Patrick Mahomes, Other NFL Players React to Daniel Jones Tripping after 80-yard Run

Daniel Jones has unwillingly provided the perfect metaphor for the New York Giants season.

With his team trailing 10-7 against the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday Night Football, the second-year quarterback embarked on an 80-yard run, blazing past a non-existent Eagles defense only to run out of steam and trip himself up eight yards short of the goal line.

In the fourth quarter, it was the Giants' turn to trip themselves up. The G-Men squandered an 11-point lead with just over six minutes left to lose 22-21, dropping to 1-6 for the season and suffering an eighth consecutive loss against the Eagles.



— NFL (@NFL) October 23, 2020

On another difficult night for the Giants, Jones' run caught the attention and became an instant hit on social media.

While some poked fun at him stumbling, Patrick Mahomes was very impressed with the Giants quarterback's 80-yard dash.

"I mean I can't even say anything cause I would never be able to run that far either," the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback tweeted.

I mean i can’t even say anything cause i would never be able to run that far either πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) October 23, 2020

Mahomes' otherworldly dynamism and penchant for improvisation has dazzled fans over the past three seasons, but not even he has managed to explode on a run the length of Jones' gallop on Thursday night. Through three seasons in the NFL, Mahomes' longest rushing attempts stand at 28, 25 and 21 yards respectively.

The Chiefs, of course, don't need their star quarterback to keep the ball and leave himself exposed to brutal hits. Additionally, even with Damien Williams opting out of the season because of COVID-19 concerns, Kansas City has better rushing options than the Giants, who lost star running back Saquon Barkley for the season with an ACL injury last month.

Not even Lamar Jackson, who last year set a record for the most rushing yards in a season by a quarterback with 1,206, has pulled off a cavalcade as long as Jones'.

To date, the longest rushing attempt of Jackson's career is the 50-yard run he recorded in Week 4 of the current season in the Baltimore Ravens' win over the Washington Football Team, followed by a 47-yard and a 39-yard effort he pulled off in 2019 and 2018 respectively.

As CBS Sports NFL editor Dan Schneier pointed out, Jones hit a maximum speed of 21.23 mph during his run, the fastest top speed by any quarterback on a run over the past three seasons.

Jones' run was longer than even Barkley's career-best of 78 yards and was the longest of any NFL quarterback since Marcus Mariota broke free for an 87-yard run in Week 13 of the 2015 season.

Other reactions to Jones' failure to finish off the run were somewhat less analytical. ESPN tweeted a picture showing fellow Giants saw the funny side of Jones' fall, while the reaction of a host of announcers calling the game varied between being stunned and laughing hysterically at the incident.

Daniel Jones’ teammates got a good laugh on the sidelines πŸ˜…

— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) October 23, 2020

Giants radio call, by request.

— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) October 23, 2020

Fellow NFL players, meanwhile, were not as kind as Mahomes. Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf had some advice for Jones, while Buffalo Bills wideout Stefon Diggs and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy compared Jones to a movie character running away from a villain.

Daniel pick yo feet up πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

— DK Metcalf (@dkm14) October 23, 2020

πŸ€” He tripped the same way people do in scary movies when they running from the villain/bad guy ...

— DIGGS (@stefondiggs) October 23, 2020

Come on Daniel......... πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Boy fell like he was in a horror movie!!

— Gerald McCoy (@Geraldini93) October 23, 2020

While Jones fell agonizingly short of the end zone, his run set up a Giants touchdown as the G-Men temporarily took the lead. Unfortunately for Jones and for the long-suffering Giants fans, they too ran out of steam just before the finish line.

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Daniel Jones #8 of the New York Giants runs for a first down against the Philadelphia Eagles during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on October 22 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mitchell Leff/Getty