Barkley rushes for 170 yards, Giants rout Redskins 40-16

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 09: Running back Saquon Barkley #26 of the New York Giants stiff arms strong safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix #20 of the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at FedExField on December 9, 2018 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

LANDOVER, Md. — Saquon Barkley rushed for 170 yards, including a 78-yard touchdown to surpass 1,000 for the season, Eli Manning threw for three scores and the New York Giants routed the Redskins 40-16 Sunday to effectively end Washington’s already-slim playoff hopes.

Barkley gashed the Redskins’ defense for 12.1 yards a carry to become the first Giants rookie to break 1,000 and set a single-season franchise rookie record with his 13th touchdown. The second overall pick also had four catches for 27 yards against a Washington defense that’s a shell of the unit that led the league early in the season.

Manning was 14 of 22 for 197 yards in helping New York take a 34-0 halftime lead before giving way to rookie Kyle Lauletta early in the fourth quarter. Sterling Shepard, Bernie Fowler and Russell Shepard caught TD passes from Manning as the Giants (5-8) put up 40 points in a game for the first time since Nov. 1, 2015, and won for the fourth time in the past five games.

The Giants intercepted new Redskins quarterback Mark Sanchez twice with Curtis Riley scoring on a 9-yard pick-six in the first quarter. It was Sanchez’s ninth career interception returned for a touchdown.

Sanchez, making his first NFL start since 2015, was 6 of 14 for 38 yards and the two interceptions and didn’t have a completion longer than 10 yards. He was sacked five times behind a patchwork offensive line as the Redskins (6-7) lost their fourth in a row.

SANCHIZE TO JOHNSON

Coach Jay Gruden pulled the plug on Sanchez’s appearance with 5½ minutes remaining in the third quarter and replaced him with newly signed Josh Johnson, the Redskins’ fourth QB this season. Johnson hadn’t appeared in an NFL game since 2013 or thrown a pass since 2011.

Signed after Alex Smith and Colt McCoy each broke a leg and because of his familiarity with Gruden’s offense, Johnson completed 11 of 16 passes for 195 yards, a touchdown and an interception and ran for 45 yards and his first career rushing TD in garbage time.

LAULETTA’S DEBUT

When Lauletta relieved Manning, it marked the fourth-round pick out of Richmond’s NFL debut. Lauletta, who is vying to be Manning’s eventual replacement, was 0 of 5 with an interception.

GIANTS TURNOVERS

With his pick-six, Riley got some retribution after dropping a would-be interception last week against Chicago. Alec Ogletree’s interception — after Sanchez’s pass went off Redskins receiver Jamison Crowder — was his fourth in the past four games.

EMPTINESS

Even with all the blue in the stands, FedEx Field had large swaths of empty seats, something that has become the norm this season. The Redskins are 0-4 since cornerback Josh Norman called out home fans for a lack of enthusiasm and said the team played better on the road.

INJURIES

Giants: WR Odell Beckham Jr. was out with a quadriceps injury. … WR Corey Coleman returned after being injured on a long pass attempt early.

Redskins: TE Jordan Reed injured his right foot in the first quarter and did not return. … Rookie LB Shaun Dion Hamilton left with a shoulder injury.

UP NEXT

Giants: Look for a fifth win in six games when they host the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

Redskins: Try to avoid a fifth consecutive loss when they visit the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

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