Daniel Jones a triple threat in undermining the Giants' victory over the Panthers | MCU Times

Daniel Jones a triple threat in undermining the Giants’ victory over the Panthers

No playmakers? No problem. Daniel Jones did it all on his own.

Well, he needed a little help from a couple of others, such as Dante Pettis, Devontae Booker and a rejuvenated Giants defense that made Sam Darnold’s return to MetLife Stadium so inappropriate that he was benched in the fourth quarter. But with most of the Giants’ big offensive players off the field with injuries and a seventh different incarnation of a starting offensive line in front of him, it was Jones who showed he can lift an understaffed team to a win.

The Giants beat the Panthers, 25-3, to end a two-game losing streak and improve to 2-5. The Panthers lost their fourth in a row and are 3-4.

The quarterback completed 23 of 33 passes for 203 yards and a touchdown, had 30 yards rushing and even ran an impressive college-style opportunity, but the game that stood out was his first career reception. Jones made a fantastic one-handed catch on a reverse throw from Pettis for a 16-yard win. Jones jumped up to pull the wobbly pass and attached it to his face mask – it was a sort of hybrid of the two most iconic catches in the franchise history of Odell Beckham Jr. and David Tyree – then pulled it into the body while taking a hit.

Six plays later, Jones and Petts returned to their normal roles and connected to a 5-yard touchdown pass that gave the Giants a 12-3 lead with 59 seconds left in the third quarter.

Booker scored on a 19-yard run with 4:46 left to seal the win.

The defense, meanwhile, dominated the Panthers. Leonard Williams had 1.5 sacks and put pressure on Darnold early in the second quarter, forcing an intentional soil penalty in the end zone that resulted in a safety that made it 3-2. Rookie Azeez Ojulari had 2.5 sacks and James Bradberry had an interception against his former team.

Darnold, the former Jet, finished 16-for-25 for 111 yards.

The Giants could get their dynamic offensive players back next week before heading to Kansas City for a game Monday night. Saquon Barkley, Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney and Sterling Shepard may all be available at the moment.

Jones will be happy with that. But on Sunday, he showed he might not want to.

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