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Sam Darnold and Daniel Jones took center stage for their squads before weather delayed the annual New York Jets-New York Giants showdown.

Young quarterbacks stole the spotlight in the annual summer showdown between the New York Jets and New York Giants on Thursday night.

Sam Darnold and Daniel Jones each threw a touchdown on their single drives before a thunderstorm sent teams to the locker room for just under an hour. The Giants’ reserves took over shortly afterward to create a 31-22 preseason victory.

Darnold began the game for the Jets, completing 4-of-5 passes for 68 yards. Among his completions were respective 32 and 28-yard hookups with Chris Herndon and Jamison Crowder. One final pass to Crowder, a touchdown from three yards out, gave the Jets an early lead.

Jones, the Giants’ first-round pick in April, entered the game after Eli Manning completed a single pass for three yards on the first drive. Five completions on five attempts ended with Jones finding Bennie Fowler for a 12-yard touchdown. Jones wound up with 67 yards on his lone showcase.


Thunder in the area sent both teams to safety. The Giants (1-0) would mostly dominate once it was clear to come back on the field. Their reserve quarterbacks each managed to throw a long touchdown pass with Manning and Jones relegated to the sidelines.

Alex Tanney (14-of-19, 190 yards) hooked up with Russell Shepard from 51 yards out in the second, while Kyle Lauletta (9-of-12, 116 yards) found TJ Jones for a 31-yard score in the fourth.

The Giants also enjoyed a defensive score at the expense of a former comrade, as Jake Carlock took a Davis Webb interception back 59 yards. Rookie cornerback Corey Ballentine likewise had an interception of Webb (2-of-7, 11 yards).

Trevor Siemian (13-of-16, 77 yards) had a better evening for the Jets (0-1). He managed to end his own evening with a seven-yard score to Elijah McGuire on a fourth down in the second quarter.

The Jets would score one more time when Luke Falk found Greg Dortch for two yards on the final drive.

New York’s green squad will now seek redemption on the road against the Atlanta Falcons next Thursday night (7:30 p.m. ET, WCBS). The Giants remain at MetLife Stadium to take on the Chicago Bears on Friday (7:00 p.m. ET, WNBC).

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