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Giants 32, Bucs 31: What the Giants are saying about their first victory of 2019

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There is, for a change, much rejoicing

New York Giants v Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Giants fans at Raymond James Stadium celebrate.
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How are the New York Giants reacting to their first victory of 2019, a heart-stopping 32-31 come-from-behind victory that wasn’t sealed until Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Msatt Gay pushed a 34-yard kick wide right as time expired?

Let’s go inside the locker room and find out.

First, a victory tweet from safety Michael Thomas.

Coach Pat Shurmur on the end of the game ...

“I’ve been in games where it has come down to that and kicks have been made or missed. I was a part of the Minneapolis Miracle, so you just got to hang in there all the way to the end of it. The emotions are you get bummed out for a second but then you get right back into it because they have to execute a kick. Fortunately for us they didn’t.”

Daniel Jones on what Eli Manning said to him after the game ...

“Congratulations and he was just happy for me. I can’t thank him enough for his support throughout the week and today during the game, I am just really grateful.”

Center Jon Halapio on what kind of player Jones is ...

“Just confident. I admire how he prepares throughout the week as a young guy. He just takes his job and his craft very serious.”

Darius Slayton on his first NFL game ...

“For one, I just wanted to get out there and play. Obviously, Coach put me in for the majority of the last drive, which is huge for me – huge boost of confidence for me. I feel like he knew I was going to go out there and be able to make plays. I think it was the first or second play, I was able to make a catch, so I just appreciate my teammates having confidence in me, coaches having confidence in me and trusting me.”

Evan Engram on his 75-yard touchdown to open the second half ...

“Coach dialed my number and I just had to come out and be a spark for the team. We needed a big spark to kind of get going. You see, when we can score points and drive down make plays, it gives the defense some confidence, it gives the defense some comfort for them to go out there and play their ball and that’s what happened.”

Saquon Barkley on having to watch the comeback from the sidelines ...

“Personally, it sucks, because as a competitor I just wanna be out there. That was the biggest reason why I was upset with the injury of course. I hate watching my teammates play without me… But just seeing all those guys go out there and just play at a high level and just fight – it was 28-10 at one point. A lot of people would fold in that situation, but we kind of came in here [the locker room] and made an adjustment, got everyone going and you know Danny [Daniel Jones] played great in the second half, the team played great in the second half. I’m just really happy for Daniel to get his first win and for the team to get the first win.”