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September 24, 2017 10:02 PM | Giants.com
Watch Giants postgame reactions follow the team's 27-24 loss to the Eagles:








Giants Head Coach Ben McAdoo

On message to the team in the locker room:

"A lot of guys are disappointed right now and rightfully so. The game continues to teach us tough lessons that we have to learn from and learn from in a hurry and fix."

On the last drive of the game:

"We were right on the sticks on fourth down there so we had a chance to convert on third down. If we converted there, it would have given us an opportunity to get in field goal range on one more play. We still had a chance to win the ball game at that point."

On the late game mistakes hurting the team:

"Everything adds up in this league. The more things that you can have in your favor by the time the ball game is over, the better chance you have to win. Seven penalties, too many yards, the tempo worked for us as an offense in the ball game, but we had too many formation infractions there that hurt us. When there are too many penalties it makes it tough to win that way."

On S Malcolm Jenkins' penalty on WR Odell Beckham Jr.:

"I saw it from a distance obviously. I didn't see it up close and personal so I'm going to have to take a look at the tape."

On not challenging WR Sterling Shepard's catch that they called no catch in the end zone:

"I'm trying to figure out what a touchdown catch is and what isn't a touchdown catch right now. I thought that we had a couple opportunities to have touchdowns but I'm just going to take a look at the tapes and get feedback. They said he dropped the ball and went out of bounds is the information I got."

On his pre-game discussions with the team regarding questions, comments about linked arms:

"We talked about it pre-game and opened it up to we can stand united as a team. It seems like the message we are getting from the White House is that they are trying to create division in this league, whether it's with a team or whatever the case may be, and doing things on an individual basis, maybe playing into their hands, so we need to stick together as a football team. Going back to the message where we practice empathy here. I believe in it and I'm not sure how much the President can empathize with our players and the way they grew up. They grew up a lot different than a lot of people. Some tougher than others and I think empathy is the key message here. To choose understanding over judgment."

On not scoring in the first half:

"We put enough points on the board to win today. I felt that we fell just short and we had a chance to score more and we didn't handle the ball well enough to do so, so we left some points out there on the field. We need to go back to work and come up with some more points next week."

On Beckham Jr.'s celebration:

"I'm going to have to see what they will place there."

On discipline problems, penalties late in the game:

"We don't want to be kicking off from the 20 yard line. That's not smart football and we aren't playing smart football."

On his concern for the unity of his team sticking together being 0-3:

"We have a talented amount of integrity. When you get denied something or you are disappointed, and things are delayed, you're irritable. We are all irritable right now and rightfully so."

On how serious DE Olivier Vernon's ankle is:

"I don't know yet."

On his feelings of this game being a must win and his concern for the future of this season:

"The first win keeps getting delayed. We are not playing well enough to win as a football team. We are irritable and we need to find a way to win a game. It's not going to get any easier. Let's get ready for game four."


Giants QB Eli Manning


On falling short after battling back in the game and how it feels emotionally:

"Yeah, this one stings obviously just because we did fight back. Down 14 in the fourth quarter, struggled offensively, didn't finish some drives. We had a couple fourth downs you don't convert in the green zone. But then we hit a couple big plays, get a touchdown, defense gets a turnover, score again, tie the game, hit Shep on a 70-yarder, take the lead. Take the lead again with a field goal. To kind of have a two minute drive to go win it and have two penalties right there. And then they go hit a 61-yarder. It's tough. You know, it's tough to take that loss. I am proud of the way the guys competed, they hung tough, they never got down. Rallied back to take the lead a couple times. So a tough one to swallow."

On whether this is the most shocking regular season loss he has experienced:

"Yeah, a tough one. Tough one just because of the way we fought back and took the lead, and took it a couple times. Just the events at the end of the game. To lose that way is tough."

On being 0-3 now, and down two in the division:

"Yeah obviously we need to get our first win, that's the mindset. We have to go on the road again next week to Tampa. That's all we can worry about. Get that first win and go from there. It's not going to be easy, nothing is going to be given to us. We have to play better football."

On finding the rhythm in the fourth quarter and what happened:

"I thought we had pretty good rhythm for most of the day. Even the first quarter had opportunities, we just didn't convert on third downs. We had third-and-short, tried to run the ball and didn't get anything. Had a third-and-six, just a little off with Odell . Those are things, we need to convert those situations. Especially with Odell and I, we have to hit that. We had a couple other drives, we're moving the ball, obviously the interception on one. And then the other drive in the first half, we drive down there get to the one-yard line, a couple close calls, trying to get the score but don't get it and don't get it on fourth down. Even in the third quarter we moved the ball well, had a fourth down we didn't convert on in the red zone. I thought we did some good things offensively and you know we just didn't finish some drives."

