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Barden's First Game Start of More to Come


After Sunday's game against the Patriots, Ramses Barden said it's "nice to be able to make corrections after a 'W.'"

In other words, Barden feels the 24-20 victory in Foxborough won't be the pinnacle of the season for himself or the team. Barden's return helped patch together a wide receiver unit without its biggest producer, Hakeem Nicks.

"This was a unifying win," Barden said. "Everybody contributed and everybody played well for the most part. We played physical and we played hard and it was a great effort on all sides. We are going to continue to earn everyone else's respect. I think it is going to lead to hard-fought battles in the near future."

Barden was one of eight different Giants targeted by Eli Manning, and was one of six with at least one catch. Activated off the PUP list on Saturday after rehabbing a broken and surgically repaired ankle, Barden hauled in two Manning passes for 24 yards, including a nine-yarder for a first down late in the fourth quarter. The fresh set of downs would eventually lead to Mario Manningham's score on Manning's first of two comeback drives in the final frame.

However, that go-ahead touchdown could have been Barden's.

On the play before, Manning threw a fade from the Patriots' 10-yard line to the left side of the end zone for Barden, but the 6-foot-6 receiver went inside while the pass fell incomplete.

"We just had a little miscommunication," Barden said. "I should have run the fade, but both passes were open. Being on the same page as Eli is going to count big in the future and I need to be in the back of the end zone when he needs me there."

During the postgame conference, Coughlin brought up the opportunities that will be there for Barden, who was targeted five times during the game.

"Guys have a chance," Coughlin said. "Look at the play Ramses made. I'm sorry he didn't get into the end zone down there, but he makes a great play on the sideline there, stretches out with his length. But guys just have got to keep playing. Whatever happens, whatever works during the course of the week. We have been doing that all year and there is no reason to stop doing that now."Join other diehard Giants Fans!  Follow @Giants

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