Barber Leads Giants to Must-Win in DC

What a difference a play-caller makes. With Kevin Gilbride making the decisions on offense for the first time this season, New York broke through in a big way, snapping a six-losses-in-seven-games skid and all but clinching a playoff berth.

Tiki Barber ran roughshod over the overmatched Redskins, rolling up a career-high 234 yards, Saturday night in Landover, Md. to send New York to a 34-28 victory.

"We're counting on being in the playoffs," coach Tom Coughlin said. "That's what all this was about."

While there are several scenarios in which New York can clinch a playoff spot on Sunday, the most likely would come if Dallas defeated Detroit, which would give Big Blue (8-8) the tiebreaker advantage over Green Bay and send New York to the post-season for the second consecutive season.

Barber capped his final regular season contest in style, posting a trio of TDs, including 55- and 50-yard scoring jaunts. Barber had little help, but didn't need it as he all but single-handedly put this one in the win column for Big Blue.

"He had a fabulous game," Eli Manning said. "You have to give him a lot of credit."

Should the Eagles knock off the Falcons on Sunday and wrap up the NFC East, the third-seeded Birds would host Big Blue, the NFC's sixth seed, on Wild Card weekend. That game is likely to be Sunday at 1 p.m.

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