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Giants Q&A: Daniel Jones shows Tom Brady how it's done

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is unable to catch

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is unable to catch a pass during the second quarter of Super Bowl LII against the Eagles at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Feb. 4, 2018. Credit: EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock/Tannen Maury

Is Daniel Jones better than Tom Brady?

As a receiver, yes. The play on which Jones made his first career catch — his first going all the way back to high school, as far as he can remember — was the same one the Patriots ran in Super Bowl LII against the Eagles, when Brady could not corral the throw from Julian Edelman.

"Jerry Schuplinski pulled that out of the vault this week," Joe Judge said of his quarterbacks coach, who, like Judge, was on that Patriots staff. "We weren’t really going for originality on that . . . Look, you don’t have to invent the wheel to drive the car fast. Sometimes you’ve just got to take what works for you."

Why did the Giants have Pettis throw that pass?

Because he has a history with it, brief though it may be. At the University of Washington, he threw five passes and completed three of them, including one for a touchdown. But even during practices this past week, the Giants weren’t certain about his ability to make the play.

"They actually had a play in practice that looked basically identical to that with the way that Dante threw it and how [Jones] had to catch, so it’s amazing how practice execution becomes game reality," Judge said. "It was a little bit of tryouts on the field at times, but Dante comes from a baseball family, so I’m sure he’s not going for Thanksgiving in the future if he doesn’t make that throw."

Pettis is the son of former major-leaguer Gary Pettis, currently a coach for the Astros team preparing for the World Series.

Was it that bad of a throw?

Not if you ask the receiver-turned-quarterback.

"I thought that was a dime if he would have kept running," Pettis said of Jones’ lack of urgency in his route-running.

Just another game for Graham Gano?

Hardly. The kicker, who spent eight seasons with Carolina before a messy release and disagreements over how his injuries were handled, said he has had this game circled since the schedule came out.

He performed that way, too, kicking field goals of 44, 49 and 53 yards.

"I knew they were coming here and I was excited about it," Gano said. "Obviously, I have awesome memories there, but at the end of the day, I’m a New York Giant and that win feels really, really good."

Gano set a Giants record with his 10th field goal of at least 50 yards. Joe Danelo had kicked nine.

Just another game for James Bradberry?

Again, hardly. The cornerback also is a former Panther and had an interception against his old team.

"Shaq Thompson was on the sideline talking trash the whole time to me every time I lined up to their side," Bradberry said of the injured Panthers linebacker (who still is his good friend), "so it definitely felt good to throw it in his face and get an interception."

Bradberry kept the ball from that play, as he does with all of his picks.

"I’ll definitely keep that one close by," he said.

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