Head Coach Brian Daboll
BRIAN DABOLL: You know, good, hard-fought win. Again, it came down to the end. Our guys competed for 60 minutes. Made a few more plays than Green Bay. They are a good football team. We got things to work on. Obviously, some knicks, some bumps, some bruises. Long trip back. So, get at it and go next week.
Q. You were pretty fired up as you were leaving the field. Can you talk about the emotions of this game and the victory?
BRIAN DABOLL: Yeah, I just appreciate all the support, the crowd support here. It was obviously a lot of Packers fans, it felt like an away game. Which I know was their home game but at the end of the game it felt like a home game. So when it feels like that, you put a lot into it each week - players, staff, coaches, so you get that win and immediately after you're pretty excited. Go to the locker room, drink a water and come out and do a press conference.
Q. How would you describe what you've seen from your team in the first five weeks?
BRIAN DABOLL: I think they play hard. They do what we ask them to do. They trust in the things we ask them to do. They work extremely, extremely hard. These guys, we practice hard. Practice really hard but we try to practice smart. They played good situational football. You know, it's really not, whatever, five games. It's just this game. We were 3-of-4 I think in the red zone to their 2 and 3 - what were we on third down, 6-of-10 or something like that, 6-of-11, which was much improved. I thought we were very efficient. I thought the quarterback (Daniel Jones) had an excellent game and he's had a few of those. Maybe his stats don't reflect it, but he's led his team down to wins. He's played good at crunch time coming back from a little bit of an ankle. I give credit to all the guys and all the coaches. Just a good group to work with.
Q. Can you talk about (running back) Saquon (Barkley), had to go in, came out, came back it in. What happened in that whole sequence there?
BRIAN DABOLL: He went in and he came back out and he went in and then he was - you know, and he said he was good. They looked at him. He felt - I kept asking him on the sideline, "Are you good to go?" He was good to go. We'll see where he's at but you know, hopefully he'll be ready to go next week. He's a competitor. That's what I say about Saquon. He competes, but I've seen that in OTAs.
Q. Is this a statement for your team, considering the opponent and quarterback on the other sideline?
BRIAN DABOLL: No. I think of it as the next game. That's all these games. You give credit to all the teams you play. They are all good. Obviously, (Green Bay quarterback) Aaron Rodgers is an exceptional quarterback but again, it's a team game. We have to play well to put ourselves in position. I thought the coordinators did a fantastic job, (defensive coordinator)Wink (Martindale), (offensive coordinator Mike) Kafka, (special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey) 'T-Mac' all week, leading up to it, being prepared, getting their stuff done ahead of time, coming out here, adjustments at halftime. Those three guys did a great job and the players followed their lead.
Q. When you lose a player, why is everyone playing their roles so well? Like (running back Gary) Brightwell for Saquon. The corners come in, why is it just --
BRIAN DABOLL: Well, I give credit to the players first because they have to prepare like they are starting. You know, everybody talks like it but we do things during the week where we put guys in. We did seven-on-seven week with some of our practice squad players along with our regular squad players. I think our coaches do a great job of getting them ready to go. (General manager) Joe (Schoen) and I talk about it all the time - your number can be called at any time; can be brought up any time. Maybe it's two weeks. Let's make sure that you're in the playbook, that you understand your responsibilities as a professional. Be a pro, and when you're ready to go, again, every player on this roster is here for a reason. We expect whoever it is to get ready. There's no excuses in the National Football League. Everybody goes through it. Everybody goes through injuries. Everybody goes down times. Everybody goes through a couple losses. If you can't handle that, you're probably not made to be in the National Football League. We have a long way to go still. It's a good win but there's a lot of things we have to clean up and we'll try to do that.
Q. Did (tight end Daniel) Bellinger have the option to throw that pass on the touchdown?
BRIAN DABOLL: He did, yeah.
