Giants win again after a slow start
Giants players always like to say that the season
isn't a sprint; it's a marathon. So it's only natural to think that the
same can probably be said about their approach to their games.
For the fourth time this season, New York started
out on shaky ground only to adjust and band together in their quest to
stop the bleeding and top their opponent
"As I told the team, that was the bad half and
let's put that one behind us, let's do something about it," said head
coach Tom Coughlin when asked what he said to his team at halftime when
they were down 14-10. "We planned on kicking off and stopping them and
they drove down the field but after that it was much better."
"It wasn't like we were lethargic," added
defensive end and co-captain Justin Tuck, who was back in the lineup
after missing three games with neck and groin injuries. "I just felt
that we weren't making the plays that Miami was giving us an opportunity
"Our offense did a great job of just continuing to
fight and giving us that lead there in the fourth quarter. Finally we
got some stops on their run game."
With the Giants about to begin facing tougher
opponents starting this coming weekend against New England, Coughlin
would like to see his team distribute its fourth-quarter magic to the
other three quarters.
"We have to play better," he said. "We wanted to
ascend and play better than we played two weeks ago today. We did that,
parts of it perhaps, but certainly not the whole body of work."
Tuck sends kudos to offense
--DE Justin Tuck, when asked about how much
confidence he has in the offense when games come down to the fourth
quarter: "We have the utmost confidence in Eli (Manning) and these
guys. The offense -- they find a way to put us in a situation to win
the ballgame at the end.
"We put ourselves in some positions to maybe have
more points, but I felt as though (the offense) did a good job of
controlling the game all game even though we didn't score as much as
maybe the stats say we should've. I felt as though our offense was in
control pretty much the entire game."
--The Giants converted eight of 16 third-down
opportunities, a season-best 50 percent. Their previous best was 46
percent (six of 13) at Arizona. New York also had no turnovers for the
second straight game, the first time that's happened since Sept. 20 and
27, 2009 in victories at Dallas and Tampa Bay. The Giants have won each
of their last six games in which they did not commit an offensive
--The Dolphins scored touchdowns on each of their
first two offensive possessions, the first Giants opponent to do that
since Nov. 1, 2009, when Philadelphia's Leonard Weaver (41-yard run)
and Brent Celek (17-yard pass from Donovan McNabb) scored for the
--WR Hakeem Nicks, who aggravated an existing
hamstring injury, underwent a MRI on Monday morning, the results of
which weren't immediately made known. Nicks, who aggravated his injury
in the fourth quarter of Sunday's win over Miami, was seen moving
around the locker room gingerly. While he expressed optimism that the
injury wasn't anything major, he also sounded unsure about whether he'd
be ready to play on Sunday against New England.
--C David Baas underwent tests Monday on his right
knee, but declined to offer any insight regarding the results. He did
say however, that he felt worse the day after the game than he did on
Sunday. Meanwhile, head coach Tom Coughlin confirmed that Baas didn't
suffer any structural damage to his knee. While Baas, who was walking
around the locker room with a noticeable limp and his knee wrapped,
said he was optimistic about the fact that he was able to go back into
the game after suffering the injury, his status for Sunday's game
against the Patriots looks cloudy.
--CB Justin Tryon suffered what head coach Tom
Coughlin described as "a severely broken arm" in Sunday's game against
Miami. Tryon, who played with the injury for 2.5 quarters in the
Giants' 20-17 win over Miami, made a spectacular stop on Dolphins punt
returner Reggie Bush on the final punt of the game, dropping Bush for a
four-yard loss. Tryon underwent surgery on Monday to fix the injury and
was placed on injured reserve.
--RB Ahmad Bradshaw underwent additional tests to
determine the extent of his foot soreness, which became more pronounced
during Sunday's win over Miami. "He's sore," said head coach Tom
Coughlin, declining to elaborate on the extent of Bradshaw's injury.
"He's had this before and he's got it again." Bradshaw has had a
history of stress fractures in his feet, but it was not clear if that's
what Coughlin was referring to in his response to a question concerning
the running back. Bradshaw has played through stress fractures in his
--DE Justin Tuck said he came through his allotted
snaps well in his first game action back from neck and groin injuries
that kept him out of the last three games. Tuck, who admitted that he
was "very sore" Monday, said that he didn't experience any setbacks.
Tuck, who thought at one point that he wouldn't make it through the
game, said that "the energy from the crowd in the fourth quarter"
helped him make it through the pain.
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