The New York Giants came away with their second win of the season on Sunday, a stunning overtime upset of the Kansas City Chiefs. The Giants, and their embattled head coach, were understandably excited. After the game, Ben McAdoo was careful to give credit to his entire team.
“We played like the type of team that we’re capable of playing,” McAdoo said. “We played tremendous defense today. We were all over the field. We were flying around, running to the football. That was great to see. Special teams was big for us, again, I can’t say that enough. Going against that offense – they have a lot of speed, a lot of lump-in-your-throat returners. Three of them. And, we played tremendous on special teams and the offense just stuck with it. We were short-handed today, but that’s no excuse. We have enough talented players to go out there and play well. Eli (Manning) took his shots when he had a chance to take his shots. We had some receivers, you know, Tavarres King and Roger Lewis made some plays for us today.”
Manning finished the game 19-of-35 for 205 yards and engineered a game-winning 10-play, 77-yard drive to set up Aldrick Rosas’ game-winning field goal in overtime.
“Yeah, you know, Eli played aggressive in that last drive especially,” McAdoo said. “He doesn’t get to throw the ball as much as he used to. We like to run it over, establishing the run, so he doesn’t get a chance maybe to get in the type of rhythm that he’d like to get into in a ball game. In that instance, we gave him the ball and we played it a little more aggressive and he took advantage of it.”
While the offense was unable to get much going, the Giants’ defense was stout all game. Despite missing several starters, the defense played closer to its 2016 form than at any point in 2017.
“You know what, I think the defense – they came out and they played inspired football. They played tremendous football. They leaned on each other. They challenged each other. They played their techniques well. They played fast. They played aggressive. You know, we missed some tackles today, but the second, the third and the fourth guy were to the ball pretty fast. So, that’s a big part of it.”
Speaking of the defense, and the special teams, McAdoo was complementary of both Janoris Jenkins and Aldrick Rosas.
“I thought Janoris Jenkins played his tail off,” McAdoo said. “We’ll have to go back, take a look at the tape and see what we saw on the last – on that second pick. Thought we could have iced the game there. But, he played his tail off. He was all over the field, did a good job turning the ball back inside a few times, was playing physical. It was good to see him do that. Aldrick just kept kicking. That first one, that wasn’t pretty. We knew the wind was going to factor there. He just kept fighting. We knew there was going to be some adversity and Aldrick did a good job fighting through it.”
Rosas missed his first opportunity to put points on the board when the wind pushed his extra[-point attempt wide. McAdoo gave him credit for working through the adversity, as well as acknowledging the impact the gusting winds had on the game plan.
“The wind was a big factor in the ball game,” McAdoo said, “especially down there to the left. It was really howling down there pretty good. We had the first kick for points down there in that end zone and we knew it was going to be a challenge. The gust picked up right before the first PAT. We knew we were going to probably have to go for two if we scored back in that end zone again, but other than that we had a nice field goal try down there late in the game. We got nice and close for it, so Aldrick (Rosas) did a good job putting it through.”