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Daniel Jones’ incredible four touchdown display for the New York Giants has confirmed the era of Eli Manning is over. | Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Bad news for Eli Manning. New York Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones has led his NFL team to an incredible comeback win against Tampa Bay. Even with superstar running back Saquon Barkley injured with a high-ankle sprain for most of the game, the Giants had plenty of firepower in a 32-31 shootout with the Buccaneers.

Daniel Jones Outstanding in First Start for New York Giants

Posting 336 passing yards and four total touchdowns (2 passing, two rushing), Jones has all but ensured he is here to stay as the starting QB for the New York Giants. Incredibly poised from the first moments of the games, the 22-year-old, who is the all-time offensive yards leader at Duke, was everything that Giants fans hoped he would be in the tight victory over the Buccaneers. For Eli Manning, the probability of him returning as a starter while Jones is healthy looks minute.

Eli Manning, the Consummate Professional

In a tremendous display of sportsmanship, Manning was the consummate teammate, cheering Jones on throughout the game. The two-time Super Bowl champion and MVP has had an incredible career, and his presence will be invaluable to Daniel Jones.

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Daniel Jones impressive first career start for the New York Giants has all but ensured that Eli Manning will not return as their franchise QB. | Credit: AFP/Emilee Chinn

Baker Mayfield Controversy a Distant Memory for Jones

The first time that many NFL fans heard of Jones was when the New York Giants took him as the sixth overall pick in the draft. However, it was probably the headlines about Cleveland Browns QB and former No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield ridiculing the pick that drew the most attention. Mayfield later withdrew his comments, but if you listened carefully to his explanation, it was not exactly clear what portion of the statements he denied. Mayfield is not exactly renowned for being respectful of other colleges. If Daniel Jones wanted to send a message that his Duke resume was worth a first-round pick, he has more than done that.

Several other former No. 2 QBs had impressive performances today, as Teddy Bridgewater and Kyle Allen lead the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers, respectively, to tough road wins. Bridgewater was in for a healing Drew Brees and Allen for the injury-plagued Cam Newton.

New York Giants Fans May Have Their New Franchise QB

Daniel Jones, unlike Bridgewater and Allen, is now the clear cut No. 1 for the Giants. Showcasing an offense that shone even without the electric Barkley, NY Giants fans would be forgiven for daydreaming about what might have been had Odell Beckham Jr. been convinced to stay. Eli Manning will always be adored as the man who beat Bill Belichick and Tom Brady twice, but New York has all the makings of a new hero. Already the top-selling NFL Jersey this week, Daniel Jones looks to be the superstar that G-men fans have been dreaming of.

This article was edited by Gerelyn Terzo.

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