Daniel Jones on Giants' resiliency after first playoff victory: 'We're a tough, competitive group'

Jan 15, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) looks to pass the ball against the Minnesota Vikings during the first quarter of a wild card game at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Jan 15, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) looks to pass the ball against the Minnesota Vikings during the first quarter of a wild card game at U.S. Bank Stadium. / Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

The Giants upset the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday in the Wild Card Round for the franchise's first playoff win since Super Bowl XLVI nearly 11 years ago, as quarterback Daniel Jones led the way with a record-setting performance.

Jones became the first quarterback in NFL postseason history to pass for 300-plus yards, throw for 2-plus touchdowns and run for 70-plus yards in a playoff game, per NFL Research. He finished with 301 yards passing, two touchdowns through the air and added another 78 yards on the ground in the 31-24 win on Sunday.

After his first career playoff game and victory, the 25-year-old was asked about the team's resiliency and said that is something they have shown all season.

"I think we've been that way all year," Jones said. "I think we're a tough, competitive group. We've played in a lot of close games and found ways to win them. Yeah, I think that resiliency, that toughness, mental toughness, I think is a big part of our team."

Jones was then asked about how he remains poised in the big moments, and said that he tries his best to stay "present and locked in" to the game. He then added that games like Sunday's are very fun to be a part of.

"I think just trying to focus on what I got to do and focus on just executing and keeping that simple," Jones said. "Not thinking bigger than that or not getting outside that moment, just trying to stay as present and locked in to what I got to do as possible."

Jones added: "Yeah, I think we had a lot of fun. You love the opportunity to compete and play in big games. I think we all had a lot of fun."

The Giants will now take on their NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles in the Divisional Round next weekend as they look to continue their playoff magic. New York will need Jones to have another big time performance if they're going to pull off the upset, but the team is confident in his abilities after Sunday's win.

"How would you say, how about my quarterback, our quarterback, the New York Giants' quarterback," rookie edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux said. "He played great, he led the team, and he never flinched."