Daniel Jones 0-9 in NFL postseason loss to Cowboys: How bad is the Giants QB really on the big stage?

Daniel Jones 0-9 in NFL postseason loss to Cowboys: How bad is the Giants QB really on the big stage?


of New York Giants He had a chance to be one of three 3-0 teams in the NFL, but the curse of prime time caught up with quarterback Daniel Jones again. The Giants fell at home to the Dallas Cowboys. 23-16.

The Giants have been the laughingstock of the NFL over the past five seasons, with one of the worst records in the league during that span.

New York has been a prime-time laughing stock since 2019, going 0-11 in prime-time games — their last win coming in Week 10 of the 2018 season. San Francisco 49ers. The Giants are 0-16 since 2019 in games that start at 4:25 pm ET — and their last win was that 49ers game. New York is 1-20 in games at 4:25 pm ET or later over the last four seasons.

Jones is at the center of the Giants’ 0-9 record in such contests.

How bad has Jones been in primetime games since entering the league in 2019? The numbers are less than ideal.

Daniel Jones in prime time – pass

6 week 2019

as if Veterans (TNF)

15-of-31 (48.4%)

161

1

3

35.2

Loss 35-14

9 week 2019

vs. Cowboys (MNF)

26-of-41 (63.4%)

210

1

1

74.2

Loss 37-18

1 week 2020

vs. steels (MNF)

26-of-41 (63.4%)

279

2

2

79.2

Loss 26-16

Week 7, 2020

as if Eagles (TNF)

20-of-30 (66.7%)

187

2

1

91.9

Loss 22-21

Week 8, 2020 vs. Buccaneers (MNF) 25-of-41 (61.0%) 256 2 2 74.8 Loss 25-23

Week 2, 2021

in Washington (TNF)

22-of-32 (68.8%)

249

1

0

102.2

Loss 30-29

Week 8, 2021

vs. Chiefs (MNF)

22-of-32 (68.8%)

222

2

1

96.1

Loss 20-17

Week 11, 2021

By Buccaneers (MNF)

23-of-38 (60.5%)

167

1

2

57.7

Loss 30-10

Week 3, 2022 Cowboys (MNF) 20-of-37 (54.1%) 196 0 1 57.9 Loss 23-16

Entering the game against the Cowboys, the numbers hadn’t been good for Jones in his previous eight prime-time starts, completing 179 of 286 passes (62.6%) for 1,731 yards with 12 touchdowns to 12 interceptions for a 76.0 rating.

Including Monday night’s game, Jones had never thrown for more than three touchdowns in a prime-time affair, and had just one game in which he didn’t throw. Jones has never thrown for 300 yards in a prime time game. The Giants have scored fewer than 20 points in six of their nine contests. Four of those losses have been by a field goal or less.

Jones has just two fourth-quarter passing touchdowns in one-point debuts, a failed two-point conversion in the 2020 game against Tampa Bay and a loss in that year’s finale against Philadelphia.

The Giants quarterback didn’t do it in the air either. What about on the ground?

Daniel Jones in prime time — running

Game

Opponent

It carries

Yard

TD

Fumbles (Lost)

Result

6 week 2019

in veterans (TNF)

2

8

0

0 (0)

Loss 35-14

9 week 2019

Cowboys (MNF)

6

54

0

2 (2)

Loss 37-18

1 week 2020

Steelers (MNF)

4

22

0

0 (0)

Loss 26-16

Week 7, 2020

by Eagles (TNF)

4

92

0

1 (1)

Loss 22-21
Week 8, 2020 With the Buccaneers (MNF). 3 20 0 0 (0) Loss 25-23

Week 2, 2021

in Washington (TNF)

9

95

1

0 (0)

Loss 30-29

Week 8, 2021

Chiefs (MNF)

5

12

0

1 (0)

Loss 20-17

Week 11, 2021

By Buccaneers (MNF)

3

10

0

0 (0)

Loss 30-10
Week 3, 2022 Cowboys (MNF) 9 79 0 0 (0) Loss 23-16

Jones has been impressive with 45 carries for 392 yards and one touchdown, averaging 8.71 yards per carry and 43.6 yards per game in nine games (including Monday’s game) in primetime games. He has four losses and three losses in primetime games.

He had another solid game on the field on Monday, but it wasn’t enough to fix other issues on offense.

Of course, Jones is known for falling on an 80-yard run that night against Philadelphia — an easy score in sight. NFL Next Gen Stats tracked Jones on a 21.23 mph run before he tripped and failed to score a touchdown.

The Giants scored later in the possession but blew a 21-10 lead with 6:21 left. Jones’ 80-yard run was the longest by a quarterback since Colin Kaepernick in 2014, but Jones failed to score. That run only heightens Jones’ prime-time struggles.

The verdict

Jones is currently averaging 257.7 yards per game (passing and rushing) with 13 total touchdowns and 16 turnovers (13 interceptions and three lost fumbles) in prime time. The numbers weren’t great, and the Giants’ offense struggled in those prime-time games as a result. Jones completed 62.9% of his career passes and averaged 218.5 passing yards per game (214.1 in primetime) with 48 touchdowns to 30 interceptions for an 84.9 rating — so his primetime numbers are significantly worse throwing the football.

All but one of those games are in the past because Jones is coached by Pat Shumur and Joe Judge but plays to his strengths in Brian Daboll. Jones in 2010 In the first three games of 2022, he completed 64.1% of his passes for 560 yards with three touchdowns to two interceptions. He also has 25 carries for 125 yards (5.0 yards per carry). The Giants are 2-1 with a stout defense, big Saquon Barkley and Jones only having three turnovers.

Jones has lost five of six games against the Cowboys in his career. He’ll have a chance to avenge Monday night’s loss on Thanksgiving.



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