Q. What did he see that made him not do that?
BRIAN DABOLL: He just thought he could run it in. It's a play we've run in the past. We threw it for a touchdown, it was on a two-point play. This one, I just told him, "If you can run it in, I trust your legs a little bit more than your arm. I still think you can do it, but if you can do it, go ahead and do it. But if you think there's – whatsoever – anything that it might get knocked on or a might bad play happen, we have got another down, let's just line up and go again"
Q. Going into the second half, 17-0. What changed in the second half to be able to switch on offense and defense?
BRIAN DABOLL: I thought the coaches were doing a good job in the first half. They made a few plays that they drove down on. They are a good football team. They had a big run on a pass interference penalty and they got a little pick on us. They had some good plays that they made and we started off a little slow offensively. So they got the ball, they got some momentum but it's a long game. You can start fast and fade out. You can start fast and end fast. There's a lot of different things that can happen. I think what we have preached is, "Let's not worry about the scoreboard. Let's not worry about the results. Let's just focus on the next play and whoever is in there, let's do your job to the best of your ability." Whether it's a coach, whether it's a coordinator, assistant coach, player, support staff. Those trainers are doing a great job. Daniel had a cut on his hand getting ready to go out. Saquon, going in and out. It's a collective team effort, football. Our building, it takes everybody not just a couple people.
Q. What is the biggest step you've seen (quarterback) Daniel (Jones) this season from training camp? What is the biggest you've seen in his play? We saw this drive in the second half, he was really confident. For you as a coach what is the biggest step you saw?
BRIAN DABOLL: I just say that he comes in ready to go each week. He's very humble. I think it's very, very important to him. He has very good leadership amongst the team. Players got a lot of respect for him and I know the coaches do too. We have confidence in him. He's done a really good job for our football team and the things that we have asked him to do, he's done them well. I'm glad he's our quarterback.
Q. In that situation, with a goal to go, they have the ball with that quarterback trying to tie you up. You guys made a decision to play it out. Defensively you were not necessarily clocking your time-outs. What was your mentality and philosophy there and your guys come up with play after play three different guys?
BRIAN DABOLL: Yeah, I'd say we discuss a lot of strategy. I'm back on the defense and I click over to the offense and I have a private line with a couple of guys, (Director of Football Data & Innovation) Ty (Siam) and (offensive assistant/game manager) Cade Knox and then I go to special teams and talk to 'T-Mac.' We just formulated a plan. Obviously Wink - again, Wink, Kafka and 'T-Mac' did a fantastic job of leading their units. And the players - give the players, again, the players get the credit. They are the ones that made the plays in crunch time and fortunately we got this one.
Q. Specifically at halftime with the defense, what adjustments did you make because (Green Bay quarterback) Aaron (Rodgers) really didn't do anything? Aside from the drop, you still stopped them.
BRIAN DABOLL: There's always things you talk about as a coaching staff. Again, we were trying to make those throughout the series. In the first half, they got down there, big DPI and scored on one. I think it was on the eight or something where they got down and had the little play to (Green Bay tight end) Marcedes (Lewis). They made a couple good plays. I don't think you panic and make wholesale adjustments. There's certain things you talk about. Again, I think Wink did a great job of that along with the rest of the coaches.
Q. This is obviously not a normal situation here.
BRIAN DABOLL: Playing in London?
Q. Yeah and had such a big-event feel to it. What does it say that your team is able to withstand, not a normal-type game and the way you guys handled it?
BRIAN DABOLL: I just think the guys just keep playing. You know, again, we put them in as many stressful situations as we could in OTAs, in training camp and don't flinch when something bad happens. There might be other - we just don't want to flinch. We just want to keep playing. It's easy to say, I think it's hard to do but our guys do a good job with it. It's what we try to do every game. Sometimes the outcome is when what we want and sometimes it's not. I give credit to our guys, they compete like heck for 60 minutes.
Q. Thoughts on (wide receiver Darius) Slayton today? He was a little limited in the offense for the first couple of weeks of the season, he stepped up with some big plays today.
