According to ESPN, Jones got his teammates fired up with a message in the huddle before scoring his first career touchdown in the second quarter. Jones went into the huddle and said “Let’s f-----g score” before scampering for a 7-yard touchdown run and cutting the Giants’ deficit to three points.
New York trailed by as many as 18 points going into the third quarter.
In the second half, Jones threw two touchdown passes and ran for one more to help give the Giants a win. Jones’ two touchdown passes were to Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard.
Jones finished the game with 336 passing yards to go along with his two passing touchdowns and his two rushing touchdowns. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he’s the second player since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970 to have two rushing touchdowns and two passing touchdowns in his first start.
“You never really know how it's going to go. That's the fun part. That's football,” Jones said after the game. “We found a way to win, found a way to finish it. That's what's most exciting.”
New York also caught a break at the end of the game.
Tampa Bay was poised to score a would-be game-winning field goal. However, Buccaneers kicker Matt Gay missed the kick giving the Giants and Jones their first win of the season.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.