east rutherford, new jersey — Daniel Jones threw two touchdown passes and stole two more runs as the New York Giants defeated the Indianapolis Colts 38-10 on Sunday to advance to the playoffs for the first time since 2016.
Landon Collins, one of two players on the ’16 team, started the game with a 52-yard Pick 6 late in the second quarter, as the Giants (9-6-1) finished with a stunning playoff run. stamped. The Giants are his third team from the NFC East to make the playoffs, after the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys.
New York has lost five straight seasons, including a four-win season in 2021 that led to the dismissal of coach Joe Judge and general manager Dave Gettleman.
Buffalo assistant Joe Shane was hired as general manager, and he chose Bills offensive coordinator Brian Dabor to coach, his first head coaching job.
After earning a playoff spot and leading the Colts (4-11-1) to a 6-9 losing streak in 10 games, the Giants looked more like the mighty Bills before Shane and Dabor.
Their points total was a season-high, and it was the first time a team had scored at least 30 points since scoring 34 in a 37–34 loss to Dallas on October 11, 2020.
Jones played like Bills star Josh Allen after finishing sixth overall in 2019 and seeing the team opt out of the fifth-year option on his rookie deal.
The 25-year-old threw 6-yard touchdown passes to Richie James and Isiah Hodgins in the first half and scored on runs of 18 and 10 yards in the second half. He finished 19 of 24 for 177 yards and had 11 rushes for 91 yards.
Jones walked off the field to a standing ovation as the crowd shouted his name with about 7:30 remaining in the game.
New York’s only downside was seeing rookie Kavon Thibodeau doing the Snow Angels after sacking and injuring Colts quarterback Nick Foles late in the second quarter. Foles walked off the field but was carted to the locker room. he didn’t come back
Sam Ehringer played the second half and threw his first NFL TD pass, a 6-yard pass to Michael Pittman.
colts: In addition to Foles, cornerback Brandon Fascison left the game with a concussion.
giants: DL Leonard Williams was sent off on a stringer in the second half.
colts: Host Houston on Sunday in the regular season finale.
giants: down the New Jersey Turnpike to face the Eagles in Philadelphia.