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New York routs its rival in memory of late owner

Associated Press
Published October 31, 2005


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Tiki Barber put the finishing touch on his best running day, then made one of the most important runs for the Giants.

Barber scored late in the third quarter of New York's rout, then ran straight to the Giants sideline and presented the ball to Tim McDonnell, grandson of owner Wellington Mara, who died of cancer Tuesday at 89.

"I told him, "This is for you, this is for your grandfather,"' said the running back, who visited Mara at his home the day before he died. "It was a big day and a special day for me, especially considering the events of the past week."

Two days after Mara's funeral, the Giants forced four turnovers and sacked Washington quarterbacks Mark Brunell and Patrick Ramsey five times.

Barber ran for 206 yards on 24 carries, and the veteran's 4-yard touchdown run helped him surpass his single-game high of 203 against Philadelphia in 2002.

Washington gained 34 yards in the first half and 125 total.

NOTABLE: Kate Mara, one of the late owner's 40 grandchildren, sang the national anthem.