Daniel Jones report card: NY Giants QB plays a turnover-free game in 13-7 win

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Daniel Jones and the NY Giants did just enough to win in Week 12, as the defense stifled the NFC East rival Eagles

The NY Giants had no interest in brotherly love against the Philadelphia Eagles this week.

New York beat their divisional rivals 13-7 in Week 12, as Daniel Jones and the Giants‘ offense did just enough to beat the Eagles and move to 4-7 on the season.

The NY Giants have now beaten Philly two times in a row, with both games coming at home along with their first win their signature throwback uniforms from the 1980s. That ‘GIANTS’ helmet decal may be the cleanest in all of football.

With the win, the NY Giants have now won three straight games at home.

In fact, this game was the Giants’ first home win ever with both Jones and Saquon Barkley in the lineup. Hopefully, this is the start of more positive things to come for the offensive duo.

The NY Giants’ offense certainly wasn’t spectacular but they did enough overall to squeak out another low-scoring affair into a much-needed victory for the home crowd. On a day where Michael Strahan was honored and the team retired his #92 jersey, the Giants defense led the team to victory like its old ways. The defense forced six turnovers and only let up one scoring drive while the offense never turned the ball over once.

This pretty much sums up how this game went.

Jones didn’t light up the stat sheet or scoreboard but he played a clean, efficient game with some key players again out injured. Jones was 19-of-30 for 202 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. He also chipped in 30 yards rushing on the ground, again picking up some first downs with his legs and using RPOs despite not having the same success.

This was a huge game for Jones and the entire offense. They completely sputtered last week vs Tampa Bay and they needed a bounce-back performance. It wasn’t pretty to watch but it was just enough to walk away with the win.

Here, we look at Daniel Jones’ Week 12 performance leading the NY Giants’ win:

Daniel Jones’ Best Moment of the Day

Daniel Jones didn’t have many explosive or highlight plays this week.

However, he led three scoring drives with one touchdown and two field goals along with another missed field goal try.

Jones’ best moment of the game came during the team’s lone TD drive of the day. Jones was smart and decisive on the 10-play, 59-yard, 6-minute drive capped off with a 1-yard touchdown. The NY Giants marched up the field with a nice blend of running and passing to keep the Eagles’ defense guessing most of the drive.

Jones finished the drive and hit Chris Myarick for a one-yard score to put the Giants up 10-0. It was Myarick’s first career NFL catch and it came in the end zone. What better way to start your career than that? Jones would later find Myarick on a delayed route for a timely first down on the Giants’ offense’s last drive.

If the Giants can find ways to finish drives in the red zone more consistently, they would find themselves in a much better position in these close games they always seem to be in. It all starts with the quarterback and Jones looked more confident and in control today.

Jones also had a smart, heads-up play on his last meaningful snap on 3rd down as he slid down and took a sack to force the Eagles to use a timeout instead of throwing the ball away and stopping the clock. If only Eli Manning did the same thing vs the Cowboys during Week 1 in 2015 but that’s a story for another day.

Now, the NY Giants need Jones to take this performance and stack it next week with another positive, turnover-free showing.