants' 346 net passing yards is their highest total since they threw for 372 yards at Atlanta on Oct. 22, 2018.

*The Giants' 28 first downs is their highest total since they had 30 against Philadelphia on Jan. 3, 2016.

*The Giants' eight third-down conversions tied the season high they set when they beat the Redskins in MetLife Stadium on Sept. 29 and tied the following week vs. Minnesota and at the Jets on Nov. 10. Washington was also eight-for-14 on third-down conversion attempts.

*Neither team committed a turnover. This was the first Giants game without a turnover since Oct. 1, 2017, when they lost at Tampa Bay, 25-23. The Giants last won a regular-season game in which neither team had a giveaway in the overtime victory against the Panthers on Dec. 21, 2008.

*This is the second time in three games the Giants had zero turnovers (also at Philadelphia on Dec. 9). It's the fifth time this season they had no takeaways. The Giants lost the first four of those games, most recently at the Jets.

*The Giants led at halftime, 28-14. The 28 points is their highest total after two quarters since their last visit to Washington. On Dec. 9, 2018, they led the Redskins at the half, 34-0.

*The Giants took a 7-0 lead just 2:39 into the game when Jones threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Sterling Shepard. That broke a streak of 10 consecutive games in which the Giants did not score an opening-possession touchdown. They had last reached the end zone on their first offensive series in their previous game against Washington on Sept. 29, when Jones threw a six-yard touchdown pass to Wayne Gallman.

*Washington immediately responded with a nine-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a Dwayne Haskins' 10-yard touchdown pass to fellow rookie Steven Sims, Jr. The Redskins were the fifth team to score an opening-possession touchdown against the Giants this season and the first since Green Bay did it on Dec. 1.

*This is the first Giants game in which each team scored a touchdown on their first offensive series since Dec. 17, 2017, when the Giants took an early lead on Orleans Darkwa's one-yard run and Philadelphia answered with Nick Foles' three-yard pass to Alshon Jeffery.

*The Giants also scored a touchdown the second time they had the ball on Sunday on Barkley's 67-yard run. It was the second time this season the Giants scored on each of their first two possessions. On Sept. 29, Gallman scored a second time on a one-yard run.

*Washington again responded with a touchdown, on Haskins' 10-yard pass to another rookie, tight end Hale Hentges. That continued a trend. In each of the five games in which the Giants allowed a first-series touchdown this year, they also gave up one on the second possession. Against the Packers three weeks ago, Aaron Rodgers threw early touchdown passes of eight yards to Devante Adams and 37 yards to Allen Lazard.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this was the first NFL game in which each team scored touchdowns on each of their first two possessions since New Orleans and the Los Angeles Rams did it on Nov. 4, 2018.

*The Giants also scored on their third possession on Jones' 33-yard pass to Barkley. They had last scored touchdowns on each of their first three offensive series against Philadelphia on Dec. 17, 2017, on Darkwa's short run and Eli Manning passes of 13 yards to Tavarres King and 67 yards to Shepard.

*Jones, who returned to the field after missing two games with a sprained ankle, completed 28 of 42 passes for 352 yards, five touchdowns, no interceptions and a 132.1 passer rating. The attempts, yardage, touchdown passes and rating are all career highs and the completions total tied the career best he set at Detroit on Oct. 27.

*Two of the touchdown passes, including the overtime game-winner, went to Smith, a fellow rookie. Shepard, Cody Latimer and Barkley had the others.

*Jones is the first rookie in NFL history with at least 300 passing yards, five touchdown passes and zero interceptions in a game.

*Jones is the first rookie in Giants history to throw five touchdown passes. The last NFL rookie to accomplish the feat was Houston's Deshaun Watson, on Oct. 8, 2017 against the Kansas City Chiefs.

*This was Jones' third game with at least four touchdown passes. The only other rookies in NFL history to do that were Watson and Pro Football Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton in 1961.

*The five touchdown passes are tied for the third-highest total in Giants history. Hall of Famer Y.A. Tittle threw for seven scores against Washington on Oct. 28, 1962. Tittle (Dec. 16, 1062 vs. Dallas) and Eli Manning (Nov. 1, 2015 at New Orleans) each threw six touchdown passes in a game. Jones is the fourth player to throw five. The others are Manning (Dec. 30, 2012 vs. Philadelphia), Phil Simms (Sept. 7, 1980 at St. Louis) and Tarkenton vs. St. Louis on Oct. 25, 1970.

*Jones increased his season total to a Giants rookie-record 23 touchdown passes. Charlie Conerly had held the record since 1948, when he threw for 22 scores.

*The starting quarterbacks were Jones and Dwayne Haskins, who were both selected in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. The only other matchup of quarterbacks from this year's draft was when Jones started against Arizona's Kyler Murray on Oct. 20.

*Barkley set a franchise record with 279 yards from scrimmage (189 rushing and 90 receiving). The previous record of 276 yards was set by Tiki Barber vs. Philadelphia on Dec. 28, 2002. Barber rushed for 203 yards and added 73 receiving yards.

*Barkley rushed for a career-high 189 yards on 22 carries, the longest his 67-yard touchdown. He set his previous best in his only other game in Washington; on Dec. 9, 2018, he ran for 170 yards, including a 78-yard touchdown.

*Barkley's 189 yards is the highest total by a Giants running back since Oct. 7, 2012, when Ahmad Bradshaw ran for 200 yards in a victory against Cleveland.

