Coach Tom Coughlin
Opening Statement: We knew it was going to be a tough game. Theyíre a good team. They played very well. Theyíre the number one rushing team in the league. We knew all those things. We knew it was going to be a battle, and it was a battle. I thought the offense did a great job in the first half. I thought the defense did a great job throughout the game. We didnít get the big break on field position today, but we hung in there and we did our job on special teams as well Ė we eventually covered well. Our punter did an outstanding job. Our kicker came back on that last kickoff and kicked it out of the end zone, so I was pleased with that. The atmosphere out there; the environment was super. I thought it was an electric environment prior to the game. It was an exciting time, a great place to be and I was just thankful to win.
Q: Can you talk about the significance of the Rashad [Jennings] touchdown?
A: Itís a great play. They blitzed; he broke it on a hot, he broke one tackle, he broke another tackle, the other guy hit him in the back, he still straightened up and ran it in the end zone. That was the play that gave us the opportunity right there to take a deep breath. We hit the screen; we get the call for being downfield, and it was upsetting for us. It cost us the mid-field mark and who knows there, but thatís the way it goes. But that play, in the second half offensively, was the key play that put us in position and then we got the two-point conversion as well so I was glad to see that happen.
Q: Can you talk about the significance of the goal-line stand?
A: No question there because there was plenty of time. There was time left to do whatever they needed to do. I wasnít pleased with us not getting a first down, but when youíre back against the wall, youíre careful about what you do there. Thereís no question about it, it was a tremendous series right there.
Q: Is that symbolic of your game today Ė six or seven different guys made touchdown-saving plays?
A: It was incredible. The guys played hard. We do play hard. People like Kerry Wynn flew around and played a great game. Iím excited to see the tape, but there was no doubt, a lot of different people contributing. We talk all the time about team; thatís what we got today, team.
Q: Can you talk about the Bills front Ė obviously you were thinking you could run?
A: We knew we had to run. For a while there, we had some very good runs. Then for a while, we didnít. Letís face it; Eli [Manning] in the first half, directed pretty much everything. Our offensive line held up. We got the ball out of hands quickly. He was able to direct traffic quickly and did an outstanding job with that.
Q: The first three games you werenít really able to put teams away quickly Ė how did it feel to have this one early?
A: I wouldnít say we put this one away either, so that wouldnít be my quote. We got the two touchdown margin and that certainly helped, but the interception took the wind out of my sail to be honest with you. Letís drive the ball down and score; I wanted to score. Itís third and whatever from the goal line, and we threw it away. They had been driving hard on the slants; we knew it and Eli [Manning] knew it as well. Rueben [Randle] had done an outstanding job with the slant route, and he let it go. Itís unfortunate that it happened, but again, thatís my responsibility.
Q: How about your team fighting back to 2-2?
A: It shows grit. We are the team I thought us to be. To be honest with you, we didnít practice as well as we wanted to early in the week. By the end of the week we did, and I told them that before the game started. Our meetings have been very good. Theyíve done a great job. Theyíre battlers. The coaches are doing an outstanding job. Iím proud of the way our staff is putting these plays together. The sideline is not always as smooth as you want it to be, but thatís football. Thereís a lot going on out there.
Q: What did you think of [Devon] Kennardís interception?
A: Super. Great play. That was great, and stayed inbounds as well.
Q: When you were 0-2, did you think you could get to 2-2?
A: Always. Win a game; get started. The process is to work hard during the week, have great preparation, and execute it on the weekends. That never stops. When weíre 0-2, we just need to fight. Thatís what we do. Itís what this thing is all about.
Q: They clearly wanted to run the ball. Do you think you established something early on?
A: I thought we did a good job with that. I donít know what the numbers are. [Tyrod Taylor] has a couple runs. Heís a good player. We still did a good job overall.
Q: What about the effort from [Ereck] Flowers today?
A: I worked him out before the game to see where he was at. The kidís a tough kid. I ask him how heís doing and he says, ďGood.Ē Heís always good. The key thing is, on the first play of the game, he hurt the ankle again. He came out and before you know it, heís back in. I respect the hell out of it.
Q: When a team and individuals are willing to play hard, can that cover up some mistakes?
A: Hustle makes up for a lot of errors.