5 takeaways from the NY Giants incredibly clutch win over the Commanders

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That’s what we’re talking about, baby! Despite being 1-3-1 entering Sunday Night Football in their last five games, the NY Giants played with plenty of confidence in primetime going up against the Washington Commanders.

Just about everyone in the national media picked Washington to win, but the G-Men delivered for head man Brian Daboll and battled to post a 20-12 win. On both sides of the ball, several guys stepped up to make sure the Giants’ postseason hopes could remain strong.

This was a must-win game for Big Blue, and damnit, these guys showed some major stones in Week 15. Washington nearly tied things late, but the Giants closed it out. Here’s our takeaways from the action.

5. Daniel Jones made some huge throws for the Giants

As usual, the stats aren’t going to jump off the page for Daniel Jones, but goodness, this kid made some massive throws with pressure in his face against the Commanders. We’re of course going to have to bring up his completion to Richie James on 4th-and-9 late in the second quarter, with Daboll putting trust in his signal-caller.

On that  4th down play, Jones tossed an absolute rope to James, who hauled in the pigskin and then fell to the turf beyond the sticks. Not only was this a great throw by Jones, but James came up big for his quarterback. On such a key play, who would have thought No. 80 (James) would be the one to have his number called?

James made the sweet grab, but again, Jones was on the money. It wasn’t his only strong play of the night, as he managed to help the Giants move the ball consistently with his arm and legs, especially on that particular drive (more below). Following the completion to James, Saquon Barkley, who ran the ball like a beast late in the fourth quarter, was able to score shortly after to put the Giants up 14-3. It was all set up by the Jones completion.