EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – The New York Giants paid tribute to late owner Wellington Mara in the best possible way, blowing out an archrival to remain on top of their division.

Tiki Barber ran for a career-high 206 yards and a touchdown and the Giants held Washington to 34 yards from scrimmage in the first half in a 36-0 rout. That put New York (5-2) alone atop the division pending the result of a late game between Philadelphia (4-2) and Denver.

In the team’s first game since Mara died Tuesday at 89, the Giants had five sacks, forced four turnovers and shut down a Washington offense that scored 52 points a week earlier against San Francisco.

The shutout was New York’s first since a 20-0 home win over Philadelphia on Nov. 22, 1998.

Flags flew at half-staff at Giants Stadium in honor of Mara, who was involved with the team since 1925, and there was a moment of silence before Kate Mara, one of his 40 grandchildren, sang the national anthem. A video tribute at halftime included clips of Mara’s induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Giants’ Super Bowl titles after the 1986 and 1990 seasons.

The lopsided win was in contrast to New York’s last two games, a 16-13 overtime loss at Dallas and a 24-23 win over Denver last Sunday won on a touchdown pass from Eli Manning to Amani Toomer with 5 seconds left.

Barber, a nine-year veteran, ran for 57 yards on the game’s first play to set up the first of Jay Feely’s five field goals, and had a 59-yarder in the second quarter that led to a 3-yard touchdown run by rookie Brandon Jacobs.

The Giants put the game out of reach at the beginning of the second half when Reggie Torbor stripped the ball from Ladell Betts on the kickoff and Willie Ponder recovered on the Washington 23.

Manning threw to Jeremy Shockey over the middle and the tight end brushed off linebacker LaVar Arrington and dived into the end zone. Feely’s extra point made the score 26-0.

Barber added a 4-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter that helped him surpass his previous single-game mark of 203 yards against Philadelphia on Dec. 28, 2002.

Feely’s five field goals tied a career best he set for Atlanta against Detroit in 2002, but he missed on a 51-yard attempt in the second quarter for his first miss of the season after making 13 straight.

Mark Brunell entered the game with the fourth-highest quarterback rating in the NFL, but finished 11-for-28 for 65 yards and could not solve a secondary that entered the game having given up the second-most yards in the NFL.

In a reprise of the Redskins’ 20-14 loss at Giants Stadium last year, Brunell was replaced near the end of the third quarter by Patrick Ramsey. Ramsey drove the Redskins (4-3) to the Giants 5 on his first possession, but saw his bid to avert the shutout fail when Robert Royal dropped his pass in the end zone.

All three quarterbacks struggled to complete passes in the swirling winds. Manning finished 12-for-31 for 146 yards.

AP-ES-10-30-05 1638EST


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