NEW YORK (WFAN) — It’s been a humbling season for the New York Giants and punter Steve Weatherford.
But somehow, after starting 0-6, they’re still in the playoff conversation.
The Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins both lost Sunday, while the Giants took care of business — albeit in ugly fashion — against the NFC East-rival Philadelphia Eagles to keep their slim hopes alive.
“I’m the eternal optimist, man,” Weatherford said Monday on WFAN’s “Boomer & Carton” show. “We won the game. I don’t care how we do it. It’s been a tough season, but there’s nobody in our locker room that’s quitting.”
The difference between the last-place Giants (2-6) and first-place Cowboys (4-4) stands at just two games, though Weatherford insists Big Blue isn’t looking at the playoff picture.
“You never know what can happen when you win games,” Weatherford said. “And that’s what we have to do. We have to take it one game at a time, one play at a time. And who knows? We get to (the final weeks), we might have a shot to sneak in there.”
The Giants have managed to build some momentum heading into their bye week. The once-maligned defense has turned it up during this two-game winning streak and the Giants’ running game finally has some legs thanks to the addition of Peyton Hillis.
“We’ve lost our mulligans, man,” Weatherford said. “It’s all or nothing for us. We’re going to take it one game at a time and every game that we play we know is going to be the most important game of the season.”
The Giants won 15-7 over the Eagles on Sunday despite scoring not a single touchdown. But Weatherford committed a fourth-quarter gaffe that momentarily put Philadelphia back in the game.
Weatherford failed to kick Zak DeOssie’s high snap out of the end zone for a safety with just over four minutes remaining. Instead of handing them 2 points, Weatherford gave the Eagles an opening to recover the ball for a touchdown.
The punter said he was “trying to do too much” during the play, admitting he looked “ridiculous” on game film.
“It’s like a movie, you’re like ohhhh myyyyyy Godddddd,” he said. “I felt like it took me a half an hour to get to the ball, you know what I mean?”
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