January 29, 2023

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Danielle Jones’ big game helps the Giants end their playoff drought

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ — The New York Giants clinched their first postseason berth since 2016 with a 38-10 demolition of the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.

They did so behind four touchdowns (two passing, two rushing) from a quarterback Daniel Joneswho finished 19 of 24 passing for 177 yards and rushed for 91 yards on 11 carries for a dominant performance.

The Giants (9-6-1) only needed to beat the Colts to secure the sixth seed in the NFC playoffs, where they will likely play either the San Francisco 49ers or the Minnesota Vikings in the wild card round. They nailed a successful season for only the second time in 10 years.

The last time the Giants reached the postseason, Ben McAdoo was the coach, Jerry Reese was the general manager and Eli Manning was the quarterback. wide future Odell Beckham Jr. He was in the midst of his third dominant season in a row, which ended with a memorable boat trip and the Giants loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Landon Collins He was also an All-Pro safety that season. Collins, in his second stint with the Giants, is now a part-time linebacker. He caught an interception return for a touchdown (his first since 2016) late in the first half against the Colts to make the score 21-3.

The Giants’ success this season comes in their first year with Brian Dabul as head coach and Joe Schoen as general manager. They were hired earlier this year from the Buffalo Bills and tasked with turning a struggling franchise once proud.

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Schoen and Daboll captured an organization that was tied this season with the New York Jets for the worst record in the NFL over the past five years. The Giants went 4-13 last season.

Their goal has always been to try to rebuild and compete quickly.

“Compete today, build for tomorrow,” Schwinn said.

This is exactly what they did. The Giants came into the season with a total of six wins, according to Caesars Sportsbook. They topped it off before Halloween, with Jones playing the best football of his career and running back I will be Barkley Looks like his rookie year. Barkley passed his career-best rushing total of 1,307 yards in his rookie season on Sunday afternoon.

Players like Jones and Barkley have had the most difficult times. This season marked the first time in their career that they achieved a winning record. This will be their first foray into the postseason.

The same applies to players like Dexter LawrenceAnd the Julian LoveAnd the Darius SlaytonAnd the Andrew Thomas and even Leonard Williams, who began his professional career with the Jets. Williams is in his eighth professional season. Barkley recently insisted that the goal from the start was to get to the playoffs.

“Quite honestly, that was the point of the jump,” Barkley said after a big win last week in Washington that got the Giants back on track after a tough run. “That’s the goal of every team when you start the season – to get to the playoffs.

“You want to put yourself in a position to do it. And we did. We went through a rough patch, keep going down. We just have to find a way to win games. Whatever the way. Whether it’s by 30, the second, the third or even the last game.” In the game, we just have to find ways and keep believing in each other, trusting the system and letting it explode.”

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