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Giants 36, Redskins 0: Inside the Numbers!


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October 30, 2005

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Notes, anecdotes and statistics from the Giants’ 36-0 victory over the Washington Redskins.

• The Giants improved to 5-2 on the season, including 4-0 at home.

• It was the Giants’ biggest regular-season victory since a 44-7 rout of Phoenix on Dec. 4, 1998. It was their most one-sided shutout victory since they crushed the Redskins, 53-0, on Nov. 5, 1961. The shutout was the Giants’ first since a 41-0 victory over Minnesota in the 2000 NFC Championship Game (Jan 14, 2001) and their first in the regular season since a 20-0 triumph against Philadelphia on Nov. 22, 1998.

• Washington coach Joe Gibbs was shutout for the first time in 207 regular season games as an NFL head coach. The only other time he was shutout was a 17-0 loss to the Giants in the 1986 NFC Championship Game (Jan. 11, 1987).

• The Giants led at halftime, 19-0. It was the first time the Giants did not allow a point in the first half in a year. On Oct. 31, 2004, they held a 20-0 lead at halftime in Minnesota. They won that game, 34-13.

• The Giants rushed for 262 yards, the eighth-highest total in team history and their highest total since they ran for 289 yards vs. Pittsburgh on Dec. 31, 1985.

• The Giants’ time of possession of 39:21 was their highest since they owned the ball for 42:22 in the 2000 NFC Championship Game against Minnesota and their highest in the regular season since Oct. 29, 2000, when they held it for 43:41 against Philadelphia.

• The Giants’ defense held the Redskins to 125 total yards, the smallest output by an opponent since the Vikings gained 114 yards in the NFC Championship Game and the smallest in a regular season game since Dallas had 108 yards on Dec. 16, 1989.

• Washington rushed for 38 yards, the second time this season a Giants opponent had less than 40 yards on the ground. Arizona ran for 31 yards on opening day.

• The Redskins had 87 net passing yards, the lowest total by a Giants opponent since Arizona passes for 74 yards on Nov. 14, 2004.

• Washington’s seven first downs were the lowest total by a Giants opponent since Seattle had seven on Sept. 22, 2002.

• Tiki Barber rushed for a career-high 206 yards, the second-highest total in Giants history. Gene “Choo Choo” Roberts holds the record with 218 yards against the Chicago Cardinals on Nov. 12, 1950. Barber’s previous high was 203 yards against Philadelphia on Dec. 28, 2002.

• Barber had 171 yards at halftime, which tied him for the 11th-highest total for a full game in franchise history.

• It was Barber’s second 100-yard game of the season and the 24th of his career. The Giants are 14-10 when Barber rushed for at least 100 yards. Barber has accounted for the Giants’ last 22 100-yard rushing games.

• Barber increased his franchise-leading total to 7,616 yards. The rushing touchdown was the 46th of his career, two behind Joe Morris and three behind franchise leader Rodney Hampton.

• Barber had runs of 59 yards in the second quarter and 57 yards on the first play of the game. The 59-yarder was the fifth-longest run of his career, and the 57-yarder was seventh (he had a 58-yard run last year at Dallas). The 59-yard run was his longest since he scored a touchdown on a 72-yarder at Philadelphia on Sept. 12, 2005. His previous long run this season had been a 34-yarder last week against Denver.

Barber became the first NFL running back with two runs of at least 50 yards in a game since Clinton Portis, then with Denver, did it on Dec. 3, 2003. Ironically, Portis was on the field today as Washington’s leading rusher. Portis, however, ran for only nine yards on four carries.

• Eli Manning threw a third-quarter touchdown pass to Jeremy Shockey, the eighth consecutive game in which he threw for a score.

• Michael Strahan sacked Mark Brunell for a seven-yard loss in the first quarter. That increased Strahan’s sack totals to 6.5 this season and 124.5 in his career. He is 11th on the NFL’s career list, two behind the late Derrick Thomas. Strahan has 16.0 sacks against the Redskins, who are second on his list of victims; Strahan has 18.5 sacks of Philadelphia quarterbacks. He has two sacks of Brunell.

• Osi Umenyiora had two sacks for 19 yards.

• Antonio Pierce, playing against his former team for the first time, had a team-high 11 tackles (seven solo), an interception and two passes defensed.

• Jay Feely tied his career high with five field goals on a career-high six attempts. On Dec. 22, 2002, Feely was five-for-five for Atlanta against Detroit. Today Feely kicked field goals of 39, 50, 33, 39 and 44 yards. It was the sixth time in Giants history a kicker attempted six field goals in a game, which is the franchise record. It had last been done by Raul Allegre at Minnesota on Nov. 16, 1986. It was the sixth time in Giants history a kicker had at least five field goals in a game. It was last done by Steve Christie last Dec. 26 in Cincinnati. Joe Danelo holds the team record with six field goals at Seattle on Oct. 18, 1981.

Feely’s first two field goals extended his streak of successes to 13 in a row this season and 14 straight dating back to last year. That was a new career high for Feely, who had twice made 13 field goal attempts in a row, most recently during a streak that spanned the 2003-04 seasons when he was with Atlanta. The streak ended when Feely missed a 51-yard attempt with 7:40 remaining in the second quarter. He made his next two attempts, from 33 and 39 yards.

Feely has kicked three field goals 50 yards or longer this season, a career high. He kicked two long field goals as a rookie with the Falcons in 2001. Feely is three-for-four on attempts of at least 50 yards. He entered this season three-for-10 in his career on such kicks.

The three field goals from at least 50 yards ties a team single-season record. Joe Danelo set the record in 1981, and Steve Christie matched it last season. Danelo holds the career record with nine.

• Plaxico Burress caught four passes for 42 yards and now has 301 career receptions.

• Punter Jeff Feagles played in his 279th game, trying him with former Giant Sean Landeta and Bruce Smith for ninth place on the NFL all-time list. Feagles has played in 279 consecutive games, three shy of Jim Marshall’s league record.

• Prior to the game, a moment of silence was held in memory of Wellington Mara. That was followed by the singing of the National Anthem by his granddaughter, Kate Mara – who wore a No. 89 jersey with “Duke” on the name plate. Mara was 89 years old when he passed away last Tuesday. His nickname was Duke. Kate Mara was accompanied on the field by 35 of Wellington Mara’s other 39 grandchildren.

• In tribute to Mr. Mara, the Giants wore a white oval patch with a black border on the left shoulder of the jersey with Mr. Mara’s initials “W.T.M.” in black. Coach Tom Coughlin wore one of the patches on his cap.

• After Tiki Barber's 4-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, Barber sprinted to the Giants' sideline and handed the ball to Tim McDonnell, one of Wellington Mara's 40 grandchildren.

• In honor of Mr. Mara, the flags at the Meadowlands sports complex remained at half-staff on the order of Governor Richard Codey.

• Strongside linebacker Carlos Emmons was inactive because of the slightly torn pectoral muscle he suffered last week. He was replaced in the starting lineup by Reggie Torbor. Also inactive was wide receiver and special teams standout David Tyree, who hurt his elbow last week. It was the first game Tyree has missed in his three-year career; he had played in 37 games in a row.

Also inactive were cornerback William Peterson, guard Rich Seubert, and defensive linemen Eric Moore, Adrian Awason and Damane Duckett. Jared Lorenzen was the third quarterback.

• The game captains were Barber, Shockey, Shaun O’Hara and Brent Alexander.

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