BRIAN DABOLL: Slayton, did you say? Again, mental toughness. It's not perfect. It's easy when everything is going great for people, everyone is saying good things about them. This kid had a good mindset -- I shouldn't say kid - young man and made the most of his opportunities when he had an opportunity to. When you make plays, you get more opportunities and he did that.
Quarterback Daniel Jones
Q. What did you learn about your team today?
DANIEL JONES: I think, didn't learn it today but I think we've got a tough group. A group that's going to compete for four quarters and 60 minutes. We got down in the first half. Found a way to fight back at the end. I think we've known that, and I think we've known we have a tough, competitive group and I thought we showed that today.
Q. How did the ankle compare from where you started to where you finished?
DANIEL JONES: It felt good. It felt good throughout the game, and it's been feeling good all week.
Q. What would you say about (Offensive Coordinator) Mike's (Kafka) play calling, you guys running a little bit more, did that change things a little bit for you guys offensively?
DANIEL JONES: Yeah, I thought he called a great game. I thought we were creative especially down in the red zone and found a way to make a couple plays. But you know, that's stuff that we have been practicing and we've been preparing for. Yeah, I thought he called all that stuff at a great time.
Q. With the (Tight End Daniel) Bellinger play, did you think you were going to get the pass in the end, or did you think he was going to run it in because of the way the defense was looking?
DANIEL JONES: I think he was ready for it, but I thought he made a great decision to run it in.
Q. Does winning this game and the way you guys did it, validate to you or the outside world that you are a good team?
DANIEL JONES: I don't know, I think we've always had confidence in our group. We believe in ourselves. How the outside or how other people view us, I don't think we are concerned with that. But we played a good game today and we'll continue to build confidence, continue to study what we've got to do to get better, and continue to improve as a team.
Q. Do you think a performance like this and some of the ones you've had this season should answer some questions people have about what you're capable of?
DANIEL JONES: I don't know. I'm confident in myself. I'm confident in my ability to play and help this team win games. So how people respond to that or how people see that is up to them.
Q. You guys seem to deal with injury after injury and obstacle after obstacle and you continue to keep winning football games. Do you feel like this team is special? Do you feel like you're building something special?
DANIEL JONES: I think we are just taking it one week at a time. Like I said, I think we're confident, I think we're tough, we're competitive and we know those things. We are confident in those things. So, we are going to take it one week at a time and continue to improve as a group.
Q. How big is this win for you guys?
DANIEL JONES: I think it's a big win for us. That's a good team in Green Bay. We had to come back and fight for a lot there down in the fourth quarter. It's definitely up there for us.
Q. I know you said you just focus on what's in the locker room and don't pay attention to what outside people think, but when there is a lack of respect when you guys are the underdogs despite the 3-1 record, can that be a rallying cry? Can you guys rally behind that?
DANIEL JONES: Yeah, I mean, I think we were aware that we were underdogs in the game. I think we realized that. But I think we're a motivated group. I think we are motivated to play for each other, to put our best stuff out there every time we go out there. So that's what's going to continue to motivate us and like I said we are going to continue to look at what we can improve on.
Q. Was the crowd noise more lopsided early on than you expected and how did you guys handle it so well?
DANIEL JONES: It was. I think we expected it to be probably a little more neutral, but it was loud early on. We went to a silent cadence, and I thought guys adjusted to that well and handled that well. We really didn't have any issues with the cadence.
Q. Was it cool to see the sound flip a little towards the end, the Giants fans making a little more noise?
DANIEL JONES: Yeah, it was cool. We had good support from Giants fans. It was cool to see all the red and blue in the stadium as well.
Q. What did you think of the whole weekend here?
DANIEL JONES: It's been cool. It's been a cool experience. You know, getting out and seeing a little bit of the town and being in England. First time I've been over here so it's been a cool experience. It was a great atmosphere today, awesome stadium, and a very cool experience.
