Fans, coaches, and players never tire of re-living those moments. Themes emerge and games stick out when looking back at a championship run. Half a year removed from the Giants’ victory in Super Bowl XLVI, the MVP himself gave his take on MSG’s “Giants Chronicles,” which premiered last week.
Speaking with the voice of the Giants, Bob Papa, quarterback Eli Manning hit on what kept the team alive all season – the fourth-quarter comeback.
“We had that comfort and confidence that if it comes down to the fourth quarter and it’s a final drive, we are going to go down and score,” Manning said. “But sometimes weird things happen. In San Francisco, ball gets tipped. Against Seattle, Victor Cruz kind of slips a little bit out of a break, ball gets tipped up and intercepted and returned for a touchdown, game over. So there are always going to be those plays.
“You don’t want to have to be in that situation all the time, but I told those guys after both those circumstances, I said, ‘Hey, that was a fluke. Next time if we get in another two-minute drive, we’re going to go down and score.’ But that’s the reason you don’t want to have to be in those circumstances all the time. That’s part of football. We won a lot of them, but lost a couple.”
Then the four-game losing streak hit in November, spilling into December. But the team didn’t fall apart.
“It wasn’t that we were playing bad football – I think that was the important thing that coach Coughlin tried to get across to the players,” Manning said. “It’s not like we went through a slump and just played terrible. We had one bad game against New Orleans, they put a pretty good beating on us. But the other ones – San Francisco, a great team, we played them tough into the final minutes; Green Bay was undefeated and we played them into the final 50 seconds to a tie game; Philadelphia, same deal. We played pretty close in all those games.
“We just couldn’t find that little edge and that one- or two-play difference to get better. So that was kind of our focus – ‘hey, let’s turn up the heat a little bit more, let’s get a little more prepared, let’s work a little harder during the week and make sure we’re at our best. We’re all in at this point into this final stretch and we’re not far off from being a very good team.’”
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