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Giants Now: Inside Daniel Jones' game-winning drives


Inside Daniel Jones' game-winning drives

Daniel Jones has come up clutch time and time again this season.

Heading into Week 8, Jones leads the NFL with five game-winning drives, four of which have come in the fourth quarter. The 25-year-old quarterback has been able to help the offense move the ball down the field when they need it most, using both his arm and his legs.

Let's take a closer look at all five of Jones' game-winning drives this year.

Week 1 vs. Tennessee Titans

With the Giants down 20-13 with 5:27 left in the fourth quarter, the Giants got the ball back on their own 27-yard line. Jones led the offense on a 12-play, 73-yard drive that took 4:21 off the clock. On the drive, Jones was three for three for 11 yards and the winning touchdown and added four rushing yards, including two yards on a fourth and one play to extend the drive. He also threw the shovel pass to Saquon Barkley to convert on the two-point conversion which gave the Giants a one-point lead.

Week 2 vs. Carolina Panthers

After the Panthers tied the game with 10:46 remaining in the fourth quarter, the Giants began with the ball on the 25-yard line. Jones completed three of three passes for 15 yards, adding one three-yard rush on a third and one to extend the drive, and helped set up Graham Gano's game-winning 56-yard field goal.

Week 5 vs. Green Bay Packers

The Giants trailed 20-13 late in the third quarter in London when the offense got the ball back on their own nine-yard line. Barkley injured his shoulder on this drive, briefly departing the game after making a catch on the first play. That did not faze Jones, who went on to complete seven of eight passes for 55 yards while adding 25 yards on the ground. The Giants were able to put together a long drive, going 15 plays and 91 yards in 8:07, and finished it off with a two-yard touchdown run by Gary Brightwell.

After the defense forced a punt after a quick three-and-out, Jones and the offense began on their own 40-yard line. It only took six plays to move the ball down the field, as Jones connected with Barkley on a big 41-yard gain. The fourth-year QB was a perfect three for three for 47 yards on the drive and added five rushing yards. Barkley finished the drive off with a two-yard touchdown run to put the Giants up 27-20.

Week 6 vs. Baltimore Ravens

Towards the beginning of the fourth quarter, Lamar Jackson found Mark Andrews in the end zone for a touchdown, giving Baltimore a 10-point lead with 12:54 remaining. Jones and the Giants were able to answer it with a 12-play, 75-yard drive of their own in which Jones completed all five of his pass attempts for 57 yards and an eight-yard touchdown pass to Daniel Bellinger to bring the Giants within three.

After Julian Love returned a Jackson interception to the Ravens' 13-yard line on the following drive, the offense needed just three plays to get the ball into the end zone. Jones completed a pass to Bellinger for seven yards before a defensive pass interference call in the end zone brought the ball down to the one-yard line. Barkley then ran it in for the winning score.

Week 7 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

In his most recent late-game heroics, Jones took the ball on the Giants' own 21-yard line with 11:25 left in the fourth quarter facing a 17-13 deficit. On this drive, Jones primarily used his legs to move the ball, gaining 35 yards on just four carries. The drive ended with Jones taking it in himself from one-yard out to give the Giants a 20-17 lead with just 5:31 left on the clock.

After forcing a punt on the Jaguars' next drive, the Giants were able to add to their lead by putting together a nine-play, 61-yard drive, which included 15 yards on the ground by Jones, to set up a 34-yard field goal by Gano to bring the lead to six.

Inside the Numbers: Giants specialize in late-game heroics

The Giants are traveling in territory they've never seen and which few NFL teams visit.

With a 6-1 record, the Giants are tied with the undefeated Philadelphia Eagles for the most wins in the NFL. They have won six of their first seven games for the first time since 2008, when they started 11-1.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Giants join the 1988 New Orleans Saints as the only teams to win at least six of their first seven games and have all seven games decided by eight or fewer points. Since the NFL instituted the two-point conversion in 1995, the Giants are the first team to start 6-1 and have each game decided by one score.

The Giants have played seven consecutive games decided by eight or fewer points for the first time since Nov. 13 to Dec. 24, 1994.

Each of the Giants' last eight victories dating back to last season has been by eight or fewer points, their longest such streak since they had eight in a row in 2015-16

The Giants have won four consecutive games and have trailed in the second half in each of the last three against Green Bay, Baltimore and Jacksonville. They have won three consecutive games after trailing in the second half of each for the first time since Oct. 16-30, 1988, when they defeated Detroit twice and Atlanta.

The Giants are the third team ever to win at least five games when trailing in the second half through their first seven games of a season, joining the 2015 Falcons and 2007 Tennessee Titans.

For the first time in their history, the Giants have won three consecutive games after trailing in the fourth quarter in each one.


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