Giants' post-game reactions

Here is some post-game reaction via Giants.com:

From Eli Manning:

Can you just generally sum up your thoughts on the win?

“That was a fun one. That’s a game that wasn’t pretty at all times, we didn’t play our best football, but that’s just kind of how it goes sometimes. Everything’s not going to go perfectly and you’ll have some ups and downs, so we kept fighting, we never gave up and when we needed to make plays I think guys stepped up and made plays. We’ve always kind of had that ability and had that about us, and it’s good that we haven’t lost that. It’s something you can’t really coach, you can’t teach. For some reason when it’s clutch time and we need to make some plays, we tend to find a way to make plays.”

With regard to yourself in late game situations, do you relish them?

“Yeah, I mean, you don’t always like to be in them, but it’s good that when we go into those situations we can make plays. We kind of get into running a lot of our base plays and plays everybody feels comfortable with, protections guys know, routes everybody feels good… Guys are reacting, they’re playing fast. You’re not thinking much, you’re just reacting because you’re seeing everything clearly. We’re doing a good job of doing that and hopefully we keep that up.”

From Tom Coughlin:

Give credit where credit is due to Cincinnati, they played well. They came in here, they were 0-2, their coach said they were going to play hard, they did play hard, they were physical, they hadn’t shown that kind of pressure in any of their previous games, they really did a nice job of that. Some we were able to manipulate and others we weren’t, they moved the ball, they had some runs in the first half which put us back on the drawing board so to speak at halftime. They made plays when they had to in the passing game. We responded. We had the one long drive in regulation in the fourth quarter and then, of course, they did, too, but then we followed that up with the overtime plays and we are just happy to have the win. The Cincinnati Bengals are a good team. I had a sense that here is a team that was tenth in the league in ranking offensively and hadn’t really gotten themselves on track and we saw them get pretty much on track today, but they also were very good on defense today. We had our hands full and we found a way to win.

From various other Giants' players:

Chris Snee on overtime play:

We didn’t do a lot of things right at certain points of the game, but when it was time for this team to step up and win the game, we did. Obviously we would have liked to play more consistent throughout the game, but we got the win. A game like this is something we can really build on. On the last drive we had a lot of confidence and we knew what we had to do.

I needed it. I just got an opportunity to make a play. Things don’t always go the way you want it, but if it comes down to it, I’m there. Going into overtime we knew we had a lot of momentum left. We just find a way to win; that is the key to this team. We just found a way to win; I’m real excited.

Sam Madison on today’s game:

We were able to come through today. I thought we played tough when we had to. We gave up a couple of passes here and there, but overall I think our team played extremely well. We wanted to put pressure on Carson and we did that. But he got some balls out quickly. For us it was a great effort by everybody on this team. Playing the scout team all week and getting the chance to see what they do, you know that they have a lot of confidence in each other and what they do. You just knew they were going to get it done. We just came together as a team when we had to.

Amani Toomer on his reception in overtime:

I needed it. I just got an opportunity to make a play. Things don’t always go the way you want it, but if it comes down to it, I’m there. Going into overtime we knew we had a lot of momentum left. We just find a way to win; that is the key to this team. We just found a way to win; I’m real excited.

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