Q. Those last two drives that you guys had in the fourth, touchdown drives, what are you telling the team at that point when you guys are down big, and you just have to play your game? What do you do to get into that point where you can have an eight-minute drive, then score and then another one the next drive?
DANIEL JONES: I think it doesn't take anything special or spectacular. It takes guys executing and doing their jobs every play, and I think that's what we did. I think that's how you have success on offense. You get a chance to make a big play, you make like the one (Running Back) Saquon (Barkley) did. But overall, I thought it was just guys executing their jobs each play.
Q. What was the feeling like there where Saquon goes out and you drive down and score, but then you guys get the ball back and see him come back on to the field. Did you feel more of a jump or a jolt or confidence there that you had momentum and now he's back?
DANIEL JONES: Yeah, there's no doubt what he brings to our offense any time he's on the field is special and unique. So, to have him back at that point in the game was a little bit of a lift for us. Yeah, that was big-time.
Q. You were much better as a team converting third down in the second half rather than the first. Was that adjustments? Was this execution? A combination of the of the two?
DANIEL JONES: I think it was more just execution. I thought we made a couple adjustments here and there but for the most part, we were just executing our game plan and kind of what we were planning to do going into the game. We had our opportunities to do that and we did it. I think it was just guys executing and being on the same page down the stretch.
Q. Was one of the adjustments that you decided you're just going to have to use your legs more to make plays? In the first half, you had the one scramble, and you made a bunch of plays with your legs in the second half.
DANIEL JONES: I just felt some of those opportunities in the second half. I wasn't trying not do it in the first half. I think it was just several opportunities that came up and I tried to take advantage of them when they were there.
Q. Where you've had maybe about five days with the guys now away together, a lot of teams have come and say, feels like a training camp environment, extra time for bonding and you do stuff maybe you don't normally get to do at the facility back home. Have you felt that, and have you done stuff off the field with the guys, played games or done stuff to push that bonding forward?
DANIEL JONES: Yeah, I think it does kind of feel like that. You're all staying in a hotel together for a few days and hanging out. So, I didn't make it into London. A lot of guys went into London on Friday. But just being in a hotel together, being away together, practicing, meeting, eating meals, I think all that kind of stuff gives you an opportunity to spend a little more time with guys that you wouldn't if you were back home. So, it was cool. It was a cool experience for us.
Q. Have you been able to do any activities with guys? Has anyone led any activities like cards or playing computer games or anything like that? Is there anything you can tell us?
DANIEL JONES: Not too many games. I think just kind of being together, you know? We went into Wear, some of us, the town where we were staying and had a meal. I think guys just getting out and exploring. Like I said, some guys went to London, but just being together, being away together does that for you.
Q. Is there anything unique to how Kafka calls a game offensively? You've played five games now. What is unique about the way he not only calls the game but the way he adjusts?
DANIEL JONES: I don't know if there's one thing that's unique. I think he's creative. I think he's got a good sense for when to take a shot, when to not, when to get creative with a play call, when to take advantage of an opportunity or something the defense is doing. But I think he's got a good variety and he's keeping the defense on the heels with what he's calling. But he's done great job.
Q. What's going on with your hand? Was somebody stepping on your hand?
DANIEL JONES: Just a turf burn on my hand.
Q. And this confidence that you put in the second half, how would you describe the way you put your team on your shoulders and your belief in this team?
DANIEL JONES: I think down the stretch, like I said, it was just guys executing. No one doing anything special or spectacular. It was just trusting each other to do our jobs and execute together as a group. I feel like that's what we did.
Running Back Saquon Barkley
Q. A lot of people discredited the first few victories you guys had of the season because of the opponents that it came against. I don't think there's any discrediting (Green Bay quarterback) Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. Do you think this was a statement to the league that you guys are legit?
