Daniel Jones’ passing and running helped the Giants earn a come-from-behind victory on Sunday in New Orleans and today he walked off with the NFC Offensive Player of the Week Award.
The third-year quarterback led the Giants from an 11-point deficit with seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter to a 27-21 overtime triumph against the Saints in the Caesars Superdome. Jones completed 28 of 40 passes for a career-high 402 yards, two touchdowns and one interception for a passer rating of 108.5. Jones’ 28 completions tied the career-high he set three times and he hit 70% of his passes, the third-highest figure of his career.
The Giants scored 17 unanswered points on their final three possessions as Jones completed 11 of 15 passes for 176 yards, including a 54-yard touchdown pass to Saquon Barkley and a 23-yard, third-down throw to Kenny Golladay immediately preceding Barkley’s game-winning six-yard touchdown run in overtime.
This was the third time in his career that Jones led the Giants from a fourth-quarter deficit or tie to a victory.
Jones’ previous career-best was 352 passing yards at Washington on Dec. 22, 2019. It was Jones’ – and the Giants’ – first 300-yard game since he threw for 301 yards vs. Philadelphia on Dec. 29, 2019. The 400-yard game was the first by a Giants quarterback since Eli Manning threw for 434 yards vs. Philadelphia on Dec. 17, 2017.
In addition to the long touchdown throw to Barkley, Jones threw a 52-yard scoring pass to John Ross. It was the first game in which the Giants threw two touchdown passes of 50+ yards since Dec. 17, 2017, when Manning had scoring throws of 67 yards to Sterling Shepard and 57 yards to Tavarres King.
Jones’ only interception was on a deep pass on the final play of the first half. The pick by safety Marcus Williams ended Jones’ streak of consecutive passes without throwing a pick at 124. Jones has thrown just two interceptions in his last 331 attempts, covering more than 10 games.
Jones also rushed for 27 yards to increase his team-leading total to 188 yards. His two-point conversion run after Barkley’s long touchdown in the fourth quarter lifted the Giants to within 21-18.