It’s been almost three years, but the New York Giants are finally back atop the NFC East.
The G-Men took over sole possession of the East on Sunday night, when Big Blue defeated the San Francisco 49ers in dramatic fashion, 30-27.
Quarterback Eli Manning led the G-Men on a last minute game-winning touchdown drive, and helped New York improve its record to 3-2 on the season.
“To win, and to comeback and win like that, that’s very exciting,” Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said on his team comeback win. “I’m happy for our guys. You know, we finish a game the way that we had to finish it in order to win.”
This is the same Giants team who started off the season blowing two 10-point 4th quarter leads and began the 2015 season at 0-2.
In a three week span, the Giants have come from a team that needed a wholesale of changes, to a team that looks like it could be on it’s way a playoff berth.
The whole turn around is thanks to coach Coughlin.
Coughlin kept his Giants team intact after the two debacles they had to start off the season, and helped lead his team to quick season saving turnaround.
“We’re tough-minded team,” Coughlin stated about his Giants team. “They define themselves as a scrappy bunch, and they are that."
At this time, the Giants have one of the best rushing defenses in all of the NFL and are, like they proved in the fourth quarter against the 49ers, likely to have a very explosive offense.
Don’t forget the G-Men have managed to this without two of the best players on their team. On defense, the Giants haven’t had their best player in Jason Pierre-Paul play for them this season. While on offense, Victor Cruz, who is one of their top wide receivers, hasn’t played this season as well.
“I was glad to see that our team is coming together” Coughlin said on the team’s recent turnaround. “People were playing and getting pushed into roles that they hadn’t been in before and guys made plays to secure the win. I think that’s a real sign of a team.”
This just shows how good of a coach Coughlin is. He has the ability to lead his team through a horrific start, without two of his best players, and still get his team in great position to win the division. That just defines being a great coach.
In hindsight, it also shows you how good this Giants team really is. This team has shown that it has the makeup of being a playoff team this season.
The Giants are back as the lead dogs of the NFC East and are in control of their own destiny the rest of the way and that’s just the way they want it.