Jones on winning NFC Offensive Player of the Week: ‘Happy and appreciative but understand that it’s a team award’

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week, the NFL announced Wednesday. 

Jones threw for 202 yards and a touchdown, and he ran for 107 yards and a rushing touchdown as the Giants got their fourth straight win after defeating the Jaguars 23-17 on Sunday.

The fourth-year quarterback became the first player in team history with 200 passing yards and 100 rushing yards in a game. He is one of three quarterbacks with at least 200 passing yards and 100 rushing yards in a game this season. The others are Arizona’s Kyler Murray and Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson (twice).

As he’s done all year long, Jones led the Giants to victory from a fourth-quarter deficit or tie for the fifth time this season. Jones totaled three such games in his first three seasons. He has won four consecutive starts for the first time in his career, and his six victories this season are a career-high; he won five games as a starter in 2020.

“Definitely appreciate the recognition, and yeah, I appreciate it,” Jones said Wednesday. “A lot went into that from a lot of guys, and it was a group effort. Happy and appreciative but understand that it’s a team award, a team recognition, and I appreciate everyone.”

Before Sunday, the most rushing yards by a Giants player with 200+ passing yards in a game was 95 by Jones on Sept. 16, 2021, at Washington. Jones threw for 249 yards. The most passing yards by a player with 100+ rush yards prior to Jones was 72 by Ed Danowski on Nov. 25, 1934, vs. Boston. Danowski ran for 105 yards.

Jones increased his season total to 343 rushing yards, the second-highest for a Giants quarterback in the Super Bowl era. Jones ran for 423 yards in 2020.

This is the third time Jones has been selected Offensive Player of the Week. He won the award after his first NFL start in Week 3 of the 2019 season, when he threw two touchdown passes and ran for two scores at Tampa Bay, and again in Week 4 of the 2021 season after leading the Giants to victory in New Orleans.

The Giants hope to make it five in a row when they travel to Seattle to battle the Seahawks on Sunday.

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