SEE IT: Saquon Barkley Scores 67-Yard TD Against Redskins

Giants RB Adds Another Touchdown In Second Quarter

Alec Gearty
December 22, 2019 - 2:22 pm

Saquon Barkley has appeared to return to his vintage form.

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Barkley, who set a season high with two touchdowns last week, recorded 189 rushing yards — a career high— in the Giants' 41-35 overtime win against Washington. He nearly accomplished the feat in the first quarter against Washington.

In a back-and-forth meeting between the Giants and Redskins, Barkley, who tallied 279 total yards, broke free from the Washington defense and ran 67 yards for his fifth touchdown of the season. He overpowered Redskins' safety Monte Nicholson with his elusiveness and gained enough ground on the secondary as he barreled his way into the end zone. 

The impressive run re-established the Giants' lead after Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins led his team on a three-play, 75-yard touchdown drive. 

Barkley already set the tone on the ground, but he also played a vital role in the Giants' passing game. 

In the second quarter, the 22-year-old evaded the Redskins defense and was left wide open. Giants quarterback Daniel Jones connected with his star running back for 33 yards. The touchdown made a great holiday gift for a young Giants fan, who Barkley gifted the ball to. 

The Giants running back struggled for the majority of his sophomore campaign, breaking the 100-yard mark only three times as he battled injuries. Barkley, who dealt with a high-ankle sprain earlier this season, recorded 120 yards in Week 1 — his season high entering Week 16.

He finished the first half with nine carries for 126 yards on the ground, and 33 yards on one reception. Barkley's previous career-high of 170 yards came against Washington in 2018. 

New York's offense continued to find its stride against the vulnerable Washington defense, with Barkley left to capitalize. Sterling Shepard scored his first touchdown since Week 14, courtesy of a 23-yard touchdown strike.