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Post-game quotebook: What the Giants were saying after beating the Dolphins

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Players were in a much better mood after ending their losing streak

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Members of the Giants were certainly in a good mood after a 36-20 victory over the Miami Dolphins. As you might expect, they all had a lot to say about Eli Manning earning a home victory in what is potentially his last game.

Sterling Shepard on what Manning has done for the Giants organization ...

“He’s done so much. David Tyree and I were talking about it on the sideline. He was saying Eli has a piece of all of us and it’s just a special day. We were able to get this win for him and send him out on the right note and it’s a blessing.”

Shepard on his acrobatic catch to set up a touchdown ...

That’s something that coach Tyke (Tolbert) has us going over every week, trying to drag that back foot whenever you are making close catches to the sideline. Dragging that back foot and heel clicking, it’s something that we practice over and over again, just bringing it to the field on game day.”

Michael Thomas on Manning being emotional after the game ...

“We put so much into this game, but for him, the storm he’s been through in his career, the ups and downs. The highest of highs, this year, technically he got benched or whatever and then having a situation where you’re starting again to end your career instead of oh well shoot, I’m going to end my career not playing. End his tenure with the Giants, historic. We just wanted to come out here and get the win for him, that was cool.”

Thomas on if Manning starts next week ...

“Shoot, shoot, exactly! Let’s get another one then, shoot! Let’s get another one for him!”

Darius Slayton on seeing Manning at the end of the game ...

“I got goose bumps. It was legendary. You know, he’s a legend. He’s going to go down as a Hall of Famer. I’m happy for him.”

Pat Shurmur on if the defense made halftime adjustments ...

“No, we just continued to play. When you get on that side of it, where they’re playing on offense like we’ve had to do a few of the last few weeks, it makes it tougher and you can be a little more aggressive with the rush, tighter in coverage. I thought just the guys competed.”

Shurmur on how offensive lineman Nick Gates performed ...

“Yeah, Nick Gates played well. I think we’ve talked about him kind of on the edges here throughout the year. I think he’s got a bright future. He went in there, stepped in there, played for (Kevin) Zeitler. He’s played a little bit of tackle. I think he’s got a real bright future.”

Shurmur on the fan who ran on the field wearing an Eli Manning jersey ...

“The guy that tackled him didn’t seem all that fast and he got to him. I mean the guy was running pretty slowly and he got tackled (laughter). But yeah, I did notice he had a “10” jersey on him. I think he’s going to jail, too, right? Is that how that works?”