The New York Football Giants pulled out a hard fought must-win Sunday night at Washington, 24-17. Last week, Giants' defensive captain Justin Tuck suggested that his squad would need to win out if they had any realistic chance of contending for a playoff spot. Tuck held up his end of the bargain by recording a career-high four sacks and earning NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors.
No one could have predicted Tuck's performance in Washington. It was believed that Tuck had become a 30-year-old veteran in the last year of his contract that has seen his best days come and go. Not only did Tuck record four sacks, but he played every single snap on defense.
Big Blue's safety, Antrel Rolle, shared his thoughts on Justin's career night.
"I think it was phenomenal," said Rolle. "I think it was something that we needed here. I think it was something that Justin Tuck needed, as far as his career, and it just lets us and him know that he's still got it."
The defensive end's performance was definitely much needed. Tuck had four sacks for the entire season last year and just five during the 2013 campaign. While no one could have predicted Tuck's night, Rolle says he was not surprised.
"Like I said, I've known Tuck from coming out of high school so I know what he's capable of," noted Rolle. "Things are going to be a little different when you have nagging injuries. It doesn't surprise me that he comes out and has a four-sack game."
Tuck may not be the player he was 3-4 years ago, but they will need consistent play from him if they wish to capture a playoff spot.
"Like I said, it was a huge momentum boost for this team and we definitely congratulate him and being the NFC Defensive Player of the Week, we're looking forward to keep going. "We're looking forward to keeping consistent," Rolle stated.
Big Blue travels to San Diego to face a more than likely hostile crowd that may boo Giants quarterback Eli Manning the entire game. Manning and Chargers quarterback, Phillip Rivers are forever linked as they were traded for each other on draft night in 2004. Both clubs are desperate to improve to 6-7, in hopes of grabbing a Wildcard spot.
Rolle raved about Rivers and the Chargers offense.
"I think he's very quick with his decision making and like I said, they have a lot of weapons," insisted Rolle. "They have a lot of multiple weapons, guys in the backfield, tight ends, receivers. I think they have a triple threat all the way around."