New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones has by no means been to the playoffs in his earlier 4 seasons in East Rutherford, however now that he’s about to embark on that journey Sunday in Minnesota, he’s leaning on his mentor for just a little recommendation on the right way to deal with the pressurized second.
Eli Manning took Jones beneath his wing in 2019 when he was the No. 6 total pick of Duke, and finally made the transition as he hung up his cleats for good after 16 years with the Giants, tallying two Super Bowl victories alongside the best way.
But Manning stays a big a part of the group, and Jones is aware of he is only one cellphone name away if want be. He took Manning up on that just lately.
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“It was keep your process the same, keep your approach the same,” Jones instructed ESPN about what recommendation Manning gave him. “Largely, it’s the same game. Your intensity is up a little bit, but nothing changes as far as your decision-making and how you approach the game. It’s the same game. Trust what has gotten you there.”
The final time the Giants have been in a playoff sport was 2016 – it’s possible you’ll keep in mind a particular image on a ship previous to that blowout in Green Bay. It’s been downhill since, because the Giants couldn’t determine a fast rebuild.
However, beneath GM Joe Schoen and head coach Brian Daboll, the Giants have revitalized their group, making a profitable tradition that produced a 9-7-1 report and the No. 6 seed within the NFC playoffs.
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Numerous credit score has to go to Jones who, in his fifth yr within the NFL, has thrived beneath Daboll and offensive coordinator Mike Kafka’s system.
Jones has curbed his turnover behavior, giving up the ball simply eight occasions in 16 begins this season. He’s notched career-highs in QBR (60.7), passing yards (3,205), dashing yards (708), and dashing touchdowns (7), whereas throwing for 15 touchdowns to 5 interceptions.
A wholesome Saquon Barkley and an aggressive Wink Martindale-run protection have introduced the Giants out of obscurity and into the tier of a staff you may’t take flippantly on gameday.
The Vikings perceive that, as they wanted a franchise-long 61-yarder from kicker Greg Joseph on Christmas Eve to defeat the Giants with the sport notched at 24 apiece.
Jones additionally understands what it means to play in Minnesota this weekend – it’s an expertise he’s been ready on for fairly a while.
The total staff has.
“These games are the most meaningful games you can go play. And huge opportunities,” Jones mentioned. “But it’s about the team. It’s about what we do as a group and how we’re remembered collectively rather than how any individual is remembered. Think we have a group of guys with that mindset.”
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The Giants will head into the sport with all 53 gamers on their roster wholesome, together with prime cornerback Adoree’ Jackson, who has missed the final seven video games with a sprained MCL he suffered whereas returning a punt.
The Vikings are the favorites on this one after securing the No. 3 within the convention following their NFC North victory. Kirk Cousins, Justin Jefferson and the remainder of the high-octane Minnesota offense have proven their means to return in clutch on the finish of video games, tying an NFL-record eight fourth-quarter comebacks for wins.
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That sport will kick off on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. in U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.