The New York Giants shouldn’t have a chance, especially with a 14-point deficit to the Green Bay Packers in the first half. Don’t tell quarterback Daniel Jones & Co. even though you have every possible excuse for a bad score.
Jones led the injury-plagued Giants to an upset 27-22 win over the Packers at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on Sunday. Running back Saquon Barkley ran out for the game-winning touchdown from 2 yards out of the Wildcat formation midway through the fourth quarter, helping New York (4-1) earn their 2021 aggregate win.
Playing with an injured left ankle, Jones went 21 of 27 for 217 yards. He added 10 rushes for 37 yards for perhaps the signature win of his career, with all eyes on that early-morning game.
It was all the more impressive because Jones wasn’t 100%. He injured his ankle in last week’s win over the Chicago Bears and didn’t have his usual blast during the move. Jones came into the contest with pace for 800+ yards to rush for the season.
He also didn’t have his top four wide receivers, and Barkley was forced out of the contest for part of the second half with a shoulder injury. Kadarius Toney (hamstring), Kenny Golladay (knee), Wan’Dale Robinson (knee) and Sterling Shepard (knee) all missed the competition.
The Giants’ receivers on Sunday were Marcus Johnson, Darius Slayton, David Sills and Richie James. Not exactly what they had in mind for the season. Slayton led the Giants with six catches on seven targets for 69 yards. He came into the contest with a catch for 11 yards.
It didn’t matter to the Giants who was absent, as top cornerback Adoree’ Jackson (knee/neck) was also injured after the first half. Jones and the Giants bounced back from a 17-3 deficit and scored 17 straight points in the second half to continue to surprise the NFL.
New York, which went 4-13 last season, hasn’t had a winning record since 2016.
It’s been quite a start for Brian Daboll, first-year coach. He produced his offense despite all of the Giants’ injuries, putting them in a position to contend for a playoff spot. Their 27 points against the Packers was the most they have scored in a game this season.
The Giants came out as 8-point underdogs Sunday, according to Caesars Sportsbook.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Packers seemed headed for an easy win for most of the first half, punching once on their five drives.
But, as in most cases this season, the Giants’ coaching staff made the right adjustments at halftime, and New York received input from deep down in the roster.
Gary Brightwell scored the first touchdown of his career. Late summer signings Justin Layne and Nick McCloud came in as cornerback while Jackson was out. Johnson was lifted off the practice team and led all Giants wide receivers in offensive snaps (45). Undrafted rookie Tomon Fox made some key moves late, and the once-forgotten Oshane Ximines had a sack/fumble to stop Rodgers’ potential Hail Mary on the last play of the game.
The Giants needed every bit of Jones’ brilliance and the contributions of the unheralded players. Rodgers marched the Packers inside New York’s 10-yard line in the final minutes, only for two of his passes (from rookie Kayvon Thibodeaux and safety Xavier McKinney) to deflect on the third and fourth down to secure the win.
https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/34761132/daniel-jones-giants-upset-packers-match-2021-win-total Daniel Jones, Giants upset Packers to match 2021 win total