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Travel Memories: Week 9 in Washington


The Giants will look to bounce back from their tough loss against the Buccaneers on Monday night when they travel to the nation's capital to take on the Washington Football Team in Week 9. This will be the second matchup between the division foes and the Giants' fourth division game in five weeks. The Giants beat Washington 20-19 at MetLife Stadium in Week 6 when Kyler Fackrell sacked and stripped the ball from Kyle Allen, and rookie linebacker Tae Crowder picked it up and returned it 43 yards for a touchdown.

The Giants are 104-69-4 in the overall series against Washington and have won each of the last two 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 five of the last seven games in Washington and 10 of the last 14. The Giants' biggest win in Washington came in 1993 when Phil Simms threw three touchdown passes, Lewis Tillman ran for 104 yards and a score 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 traveled 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.

View photos of the Giants traveling to Washington ahead of Sunday's matchup.

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 QB 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 8-8, 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 most rushing yards gained in a single game in franchise history. 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. Eli Manning completed nearly 72 percent of his passes for 300 yards and four touchdowns, three of which ended up in the hands of tight end Larry Donnell. Donnell registered seven receptions for 54 yards and the three scores in the Giants' 45-14 win. Manning also added a one-yard rushing touchdown in this game.

When the Giants headed to Washington last year for the Week 16 matchup against the division rival, several young players put up amazing performances. Daniel Jones had the strongest game of his career as he threw for 352 yards and a career-high five touchdowns. Running back Saquon Barkley also had the best game of his young career in this one, 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.


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