*Barkley had 108 rushing yards on his fourth carry. That is the fewest attempts a Giants back needed to reach 100 yards since Dec. 31, 2005, when Barber did it in three at Oakland. One of those runs was a team-record 95-yarder. Barkley's previous low number of carries to reach 100 yards was eight, which he did on … Dec. 9, 2018 at Washington.

*The 100-yard game is Barkley's fourth of the season and 11th of his career, tying him with Eddie Price for sixth on the franchise's all-time list. The Giants are 5-6 when Barkley rushes for at least 100 yards.

*Barkley has rushed for 911 yards this season and needs 89 yards in the season finale vs. Philadelphia to become the first Giants player to begin a career with two 1,000-yard seasons. He ran for 1,307 yards and won the NFL Rookie of the Year Award in 2018.

*Barkley's 67-yard touchdown run is the third-longest score of his career. He scored on the 78-run vs. the Redskins in FedExField on Dec. 9, 2018 and on a 68-yard run in his first NFL game, vs. Jacksonville on Sept. 9, 2018.

*The touchdown was the fourth-longest run overall of Barkley's career. He also had a 68-yarder vs. Dallas on Dec. 30, 2018.

*The 67-yard run is the Giants' longest of the season. The previous long was Barkley's 59-yard at Dallas on Sept. 8.

*Barkley also caught four passes for 90 yards, including a 51-yarder and a 33-yard touchdown. He is the second Giants player to score rushing and receiving touchdowns in the same game this season and both players did it against Washington. On Sept. 29, Wayne Gallman scored on a six-yard catch and a one-yard run. This is the third time Barkley has scored rushing and receiving touchdowns in the same game. In a victory against Tampa Bay on Nov. 18, 2018, Barkley had touchdowns on a six-yard reception and five and two-yard runs.

*This is the second time Barkley had rushing and receiving touchdowns of 50+ yards in the same game. On Oct. 11, 2018, he scored on a 67-yard run and a 51-yard catch vs. Philadelphia.

*Barkley is the fifth player with at least 275 scrimmage yards and both a rushing and receiving touchdown in a single game since 1970, joining Priest Holmes (Week 13, 2001 and Week 12, 2002), Chris Johnson (Week 2, 2009), Herschel Walker (Week 15, 1986) and Delvin Williams (Week 9, 1976).

*Barkley also joined Billy Cannon (Dec. 10, 1961), Williams (Nov. 7, 1976) and Holmes (Nov. 24, 2002) as the only players in NFL history with at least 175 rushing yards, 90 receiving yards and two touchdowns in a game.

*Golden Tate, Shepard and Smith each had a team-high six receptions. Tate gained 96 yards, Shepard had 76, and Smith 35.

*Rookie Darius Slayton, who missed much of the game with a knee injury, saw his 12-game streak with at least one reception end.

*Linebacker Lorenzo Carter had a career-high 1.5 sacks and added four quarterback hits and a pass defensed.

*Defensive tackle B.J. Hill picked up his first sack of the season, an 11-yard takedown of Case Keenum.

*Markus Golden was credited with a half-sack of Dwayne Haskins to increase his team-leading season total to 9.5 sacks. He needs a half-sack in the season finale to become first Giants player with double-digit sacks since Jason Pierre-Paul had 12.5 in 2014 and the first linebacker to accomplish the feat since Lawrence Taylor had 10.5 in 1990.

*Rookie cornerback DeAndre Baker and linebacker David Mayo led the Giants with 10 tackles apiece. Baker had eight solo stops and Mayo had four.

*Linebacker Alec Ogletree did not play due to a back issue that flared up Sunday morning and affected his foot. He was replaced by Deone Buccannon, who had seven stops (two solo).

*Washington tied the game at 35-35 when Keenum scored on a one-yard run with 29 seconds left. The Redskins traveled 99 yards in 14 plays after Cody Core downed Riley Dixon's punt at the one-yard line. It was the first 99-yard drive against the Giants since Oct. 28, 2002, when Philadelphia traveled the length of the field in nine plays. Buffalo and Minnesota each engineered 98-yard touchdown drives against the Giants this season.

*Core had also downed a Dixon punt at the one-yard line early in the fourth quarter, But the play was nullified by Michael Thomas' holding penalty. On the re-kick, Dixon's punt was blocked by linebacker Nate Orchard. Eli Penny recovered the ball at the 17 – an 82-yard difference. Two plays later, Adrian Peterson scored on a one-yard run.

It was the second punt of Dixon's that was blocked this season. New England's Brandon Bolden got his hands on a kick on Oct. 10.

*Aldrick Rosas was wide left on a 53-yard field goal attempt with 11:20 remaining in the third quarter. It was the Giants' first try of 50 or more yards this season. Entering Week 16, the Giants and New England Patriots were the only teams that had not attempted a 50-yard field goal. Giants opponents are four-for-seven on long field goal tries.

*Kevin Zeitler returned to play right guard after missing last week with an ankle injury, which broke his streak of 85 consecutive starts dating back to 2014.

*Nick Gates, who played the entire game for Zeitler last week at guard, took over at right tackle in the second quarter when Mike Remmers underwent an evaluation for a concussion. Gates played tackle vs. the Jets on Nov. 10.

*The Giants' inactive players were tight end Rhett Ellison (concussion), running back Wayne Gallman, offensive linemen Eric Smith and Chad Slade, wide receiver David Sills, safety Rashaan Gaulden and quarterback Alex Tanney.

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