SAQUON BARKLEY: I don't think it's any statement to the league. To be completely honest, it's the NFL. Every time you go against somebody, this isn't college. It isn't like you're playing at Penn State and going against your Week 1 team who is someone you should beat by 40. It's the NFL and it's hard to win in this league. For us, we can't even focus on that. If anyone wants to take us serious or not, the main thing we got to focus on is interior, inside our building, continue to love the process and continue to get better, and continue to lean on each other and find ways to get wins.
Q. What does this start mean to this team? It's the best start for the Giants in 13 years.
SAQUON BARKLEY: Yeah, it's a great start. 4-1. It's where you want to be. But like I said, you can't get too caught up in it, you've just got to keep working and there's a reason why we're 4-1 and that's because of the process. That's because we've got guys coming in and working and believing in the system, setting the culture, setting the standard, and following it. That's what it means. We've got to continue to do that and if we continue to do that, continue to believe in each other - when we look back at this thing we'll be pretty excited.
Q. What happened on the (inaudible)?
SAQUON BARKLEY: Just got banged up. Landed on me pretty wrong, pretty weird. It is what it is.
Q. Were you woozy on the sideline? Why were you stumbling? I'm just trying to gather exactly what happened, the evaluation.
SAQUON BARKLEY: I wasn't woozy at all. I wasn't stumbling. If anything, I was like this pacing back and forth trying to get back in the game. There's protocols and things I've got to go through to get back in the game. We have some if not the best training staff, doctors. I put my trust in them. Obviously, I spent a little bit more time with them the last couple years rehabbing than I would like, but I know they have got my best interests at heart, and not only them, the coaches, too. Did everything they can to get me back in the game and help my team win.
Q. Were you able to watch the drive at the end?
SAQUON BARKLEY: I didn't see (running back) Gary's (Brightwell) touchdown. I got to see a little bit of it. But I didn't get to Gary's touchdown which I'm a little upset about. I love Gary; that's like my little brother. I love the way he runs. I love the way he carries himself. I'm really excited and what a way to get your first down in a big game overseas in London. I made sure, I was like, "You've got the ball? You got the ball?" He was like, "Yeah, he gave it." That's big for him. I'm excited for him.
Q. How would you describe the atmosphere in the stadium? Something similar to Penn State or put you more energy to run more like we saw that play in the first half? How would you describe the London atmosphere?
SAQUON BARKLEY: The energy was amazing. It felt like a college game, to be completely honest. You have to give credit - Green Bay, they showed out. I don't know if they came from Green Bay or just over here, it's a big fan base but they showed out and it felt like for me like you said in, college, like we were at a Michigan or at an Ohio State away as an away team. That's how you want it to be. We said, it's backs against the wall. It's only us here and the only thing we got is each other and we'll lean on each other and we were able to get the win. The stadium was amazing, the atmosphere. This whole trip has been amazing and I love what the NFL is trying to do and expand the game and hopefully we're here soon.
Q. What are you most proud about as you leave here?
SAQUON BARKLEY: One, I would say just the win in general. Like I said, it's hard to win in this league. Two, just what we have been showing throughout the season. Just how tough, how competitive. It's a dogfight, find a way to get in the fourth quarter and drown it. That's the mindset that we have. Just keep leaning on each other and trusting each other. When they make big plays, don't waver. Never have that mindset that the game is over. At any opportunity we know we can come back and win a game and we showed that in the (last) couple weeks. That all starts with the process. That all starts (general manager) Joe (Schoen) and (head coach Brian Daboll) Dabs and the coaches and leaders and us passing it down to the team and coming in with that standard and coming in with that -- changing the whole culture. We have got to continue to do that and we have got to continue to believe in it.
Q. You mention Brian Daboll. How much of a difference has he made?
SAQUON BARKLEY: He made a big difference. Not just only Dabs – everyone. All the guys that came in - all the coaches, all the staff and the guys who were here prior and who are here now. You know, they are doing a great job. We have unbelievable coaches and the big thing, we got players that trust in our coaches and trust in the system. We know that, hey, this is the NFL, they are going to make plays. At the end of the day if we just keep believing it, keep trusting the process, we can get the job done.
