NEW YORK (WFAN) – Eli Manning joined Mike Francesa a day after the Giants’ loss to the Eagles on Sunday night. He shared his thoughts on the tough defeat, which ended on a missed 54-yard field goal by Lawrence Tynes.
“We were going to have to earn every yard. I kind of had a feeling it would come down to the last couple possessions, and that’s exactly what we got,” Manning explained.
Manning shared his disappointment over losing such a close contest, but said he was proud of the effort of his teammates.
“You leave that game feeling disappointed and frustrated. We had an opportunity. We got into field goal range and then obviously got out of range. I’m still proud of the way we fought to the very end,” Manning said.
The Giants’ star quarterback said the offense didn’t execute key plays when needed.
“First half didn’t really go our way, but we didn’t make mistakes and stayed in the game. Second half, we played well offensively and moved the ball up and down the field. We just didn’t make the plays we needed,” he stated.
The Giants came very close to scoring on their final drive, but came up short as Tynes’ attempt was just beyond his usual range.
“We had plenty of time, but couldn’t quite make the play we needed to secure the victory,” Manning said.
Despite the defeat, Manning was encouraged by the performance of rookie David Wilson, who gave the Giants strong field position with several long kickoff returns.
“I thought David Wilson did a great job all day with our kick returns. He was close to running a couple back to the house,” Manning said. “It kinda fires up everybody, gets the offense and the whole sideline all fired up. You can be a little more aggressive when you have that field position. It does make a big difference and it showed.”
Manning said he likes the offensive weapons around him and the Giants’ offense will be boosted once wide receiver Hakeem Nicks returns to the lineup.
“We have guys who can obviously step up and make some plays for us. I have great trust in all our personnel. We’re doing things well. The guys know that we’re not far away. We’re close to playing really good football,” Manning said.
The Giants return home to MetLife Stadium on Sunday to face the Cleveland Browns at 1 p.m.
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