It's a new dawn for the Giants football era. Giants' rookie, Daniel Jones, rushed for a 7-yard touchdown scamper during his second quarter of Sunday's game against Buccaneers, leading to a win in his NFL start.
Daniel Jones has just shown why he was named New York's starting quarterback in Giants 32-31 win over Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This game symbolically breathed new life into the Giants football, whose sideline had been clearly buoyed, not only by the scores but also its execution.
In about two hours, Jones stood in the pocket on a critical fourth-down play on the last two minutes of the game.
Starting his first play as Eli Manning's replacement, Jones had previously encountered some terrible adversity. He faced an 18-point halftime deficit against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, had fumbled twice and sacked five times.
Jones also had without the service of All-pro running back Sequon Barkley, who was on the bench with a high sprained right ankle. But Jones managed to score on a pressure-packed fourth-down scramble, a 7-yard touchdown run with only 1:16 remaining, putting the Giants ahead 32-31.
Receiver Sterling Shepard said:
"Daniel is not afraid of anything on the field; he's always got this poise. If people don't know that about him, maybe they do now."
Moments later, the Giants secured their first victory of the season, but not before Matt Gay missed and Janoris Jenkins gave up another "huge play" to Mike Evans, which would have been the game-killer for the Giants.
Of course, the game's moments didn't lack dramas as Buccaneer's kicker, Matt Gay, missed, again, a 34-yard field-goal attempt as time expired. This left Jones and the Giants as winners.
Coach Pat Shurmur said of Jones:
"He's mature beyond all our years."
Russell Shepard added:
"We're gonna ride with him until the wheels fall off. We're extremely excited about him and extremely confident in what he can do for us as a team. We just love him."