Giants QB Daniel Jones recalls ‘heartbreaking’ moment when Patriots’ Tom Brady beat his beloved Panthers in the Super Bowl
Daniel Jones and the New York Giants are expected to lose on Thursday against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots but it wouldn’t be the first time that Brady has disappointed Jones. Ahead of Thursday’s game, Jones recalls the ‘heartbreaking’ moment when Brady beat his beloved Carolina Panthers in the Super Bowl.
Back in 2004, when Jones was just six-years-old, the Patriots defeated the Panthers in Super Bowl 38. The rookie quarterback recollects when and where he was when Adam Vinatieri drove a dagger into Panthers’ fans hearts that night.
“I remember where I watched it. Went to a friend’s house. The Dickens’ house. A family friend,” Jones said, via Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com “Obviously it was heartbreaking when [kicker Adam] Vinatieri made that field goal.”
Now, 15 years later, Jones will get a chance to face the same quarterback who led that game-winning drive in 2004. The crazy part is that both of the players who contributed to Jones’ heartbreak as a kid are still going strong in the NFL now.
At 42-years-old, Brady has New England atop the NFL with a 5-0 record. On the other hand, Vinatieri is still putting the ball through the uprights for the Indianapolis Colts at 47-years-old.
As for Jones, he has undergone plenty of changes in his life over the past 15 years. He’s gone through elementary school, middle school, high school, and attended Duke before being selected in the first round of this year’s draft by New York.
When the Giants and Patriots kick off on Thursday night, Jones will be severely undermanned against an elite Bill Belichick defense.
Nonetheless, the rookie out of Duke will want to avoid suffering the same fate that his Panthers did back in 2004.