On the offense in the fourth quarter:

"I think we did some good things today offensively. The first three quarters didn't have a whole lot to show for it with the points just because we just didn't convert on third and manageables and some were very close to the green zone or in the green zone and don't get any points out of it. So you kind of get some touchdowns there or get field goals and there is a turnover on downs you know it's enough points. So we have to figure out a way to obviously be more efficient on offense."

On what was going through his mind during the field goal at the last second:

"Yeah just tough. I didn't know if he had enough on it to make it there but obviously he kicked it and had a good kick. Thought maybe have a shot with Odell and get the ball in Odell's hands there at the end and maybe he could make something happen for us but obviously it didn't go that way."

On WR Sterling Shepard's touchdown call that was called back:

"Yeah obviously they called it a touchdown to Shepard on the sideline. Overruled it so they must have seen there was enough evidence that he didn't get in. The next play, had a shot to him in the corner, made a good catch, when he hit the ground the ball popped out. Everybody knows the rules, have to finish the play, finish the catch. And try to run it on fourth down and obviously didn't get it. Tough not to get points right there when you kind of put together a pretty good drive."

On the feeling after the protests surrounding the national anthem:

"I felt that everybody was focused on going out there and playing well and trying to get a win. That's the only focus, doing our job and trying to get a win for this team."

On the team sticking together and whether there is any concern with that:

"No. I think it's a close group and we have to help out each other. That's what's got to happen. Offense has to help defense and special teams, we have to play together. We have to play as a team. We have to put a complete game together and build off each other, we have to try to get a lead for our defense. We're just not playing great as a group, doing some good things here and there but we have to finish drives, we have to finish games."

On whether he said anything to WR Odell Beckham, Jr. about the penalty for the celebration:

"No, I didn't say anything. I didn't see what happened. Obviously we can't afford to have penalties in that situation but I didn't see it."


Giants WR Odell Beckham, Jr.


On when Eagles S Malcom Jenkins got him around the neck:

"He made a smart play. I'm running down the field. I'm gonna make a play and so he stops that. It's football. He made a play to stop me from making a play."

On whether he thought that grab was over the line:

"Nothing dirty to me. It doesn't really matter."

On whether the fist raise had another meaning:

"Well if it looked like it, then it might have been something."

On whether Giants coach Ben McAdoo said anything to him about the incident:

"We needed to make a play. We're down what, 14-0? Okay, we need to make a play. We needed a spark. I don't care if you kick if from the five-yard line on our side. We need to make a play."

On whether the penalty for the excessive celebration could have hurt the team:

"It didn't end up being detrimental, which is the main thing."

On what he was thinking during Eagles K Josh Elliott's game-winning field goal:

"It was good. There was no question, he booted it. I was praying it was going to be short. I was reminiscing of other days. It was UAB, kicked a field goal and ran it back 109 . Had to write 109 miscellaneous yards in the NCAA because it never really happened before. So I was praying that he kicked it short and I was going to be able to run it back and we were going to have that feeling that they had winning in the last second. Which they came out, they fought. They fought to the very, very last second, so you have to tip your hat to them. They fought harder than we did."

On whether he understands that his celebrations lead the team to be kicking off from the 20 yard line:

"For sure. But when I get in the end zone, I'm going to do what I do. I'm going to try to spark this team. The consequences are going to be what they are. It's like life, you have to deal with the consequences. And that's something I can take. We were motivated from that. I don't think it set us back any. I just don't think we finished."

On this game being a must win and what it means for the season now:

"I mean you still have 13 more games. If you win 13 and you're 13-3, you should be in the playoffs, that's the bottom line. History was really meant to be re-written and broken in every single way. So again I'm not going to sit here and panic. It's a long season. You're going to keep playing. What are we supposed to do, stop playing at week four? I know you wouldn't quit at what you do. I'm not going to quit at what I do. So I'm going to give everything I have to the Giants and this team and this organization this year. And that's all I can do. I'm pretty drained. This first game back it was hot. It was everything from the minute we kicked off, I just remember being tired. I was just trying to fight through it the whole game. Hadn't really got to run in four weeks and everything. So I just need to build up the conditioning so I can stay in the game and find a way when the game's on the line I would rather me be the one to not make the play or make the play. I want to put it on my back. I want it to be on my shoulders and help carry this team in the right direction, so when the game is on the line, I would love for it to be put on me and have to make the plays."


