Not Quite Elite
For as impressive as the Giants' win over New England was, defensive
end Justin Tuck was not quite ready to agree with the notion that
Giants are an elite NFL team.
"We'll have more opportunities coming up, but I think we're
close," he said. "I've always told you it doesn't matter what you do in
November. No one is going to remember what we did in November. No one
is going to remember what we did in December. It's all about getting to
the Super Bowl and winning that. When you do that, that's when you're
"We don't play this game to be second best, or
third best or whatever. So, if you're not holding that trophy at the
end of the year, you're not elite, in my opinion."
Big Day For Jacobs
--Last week, running back Brandon Jacobs vowed to change his
sour attitude and to start making the most of his opportunities when
they came. He did just that in his first game as a starter this season,
a game in which he ran for a season-high 18 carries for 72 yards and a
"I just took what they gave me and made the best
of it," said a humbled Jacobs after the game. "I wish I could have
played better, I ran hard, but I still think I may have left some yards
out on the field, but no one is perfect, I went in and did what they
asked me to do."
Jacobs, who was on the field for one play in the
Giants' game-winning drive -- he failed to convert a second-and-one
from the Patriots' 1-yard line -- praised quarterback Eli Manning for
finding a way to bring the Giants back from the edge.
"When you've got Eli as the quarterback in a
two-minute situation, I am confident all the way in and out," he said.
"Eli has been a beast all season long -- ever since I've been in the
league -- on two-minute drives. The offensive line blocked
very well, they protected him, and they got in the end zone."
--The Giants' special teams usually don't get much
attention unless there is a disaster, such as was the case when punt
returner Aaron Ross fumbled away the ball to set up a Patriots scoring
However, the unit not only won the field position
battle against the Patriots, it also turned in an overall solid
performance that included a major forced fumble caused by Mark Herzlich
that was recovered by linebacker Jacquian Williams to set up a Giants
"It feels great," said long snapper and special
teams captain Zak DeOssie. "Any turnover in any game is huge. That is
how you win and lose games on turnovers."
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