Giants react after defeating Detroit in overtime.
“Nice to win. That was a very, very nice ending for a bunch of guys that worked their butts off this week, despite all that was being said about us. We had an offensive line that certainly very little tribute was paid to the week before. I thought they came up and played with great heart. Dallas Reynolds, who was one of our two backup guys, ended up playing about three quarters of the game as (Brandon) Mosley broke his hand. He had to go in there and battle against (Ndamukong) Suh and did a nice job of that. And then back and forth, Will Hill scored, our defense played an outstanding ball game. The turnovers, unfortunately we had a couple of them. Gosh, that one with Andre Brown, that hurt, but we were able to bounce back from that. We certainly demonstrated resiliency. We demonstrated mental toughness. We had a nice lead at halftime, came out in the second half in the third quarter, didn’t look very good offensively. Three-and-outs, three-and-outs. They came up with a big punt return on us, which hurt. But then the fourth quarter, we battled back. We did have a very nice kickoff return, which we worked very hard to accomplish and hadn’t had a lot of success, but certainly a ball that was returned probably five deep in the end zone, gave us the ball at midfield. Lots of outstanding plays in the game, lots of physical football. A lot of big plays. Jerrel Jernigan made plays, the fourth-down call there, the sliding catch that put us in position to kick the field goal. That was a huge play. That’s not easy, you’re talking about another….first time I punted was 4th-and-10 and this looked like another fourth and, what was it seven or eight? We decided to go for it. We were into overtime, guys had played a lot of plays. Let’s see if we can make a play to put ourselves into position to end the game and we did.” -Coach Tom Coughlin
“I was at practice every day watching (Victor) Cruz and taking tips from him and learning from him. That’s the best thing you can do and people are always saying that my time is now or I haven’t got my time, but I just take it as I’m out there practicing and learning from the best slot receiver in the game right now.” -WR Jerrel Jernigan
“Obviously, going against a good defensive front we knew they were going to win some defensive battles and they were going to get a sack or make some plays and that’s fine. We just had to keep competing. When we needed some protection we got it. In overtime we had a third-and-long and got the best protection on the day. Hit Rueben Randle for a first down and for a big play. Then on fourth down had good protection and had enough time to hit to (Jerrel) Jernigan. When we needed them to play at their best, they did.” -QB Eli Manning
“Coach (Tom) Coughlin always gives us lessons each week. People were talking about what we have to play for and all that, but the guys in this locker room, we are true fighters. We will fight to the end and we believe in one another. We won’t punch out until it is time to punch out. We just have to take things for what it is and finish this last game strong.” -WR Hakeem Nicks
“We just didn’t make any mistakes. All 11 guys did their job, it wasn’t anything spectacular. Everyone was on the same page and we made them earn everything they got. They have an explosive offense and a lot of weapons. We took away some of the things they wanted to do and limited them into some plays.” -DE Justin Tuck
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