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Giants news, 9/25: Reaction to Giants' 32-21 victory

New York Giants headlines for Friday, 9/25

Tom Coughlin reacts after an Odell Beckham touchdown catch Thursday
Tom Coughlin reacts after an Odell Beckham touchdown catch Thursday
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Good morning, New York Giants' fans! The Giants got what really amounted to a season-saving victory over the Washington Redskins Thursday, so no matter what else you think of Thursday's game or the 1-2 take coach Tom Coughlin's advice today.

"We won, so SMILE."

Now, let's look at what others are saying about the victory.

Don't count out New York Giants QB Eli Manning

Manning knows how to salvage lost causes, and it's his second-best trait, right behind his staggering durability (170 consecutive regular season starts and counting). The 2015 Giants might finish out of the money, again, because they have no Victor Cruz (so far), no pass rush and no good reason to believe the badly injured Jason Pierre-Paul will return with the power to restore that pass rush.

But Manning's history gives fans at least some reason to hope. And outside of winning, nothing is easier to sell in sports than hope.

Vacchiano: Spagnuolo's Giant defense finally holds on to win - NY Daily News

It wasn’t pretty and it wasn’t perfect, but it was enough to bring a smile to the face of Tom Coughlin and a sigh of relief to defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. The defense bent, but didn’t break - at least it didn’t break much - and it allowed the Giants to escape it’s must-win game vs. Washington with a 32-21 victory. And no matter how imperfect it was, it was still something considering the Giants were playing without their best defensive end (Robert Ayers) and their best cornerback (Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie) — and of course still without Jason Pierre-Paul.

They shut down a Washington rushing attack that averaged 171.5 yards through the first two games, holding them to just 88 yards on the ground. And even though they only sacked quarterback Kirk Cousins once, they still got more pressure in the fourth quarter than they had gotten in the first 2¾ games combined.

Myers: Eli Manning can still lead Giants to NFC East title - NY Daily News

"I wanted teammates to know that we could win these games, we could win the fourth quarter," Manning said. "Be excited about those opportunities. You can’t dread them just because you have some downs, you some bad plays, bad games when you don’t have success in those situations. You can’t start dreading them or it’s going to get worse."

Why Jon Beason’s return meant so much to the Giants | New York Post

Fullback Nikita Whitlock takes advantage of his chance to play some 'D' | Newsday

The Giants’ strategy that led to Rueben Randle’s breakout game | New York Post

Giants report card: Solid team win but only one unit gets an A | New York Post

New York Giants' 'TNF' Win over Redskins a Complete Team Effort | Bleacher Report

Eli Manning has great touch in finding his wide receivers - Stats & Info - ESPN