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Daniel Jones, Giants 'expected' to beat Patriots Thursday night

Daniel Jones, Giants 'expected' to beat Patriots Thursday night

No one should ever "expect" to beat the New England Patriots, especially not New York Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones. 

Jones may have been a bit too confident Thursday night, and that's clear in his comments following New York's 35-14 loss to New England.

“We came into the game expecting to win,” Jones said according to Boston.com's Nicole Yang. “We expected to win and we came in confident.”

Well, Jones did somewhat have an argument after all. The Giants hung around throughout the first half, frustrating the Patriots and ultimately tying the game at 14 off a 64-yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate. So, New York's confidence probably couldn't have gotten any higher at that point -- unless, of course, they were able to take the lead, which they never did.

“To sound like we were surprised at that point, to be tied, I’m not sure anyone was thinking that,” Jones said.

With injuries to Saquon Barkley, Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard, Jones was without three of his strongest offensive performers. He didn't bring that up, though, and attributed the loss to poor decisions.

“I mean, I think I didn’t play well by any means,” Jones said. “I don’t think it was overwhelming, I think it was just bad plays [and] bad decisions.”

Jones went 15-for-31 with 161 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. Not the best day for Eli Manning's replacement, and with back-to-back losses, he's going to have to better himself if he "expects" to beat Tom Brady and the Patriots next time. 

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Mike Yastrzemski fulfills dream, receives standing ovation at Fenway Park

Mike Yastrzemski fulfills dream, receives standing ovation at Fenway Park

UPDATE, 8:25 p.m.: Yazstremski hit a home run to center field in his third at-bat in the fourth inning off Nathan Eovaldi to extend the Giants 5-1 lead. It was his 20th homer of the season.

Mike Yastrzemski, the grandson of Boston Red Sox legend Carl Yastrzemski, made his Fenway Park debut Tuesday night as a member of the San Francisco Giants. 

In his first at-bat, the Fenway faithful rose to their feet and gave the younger Yaz a well-deserved standing ovation.

Check it out.

Playing at Fenway is something he's always dreamed of, and before he took the field, he noted he was looking forward to soaking in and appreciating the experience. 

Although he was excited to take the same field and patrol the same position in left field in front of the Green Monster where his grandfather once played, Yastrzemski noted that being in the stands for the 1999 All-Star Game and Home Run Derby at Fenway were more overwhelming than the thought of actually playing in Boston. 

Playing in such a historic ballpark is memorable to begin with, but Yastrzemski, 29, will be battling some pretty tough expectations throughout the Giants' three-game series at Fenway. It doesn't seem like he'll let that get to him though.

The Andover, Mass., native is putting together a nice rookie season for the Giants with a .265 batting average, 19 home runs, 51 RBI and a .833 OPS. What's more interesting about those stats, though, is that they almost mirror his grandfather's rookie season with Boston -- .266 with 11 homers, 80 RBI and a .721 OPS. 

Before the game, Yastrzemski and his grandfather took a stroll through left. We can only imagine what they talked about -- probably discussing how to play the Monster. 

While the younger Yaz had plenty of family watching him make his Fenway debut. His 80-year-old grandfather left the park before the game began (he said he'd be too nervous to watch in person) but said he'll be back at Fenway for the games Wednesday and Thursday. 

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