New York Giants

New York Giants

New York Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - SEPTEMBER 18: Daniel Bellinger #82 of the New York Giants scores a touchdown during the third quarter against the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium on September 18, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

It wasn’t pretty, but the Giants will surely settle for it. 2-0 is 2-0, and the Giants haven’t been there since 2016.

On Sunday, the Giants pervaded 19-16 over the Carolina Panthers, who lost their ninth straight game dating back to last season. It was ugly, but head coach Brian Daboll will take it.

“Whether you score a lot or not, it’s important to figure out ways to win games,” Daboll said. “You can win a game a variety of ways, and also lose it a lot of ways. Again, the object of the game is to have one more point and to give yourself a chance in the fourth quarter.”

Even though his completion percentage was solid (22-of-34) Daniel Jones had a rough day at the office; sacked three times and hit nearly a dozen times. He didn’t have much time in the pocket. Saquon Barkley also had a slow day. At one point Barkley had only three yards on five carries in the first half. He would finish with 72 yards on 21 carries.

However when it mattered, the Giants got the job done.

Trailing 13-6, Jones orchestrated an eight play, 75-yard drive, culminating in a 16-yard touchdown to Daniel Bellinger, who scored by hitting the pylon.

From there the two rivals exchanged field goals, until Graham Gano connected on a 56-yarder with 3:34 to go in the game to put New York up 19-16.

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