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Giants praise Jones after win

Giants praise Jones after win

MINNEAPOLIS — In his first career playoff game, daniel jones made history It inspired him to call running “elite”.

Jones became the first quarterback in NFL history to record 300 yards passing, two touchdowns and at least 70 yards rushing in a playoff game. He was unquestionably dominant in his playoff debut, a leader New York Giants en route to a game-winning drive in the fourth quarter 31-24 win on top Minnesota Vikings.

He ran back Saquon Barkley he is convinced that Jones is already among the best in the NFL.

“I know we have an elite quarterback,” Barkley said. “He has shown that several times.”

Jones has been the Giants’ best player in the second half of the season. And now he has made it to the playoffs in a season where his future was at stake. Jones, who is a free agent at the end of the season, went 24-for-35 for 301 yards with two touchdowns against the Vikings. He added 78 yards on 17 carries as New York earned its first playoff win since the 2011 Super Bowl.

By then, the debate over whether or not Eli Manning was “elite” was pretty much settled. He was on his way to his second Super Bowl MVP.

The Giants had questions about Jones as recently as earlier this season, when they declined the fifth-year option on his rookie contract. He would have to prove to the new administration that he was capable of being a pillar of the franchise.

Jones, 25, has done just that. He’s checked almost all the boxes: He stayed healthy all season, eliminated a turnover problem, played well in key spots and now, he’s added a playoff win to his resume.

“It means a lot. It means a lot,” Jones said of the win, in which he again did not turn the ball over. “It’s a big win for us and we’re grateful to be a part of it.”

Jones has had one turnover in the last five games. He has had nine touchdowns in that span.

Who will be the Giants who are ranked sixth Philadelphia Eagles in the divisional round, they seem to expect this dominant play from their quarterback almost every week.

“I played well,” coach Brian Daboll said nonchalantly after winning his first playoff game as a coach. “He played well.”

Just good?

“Yeah, winning football,” Daboll added.

Talk about underestimating the show. Jones was better than good, and everyone else watching seemed to notice. Even those who are by his side.

Based on the reaction of his teammates afterward, when they were mobbed in the locker room, the brilliance that Jones displayed for the entire nation to see was palpable.

Jones went 5-for-5 passing for 100 yards with two rushes for 22 yards in the first quarter alone, when the Giants scored touchdowns on two possessions.

“Amazing”, the left-handed attacker Andre Thomas he said of his quarterback playing in Minnesota. “He made every play we asked of him. He didn’t turn the ball over. When there was nothing open on the field, he scrambled and made plays. That was huge for us.”

Jones knew how big this game was for him and his teammates. He called Manning late last week for advice on what a playoff game would look like. Manning told him the intensity would be up, but it was up to the Giants’ current quarterback to keep doing things the way he has all season.

Jones did just that, even if it was just another game.

“I think there was definitely some nerves that came in,” Jones admitted. “We were excited. There was a lot of anticipation in it. Once we settled in and started playing, it felt the same. Execution and our job was to play play by play. I thought we did well as a team. .”

If Jones was nervous at first, it was impossible to tell. He was throwing darts and passing defenders. That didn’t change all afternoon. The Vikings were unanswered.

Daboll said later that using Jones as a running back was part of the game plan. The Giants didn’t do it often in the previous meeting, when Jones had just four carries. The 17 attempts were a great career. His previous high was 12 earlier this season.

Seven of Jones’ rushes went for first downs when he teamed up with Steve Young and Lamar Jackson As the only quarterbacks to throw for 300 yards and run for at least 75 in a game.

“The last play for this game was something we hadn’t done at all that we thought would be a new wrinkle,” Daboll said. “I mean, people have seen us do them, but we have different types.”

These wrinkles are a big part of what has elevated Jones to a new level. And the team members call him elite.



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