EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Let's check some of the locker room reaction following the New York Giants' come-from-behind 30-20 victory over the Atlanta Falcons Sunday at MetLife Stadium.
Head coach Tom Coughlin thought the game was a tale of two halves, with the Giants losing the first half and winning the second.
"Two different halves, as far as I was concerned. The first half, I did not like at all and we did not think we played well. We didn't think we made anything happen. We made some blunders. The second half was different. We played hard. We made some things happen. The fourth quarter was ours. It was very good," Coughlin said. "I do want to say this to Mike Smith and his staff: They did an outstanding job, given the circumstances that they had this past week having to get ready, and I thought they did an outstanding job. Congratulate our team. We battled back and we won the fourth quarter and looked like the Giants in the second half."
Rashad Jennings on the Giants' comeback after he left the game with a sprained left knee.
"We're a team. We're a great team. Like I said before, in the backfield, especially, we've got a great group," Jennings said. "We've got depth like I've never been on a team with in the backfield, we've got great offensive line leadership. Eli was putting us in a great plays and receivers were making plays, tight ends. There's not one position, this is a unit, this is a team, and I'm glad to be a part of it."
Atlanta coach Mike Smith on blowing a 10-point lead.
"Any time you are up by 10, undermanned, overmanned, it's the Atlanta Falcons that are out there playing. Injuries happen. Guys have to step up. We've got to make sure that we have our guys prepared and ready to go. Do I feel like we didn't play well in the second half? Absolutely," Smith said. "Yes, you want to hold 10-point leads in the National Football League. It's not the players' fault. Its not anybody's fault but mine. It is my responsibility as the head coach, ultimately. And I will, and do, take responsibility for that. It is not about those players. It is not about anything else. There is one person that is held responsible and that's me."
Eli Manning on coming back from a 10-point deficit.
"I was proud of the team today. We got down 10 in the third quarter and we responded and responded right away," Manning said. "We had a drive and a touchdown. Our defense rallied and started getting some sacks and some stoppages, and offensively, we did what we had to do to win. So I was proud of the guys. No one started getting uptight or getting worried. Everyone knew we would eventually start making some plays and getting things going, and guys made some big plays for us in some clutch moments."