Giants WR Brandon Marshall


On coming to the New York Giants this offseason and wanting to make a run in the playoffs:

"We are alright. We are in a tough spot right now, but offensively, we have to continue to do what we started to do today. If we do that, we will be okay. We have a lot of playmakers in this room and a lot of guys with high character. We have a lot of guys that are strong and tough. We will be fine. It is a long season and we have dug ourselves in a hole. It doesn't feel good, but I am proud to see my guys hold their head up high and keep fighting until the very end. This could have been a blowout on our end. It didn't start pretty for us again and we fought back and took the lead. We just have to finish it."

On whether the team has what it takes to disregard history after starting with a 0-3 record:

"I don't care about history. I care about where we are at. Mentally, this hurts. It doesn't feel good, but we have the guys in this room to get it done. It is the National Football League. One thing is for sure, that we have a lot of playmakers. We have a lot of guys that care and a lot of guys that are willing to do the work to get it done."

On what he would have said before the season if someone said that this team would start 0-3:

"I would have said no way, but it is the National Football League. I have seen a lot of things in my 12 years. We will be alright."


Giants CB Janoris Jenkins


On how stunning it is to lose on a 61-yard field goal:

"It's stunning, but at the end of the day it's the NFL. We have to come out and continue to get better on defense, offense, special teams, and as a unit. We're going to put this game behind us and move on to the next."

On how he would describe the mood of the team:

"You can see it, you can feel it, so we know we have to go back. I think we're going to be fourth and chilling."

On if he could have done anything differently on the last pass to Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery:

"I don't know. We have to go look at the film. We knew it was coming. We know what defense we were in. I just think we just have to react faster to what we see and we'll be okay."

On how he's feeling physically:

"I got my break in. I was getting my breaks in throughout the game. But I was okay."


Giants CB Eli Apple


On the pass interference called against him in the fourth quarter:

"Me and the had an intellectual conversation about how it was catchable and how I was kind of like the receiver on that play because I was in front of him. He thought it was pass interference. But those are the calls they make and you have to continue to play."

On whether he needs to change his style of play to avoid pass interference calls:

"I don't know, I'm going to have to talk to them."

On the Giants surrendering the lead twice in the fourth quarter:

"That's on us; we have to stop the ball or stop the run, at least. We have to do a better job as a defense. Anytime you get the lead, especially late, we have to put it on our shoulders to not give up any more points."

On his performance today:

"I know I played hard. Our secondary came together. The whole defense was trying to do best, but sometimes it doesn't go our way. We'll view the film, get back to it and keep going."


Giants S Landon Collins


On his feelings about this game not going into overtime:

"Yeah, I definitely thought this game was going to go into overtime. The kicker made a good kick, a heckuva kick and he made a game-changing play so that was big for them definitely."

On the offense getting going in the fourth quarter and the defense not being able to hold it:

"We struggled. We got on one another on the sideline and we just have to step it up. We allowed them to get over almost 200 yards rushing and that's what we do not do. We have been holding teams up to 100 yards or maybe a little less, but that's one thing we can't have happen on our defense. We can't condone that, and we're definitely going to work on it this week."

On what he thinks the problem has been with the run defense:

"I think everybody is just trying to make a play, and we have to make a play within our defense. We have to uphold and do our job. Once we do our job everything is going to come together."

On moving forward at 0-3:

"We pick it up from here. The offense played very good at the end of the game. Defense, we just have to step up and play all three phases of the game. From this point on, we have to look ourselves in the mirror and see what the problem is, and once we do that, we will figure it out."

On what he saw on the last 19-yard play that set up the field goal:

"I was man-to-man with Ertz. On that type of down, they ran a flood route to the left just trying to get yards and get out of bounds, so that was definitely a good catch. He made a good catch. Broke on the ball and collided against each other. "

On what went into the decision to kneel during the anthem:

"Talk to my buds. It is a family thing over here. I am not going to let my bud take a knee by himself. We talked about it. It's not about disrespecting our country; we love our country to death. But at the same time, we respect each other and we're going to fight for each other."
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