Former Duke football quarterback Daniel Jones was let down by his teammates in the final quarter.
After a disappointing opener for the New York Giants and former Duke football quarterback Daniel Jones, Big Blue hit the road on a short week for a divisional game against the Washington Football Team.
Jones quieted most of his critics with his play on Thursday night after going 22-of-32 for 249 yards and one touchdown while being the leading rusher for the Giants with 95 yards and one touchdown on just nine carries.
However, after leading 29-27 in the final seconds, the Giants defense allowed Washington to drive the length of the field and get in position for a game-winning field goal. But kicker Dustin Hopkins yanked the kick wide left, and it looked like New York had picked up its first win of the season, until they didn’t.
Defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence jumped offside prior to the play, negating the missed field goal and moving the ball five yards closer as Hopkins had another chance to win the game. And he took full advantage, giving the Football Team a 30-29 win.
Despite the loss, Jones had a couple of plays in which he could have potentially sealed the victory for the Giants.
Midway through the second quarter, it looked like Jones had given New York a 17-7 lead with a 58-yard touchdown run, but the scoring play was called back due to a holding, and the Giants had to settle for a field goal.
Daniel Jones also could have put the Giants up 30-20 in the final minutes of the fourth quarter as his deep pass to a wide-open Darius Slayton in the end zone was a touch overthrown and off the receiver’s hands as New York had to eventually settle for a field goal, pushing its lead to 26-20.
Duke football quarterback graded well after Week 2 game
Pro Football Focus graded Daniel Jones as the best quarterback throughout the NFL after Week 2, and the former Blue Devil has the second-highest grade among quarterbacks through two weeks of the NFL season, only ranking behind Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady.
Jones and the Giants will look to use the long week and extra rest to their advantage as New York will look to pick up its first victory of the season at home against the winless Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, September 26 at 1:00pm EST (FOX).