Giants take care of business, crush Colts and clinch playoff berth

East Rutherford, NJ – Daniel Jones threw two touchdown passes and ran for two more as the New York Giants routed the Indianapolis Colts 38-10 Sunday to make the playoffs for the first time since 2016.

Landon Collins, one of two players on the ’16 team, broke open the game late in the second quarter with a 52-yard pick-6 as the Giants (9-6-1) put the final seal on a surprising playoff run. The Giants are the third team in the NFC East to make the playoffs, joining the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys.

New York had five consecutive losing seasons, including a four-win season in 2021, which led to the firing of coach Joe Judge and general manager Dave Gettleman.

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Buffalo assistant Joe Schon was hired as general manager and chose Bills offensive coordinator Brian Dabol as coach, his first head coaching job.

The Giants liked the high-powered Bills in clinching a playoff spot and sending the Colts (4-11-1) to their sixth straight loss and ninth in 10 games, where Schoen and Dabold were the first.

His point total was a season high and it was the first time the team scored at least 30 points since scoring 34 points in a 37–34 loss to Dallas on October 11, 2020.

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Jones, who saw the team not pick up the fifth-year option on his rookie contract when he was No. 6 overall in 2019, played like Bills star Josh Allen.

The 25-year-old threw 6-yard touchdown passes to Richie James and Isaiah Hodgins in the first half and had 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.

With the crowd shouting his name, Jones left the field to a standing ovation with about 7:30 remaining in the game.

The only negative for New York was that the Angels were having rookie Kayvon Thibodaux snow after sacking and injuring Colts quarterback Nick Foles late in the second quarter. Foles walked off the field, but was taken to the locker room in a cart. He didn’t return.

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Sam Ehlinger played the second half and threw his first NFL TD pass, a 6-yarder to Michael Pittman.


coltsIn addition to Foles, cornerback Brandon Faison left the game with a concussion.

giants: DL Leonard Williams left the game in the second half with a stringer.


colts: Host Houston in the regular season finale on Sunday.

giants: Travel down the New Jersey Turnpike to face the Eagles in Philadelphia.


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