Q. On the touchdown, did you think they thought you were going up the middle?
SAQUON BARKLEY: No, I kind of just tried to make a play to be honest. I felt like I knew what we were doing and once I saw GB (Gary Brightwell) go out, I knew it was only a corner there. I was like, GB is making a block and it's a foot race and I guessed right.
Q. We kind of saw it last week with (quarterback) Daniel (Jones) out. Is this a new thing that's going to stay?
SAQUON BARKLEY: What do you mean by that?
Q. The wildcat.
SAQUON BARKLEY: I don't know. I mean, every week it's something new. I think (offensive coordinator Mike) Kafka, (offensive line coach) Bobby (Johnson) and the whole offensive staff do a really do great job not only in the run game but just as a scheme in general, but definitely the run game. They put us in positions to succeed and we feel like we can find a way to make some plays in that situation. You know, obviously going to carry over. That's the biggest thing I guess going back to your question, that I'm proud about, just the way that we are able to adapt every week. It's a different run and it's a different type of scheme where we dress up in a different way to get it going. Obviously, the Packers came out with the mindset to try to stop the run and probably what every team is probably going to do from now on. We've just got to continue to adjust and for me, find a way to make plays in the passing game. That's got to be better earlier. Like early in the game with the drop -- I don't know but that sticks in my head. Anyway I can find a way to get involved in there and find a way to make plays.
Q. The wildcat, what does it feel like to back there when that gets incorporated into the offense. What do you feel having that as a part that you can add to this team?
SAQUON BARKLEY: I feel like the ball is in my hand and I can make the right decision. Just go for the keys and go through my rules and just play the game.
Q. On what has changed this season …
SAQUON BARKLEY: Obviously just a standard, the culture, the coaches. But to be completely honest what I believe has changed is we are finding ways to win games. There's been a lot of times throughout my career that we've been in a situation in the past in the first couple of games and we always end up on the wrong side of it and we are finding a way to end up on the right side of it. That's just all because of the process. All because of the way that we come to work. All because of the way that we have got guys that love to be coached the way our coaches coach. Everybody from all the way up to the top of the building to training staff to being in lunchroom, equipment guys, everybody. We got a really good thing going in the facility and we've just got to keep building on it.
Q. The respect and the legacy of (Green Bay quarterback) Aaron Rodgers was a big story in this game. When he's at the six-yard line, what's running through your mind watching that?
SAQUON BARKLEY: Nothing. I wasn't really nervous at all. I knew we were going to find a way to make a play. That's what we have been doing, we've been leaning on each other. Stepping up when we need to step up whether it's defense, offense, special teams - making plays. Obviously 12 is 12. Aaron Rodgers is if not the best player in the league one of the best players in the league but our defense did what they had to do in that situation. I was probably a little more nervous on the Hail Mary attempt because you never know with that guy but our guys on that play made plays too, stepped up when we need the it the most.
Q. Obviously the goal is always to win the Super Bowl but do you take stock of how far you've come? You've score a winning touchdown in London, not many players can say that in the NFL. Do you ever get a chance to step back and think about what you've done in your career?
SAQUON BARKLEY: Yeah, I do that a lot. Try to live in the moment. That was like the first thing when we got over here. I was sitting there, jet-lagged, tired, and GB, Brightwell, he was like, "Man, I'm in London about to play a football game." When he said that, the reality kind of hit and it was like, we are overseas playing a game that we love trying to expand the game to fans, new fans. If I go back to when I was an eight-year-old kid and I started playing football, I'll be really happy where I'm at. Obviously, you can't look too far behind and you can't look too far in the future. Just try to live in the moment, take it day-by-day and continue to fall in love with the process. If you continue to do that and continue to take those steps and those little steps up that mountain, by the end of this thing, we'll be happy where we're at.
