Giants react after a victory over Washington.
“I’m proud of our team, not only how they rallied today, but to win the last two ball games. I thought the way we played today – we had a lot of injuries; a lot of things happened out there – obviously not a great day, and the weather too. But everybody hung in there on both sides and battled well. There were a lot of turnovers in the game, naturally, because of the weather, but I liked the way we finished. We did put the ball on the ground there toward the end and we made substantial yardage. We were playing down to our last offensive lineman – we didn’t have any left. We had a couple of injuries there, so I was happy with the way we finished. Our defense played very, very well, and did not allow them really any points in the second half. The outcome of the game was good. We handled some of the more difficult areas well. We did blow a couple of snaps back, but the punter handled that and did a good job with it. I thought with our special teams, we didn’t quite cover the kicks the way we wanted to today and the ball came out a little bit, but we got the same type of returns. It certainly was, from the start to the finish…the last 10 games, we did win seven, and I was proud of the way they stayed together as a team. That was the whole idea. We had good leadership. With regard to that, our captains did a good job and they can’t do it alone. The attitude and the approach that this team took, regardless of some of the very difficult Mondays that we’ve had, was very impressive from the standpoint of maturity and professionalism, and I was proud of that.” -Coach Tom Coughlin
“You hate to leave your teammates and you like to finish, knowing it’s going to be the last game of the season – go out there and finish and get a win. We made enough plays early in the game to get us a lead at halftime and the guys played outstanding in the second half with some big plays, and the defense played outstanding. It’s good to at least finish the season with a win and obviously now we just have to put this season behind us and learn from it, try to get better from some of the things that happened, heal up this ankle, and get ready for next year.” -QB Eli Manning
“No matter how tough times may get, tough times never last, tough people always do and this is an extremely tough football team. No matter what kind of ups and downs we may face throughout the season.” -S Antrel Rolle
“I think I played pretty decent today. Honestly, the only thing that’s in my head right now is that play where I didn’t see the ball and the running back got outside and he rushed for about 12 yards on my side of the ball. That’s the thing that bugs me. You don’t really think of the good stuff until somebody else brings it in. I think everybody knows I still play the game at a high level and when I’m healthy I feel like I’m one of the best to do it and I’ve been blessed to be healthy this year.” -DE Justin Tuck
“It was very important for me to play in the season-ending game. It’s what you want to do. I’ve been a guy that if I’m on the injury list, I’m sick to my stomach because that’s not the guy that I am. I’ve been a guy who has been durable, who has fought through injuries. To be out here to play the last game was very important for me because this could be the last time I wear a Giants’ jersey and a helmet, or it could be the last time I play football in general. This was my last year on my contract and number one, to be blessed to have the opportunity that I can walk away on my own terms if I decide to, that’s huge. Not many guys in the NFL can do that. I’m proud and I’m honored to be a New York Giant and be here for over a decade. I’ve accomplished everything I could possibly dream of. In 2003, if any of you would have written that Dave Diehl, a fifth round draft pick out of Illinois, would start 160 games, play in 164 and tie Phil Simms for number 12 on the all-time playing list for the New York Giants, to win two Super Bowls, to be an All Pro, to play in the Pro Bowl, and win two Super Bowl rings, and win every single Giants’ award possible, I think if you guys would have written that in ’03, they would have said you’re crazy.” -G Dave Diehl
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