EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ — The New York Giants secured their first postseason berth since 2016 with a 38-10 win over the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.
They did it behind four touchdowns (two passes, two rushing) from quarterback Daniel Jones, who finished 19 of 24 passes for 177 yards and rushed for 91 yards on 11 carries, in a dominant performance that helped propel New York into the postseason bring to.
The Giants (9-6-1) needed just a win over the Colts to secure sixth place in the NFC playoffs, where they will likely play either the San Francisco 49ers or the Minnesota Vikings in the wildcard round . They have achieved a winning season for the second time in 10 years.
When the Giants last made it into the postseason, Ben McAdoo was the coach, Jerry Reese was the general manager, and Eli Manning was the quarterback. Odell Beckham Jr. was in the midst of his third straight dominant season, which ended with a memorable boat ride and a Giants playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers.
Landon Collins was also an All-Pro safety this season. Collins, in his second stint with the Giants, is now a part-time linebacker. He had an interception return for a touchdown (his first since 2016) against the Colts against the Colts against the Colts to make it 21-3.
The Giants’ success this season comes in their freshman year with Brian Daboll as head coach and Joe Schoen as general manager. They were hired by the Buffalo Bills earlier this year and tasked with turning the ailing, once-proud franchise on its head.
Schoen and Daboll inherited a streak that has been tied with the New York Jets for the NFL’s worst record in five years this season. The Giants went 4-13 last season.
Her goal has always been to try to spontaneously rebuild and compete.
“Competite today and build for tomorrow,” said Schoen.
That’s exactly what they did. The Giants went into the season with a total of six wins, according to Caesars Sportsbook. They topped that before Halloween, with Jones playing the best football of his career and Saquon Barkley resembling his rookie year self. Barkley passed his career-best rushing yards of 1,307 yards from his rookie season on Sunday afternoon.
Players like Jones and Barkley have endured most of the tough times. This season marked the first time in their career that they ever had a winning record. This will be their first foray into the postseason.
The same goes for players like Dexter Lawrence, Julian Love, Darius Slayton, Andrew Thomas and even Leonard Williams, who started his career with the Jets. Williams is entering his eighth pro season. Barkley recently insisted that the goal from the start was to make the playoffs.
“To be perfectly honest, that was the goal of the jump,” Barkley said after last week’s tremendous win in Washington that put the Giants back on track after a difficult period. “That’s every team’s goal when you start the season – to make the playoffs.
“You want to put yourself in a situation to do that. And that’s what we did. We’ve got a tough track, keep going down. We just have to find a way to win games. Whatever it is. Whether it’s over is 30, at two or three or depends on the last game of the game, we just have to find ways and keep believing in each other, trust the system and let it rip.
https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/35360078/daniel-jones-big-game-helps-giants-end-playoff-drought Daniel Jones’ big game helps Giants end playoff drought