Duke football quarterback Daniel Jones did his best Odell Beckham Jr. impersonation.
Since Odell Beckham Jr. made his spectacular catch against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football six years ago, New York Giants fans have not had much to cheer about until former Duke football quarterback Daniel Jones did his best OBJ impersonation.
With five minutes remaining in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers (3-4), the Giants (2-5) were at midfield leading 5-3, yes that was the actual score at the time, needing a big spark.
Big Blue turned to a ‘Philly Special’ as Jones handed to running back Devontae Booker, who then flipped to wide receiver Dante Pettis. Pettis threw a high-arching wobbly pass to Daniel Jones, who leaked out to the near sideline.
Jones used every inch of his 6-foot-5 frame and 33 and a half-inch vertical to make an incredible leaping one-handed catch to pick up a first down and move the Giants just outside the red zone.
Six plays later and Jones returned the favor as he found Pettis, on a much easier ball to catch, for a touchdown that put the Giants up 12-3. And New York never looked back, picking up its second victory of the season with a 25-3 win.
Duke football standout gets Giants a much-needed victory
The chatter around the continued downfall of the New York Giants only grew louder in the Big Apple after a 38-11 loss to the Los Angeles Rams the previous week.
Jones was able to play in the loss to the Rams after suffering a scary concussion the week prior in a loss to the Dallas Cowboys that left the former Blue Devil stumbling after the head-to-head collision.
However, Daniel Jones was able to shake off the bad performance against Los Angeles and complete 23-of-33 passes for 203 yards, one touchdown, and no turnovers against Carolina.
The Giants scored on four straight possessions in the second half to put the game away from Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold, who was benched for his continued poor play.
Jones and New York will head to Kansas City to face the struggling Chiefs (3-4) next week on Monday Night Football on November 1 at 8:15pm EST on ESPN.