In what is supposed to be his final regular season game, Tiki Barber rushed for a franchise-record 234 yards, garnering three touchdowns and leading the New York football Giants to a 34- 28 win over the Washington Redskins. Oh, he has also basically assured the Giants of a playoff spot.
Barber gained all but 27 of his teamâ€™s yards on the ground and 24 of the clubâ€™s 94 yards in the air. He rambled 55 yards to put his team up 17- 7 in the second quarter and ran for a 50-yard TD to give his team what would be the game winner.
Barber also broke the record for most yards in one game by a player in his final game regular season game with the previous record being held by the Redskinsâ€™ Hall-of-Famer Cliff Battles. Battles set the mark on December 5, 1937 against the Giants when he gained 165 yards rushing.
Although the Redskins won the yardage battleâ€”393 to 355â€”they also committed two turnovers. Washington QB J. Campbell threw an interception in the third quarter, which eventually led to a NY touchdown. In the first quarter, Skinsâ€™ RB Ladell Betts fumbled at the Giant 18 yard-line. That turnover was converted by the Giants to a field goal.
Eli Manning, who has struggled mightily in the second half of the season, completed only 46.2% of his passes, going 12 for 26 and passing for 101 yards. The Giants, who have gone 2 and 6 in their last eight games, seem to have momentarily saved coach Tom Coughlinâ€™s job. This is the second year in a row that the NY Giants have made the post-season with Coughlin at the helm.
Now the big questionâ€”can this team win a playoff game? Stay tuned.