- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 31, 2006

The Washington Redskins won’t be upset about Tiki Barber’s retirement plans.

The New York Giants tailback tortured the Redskins one final time before possibly starting a career as a political commentator, running for a career-high and Giants franchise-record 234 yards on 23 carries and three touchdowns in a 34-28 win.

It was deja vu for Barber, who ran for a then-personal best 206 yards in New York’s 36-0 win at Giants Stadium last season. In the first meeting between the two teams this season, he ran for 123 yards in a 19-3 win.

Barber also broke a 46-year-old record for rushing yards against the Redskins, previously held by Cleveland’s Bobby Mitchell, who ran for 232 yards against the Redskins in 1959.

“I was just running,” Barber said. “Everybody wants the opportunity to do what they well, and we had that today.”

Barber’s effort likely put the Giants in the playoffs. New York had watched its postseason prospects plummet by losing six of their last seven, but those hopes were revived by their All-Pro runner last night.

“Given the stakes and it was necessary for us to win, [the win] was right up there,” Barber said. “It was a great way to end my regular season career.”

Barber had touchdown runs of 15, 55 and 50 yards. The longest score came in the second quarter after he crossed the line of scrimmage at midfield and immediately used a block to sidestep to the left. He then broke an arm tackle and angled his way to the end zone, giving New York a 17-7 lead.

Barber, who rushed for 1,662 yards on the season, also caught three passes for 24 yards against the Redskins. He will leave the game as the Giants’ all-time leader in receptions with 586, as well as its leader in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns (55). Barber likely will receive Hall of Fame consideration after recording 38 100-yard games and rushing for more than 10,000 yards in his career.

A career that could not have ended soon enough for the Redskins.

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