Duke football: Daniel Jones wins biggest game of career against Eagles

Former Duke football quarterback Daniel Jones won the biggest game of his career on Sunday.

Sunday afternoon against the Philadelphia Eagles was the biggest start in the career of former Duke football quarterback Daniel Jones, and he delivered.

The 2-7 New York Giants hosted the 3-4-1 Eagles with a chance to firmly plant themselves as contenders in the lowly NFC East and with a real chance at making the postseason.

Jones wasted no time, leading New York on an eight-play, 85-yard touchdown drive to open the game, which was capped off by a 34-yard touchdown rush from the former Blue Devil, where he did not stumble on his way to the goal line.

Daniel Jones did not stop there because following a field goal response from Philadelphia, the former No. 6 overall draft pick went 75 yards in 13 plays for yet another touchdown drive, where running back Wayne Gallman rushed for a two-yard touchdown on a 4th & 1 from the 2-yard line.

Despite not scoring for the remainder of the half, the Eagles made it a three-point game following a touchdown to start the second half, but Jones did not let the surge from the NFC East rival deter him as he answered with yet another touchdown drive.

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Gallman was the one who pushed the Giants’ lead to 21-11, but it was Jones who had completions of 27 and 38 yards on the first two plays of the six-play series.

Philly would not go quietly, making the game 21-17, but the Giants responded in the fourth quarter with a field goal drive to make it a seven-point game. Then following a stand from the defense, Jones led one last scoring drive to push the game out of reach as New York went on to win, 27-17.

Daniel Jones completed 21-of-28 passes for 244 yards while he was the team’s leading rusher with nine carries for 64 yards and a touchdown.

What’s the next step for the former Duke football star?

After only beating the third opponent in his NFL career (Washington and Tampa Bay), Daniel Jones and the New York Giants will get a week off with the bye and prepare for a very important stretch run.

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New York (3-7) will have a very winnable game following its bye on November 29 against the Cincinnati Bengals (2-6-1) at Paul Brown Stadium.

The Giants are now only one game back of the Philadelphia Eagles for first place in the NFC East.