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Post-game quotebook: Giants’ players react to 12-9 upset win over Chiefs

Morale higher following team’s second win

Kansas City Chiefs v New York Giants
Roger Lewis celebrates after his catch set up the Giants’ game-winning field goal.
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New York Giants player’s morale seems higher following the team’s 12-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. Here is some of what players were saying Sunday after the Giants jumped to 2-8.

Janoris Jenkins on what this win means ...

“You got to remember, man, tough times don’t last, tough people do,” Jenkins said. “We understand it’s football, it’s the NFL. We just got to come out and play every week.”

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on playing better this week ...

“I think after the week we had, you know, guys being called out, being put on the bench, I think everybody responded well,” Rodgers-Cromartie said. “I think just being called out as a team, I think we responded well.”

Eli Manning on how the win feels ...

“It feels good,” Manning said. “The great part about football is having a great week of preparation and then going out on Sunday and finding ways to win games and celebrating with your teammates and feeling good about the work and the preparation and dedication and doing everything the right way and earning that win. We’ve been doing the work. We haven’t been playing as well on Sundays. Haven’t been able to finish games and play games well into the fourth quarter and just haven’t been able to close it out. Today; great team effort with everybody coming together in the fourth quarter and getting this win.”

Eli Manning on decisive pass to Roger Lewis Jr. ...

“They were coming with an all-out blitz and so I had Roger one-on-one,” Manning said. “Fastest way to get the ball up in time so I gave it a shot, make a play or get a pass interference, so he did a great job coming back to the ball a little bit and making a play.”

Roger Lewis Jr. on the overtime drive ...

“When we got in the huddle,” Lewis said. “10 was like, ‘we’re going to hit a slant,’ we hit a slant, and 10 was like, ‘you ready?’ And I said, ‘yeah, you believe in me,’ so I want 10 to believe in me and that’s what I got to do. I’ve got to make that play.”

Landon Collins on what it meant to get a victory ...

“We have faith in one another. We had the mindset of going to get this win. We had to make every play count. We knew there was going to be adversity, knew they were going to make plays. They get paid, too, so we had to make sure that we just made one more play than them.”