Duke football: Daniel Jones’ masterful performance leads Giants to first win

Duke football quarterback Daniel Jones (Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports)
Duke football quarterback Daniel Jones (Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports) /

Duke football quarterback Daniel Jones led the New York Giants to their first victory of the season.

It was not easy, but the New York Giants (1-3) finally have their first victory of the season thanks to former Duke football quarterback Daniel Jones.

As nearly a touchdown favorite, the former Blue Devil took Big Blue on the road to New Orleans and defeated the Saints (2-2), 27-21 in overtime.

Daniel Jones was 28-of-40 for 402 yards and two touchdowns while throwing one interception in the victory. Jones did not fumble for New York.

The Giants jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the second quarter thanks to a 52-yard touchdown pass from Jones to John Ross, but the two teams went into halftime tied at 7-7.

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As New Orleans took a 21-10 lead nearing the end of the third quarter, a fourth consecutive loss looked inevitable for the Giants. But Jones kicked the New York offense into high gear as Saquon Barkley rattled off a 54-yard touchdown rush, and Jones added the two-point conversion with a rush of his own.

Trailing 21-18, Jones took the team on an 11-play, 59-yard drive in which New York was able to tie the game and send it into overtime, where the Giants rode their momentum to a victory after winning the coin toss.

Daniel Jones put together a 9-play, 75-yard drive which lasted five minutes and resulted in Barkley giving the Giants the victory with a 6-yard touchdown rush.

Duke football quarterback receives praise and honors for performance

Following the victory, Daniel Jones was named as the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against the New Orleans Saints.

The former Blue Devil signal caller also had nine completions of 10 yards or more on Sunday, which was the most of any quarterback in the NFL during Week 4.

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Jones also joined Kyler Murray of the Arizona Cardinals as the only quarterbacks with consecutive starts of a 90+ Passer Rating, the longest active streak in the NFL, according to CBS Sports.

Things will get more challenging for the Giants as they will remain on the road to face archival and the NFC East-leading Dallas Cowboys (3-1) on Sunday, October 10 at 4:25pm EST.

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