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Notes: Giants sweep season series vs. Washington 

New York Giants linebacker Blake Martinez (54) celebrates during an NFL football game against the Washington Football Team on Sunday, November 8, 2020 in Landover, Maryland. (Mikey Owens/NFL)
New York Giants linebacker Blake Martinez (54) celebrates during an NFL football game against the Washington Football Team on Sunday, November 8, 2020 in Landover, Maryland. (Mikey Owens/NFL)

Notes and statistics from the Giants' 23-20 victory against the Washington Football Team in FedExField:

*The Giants improved to 2-7 this season with both wins coming against Washington. The first was 20-19 on Oct. 18. The four-point differential was the Giants' lowest in a sweep of an NFC East opponent since 2016, when they defeated Dallas, 20-19 and 10-7.

*The Giants swept the season series for the second year in a row and won their fifth consecutive game against Washington. That is the Giants' longest winning streak against their division foes since they won five in a row from 2013-15.

*The Giants improved to 1-4 on the road this season and finished 1-2 in NFC East road games. Washington had won its first two division home games, against Philadelphia and Dallas.

*The Giants led at halftime, 20-3, their largest lead on the road since Dec. 9, 2018, when they led Washington in FedExField, 34-0, on their way to a 40-16 victory.

*The Giants did not allow a first-half touchdown for the second straight game; they held the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a pair of field goals last Monday night.

*The Giants were outscored in the second half, 17-3. It was the second time this season they did not score an offensive touchdown in the third and fourth quarters. The first time was in the first victory against Washington, when rookie linebacker Tae Crowder scored the decisive points on a 43-yard fumble return. Prior to that, the Giants' last game without a second-half offensive touchdown was on Sept. 29, 2019 … against Washington. Jabrill Peppers scored on a 32-yard interception return to ice that victory. And before that, the Giants last won without reaching the end zone in the second half on Dec. 31, 2017…at home vs. Washington.

*The Giants rushed for a season-high 166 yards, their fourth consecutive game with more than 100 yards on the ground and their highest total since they ran for 206 yards on Dec. 22, 2019 in their previous game in Washington.

*The Giants' 35 rushing attempts is their highest total since they ran 37 times on Sept. 29, 2019 vs. Washington.

*The Giants rushed for 109 yards in the first half. Since the start of the 2019 season, the Giants have twice run for more than 100 yards in a first half – in both of their games in Washington, where they rushed for 135 yards in the first two quarters last year.

*Washington rushed for only 37 yards, the lowest total by a Giants opponent since the Minnesota Vikings ran for 30 yards on Oct. 21, 2013.

*The Giants had five takeaways and no giveaways. Blake Martinez, Jabrill Peppers and Logan Ryan intercepted Alex Smith, and Peppers and Madre Harper recovered fumbles. It was their highest takeaway total and their best turnover differential since Sept. 25, 2014, when they had six takeaways (four interceptions and two fumble recoveries) against one giveaway…at Washington.

*The Giants' three interceptions was their highest total since they had four on Sept. 29, 2019, including one by Peppers. They last had three interceptions on Dec. 9, 2018 – in Washington.

*The Giants have won their last two games in which they did not commit an offensive turnover. The previous game was in their last visit to Washington last Dec. 22.

*The Giants forced three Washington turnovers in the first half, their highest total in a game's first two quarters since Oct. 28, 2012, when they had four early takeaways at Dallas.

*The trifecta began with a takeaway on Washington's first offensive play, when Peppers recovered the ball after a fumble by rookie running back Antonio Gibson that was forced by Ryan. Gibson gained 20 yards after a pass from Kyle Allen before Ryan forced out the ball, prompting a wild scramble during which several players had a chance to secure the ball before Peppers finally did.

*The forced fumble was the second of the season for Ryan (also one at Chicago on Sept. 20) and the 10th of his career. Peppers' recovery was the fifth of his career and first since Dec. 30, 2018, when he played for Cleveland at Baltimore.

*Washington's turnover was the first forced by the Giants on their opponent's first offensive play since Nov. 4, 2019, when safety Antoine Bethea intercepted a pass thrown by Dallas' Dak Prescott.

*The fumble recovery was the Giants' first on an opponent's first play since Oct. 11, 1998, when cornerback Conrad Hamilton recovered a Jamal Anderson fumble that was forced by Jessie Armstead.

