Giants moving on in NFL playoffs thanks to Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley proving worth | Opinion

The New York Giants wouldn’t be traveling to Philadelphia next week for a divisional round matchup if it weren’t for quarterback Daniel Jones and running back

Saquon Barkley – two players on expiring contracts. Both players made their playoff debuts on Sunday, and the duo engineered the Giants to a 31-24 NFC wild-card

playoff victory over the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. “It’s a big win for us,” Jones told reporters postgame. “It was a big playoff

game. I thought we played well in all three phases and did enough to win the game. We’ll enjoy it tonight, but we have a lot of work to do going forward.” From NFL plays to

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in playoffs Playing in the biggest game of his football life, Jones had perhaps the best performance of his career. Jones passed for 301 yards and two

touchdowns, and his 78 rushing yards were the most ever by a Giants quarterback in postseason history. Jones' stat line made him the first quarterback in playoff history with over

300 passing yards, at least two touchdowns and 70-plus rushing yards in a playoff game, per NFL Research. Barkley compiled 109 yards from scrimmage (53 rushing

and 56 receiving) and two touchdowns, including the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter. "Whatever I got to do to help the team win," Barkley said. "If

it's carry the ball 50 times, block, run the ball as many times, that's what I'm going to do."