PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 25: Michael Boley #59 of the New York Giants and Greg Jones #53 along with the rest of the defense hold back a rush by the Philadelphia Eagles during the game at Lincoln Financial Field on September 25, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
"They got a lot of great players, but we got a great team. And that’s the key: We’re a team. " -- Ahmad Bradshaw
That post-game quote from the New York Giants running back summed up exactly how I feel after watching the Giants do what many people -- including a lot of you here at Big Blue View -- thought was impossible, going into Philadelphia and exorcising the demons Sunday afternoon with a 29-16 victory.
This was a total team victory by the Giants, the kind of solid, mistake-free effort this team simply has not put together often enough the past couple of seasons.
There were great individual efforts from guys like Victor Cruz (three catches, 100 yards, two TDs), Jason Pierre-Paul (nine tackles, two sacks), Aaron Ross (two interceptions) and others, Mostly, though, this was a team victory.
Down a couple of wide receivers the Giants still found ways to complete passes with some brilliantly designed routes by offensive coordinator and some tremendous efforts by Cruz.
They found ways to run the football and exploit the "wide nine" employed by the Eagles defense, hitting the edges consistently with both the run and the pass.
Defensively, they were opportunistic. There were interceptions, two by Ross. There was a tremendous goal line stand and outstanding work in the red zone overall, only allowing Philadelphia to score once in five red zone trips. Great work all across the interior line, and some tremendous play by linebackers Michael Boley and Jacquian Williams.
There were no special teams gaffes. No killer penalties. No crushing turnovers.
The Giants are depleted by injuries, for sure. This victory, though, should prove to everyone that there is still plenty left for the Giants to be a very good, very dangerous team. When they play mistake-free football they are still a team that can compete with anyone.