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Giants clinch playoff berth with 38-10 victory over Indianapolis Colts

Giants are in the postseason for first time since 2016 season

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Giants fans had a lot to celebrate on Sunday.
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants qualified for their first playoff berth since the 2016 season on Sunday with a lopsided 38-10 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. The Giants are 9-6-1, while the Colts fell to 4-11-1.

The Giants also broke the 30-point barrier for the first time since Week 5 of the 2020 season — Oct. 11, to be exact — when Daniel Jones ran 18 yards for a score with 10:40 left in the third quarter. The Giants had gone 43 games without reaching 30 points.

Jones had a four-touchdown day. He completed 19 of 24 passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran 11 times for 91 yards and two touchdowns. Jones exited the game with slightly more than seven minutes remaining to chants of “Daniel Jones.”

Saquon Barkley ran 12 times for 58 yards. That allowed him to surpass his 2018 single-season career high of 1,307 rushing yards. He now has 1,312 rushing yards.

Indianapolis Colts v New York Giants
Richie James celebrates a touchdown with a backflip.
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First half summary

The Giants took command of the game with a dominant second quarter, taking a 24-3 lead to the locker room. Jones threw second-quarter touchdown passes of 6 yards to Richie James and Isaiah Hodgins, Landon Collins returned an interception of Nick Foles 52 yards for a touchdown and Graham Gano added a 36-yard field goal.

Jones finished the half 15 of 20 for 131 yards, two touchdowns and 34 yards rushing on eight carries.

A Kayvon Thibodeaux sack near the end of the half knocked Foles out of the game with a rib injury.

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Pulling out all the stops

The Giants brought out legendary Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor to ring the victory bell at the start of the game. Taylor ran out of the tunnel to a thunderous ovation.

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Injury news

Defensive lineman Leonard Williams left the game in the third quarter with a burner. Williams has been dealing with a neck issue for several weeks.

Giants inactives

CB Adoree Jackson (knee)
CB Rodarius Williams
G Jack Anderson
G Wyatt Davis
S Dane Belton
TE Lawrence Cager
LB Jarrad Davis

What’s next?

The Giants finish the regular season next Sunday with a 1 p.m. ET game at Lincoln Financial Field against the Philadelphia Eagles.