Few expected the New York Giants to have any chance of defeating the New Orleans Saints on Sunday at the Superdome. But thanks to Daniel Jones’ career day, the Giants came away with a 27-21 victory in overtime.
Jones was sensational on Sunday, completing 28-of-40 passes for a career-high 402 yards, and two touchdowns. What made his day even more impressive was the fact he was without two of his receivers in Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton.
In Shepard’s and Slayton absence, Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney, and John Ross all play significant roles in the victory.
Golladay had six receptions for a game-high 116 yards and Toney also had six receptions for 78 yards. Ross who was making his Giants debut had three receptions for 77 yards and scored the first touchdown of the game on a 52-yard connection from Jones in the second quarter.
Head coach Joe Judge has to be pleased with the resiliency his team showed as they trailed 21-10 in the fourth quarter.
But the momentum of the game shifted in the Giants favor when Jones connected with Saquon Barkley on a 52-yard touchdown reception. Jones when then run to convert a two-point conversion to cut the deficit to 21-18.
The New York Giants’ defense which struggled for most of the afternoon was able to force the Saints to punt on the next possession. Then Big Blue went on an 11-play, 59-yard drive that culminated in a Graham Gano 48-yard field goal with 31 seconds in regulation.
New Orleans was unable to muster any offense in the final seconds as the game was sent to overtime.
After Jabrill Peppers vehemently called heads and the Giants won the coin toss, it took the Giants nine plays to travel 75 yards as Barkley scored on a six-yard run to give New York its first win of the season.
This was by far the Giants most impressive offensive performance of the season. They gained 485 yards of offense, the offensive line did not give up a sack, and Jason Garrett’s playing calling was innovative.
Big Blue will now look to get their second win of the season next week in Dallas when they take on the (3-1) Cowboys.