New York Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones got his NFL career as a starter off to a phenomenal start on Sunday, rallying the Giants back from an 18-point deficit and scoring a game-winning rushing touchdown in a 32-31 road victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Afterward, Jones was very complimentary of the rest of the team.
“We had a chance there at the end of the game. That's all you can ask for,” said Jones, according to Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com. New York's previous four possessions resulted in three punts and a turnover. “We kinda struggled to move the ball there at points and — just a great job, great job moving the ball down the field as a team. We got some guys open, and they made plays. So great job, loved the fight and loved the grit of this win.”
Jones completed 23 of his 36 passes for 336 yards and a couple of touchdowns while also carrying the ball four times for 28 yards and a pair of scores. He did lose two fumbles, but that was the only blemish on an otherwise brilliant performance.
The 22-year-old led the Giants on an eight-play, 75-yard drive on New York's final possession of the game, capped by a seven-yard touchdown scamper by Jones on fourth-and-five.
It marked New York's first win of the season, and also silenced all of the naysayers who questioned why the Giants would take Jones with the sixth overall pick back in April. At least temporarily, anyway.
The Giants will head home to play host to the Washington Redskins next Sunday.