Saquon Barkley rushed for 170 yards, including a 78-yard touchdown to surpass 1,000 for the season, Eli Manning threw for three scores and the New York Giants routed the Redskins 40-16 Sunday to effectively end Washington’s already-slim playoff hopes.

Barkley gashed the Redskins’ defense for 12.1 yards a carry to become the first Giants rookie to break 1,000 and set a single-season franchise rookie record with his 13th touchdown. The second overall pick also had four catches for 27 yards against a Washington defense that’s a shell of the unit that led the league early in the season.

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) celebrates his 78-yard touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Dec. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) celebrates his 78-yard touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Dec. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Manning was 14 of 22 for 197 yards in helping New York take a 34-0 halftime lead before giving way to rookie Kyle Lauletta early in the fourth quarter. Sterling Shepard, Bernie Fowler and Russell Shepard caught TD passes from Manning as the Giants (5-8) put up 40 points in a game for the first time since Nov. 1, 2015, and won for the fourth time in the past five games.

The Giants intercepted new Redskins quarterback Mark Sanchez twice with Curtis Riley scoring on a 9-yard pick-six in the first quarter. It was Sanchez’s ninth career interception returned for a touchdown.

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) celebrates the 78-yard touchdown run by running back Saquon Barkley during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Dec. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) celebrates the 78-yard touchdown run by running back Saquon Barkley during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Dec. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)

Sanchez, making his first NFL start since 2015, was 6 of 14 for 38 yards and the two interceptions and didn’t have a completion longer than 10 yards. He was sacked five times behind a patchwork offensive line as the Redskins (6-7) lost their fourth in a row.

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) tries to get past Washington Redskins outside linebacker Preston Smith (94) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) tries to get past Washington Redskins outside linebacker Preston Smith (94) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

SANCHIZE TO JOHNSON

Coach Jay Gruden pulled the plug on Sanchez’s appearance with 5½ minutes remaining in the third quarter and replaced him with newly signed Josh Johnson, the Redskins’ fourth QB this season. Johnson hadn’t appeared in an NFL game since 2013 or thrown a pass since 2011.

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) is picked up offensive guard Jamon Brown (78) as they celebrate his 78-yard touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Dec. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) is picked up offensive guard Jamon Brown (78) as they celebrate his 78-yard touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Dec. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Signed after Alex Smith and Colt McCoy each broke a leg and because of his familiarity with Gruden’s offense, Johnson completed 11 of 16 passes for 195 yards, a touchdown and an interception and ran for 45 yards and his first career rushing TD in garbage time.

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws to New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley, left, during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Dec. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws to New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley, left, during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Dec. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

LAULETTA’S DEBUT

When Lauletta relieved Manning, it marked the fourth-round pick out of Richmond’s NFL debut. Lauletta, who is vying to be Manning’s eventual replacement, was 0 of 5 with an interception.

Washington Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams (71) cannot stop a sack by New York Giants outside linebacker Olivier Vernon (54) against Redskins quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Washington Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams (71) cannot stop a sack by New York Giants outside linebacker Olivier Vernon (54) against Redskins quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

GIANTS TURNOVERS

Washington Redskins quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) reacts after throwing an interception during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Dec. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Washington Redskins quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) reacts after throwing an interception during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Dec. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

With his pick-six, Riley got some retribution after dropping a would-be interception last week against Chicago. Alec Ogletree’s interception — after Sanchez’s pass went off Redskins receiver Jamison Crowder — was his fourth in the past four games.

EMPTINESS

New York Giants outside linebacker Kareem Martin, right, tips a pass by Washington Redskins quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) enabling New York Giants free safety Curtis Riley to intercept the pass and return it for a touchdown, during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
New York Giants outside linebacker Kareem Martin, right, tips a pass by Washington Redskins quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) enabling New York Giants free safety Curtis Riley to intercept the pass and return it for a touchdown, during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Even with all the blue in the stands, FedEx Field had large swaths of empty seats, something that has become the norm this season. The Redskins are 0-4 since cornerback Josh Norman called out home fans for a lack of enthusiasm and said the team played better on the road.

New York Giants outside linebacker Kareem Martin, left, tips a pass by Washington Redskins quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) enabling New York Giants free safety Curtis Riley to intercept the pass and return it for a touchdown, during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
New York Giants outside linebacker Kareem Martin, left, tips a pass by Washington Redskins quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) enabling New York Giants free safety Curtis Riley to intercept the pass and return it for a touchdown, during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

INJURIES

Giants: WR Odell Beckham Jr. was out with a quadriceps injury. … WR Corey Coleman returned after being injured on a long pass attempt early.

New York Giants free safety Curtis Riley returns his interception into the end zone for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Dec. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
New York Giants free safety Curtis Riley returns his interception into the end zone for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Dec. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Redskins: TE Jordan Reed injured his right foot in the first quarter and did not return. … Rookie LB Shaun Dion Hamilton left with a shoulder injury.

Washington Redskins linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton (51) runs to sack New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)
Washington Redskins linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton (51) runs to sack New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)

UP NEXT

Giants: Look for a fifth win in six games when they host the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

Washington Redskins quarterback Josh Johnson (8) celebrates his touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Dec. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Washington Redskins quarterback Josh Johnson (8) celebrates his touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Dec. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Redskins: Try to avoid a fifth consecutive loss when they visit the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

Washington Redskins quarterback Josh Johnson (8) scores a touchdown past New York Giants defensive back Grant Haley (34) during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Washington Redskins quarterback Josh Johnson (8) scores a touchdown past New York Giants defensive back Grant Haley (34) during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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Source: The Associated Press

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