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Post-game quotebook: What the Giants were saying after third straight loss

Let’s take a closer look at what the Giants players thought after Sunday’s loss to the Falcons

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What were the New York Giants saying Sunday after losing to the Atlanta Falcons, 17-14? Let’s take a closer look at the post-game press conferences to find out.

Coach Joe Judge on the importance of finishing games ...

“I was pleased with a lot of things our team did today, but ultimately we didn’t finish. We’ve got to do a better job of finishing drives, finishing the game. A lot of things that we saw positive that we worked on throughout the week coming out of the Washington week showed up in the game in a positive way, but big picture-wise we’ve got to do a better job finishing the game – that’s coaching, that’s playing, that’s executing, that’s making sure we do what we have to do for 60 minutes.”

Judge on TE Evan Engram getting booed off the field ...

“We handle what we do in the field, that’s the reality of what it is. I got it, I got booed early in the game for not going for it on fourth down. We punted it and everyone erupted and cheered when it was downed inside the five. We’ve got to make the best decisions for playing the game and putting ourselves in position for success. In terms of any reaction from the crowd, I’m never going to criticize the crowd – what, are you kidding me? It’s our job to entertain them, it’s our job to please them. That’s the reality of what it is. In terms of our players and reacting to that, we’re supposed to have adversity, that’s the nature of what we do. We talked before about pressure, there’s supposed to be pressure in our job. That’s the reality of what we do and get paid for. In terms of reacting to something externally, we’ve got to focus on what we do each play and the process for being successful.”

RB Saquon Barkley on the injuries to the Giants’ receiving corps and coming together as a team in the face of adversity ...

“It sucks to see those guys go down. They’re key parts of our team. They’re leaders of our team, they make big plays for us and they come in every single day and they work. But even with them going down, we still had an opportunity to win the game and we didn’t do that. We didn’t finish and that’s both sides, all three phases. We have to go score on offense, so we don’t even give them an opportunity. Special teams, we have to do better. Defense, we have to do better. That’s where we are at as a team, to be completely honest. It’s been like that for the last four years, three-four years. It’s going to click. We’ve got something special. I told those guys at halftime that we have something special. I don’t know when it’s going to happen, but we have to start believing. When I say ‘we’, I mean the players. We have to start believing in each other and believing in the scheme and when that happens, we will have something special. But until then, we’re going to keep having losses at the end of the game with field goals, because we’re this close and we keep saying it. ‘We’re this close.’ But somebody has to do something about it and that has to be myself and the leaders of this team and just the guys on this team.”

DB Adoree’ Jackson on whether the defense is overrated ...

“Overrated? We just need to go out there and fix it. If you want to call us overrated, you can. I’m going to worry about the locker room and just stay with each other, stick with each other, keep building and keep growing and understanding it’s September; we have 14, 15 games left to play. We will figure it out and get it together. Our heads are not down and we’re not wavering or thinking about anything on the outside. We’re just trying to get ourselves together and keep going in and competing.”

Jackson on the mental impact of the back-to-back weeks of fourth quarter comeback losses ...

“It’s crazy when it’s a lot of bad things that go on. You can also take some of the good things out of it. I understand when you watch film it’s not always as good as it seems and it’s not always as bad as it seems. It’s the little details, the little corrections. It’s the little plays that get the wins, and it’s the little plays that end up getting the losses.

Quarterback Daniel Jones on the mood of the team after the third straight loss ...

“I think guys are frustrated and certainly disappointed with the results. We’re all competitors and we want to win and we expect to win, so that’s frustrating and we’ve got to understand that and feel that today. But as we move forward, we’ve got to use that to motivate us to look at what we’ve done well and what we need to correct and how we need to attack this week going forward.”