Giants overcome 18-point deficit as Daniel Jones leads dramatic fourth-quarter comeback

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Patricia Traina

Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones delivered a veteran like performance Sunday that included two rushing touchdowns and two passing touchdowns all in the face of pressure as he led his teammates back from an 18-point deficit to a 32-31 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Giants offense put up 10 points on its first two possessions, including Jones’ first NFL touchdown rush for 7 yards, but the Giants defense struggled to stop Tampa Bay in the game's first 30 minutes, allowing them to score on all six of their first-half possessions.

Tampa quarterback Jameis Winston found receiver Mike Evans for all three of the Bucs’ first-half touchdowns while kicker Matt Gay converted on field goals of 47, 27 and 20 yards to give the Bucs a 28-10 halftime lead.

Jones, named the Giants starting quarterback this week by head coach Pat Shurmur, delivered some solid play despite being harassed by the Bucs defense, and in particular, Shaq Barrett. 

Jones finished 23 of 36 for 336 yards, with two touchdowns, a third-quarter 75-yard strike to tight end Evan Engram and a –yard pass to receiver Sterling Shepard.

The rookie quarterback also ran for two touchdowns, finishing with 28 yards on four carries.

Despite Jones’ magic, the Giants came out of the game bracing for some potentially bad news. Star running back Saquon Barkley suffered a right ankle injury in the first half that put him on crutches and in a walking boot. 

Initial reports are that Barkley didn’t suffer a broken ankle, but he is believed to be looking at missing some substantial playing time.

The Giants almost lost the game in heartbreaking fashion as quarterback Jameis Winston ran a solid two-minute drive on the Bucs’ final possession of the game which saw him connect with receiver Chris Godwin on a huge 20-yard gain and then Evans on a 44-yard reception to set up Gay’s 34-yard field goal attempt.

However, Gay, who earlier in the game missed two PATs (one of which was blocked by Giants rookie Dexter Lawrence), pushed the 34-yard field goal attempt wide right, giving the Giants the win.

The Giants (1-2) will be home next weekend to host Washington (0-2) who host the Bears on Monday night. 

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It was like watching a scripted movie such a surreal legendary memorable game , he should have been picked off once or twice tho -- cut Jenkins and Nate solder should be hazed like a freshman; one of the barbers' said on telecast that Jones and Eli have same exact Personality and I think that's the best complement bc clearly Jones is cam cool and effective in the clutch and good attitude but without the shrug and immobility! I hope Eli stays to mentor and even gets into coaching it makes so much sense is a great narrative. So upset about Barkley but at this point I say lee Barkley out the rest of the year why take a chance? We're not winning the SB this year and that's ok bc we can quite possibly have a consistently deep quality and likable playoff team for the next decade plus. Every Giant fan is happy right now or at least as happy as one can be with also criticizing every little thing. Go Big Blue !


I picked him on my fantasy team on Saturday morning!!! He put up 40 points yesterday!!!!