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Post-game quotebook: Giants’ players react to 31-21 loss to 49ers

Players trying to make sense of what has happened

New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

New York Giants’ player seem stunned by the depths to which the team has fallen. Here is some of what players were saying Sunday after the Giants fell to 1-8 with a 31-21 loss to the previously 0-9 San Francisco 49ers.

Eli Manning on being 1-8 ...

“It’s tough losing. You work hard every week to go out there and execute well to make plays to put your team in a situation to win and it’s not happening. Doing some good things, in the first half I thought we came out well and moved the ball well and the second half just didn’t execute well enough. ... it’s disappointing, but we just have to, we’re in this situation, we’re the reason we’re in it, so we just have to keep working, compete every week and expect to win every week.”

Defensive captain Jonathan Casillas on the play of that group ...

“I’ll have to look at the film. I can’t sit here and say we didn’t do this or that. I made some mistakes, personally. Even on a play where I gave up a touchdown, I was running but I was tired and couldn’t catch him. I played my butt off on every play, but I just wasn’t good enough on that play.

“It’s disappointing. I’m a prideful person and I do feel like I’m representative of our defense. We didn’t play up to character or up to par. We can’t keep putting together games like this and expect to beat anybody. We’ve only got one win and it’s going to stay like that until we figure out how to slow these teams down.”

Landon Collins on how he felt after the game ...

“Hurt. Hurt, discouraged, upset.”

Justin Pugh on being 1-8 and losing to an 0-9 team ...

“It’s definitely shocking losing to that team we lost to. It’s definitely tough. I thought we were going to win for sure. It’s definitely tough. ... Losing to a 0-9 team, it can’t get much worse than that. We are here where we’re at. We will figure out where were going from here. We still have seven games left.”

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on the lack of effort ...

“We got schooled. I did not see enough relentless play, attitude, you name it, I did not see it. Everything we should have done, I felt we did not do it.

“I’m embarrassed for us.”