*With 5:13 remaining in the first quarter, the Giants' punt team earned its own takeaway when it recovered a fumble by another Washington rookie. Isaiah Wright mishandled a Riley Dixon punt and the ball was recovered by Giants defensive back Madre Harper – also a rookie – the first recovery of his career, in his sixth game.

*Martinez intercepted a pass thrown by Alex Smith, who replaced Allen (ankle injury) with 49 seconds remaining in the second quarter. Running back J.D. McKissic slipped and fell on the play and Martinez opportunistically took advantage. It was Martinez's first pick with the Giants, the fourth of his career and first since he intercepted Detroit's David Blough while playing for Green Bay on Dec. 29, 2019.

*Peppers and Ryan sealed the victory with interceptions in the final 2:28 of the game. Peppers' pick was his first of the season and first since Sept. 29, 2019, when he intercepted a Dwayne Haskins' pass and returned it 32 yards for a touchdown – against Washington.

After the Giants punted, Washington still had a chance to pull out the game. But Ryan intercepted Smith's final pass with 1:15 left to seal the Giants' victory. It was his first interception with the Giants and first since Dec. 1, 2019, for Tennessee at Indianapolis.

*Peppers was the first Giants defender with a fumble recovery and an interception in the same game since Bethea vs. Dallas on Nov. 4, 2019.

*Quarterback Daniel Jones improved his record as a starter to 4-0 against Washington. The last Giants quarterback with such a successful four-game start against an NFC East opponent was Kent Graham, who was 4-0 against Philadelphia in 1998-99.

*Jones completed 23 of 34 passes for 212 yards, one touchdown – a 16-yarder to Evan Engram – and no interceptions for a season-high passer rating of 94.2. It was the second game this season in which he did not throw an interception (also at Dallas on Oct. 11).

*Jones was sacked five times for losses totaling 28 yards. He also absorbed five sacks against the Rams in Los Angeles on Oct. 4.

*Wayne Gallman led the Giants' rushing attack with 68 yards on 14 carries. Alfred Morris, activated off the practice squad for the second straight week, added 67 yards on nine attempts.

*Gallman scored the Giants' first touchdown on a two-yard run in the first quarter. It was Gallman's third rushing touchdown in as many games, matching Saquon Barkley's streak in the final three games of the 2019 season.

*Sterling Shepard caught a team-high six passes for 39 yards. Engram had five receptions for 48 yards.

*Engram scored on a reception for the first time since Oct. 27, 2019 in Detroit (a two-yarder). The touchdown, however, was his second of the season; Engram scored on a three-yard run in Dallas on Oct. 11.

*Rookie wide receiver Austin Mack had a team-high 72 receiving yards on four catches, including a 50-yarder that was the Giants' longest completion of the season. The previous long was a 41-yarder to Darius Slayton in the season opener vs. Pittsburgh. The Giants' longest play of the season was Jones' 80-yard run in Philadelphia.

*Leonard Williams sacked Smith for a seven-yard loss, increasing his team-leading total to 5.0., tying the second-highest total of his career (2018 with the Jets) and leaving him 2.0 shy of his career-best 7.0 in 2016.

*Cornerback Isaac Yiadom was credited with his first career half-sack when he and defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson split a 15-yard takedown of Smith in the second quarter.

*Martinez led the Giants with 10 tackles (three solo).

*Graham Gano kicked field goals of 38, 48 and 42 yards and has succeeded on 18 consecutive attempts.

*Smith completed 24 of 32 passes for 325 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. He joined Philadelphia's Carson Wentz (359) and San Francisco's Nick Mullens (343) as Giants opponents to exceed 300 passing yards this season.

*Terry McLaurin's 64-yard touchdown reception was the longest play allowed by the Giants in 2020. The previous long was a 59-yard Wentz pass to John Hightower in Philadelphia on Oct. 22.

*McLaurin (seven catches for 115 yards) and Cam Sims (three receptions for 110 yards) joined Dallas' Ceedee Lamb (eight catches for 124 yards) as the only receivers to gain more than 100 yards vs. the Giants this season.

*McLaurin and Sims were the first pair of opponents with more than 100 receiving yards vs. the Giants since Dallas' Michael Gallup (7-158, no touchdowns) and Amari Cooper (6-106-one touchdowns on Sept. 8, 2019.

*The Giants' inactive players were running back Devonta Freeman (ankle), wide receiver Golden Tate, cornerback Brandon Williams, guard Kenny Wiggins, right end Eric Tomlinson, defensive lineman RJ McIntosh and tackle Jackson Barton.

View photos from the Week 9 matchup between the Giants and Washington at FedExField.


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