EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – With nine minutes remaining in the third quarter of the Giants' loss to the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Daniel Jones completed a 10-yard pass to wide receiver Collin Johnson. It was the 1,000th attempt of his three-year career.
Jones is the eighth player to throw at least 1,000 passes in a Giants uniform. The total makes him eligible to join the lists of franchise career records.
Jones has completed 623 of those passes to give him a completion percentage of 62.51, which places him first among the eight quarterbacks who have thrown the most passes in Giants history. He supplants his predecessor, new Ring of Honor inductee Eli Manning, who completed 60.29% of his throws (4,895 of 8,119) in his 16-year career. Kerry Collins is now third at 58.51%, followed by Pro Football Hall of Famer Y.A. Tittle (55.89), Phil Simms (55.43) and Fran Tarkenton (55.37). Of those players, Tittle threw the fewest passes (1,308).
The NFL requires a quarterback to throw at least 1,500 passes to be eligible for its record book. The players who meet that threshold and have the three highest career completion percentages are Deshaun Watson (67.85), Drew Brees (67.69) and Kirk Cousins (67.20).
This season, Jones has displayed improved accuracy. He has completed 68 of 104 passes, a career-high 65.38 percentage. Last season, he hit on 62.50% of his passes, a slight rise from the 61.9% he completed as a rookie in 2019.
In the last two weeks, Jones had two of his four highest career percentage games. He completed 68.75% (22 of 32) at Washington on Sept. 16 and 68.57% (24 of 35) against Atlanta on Sunday.
Jones has helped his percentage – and the Giants – by not throwing the ball to the opposing team. He is one of just five starting quarterbacks that has yet to throw an interception. The Giants, Broncos, Vikings and Seahawks are the only teams that have not had a pass intercepted this year.
Dating back to last season, Jones has thrown 113 consecutive passes without an interception, the second-longest streak of his career. He threw 177 passes without a pick from Nov. 2, 2020, to Jan. 3, 2021, when safety Donovan Wilson intercepted a third-quarter throw in the season finale vs. Dallas. That is the only interception Jones has thrown in his last 291 attempts, covering more than nine games.
*On Sunday, Collin Johnson became the 30th different receiver to catch a Jones pass. Johnson led the team's wideouts with five receptions for 51 yards in his Giants debut.
*While the Giants would like to see Jones' completion percentage continue to rise, they would like their opponents to fall. Denver, Washington and Atlanta completed a combined 75.4% of their passes (89 of 118). That is the second-highest figure in the NFL behind Minnesota's 75.8%. The Broncos' Teddy Bridgewater completed 77.77% of his passes (28 of 36) in the season opener and the Falcons' Matt Ryan hit 75.0% of his throws (27 of 36) on Sunday
*Jones had eight rushing attempts for 39 yards against the Falcons. That was one less run than his career-high, set three times. He had nine carries at Washington two weeks ago, vs. Dallas on Jan. 3 and against Philadelphia last Nov. 15.
*Linebacker Azeez Ojulari leads the Giants with 3.0 sacks. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the fifth rookie since 2000 with at least 1.0 sack in each of his first three career games. The others were Baltimore's Terrell Suggs in 2003, Oakland's Tommy Kelly in 2004, and Cleveland's Barkevious Mingo in 2013 and Myles Garrett in 2017.
*When Seattle's Jason Myers missed a 44-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter Sunday in Minnesota – where he had earlier kicked a 53-yarder – it ended his streak of 37 consecutive successes dating back to Nov. 3, 2019. The Giants' Graham Gano kicked two field goals against Atlanta to extend his streak to 37 in a row since Sept. 20, 2020. But with Myers' miss, Gano has the NFL's longest active streak and is tied for the fourth-longest all-time:
Consecutive field goals made in NFL history:
- Adam Vinatieri (Indianapolis, 2015-16) – 44
- Mike Vanderjagt (Indianapolis, 2002-04) – 42
- Gary Anderson (San Francisco/Minnesota, 1997-98) – 40
- Graham Gano (N.Y. Giants, 2020-21*) – 37
- Jason Myers (Seattle, 2019-21) – 37
- Matt Stover (Baltimore Ravens, 2005-06) – 36
- Justin Tucker (Baltimore Ravens, 2015-16) – 35
- Adam Vinatieri (Indianapolis, 2013-14) – 35
- Nick Folk (New England, 2020-21*) – 35
*Saquon Barkley's 51 rushing yards against the Falcons increased his career total to 2,478. That moved him past Joe Morrison (2,474) and into 13th place on the franchise's career list. Rob Carpenter is 12th with 2,572 yards.
*Barkley's rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter was the 18th of his career, which tied Morrison for 13th place on that list. Eddie Price and Doug Kotar are tied for 11th with 20 rushing touchdowns.
*On Sunday, the Giants allowed exactly 17 points for the fifth time in Joe Judge's two seasons as head coach. Though that is the second-fewest points they've allowed in that time, they lost three of those games, to the Falcons (17-14) this year and the Bears (17-13) and Rams (17-9) last season. They defeated Philadelphia (27-17) and Cincinnati (19-17). The Giants allowed their fewest points under Judge in a 17-12 victory in Seattle last Dec. 6.
*Before Sunday, the Giants had won five consecutive games in which they held their opponents to less than 20 points. Their last loss was in Los Angeles on Oct. 4, 2020.
*Atlanta's six punts were the most by a Giants opponent under Judge.
*The Giants' 0-3 September dropped their all-time record in the month to 118-118-5. Perhaps they will enjoy more success in October when they are 216-176-10, a .554 winning percentage that is their highest in any month.
*The longest play in the NFL in Week 3 was the third 109-yard touchdown in league history by Jacksonville's Jamal Agnew, who returned a missed Arizona field goal attempt all the way to the opposite end zone. Giants fans might remember Agnew, though not fondly. On Sept. 18, 2017, he returned a Brad Wing punt 88 yards for a touchdown, the final score in Detroit's 24-10 victory in MetLife Stadium. Four years later, it remains the most recent punt return touchdown given up by the Giants.
*This final note is not Giants-connected but is too good to omit. On Sunday, Baltimore's Justin Tucker kicked the longest field goal in NFL history, a 66-yarder as time expired in Detroit to give the Ravens a 19-17 victory against the Lions. Tom Dempsey owned the record for the longest field goal for 43 years, thanks to his 63-yarder in New Orleans on Nov. 8, 1970. Dempsey was born with no toes on his right foot and wore a custom shoe with a flat front. He kicked straight on, unlike the soccer-style used by all kickers today. His long field goal in Tulane Stadium, one of the most famous in NFL history, also defeated the Lions. And the score was …19-17.
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