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Giants-Jets final score: Giants win, 31-22; Daniel Jones dazzles

Jones goes 5-for-5, throws touchdown pass in only series

NFL: Preseason-New York Jets at New York Giants
Russell Shepard of the Giants breaks a tackle en route to a 51-yard touchdown in the second quarter Thursday night.
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants won Thursday’s preseason opener, defeating the New York Jets, 31-22. The story of the game wasn’t, however, the score. This was all about the brief, electrifying debut of rookie quarterback Daniel Jones.

One drive was all it took

Jones took over for Eli Manning on the Giants’ second possession of the game, and lit up Giants’ universe by going 5-for-5 for 67 yards, punctuating an eight-play, 79-yard drive drive with a 12-yard touchdown pass on an out route to Bennie Fowler in the corner of the end zone.

That was all for Jones as a 59-minute weather delay ensued, and coach Pat Shurmur let Alex Tanney and Kyle Lauletta mop up.

Manning played one quick and ineffective series before giving way to Jones, completing his only pass for 2 yards to Scott Simonson. It’s worth noting, Manning had a wide open Rhett Ellison 20 yards downfield and didn’t throw the ball there.

Twitter and various media members won’t try to fan the flames of a quarterback controversy now, will they?

Pass interference challenge

We saw our first pass interference challenge with 9:01 left in the third quarter after rookie cornerback Corey Ballentine had apparently broken up a deep pass from Davis Webb to Tim White. The ruling was overturned, giving the Jets a 33-yard gain to the Giants’ 45-yard line.

The Jets failed to score, but this was an example of how the new pass interference rule can drastically change field position.

Play of the game

Number 52 apparently agrees with undrafted free agent edge rusher Jake Carlock. Carlock switched jersey numbers with linebacker Alec Ogletree a few days ago, giving him No. 47. The newly-numbered Carlock celebrated with a 59-yard Pick 6 of a Davis Webb pass with 4:28 left in the third quarter, batting the ball into the air, then grabbing it and going for the score.

Carlock added a sack later for good measure.

Rookie cornerback Corey Ballentine also had a terrific play, intercepting a deep ball from Davis Webb intended for wide receiver Tim White. Ballentine made a leaping, juggling, two-handed grab on the play.

Other quarterbacks

Veteran backup Alex Tanney took over from Jones after the weather delay. He played from late in the first quarter to late in third quarter and was impressive. Tanney completed 14-of-19 passes for 190 yards and a touchdown. Tanney’s best throw was a perfectly placed deep ball down the left sideline to Alonzo Russell for a 51-yard gain.

Kyle Lauletta finished up the game and was also impressive. Lauletta completed 9-of-12 for 116 yards and a touchdown, a nicely-thrown back shoulder ball to T.J. Jones for a 31-yard score.

In case you want to know, former Giant Davis Webb went 2-for-7 for 11 yards and had two passes intercepted.

Bad news for B.J.

Former starting inside linebacker B.J. Goodson didn’t play until the third quarter — with the third-string defense. Looking for a name player who might not make the 53-man roster? Goodson is now the leader in the clubhouse.

Injury news

The only Giant to come out of the game with an injury of any significance was rookie running back, Jon Hilliman, who suffered a concussion. Hilliman had two receptions for 16 yards, and did not have a rushing attempt.

What’s next?

The Giants second preseason game will be Friday, Aug. 16 when they host the Chicago Bears. Kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m.