NEW YORK (WFAN) — It was a happy return for Giants safety Antrel Rolle.
Drafted eighth overall by the Cardinals in 2005, Rolle said it was good to be back at his old stomping grounds in Arizona. What made it better was New York’s stunning 31-27 comeback win.
“It felt good, there were a lot of mixed emotions seeing former coaches and teammates,” Rolle told WFAN’s Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts on Tuesday. “But at the same time, it was even a better feeling going out there and competing as a time. Going out there and getting an outstanding team win — and fighting for 60 minutes.”
Rolle said he originally thought receiver Victor Cruz had fumbled the football during their game-winning drive. But after going to school on the NFL rulebook, he understands why the Cardinals weren’t awarded possession on the much-debated play.
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“He didn’t try to keep the ball in his possession. He didn’t try to get up and make another movement after he hit the ground,” Rolle said. “He just tried to get back up and run back to the huddle. I think that was blatantly obvious. But it was a gutsy call, you know, we really didn’t know what to expect at that moment. We’re just glad it came out on our behalf.”
But despite the win, there are still flaws in the Giants’ game.
LeSean McCoy ran 24 times for 128 yards in New York’s Week 3 win over the Eagles. On Sunday, Beanie Wells torched the Giants for 138 yards and three touchdowns on 27 touches.
“A win is a win, but we take pride in ourselves on being an all-around good defense,” said Rolle. “That’s something that we have to fix.”