Winning never gets old, but losing sure does. The New York Giants have gone through the highs of winning and lows of losing during the 2014 season. After losing a season high seven straight games, the Giants are back to their winning ways the past few weeks. The Giants made it two straight wins this past Sunday at MetLife Stadium, when they defeated one of their NFC East division rivals the Washington Redskins 24-13.
On the win, Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said “Tough divisional game. I’m glad we were able to hang in there and win it.”
This was no way an easy win for the Giants. The Giants had to come back in the second half from down 10-7 to win, and it could have been worse if Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III touchdown run at the end of the first half wasn’t reversed and the Giants would have been down 17-7 instead. Lucky though for the Giants, RG3's touchdown did not stand and the G-Men were able to out score the Redskins 17-3 in the second half, to win the game.
Coughlin on his team's performance in the second half to get the win said “We kept battling and kept battling and found a way to win it. I thought the defense did a nice job basically for the whole fourth quarter. Offense – not much of a first half, but came out in the second half and did a better job. We got some nice kickoff returns, had field position any number of times but didn’t do much with it early on, but finally got going a little bit better in the second half.”
A big standout performer for the Giants in their win was rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr who had 12 catches for 143 yards. Three of those catches were for touchdowns. On defense, defensive lineman Jason Pierre-Paul, Jonathan Hankins, and Damontre Moore did a great job in the trenches, while rookie outside linebacker Devon Kennard grab another quarterback sack in the game, making it three straight games with a sack or more for him.
Coughlin on Beckham’s performance said “The young man is having outstanding success. When we are getting the ball to him, he’s doing very well with it. He’s a very good football player. He has the ability to go the distance, I think, any time he gets it – whether as a punt returner or as an offensive player. He can run the football; he can throw the football, so we’ve tried to create a lot of situations. He does have the talent to exploit the defense in a lot of different ways.”
On the guys on defense stepping up and performing well the past few games, Coughlin said “There’s more people involved in making a lot of plays, which is a good thing. JPP [Jason Pierre-Paul] has turned it up and he’s made a bunch of plays here in the last four or five games. You’re getting plays from the interior guys. When Damontre [Moore] had a couple plays a week ago; [Jonathan] Hankins had a play today or a couple of plays; Devon [Kennard] has a done a good job of that as well and gotten pressure. The more the merrier.”
With the win, the Giants improved to 5-9 on the season and for the second straight season swept the season series against the Redskins. The Giants finish up the 2014 season with a road game against the St. Louis Rams and their last game of the season at home against another NFC East division rival, the Philadelphia Eagles.