Old habits seem to die hard for these New York Giants who, for the third time this season, blew a double digit lead in the fourth quarter. Jason Pierre-Paul wasn’t around for those first two games (week 1 and 2) but played through the ignominy this time around.
The star defensive end, who usually plays on the right but was increasingly used on the left, was visibly animated in the final quarter, almost sacking Jets’ QB Ryan Fitzpatrick a number of times. Ultimately, he ended the game with 6 total tackles, 5 solo, zero sacks and one fumble recovery.
“I play both sides, so it doesn’t matter to me. I feel comfortable, I repped it all week and my coach wanted me to try it out and I did pretty well over there, so you will see me back and forth. There is no set spot for me, so I’m just letting that be known right now.”
JPP couldn’t recall the Jets’ final drive although he believed they did well running multiple screens that the Giants could not stop. He told the media post-game that the team had been working on improved communication throughout the week in practice and that it had paid off during the early portion of the game but waned as time went on.
“We were just working together as one, as a team. We were communicating better than we normally do and we worked on it all week in practice and guys were just getting after it.”
Pierre-Paul, a Super Bowl winner, is still not sure why the Giants can’t close out drives or games. He’s just ready to see the film for this game and move on to the next one.