Good morning, New York Giants fans! It’s a happy day after the Giants’ first victory of the season, so let’s get to the headlines.
“This is an opportunity to go win a football game”
That is what quarterback Eli Manning told his teammates before the start on a 9-play, 77-yard fourth-quarter drive that turned a tenuous 20-15 lead into 27-15 advantage with 5:29 to play. The quarterback said he also told his teammates “it comes down to this drive.”
“We had a great first half, hadn’t done really anything in the second half and we had a chance to go win the football game,” Manning said. “Guys stepped up, made some big plays. I think coach called it aggressive.”
“We just had energy”
Saquon Barkley noted after the game that there was “a different vibe” amongst the team prior to Sunday’s game.
Odell Beckham Jr. also noticed it.
“I just feel like apart from (more offensive production) that we just had energy,” Beckham said. “We came out, we played like we loved the game of football, like this was football with kids and we were having fun. It was lighter. It wasn’t like we’re down 0-2, we got to win. It was like, let’s go out and have fun today, and that’s what we did and we got the W doing that.”
Manning gave coach Pat Shurmur a game ball in honor of his first victory as Giants coach. Shurmur, in turn, said he was going to present GM Dave Gettleman with one. Gettleman, whose lymphoma is in remission, did not attend the game.
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