Defensive Lineman Dexter Lawrence
Q. Can you talk about the defense and pitching a shutout there in the second half against a high-powered Green Bay offense.
DEXTER LAWRENCE: Yeah, right. You know, it just shows how much we just locked in in the second half. The guys came in the locker room saying they was giving us their best shot. It was a good football team, and we weren't playing up to how we know we can play. We just said in the locker room, we just said, okay, time to turn it on and we kind of turned it on.
Q. What does the start to this season, 4-1, mean to this football team right now?
DEXTER LAWRENCE: It's big, seeing where we came from, since I've been here really and even before. It's just big. It gives a lot of people confidence. It shows just the gratitude -- we happy to be here honestly. We just got to keep fighting. We got to keep showing and proving each week who we are and who we want to be.
Q. There was a decent number of people who discredited what you accomplished the first four weeks because who your victories came against but there's no discrediting this one, the Packers are in contention every year. Do you think this validates that you guys are a legitimate force in this league?
DEXTER LAWRENCE: I think every win does. Say we lose the three games before this that we lost – then you'd say, "Okay, the Giants can't win." You know what I mean? I think every game is important and every game has its own importance to it. This is a good football team that we beat. We happy, we going to celebrate and we going to move on, the next day.
Q. You have an ability to keep losing players and still fighting and winning games. Does it indicate that there might be something special happening here?
DEXTER LAWRENCE: Yeah, it's crazy, right? It's just, you know, guys are ready to go. It's a good job to the coaches keeping both the guys ready to go and play. Like you said, I think we are building something really special, a family, something we need and people want to go out there and play for each other and play well for each other. That's what happens. That's how you get a great football team.
Q. On coming out in the second half …
DEXTER LAWRENCE: I think it's more the players. We didn't like how we were playing in the first half. They were hitting us here and there, little things like that. We just had to tighten up and understand how (Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers) was trying to break down the defense. Honestly, we just came in and said, it's not over. Let's keep fighting. Let's keep playing for each other and the outcome will show itself.
Q. What's it say about this team, just seems like there's another injury every week and you keep bouncing back from it. What's it say about this team?
DEXTER LAWRENCE: It just shows the heart and how much we want to play for each other, how much we want to be there for each other and the coaches getting every guy ready in their room. It kind of sucks to have your key guys go down or guys that you count on. But at the same time, we all-pros, so we all got to be ready when our number is called.
Q. Were bummed when you got here today and you found out (defensive lineman) Leonard (Williams) wasn't going to play?
DEXTER LAWRENCE: I kind of expected it a little bit. My mind was already -- I had to keep showing up, holding it down till he gets back. That's how it's been.
Q. You were part of a team that's struggled the last few years, the turnaround, do you credit (head coach) Brian ( Daboll) and the staff that he's brought in?
DEXTER LAWRENCE: Yeah, I think he brought a different attitude. He let the players kind of lead things and he let the players take control of some things and he take care of us and you know, he just got all of us feeling like it's one. It's a unit. It's a family. You know, it's a good credit to him.
Q. Were you surprised at all when you guys got here and he said, go out and have fun and London, and did you have fun in London?
DEXTER LAWRENCE: I didn't end up going. I was resting. I was tired. I love to nap (Laughter).
Q. Other than napping, is there one thing that you did away from the field here in London that you can take away back to the states with you?
DEXTER LAWRENCE: I took some little pictures of Wear -- we were saying in Wear. Took some pictures. Ate some fish and chips. Almost got kicked out of a place for calling it fries (Laughter). Had some good curry. You know, just relaxed. Got a good massage. It was chill. I was chilling.
Q. It was looking like Lambeau Field with all the Packers fans. What did it feel like sacking Aaron Rodgers?
DEXTER LAWRENCE: It felt good for a second. One of greatest, a Hall of Famer for sure. You can't ever get that back so you got to take advantage when you play guys like that. It was special.
