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Travel Memories: Giants' history in Washington

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The Giants will look to bounce back from their Week 1 loss against the Broncos when they travel to the nation's capital to take on the Washington Football Team on Thursday Night Football. This will be the first matchup between the division foes in 2021 after the Giants won both games during the 2020 season. The two clubs met last November when Big Blue earned a 23-20 victory at FedExField, as the Giants' defense forced five turnovers, including interceptions by Blake Martinez, Jabrill Peppers, and Logan Ryan.

The Giants are 105-69-4 in the overall series against Washington and have won each of the past three road games against the division opponent. In fact, the Giants have had a lot of success playing on the road against the NFC East rival in recent years, as Big Blue has won six out of their last eight games in Washington and 11 of the last 15. The Giants' largest margin of victory in Washington came in 1993 when Phil Simms threw three touchdown passes, Lewis Tillman ran for 104 yards, and the defense intercepted Washington QBs Mark Rypien and Rich Gannon a total of three times on the way to a 41-7 win.

The first meeting between these two storied franchises dates all the way back to 1932. At the time, the Washington franchise played in Boston and were called the Boston Braves. The Giants first played in Washington a few years later in 1937, and Big Blue's first win in Washington came in Week 5 of the 1938 season. Ed Danowski threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Jim Lee Howell for the game-winning score in the fourth quarter, giving the Giants a 10-7 victory.

The Giants journeyed to Washington to take on their division rival in Week 12 of the 1966 season, a game which still holds a place in the league's history books. While the Giants would end up losing this game, 72-41, the 113 points scored between the two teams stands as the highest scoring game in NFL history.

The team travels to Washington for the Week 2 matchup against the division opponent on Thursday Night Football.

In Week 14 of the 1986 season, the 11-2 Giants headed south to take on Washington, who stood also stood at 11-2. Phil Simms threw for 265 yards and three touchdowns, while Mark Bavaro finished the game with five receptions for a team-high 111 yards and a touchdown. More impressively, the Giants defense picked off Washington quarterback Jay Schroeder a whopping six times on the way to a 24-14 win.

During the 2006 season finale, the Giants traveled down to Washington in what would end up being the final game of Tiki Barber's career. The Giants would emerge victorious, beating Washington 34-28 to finish the season at an even .500, but it was Barber's final performance that really stood out. Barber carried the ball 23 times in this contest, gaining an incredible 234 yards on the ground, good for an average of 10.2 yards per carry, and three touchdowns. It remains the franchise record for most rushing yards in a single game. Barber added three receptions for 24 yards to end the game with 258 total yards from scrimmage.

The Giants went on the road to take on Washington in Week 4 of the 2014 season and received an impressive performance from a somewhat surprising player. Tight End Larry Donnell registered seven receptions for 54 yards and found the endzone three times in the Giants' 45-14 win. Eli Manning completed nearly 72 percent of his passes for 300 yards and four touchdowns. Manning also added a one-yard rushing touchdown in this game.

When the Giants ventured to Washington in 2019 for a Week 16 matchup against their NFC East counterparts, several young players put up remarkable performances. Daniel Jones had the strongest game of his career as he threw for 352 yards and a career-high five touchdowns. Saquon Barkley also had the best game of his young career in this contest, running for a career-high 189 yards on 22 carries (8.6 yards per carry) and a touchdown. Barkley added four receptions for 90 yards and an additional touchdown, setting a new franchise record with 279 total yards from scrimmage. Jones completed a three-yard touchdown pass to Kaden Smith, his second score of the game, to give the Giants the 41-35 overtime win.

View rare photos of the all-time series between the New York Giants and the Washington Football Team.

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