Giants’ Jacobs, Ward join exclusive company

Giants RB Derrick Ward topped 1,000 yards rushing for the season in Sunday’s game against the Vikings, giving New York the fourth pair of running backs to break the barrier during the same season in NFL history.

Ward, who entered the game needing 52 yards to reach the 1,000-yard mark, reached it on a 5-yard run during the third quarter and has 77 yards on 15 carries. He joins teammate Brandon Jacobs, deactivated against the Vikings, who has 1,089 rushing yards this season.

Jacobs and Ward are the first set of running back teammates to accomplish the feat since the Browns’ Kevin Mack and Earnest Byner in 1985. Miami’s Larry Csonka and Mercury Morris were the first running back duo to reach the mark, in 1972, followed by Franco Harris and Rocky Bleier for the Steelers in 1976.

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