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Post-game quotebook: What players were saying after Giants’ 33-18 loss to Saints

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What were players talking about after the New York Giants lost to the New Orleans Saints 33-18 on Sunday? Let’s go inside the locker room and find out.

Landon Collins said it was “hard” to accept the outcome after the defense played well much of the game ....

“At the same time though, we have to continue working and staying loyal to this team and by playing together, we’re going to figure it out. We have all the keys, we have all of the weapons, we just have to put it all out there.”

Alec Ogletree on the officiating ...

“Honestly, I think it’s basically they’re worried about reffing in the Super Bowl game. If you ask them why they call a call, they tell you they wouldn’t make that call in the Super Bowl. I think that’s bad. That’s bad all around.

“That’s definitely what was explained to me that you wouldn’t make that call in the Super Bowl and I don’t think that’s right. I think you should call the game as it’s being played and if you do that, everything will work itself out.”

New Orleans cornerback Marshon Lattimore on Odell Beckham Jr. ...

“Our goal was to take him out of the game. I’m pretty sure he was in the game -- he’s Odell Beckham. We always try to take him out the game. We did a good job of that today and we got the win.”

Lattimore on taking the deep ball away from the Giants ...

“We were playing aggressive, we just didn’t let them do it. It’s not like we were playing pretty good defense and not letting the ball over our heads. We were playing man, but we just switched it up in between calls. I feel like we did a pretty good job of just staying on top and doing our thing. They went deep, but it wasn’t there.”

Cornerback Donte Deayon on a pass interference call against him on a third-and-8 with 2:34 that gave the Saints, leading 26-18, a first down rather than forcing them to punt.

“I was out there competing. I thought I got there the same time the ball did. I got up, I saw the flag, and they called P.I. It was what it was,” Deayon said. “It was pretty deflating. You’re trying to get the ball back for our offense, and they call a pass interference, and it negates all of that. So, it was pretty deflating.”

Eli Manning on Sunday’s loss ...

“Tonight was a frustrating one. We got off to a good start and had a good drive. We were moving the ball and making plays on this team but we just weren’t able to do it. We got into some third and longs that we didn’t convert on. They had some good calls and some good plays. They weren’t going to give us anything deep. They took away all the deep stuff and made us go underneath. That was fine. We were going to just have to have some long drives and continue to play that way. There was a few times where they knocked us out of some good down and distance and we weren’t able to sustain some drives.”

Manning on dealing with the soft zone the Saints played ...

“There are different ways, you just have to find completions. There are holes and it is just a matter of timing. The right plays and the right types of zones. Just mix in some three and some two. You just have to be patient some times and work the middle of the field and work underneath. Just get in some good down and distance. You just have to keep playing that way. There is also some opportunities to have some big plays also.