Good morning, New York Giants' fans! Here is your Monday morning notebook following the Giants' fourth straight victory, Sunday's 27-13 win over the Green Bay Packers.
- The Giants are the second team in NFL history to win at least four straight games after an 0-6 start. The Tennessee Titans won five straight in 2009 after starting 0-6.
- The Giants held Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy to 27 yards on 14 carries, and held the Packers to 55 rushing yards. That is the third time in four games they have held an opponent to less than 60 yards rushing. Lacy had run for at least 70 yards in six straight games.
- The 57-yard field goal by Green Bay's Mason Crosby was the longest ever against the Giants and the longest since MetLife Stadium opened in 2009.
- The victory was the 155th of Tom Coughlin's career, moving him past Hall of Famer Joe Gibbs into 15th place all-time. He is now three behind former Minnesota Vikings coach Bud Grant, also a Hall of Famer.
Justin Tuck could not believe the play Jason Pierre-Paul made to intercept a Scott Tolzien pass and score a game-altering 24-yard touchdown.
"We really needed a big play then and he stepped up and did something I’ve never seen before in my life, he actually called it in the huddle before they even came out of their huddle and told me he was going to pick this off. I’ve never seen anything like that before in my life," Tuck said.
"if you know JPP, you know he says some off-the-wall things from time to time so we’re kind of used to that. We were just in the huddle talking about how we needed a big play and we needed some turnovers and he just said, "I’m going to pick this." I was kind of like, "OK." And then when he picked it and all of the cameras were on him but if there was a camera out there that had anything to do with me in the picture you’re going to see me, I don’t even run out to him to celebrate, I’m literally in awe."
Quarterback Eli Manning was more demonstrative Sunday than he usually is, especially when wide receiver Louis Murphy created an interception by cutting the wrong way.
"It just depends on what the mistake is sometimes. Sometimes they’re on me. I’m mad at myself, but I’m not going to get on anybody," Manning said. "Obviously some can be costly. You hate bad plays to occur that could be prevented by just doing the right things."
Manning had a 17-yard run negated by a Justin Pugh face mask penalty on the Giants' first possession. Since the Giants won, Manning was able to joke about the run after the game.
"That was probably the longest run of my career and it gets called back. I was trying to cut back and I felt fast there. I'm sure I'll look on film and realize I'm not fast again," Manning said.
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Players credited defensive coordinator Perry Fewell with an aggressive, imaginative game plan that confused Tolzien, starting his first NFL game, and contributed to the three interceptions.
Pierre-Paul wasted no time after Sunday's game turning his focus to next week's opponent -- the Dallas Cowboys. "There's going to be a lot of blood spilled out there," Pierre-Paul said.
Despite the fact that Manning played what might have been his best game of the season, at least one columnist still wasn't satisfied.
Ernie Palladino says good things are happening to the Giants, but still "probably not" enough of them to get the Giants to the playoffs.