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Inside the Numbers: Daniel Jones adds chapter to storied season


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – When he was responsible for four touchdowns Sunday, Daniel Jones added another chapter to one of the most statistically impressive seasons by a quarterback in Giants history.

The fifth-year pro has led the Giants to a 9-6-1 record and their first postseason berth since 2016 by producing with both his arm and his legs and exercising considerable care with the ball.

Jones has completed 317 of 472 passes (67.2%) for 3,205 yards, 15 touchdowns and five interceptions for a passer rating of 92.5.

A look inside Jones' numbers:

*His 3,205 passing yards are a career high, exceeding the 3,027 yards from his 2019 rookie season.

*Jones' 92.5 passer rating is also a career high. His previous best was 87.7 in his debut season. The passer rating system wasn't implemented until 1973, but it is used to look at seasons before that. Using the Elias Sports Bureau's current minimum of 14 attempts per team game, the highest rating by a Giant in a season is 104.8 by Hall of Famer Y.A. Tittle in 1963 (367 attempts). Jones' current mark would rank seventh in team history, and it is the highest since Eli Manning's 93.6 rating in 2015.

*If Jones maintains his 67.2 completion percentage through the Giants' season finale Sunday in Philadelphia, he will establish a franchise single-season record for qualifying quarterbacks. Manning holds the current mark with at 66.0% in 2018.

*Jones' five-highest single-game completion percentages have all been this season, including a career-best 85.0 in the victory at Tennessee on Sept. 11. His 79.2 percentage against the Colts is the third highest of his career.

*Jones has a 1.06 interception percentage this season (five picks in 472 passes). No Giants quarterback has ever thrown so many passes with so few interceptions. The lowest ever INT percentage in a season by a qualifying Giants quarterback is 1.29 by Phil Simms in 1990 (four picks in 311 attempts).

*Jones has started all 16 games this season and he did not throw an interception in 12 of them. That is the highest number of starts without throwing a pick in the NFL this season. No other quarterback has more than 10.

*Jones has thrown for 3,205 yards with a 67.2 completion percentage and has rushed for 708 yards. He can become the fourth quarterback in NFL history – and one of two this year – with a 3,200-yard, 65%, 700-yard season. Philadelphia's Jalen Hurts has 3,472 passing yards, a 67.3 completion percentage and 747 rushing yards. The only other quarterbacks to accomplish that trifecta were Washington's Robert Griffin III in 2012 and Arizona's Kyler Murray in 2020.

*Jones' 708 rushing yards are 285 more than the second-highest output by a Giants quarterback in the Super Bowl era (Jones ran for 423 yards in 2020).

*Jones threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more against the Colts to become the second quarterback with multiple passing and rushing scores this season. Chicago's Justin Fields did it vs. Detroit on Nov. 13.

*The game Sunday was the third in which Jones rushed for two touchdowns, including two this season (also vs. Chicago on Oct. 2). Jones and Jeff Hostetler are the only quarterbacks in Giants history to run for two touchdowns in multiple games.

*Jones, Baltimore's Lamar Jackson and Murray are the only quarterbacks with a 300-yard passing game and a 100-yard rushing game this season.

*The Giants' victory Sunday was the 12th game in which Jones threw two touchdown passes. They are 7-5 in those games. Jones also has two games with four touchdown passes and one with five. He has never thrown three touchdown passes in a game.

*Jones' 12 career rushing touchdowns are the most by a Giants quarterback since 1950. He had been tied with Fran Tarkenton.

*Jones led the Giants with 91 rushing yards vs. Indianapolis, followed by Matt Breida with 59 and Saquon Barkley with 58. It was the first game in which the Giants had three rushers with at least 55 yards since Nov. 7, 2010, when Brandon Jacobs (78), Danny Ware (66) and Ahmad Bradshaw (57) were the trio in a victory in Seattle.

*Jones led the Giants in rushing yardage for the 14th time in his career and the fourth time this season. With a 25-yarder, he had the team's longest run for the 15th time, including five this season (including one shared with Barkley).

View photos from the Giants' Week 17 game against the Indianapolis Colts.

*Barkley's 58 yards increased his career total to 4,249. That moved him past Bradshaw (4,232) and into sixth place on the Giants' career list. Alex Webster is fifth with 4,638 yards.

*Barkley's 1,312 yards in 2022 is the seventh-highest single-season total in Giants history. His 295 carries are 11th highest.

*The Giants have at least one rushing touchdown in an NFL-high 15 games this season. That includes one in each of the last 14 games, the NFL's longest current streak (Dallas is second at 12) and the longest streak in Giants history.

*The Giants finished 5-0 against the AFC, defeating all four teams in the AFC South and Baltimore. It's their first perfect record in interconference games since they were 4-0 in 2011. They are the sixth team to go unbeaten in interconference games since each team began playing five when the NFL expanded the regular season to 17 games in 2022. They join Kansas City and Tampa Bay last year and Kansas City, Minnesota and Philadelphia this season.

*The five-game winning streak vs. the AFC is the Giants' longest since they won seven in a row from 2010-12.

*The victory Sunday was completed in just 2:42. It is the shortest Giants game since Jan. 8, 2006, when they lost to Carolina in an NFC Wild Card Game in 2:39, and the shortest regular-season game since a 17-10 loss to Atlanta on Oct. 13, 2002, which was played in 2:38. Before Sunday, the only sub three-hour games this season were vs. Chicago and at Green Bay – the game time for each was 2:59.

*The Giants have scored 349 points and allowed 349 points. The last team with a zero-point differential after 16 games was 2014 Chargers, who scored and allowed 348 points.

*The Giants have scored 39 points in the first quarter, 86 in the third and 112 in both the second and fourth quarters.

*On Sunday, the Giants had 37 rushing attempts and a time of possession of 31:36. They are 9-0-1 when they run at least 30 times and 8-1 when they own the ball for 30 or more minutes.

*The Giants joined the Chargers, Ravens, and Vikings as teams that have advanced to the playoffs this season after missing last year. This is the 33rd season in a row that the NFL has had at least four new playoff teams. The Jaguars, Dolphins, Seahawks and Lions all still have a chance to join that group.

*The Giants' list of 2023 opponents is almost complete. The NFC East will face the NFC West and the AFC East and NFC teams will play nine road games next season.

In addition to home and home series with division rivals Dallas, Philadelphia and Washington, the Giants will host the Rams, Seahawks, Patriots, Jets, and the third-place team in the NFC North, which will be the loser of the Green Bay-Detroit game on Sunday night. The Giants will go on the road to face the Cardinals, 49ers, Bills, Dolphins, Raiders and the third-place team in the NFC South, either New Orleans or Carolina.

The Panthers are currently third, one game behind the Saints, and the two teams meet in New Orleans on Sunday, the same day division titlist Tampa Bay visits fourth place Atlanta. The Saints are 7-9 and the Panthers and Falcons are 6-10. If there's a three-way tie at 7-10 or Carolina and New Orleans are each 7-10, the Saints will finish third. Should the Falcons and Panthers tie at 6-11, Carolina will be the third-place team.

*The Giants signed wide receiver David Sills to their practice quad and cut defensive tackle Jack Heflin from the squad. Sills was released on Saturday when safety Xavier McKinney was added to the roster. This season, he played on nine games with five starts and caught 11 passes for 106 yards. Sills had career-high totals of three receptions for 37 yards against Carolina on Sept. 18.

View photos of Giants quarterback Daniel Jones throughout his NFL career.