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Daniel Jones Puts on a Show in Giants’ Rain-Delayed Victory

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Daniel Jones threw a touchdown pass in his only series and opened speculation on how long he will have to wait to replace Eli Manning as the Giants’ starting quarterback. His strong showing helped propel his team to a 31-22 victory over the rival Jets on Thursday night.

The preseason opener for both teams was suspended for 59 minutes late in the first quarter when lightning and heavy rain rolled into the MetLife Stadium area.

By that time, Jones had Giants fans on their feet. Taking over after Manning had a three-and-out series, Jones, the No. 6 over all pick in the 2019 draft, connected on all five of his passes, the final one a perfect 12-yard touchdown to Bennie Fowler III in the right corner of the end zone.

The Apprentice The Giants believe Daniel Jones is the future of their franchise.

Sam Darnold and the Jets had looked just as good on their opening series for Coach Adam Gase, going 75 yards in seven plays against a defense that many think is the Giants’ weak link. Darnold completed passes of 32 and 28 yards before finding Jamison Crowder for a 3-yard touchdown.

Alex Tanney added a 51-yard touchdown pass to Russell Shepard, linebacker Jake Carlock scored on a 59-yard interception return and Kyle Lauletta hit T.J. Jones with a 31-yard touchdown pass for the Giants, who were 5-11 last season. Aldrick Rosas added a 23-yard field goal.

Eli McGuire caught a 7-yard pass from Trevor Siemian and Luke Falk threw a 2 yarder to Greg Dortch for the Jets’ other touchdowns. Chandler Catanzaro, who missed two extra points, hit a 34-yard field goal for the Jets, who were 4-12 under Todd Bowles.


Woody Johnson, the owner of the Jets, chatted with Gase and other coaches and players on the field before the game. Johnson is serving as the U.S. Ambassador to Britain, with his younger brother Christopher serving as the team’s acting chairman and chief executive. … Halftime was cut to five minutes to speed up the game after the delay. The teams never left the field.


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