MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -Giants running back Derrick Ward topped 1,000 yards rushing for the season on Sunday against Minnesota, giving New York only the fourth pair of 1,000-yard backs in league history.
Brandon Jacobs, who was inactive on Sunday, rushed for 1,089 yards this season. Ward entered the game needing 52 yards to join him in the club, and picked that up on a 5-yard rush in the third quarter.
Miami's Larry Csonka and Mercury Morris formed the first running back duo to rush for 1,000 yards each in 1972. Franco Harris and Rocky Bleier did it for Pittsburgh in 1976 and Earnest Byner and Kevin Mack did it for Cleveland in 1985.
Atlanta also had two 1,000-yard rushers in 2006 with running back Warrick Dunn and quarterback Michael Vick.
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