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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Leftover notes and statistics from the Giants' 41-35 overtime victory in Washington last Sunday:

*Markus Golden is back in the double-digit sack club.

After a review, the Elias Sports Bureau awarded Golden with a full sack of Dwayne Haskins on the first play of the third quarter. The sack was originally split between Golden and Lorenzo Carter.

The change in scoring increased Golden's team-leading total to 10.0 sacks. He is the first Giants player with double-digit sacks since Jason Pierre-Paul had 12.5 in 2014 and the first Giants linebacker to accomplish the feat since Lawrence Taylor had 10.5 in 1990.

Golden had a career-high 12.5 sacks with Arizona in 2016.

Golden, Carter and defensive tackle B.J. Hill all had sacks in Washington to give the Giants 35 for the season. That is their highest total since they had 35 in 2016. They finished the 2018 season with 30 sacks.

The Giants have one game remaining, at home Sunday against Philadelphia.

Saquon sets franchise record

*In last week's victory, Saquon Barkley set a franchise record with 279 yards from scrimmage, and Daniel Jones threw for 352 yards and five touchdowns. The Giants are the first team in NFL history to have a player with five touchdown passes and a player with 275+ scrimmage yards in the same game.

*Barkley's 279 yards is the highest total by any NFL player this season. Barkley had 189 rushing and 90 receiving yards. The previous mark was 245 yards by Jacksonville's Leonard Fournette in a victory in Denver. Fournette rushed for 245 yards and added 20 more on two receptions.

*In his two seasons, Barkley has 2,218 rushing yards and 3,352 yards from scrimmage, which are easily franchise records for the most yards in a player's first two seasons. The former records were 1,674 rushing yards by Eddie Price in 1950-51 and 2,793 scrimmage yards by Odell Beckham, Jr. in 2014-15.

Jones etching name in record books

*Jones is the fifth rookie in NFL history with five touchdown passes in a game. You have heard of three of the other four: Detroit's Matthew Stafford vs. Cleveland on Nov. 22, 2009; Tampa Bay's Jameis Winston at Philadelphia on Nov. 22, 2015; and Houston's Deshaun Watson vs. Kansas City on Oct. 8, 2017.

The fifth rookie quarterback was Ray Buivid. Which obviously leads to the question, Ray who?

Buivid played for the Chicago Bears in 1937-38. On Dec. 5, 1937, he threw five touchdown passes in the season finale in Wrigley Field against their local rivals, the Chicago Cardinals – who had selected Buivid third overall in the 1937 draft, the second draft ever held. The Bears finished 9-1-1, but lost the NFL Championship Game to Washington, 28-21.

As a rookie, Buivid played primarily as a backup to Bernie Masterson. Despite his outburst in the '37 finale, Buivid finished with six touchdown passes in his rookie season and 11 in his career.

*Jones' 352 passing yards in Washington are the second-highest total by a Giants rookie, behind Charlie Conerly's 363 yards at Pittsburgh on Dec. 5, 1948.

*Jones has thrown a touchdown pass in each of the 11 starts. That is the longest streak by a Giants quarterback since Eli Manning threw for at least one score in 12 consecutive games in 2012.

*Jones' 23 touchdown passes are tied for the third-highest total by a rookie in NFL history. Cleveland's Baker Mayfield holds the record with 27 in 2018. Indianapolis' Peyton Manning (1998) and Seattle's Russell Wilson (2012) threw 26 touchdown passes. Jones is tied at 23 with Indianapolis' Andrew Luck (2012) and Dallas' Dak Prescott (2016).

*Jones has four 300-yard games this season, all of them when the Giants were visitors: at Tampa Bay, Detroit, the Jets and Washington. He is the first NFL quarterback to record his first four 300-yard games on the road since Kirk Cousins did it his first five such games for Washington from 2012-15. It must be a Giants thing, too; Manning's first eight 300-yard games were all on the road.

*Jones has thrown 15 touchdown passes and no interceptions in those four 300-yard games. Only two other quarterbacks in history have thrown at least 15 touchdown passes in their first four 300-yard games, but they didn't avoid turnovers like Jones: Hall of Famer Sammy Baugh (20 touchdowns and eight interceptions from 1943-47) and Earl Morrall (15 touchdowns and nine interceptions from 1963-70 – the only four 300-yard games of his career).

*Jones is the first quarterback to avoid throwing an interception in his first four 300-yard games since Wilson, who did it in his first 10.

Quick Hits

*Rookie tight end Kaden Smith caught two touchdown passes, including the game-winner in overtime, against the Redskins. He is first Giants tight end with two touchdown receptions in a game since Larry Donnell had three on Sept. 25, 2014, also at Washington.

*Sterling Shepard joined Golden Tate and Smith with a team-high six catches against Washington. That increased Shepard's career total to 242 receptions, which moved him past Del Shofner (239) and Alex Webster (240) and into 17th place on the franchise's career list. Shepard is in position to vault past three more players this week: Earnest Gray (242), Plaxico Burress (243) and Aaron Thomas (247).

*Defensive tackle Leonard Williams will face the Eagles for the third time this season. He played against them once for the Jets and this will be his second meeting since he was traded to the Giants on Oct. 29. He is the fourth player to face a team three times this season. Tight end Nick Vannett played the Bengals once with Seattle and twice with Pittsburgh; defensive tackle Zach Sieler played six games this season and three of them were against Cincinnati, two for Baltimore and one for Miami; and cornerback Ryan Lewis – who started the season with Indianapolis – faced the Jets once with Philadelphia and twice with Miami.

*The Giants have scored at least 36 points in each of two consecutive games for the first time since Sept. 16-20, 2012, when their totals were also 36 and 41 points. They defeated Tampa Bay at home, 41-34, and four days later routed the Panthers in Charlotte, 36-7. They have not scored at least 36 points in three straight games since Nov. 3-17, 1963, when they defeated St. Louis (38-21), Philadelphia (42-14) and San Francisco (48-14).

The Giants last scored at least 30 points in three consecutive games from Sept. 21-Oct. 5, 2014 in victories against Houston (30-17), Washington (45-14) and Atlanta (30-20).

*On Sunday, the Giants led, 35-21, before Washington scored two late touchdowns to send the game into overtime. It was the first time the Giants owned a 14-point fourth-quarter lead, watched their opponents rally to tie the game and then won in overtime since Nov. 22, 2009, when they led Atlanta, 31-17 and won, 34-31.

*The Giants have not intercepted a pass in four consecutive games, the first time that's happened since Sept 19-Oct 1, 2017.

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