Q. Do you guys like feeling like you're the underdog? DO you like being an underdog?
DEXTER LAWRENCE: I think every game we are underdog. I enjoy it. We embrace it. We just go out there and fight for four quarters, and it shows.
Q. Is that a motivating factor for you guys, that you are the underdog?
DEXTER LAWRENCE: I think it's kind of just like, it is what it is type of thing. It does boost -- because we know who we are internally and jut for everybody to hold us down it just shows that there's no pressure on us. So, we just go out and play and be who we are, and the outcome will come to itself.
Q. When you were out eating the fish and chips, did they recognize you?
DEXTER LAWRENCE: They knew we were big people. They were just kind of like, "What do you do? Are you basketball players?"
Q. What did you get?
DEXTER LAWRENCE: My eyes is bigger than my stomach. I got like two large cods and a large chip, I call it a fry, but chip.
Safety Julian Love
Q. Julian, your thoughts on the last drive? The Packers drove down and couldn't punch it in.
JULIAN LOVE: Yeah, that's a situation where they needed obviously a touchdown. We were up seven and they were driving; Aaron Rodgers does just what he does. That's why he's one of the greatest quarterbacks that's playing right now. During one of those time outs, we just talked as a defense and just realized we've got to settle down a little bit. Just play a normal series here and just do what we do. We got them to third down and we got them to fourth down. When we get to third and fourth is when we get our really good looks in, and we made a play. That was a good stop. Bend-don't-break type of thing.
Q. What was the mindset down 17-3, down 27-10 at the half? What's being talked about in the locker room at halftime?
JULIAN LOVE: Yeah, we're a resilient group and we felt like on defense, we kind of let them have a few. You had that long penalty on that pass interference. The broken play, where in the first series (Wide Receiver Randall Cobb) 18 catches up the middle, runs a little bit, and then gets some points. Stuff like that is big plays. You want to eliminate them but that happens. So, we realized we're playing pretty good ball. We're stopping the run and we are limiting him as much as we can, (Quarterback) Aaron Rodgers. So we made some adjustments at the half that we all felt great about. We wanted to apply more pressure and we wanted to be stickier in coverage and we executed defensively. Offensively, I think we were get something good looks, and guys are just tough. Those guys who are out there today are tough players, and so they made it work. They're crafty the way they get after things and they were just resilient the whole time.
Q. You lose (Cornerback) Adoree' (Jackson) at halftime and don't get him back. Are you amazed at the way this team has been able to withstand so many injuries? The wide receiving core very depleted today, you lose another, and you don't have really either starter in the secondary.
JULIAN LOVE: Yeah, I mean, I've been here, it's my fourth year now with the Giants and in years past, when guys go down, that's when we really struggle. But this team is different. The guys who step up and fill in those positions, you see Adoree' going down, you see some guys stepping up and making some big plays. You see (Cornerback) Nick McCloud, (Cornerback) Fabian Moreau, (Cornerback) Justin Layne make some big plays at the end. Because guys are ready, guys are resilient and guys know what it takes to win. And that's what good teams to do. The best teams in the league aren't staying the least injured, they are not staying healthy the most, but they have guys that step up and make plays when their time's called. So that's what we have on this team.
Q. How different was this game week and this experience?
JULIAN LOVE: It was a little different with the long flight. I think we did a good job of kind of managing our bodies, our sleep, our regimen. We had Thursday and we flew out and we treated the plane ride over here as like an overnight. So, they encouraged everybody to sleep on the plane, so you can get your system on track. (Head Coach Brian) Dab's (Daboll) is a great coach because not only were we locked in when it was time to play football, but he let us explore. He let us enjoy the city, the country. So, it was a good trip and they managed it very well. Just kudos to the staff and everybody involved with that because they handled it, like I said, well.
Q. Were you surprised when they, 'go have fun'?
JULIAN LOVE: Yeah, there wasn't a bunch of time to have fun. But they let us go into London a little bit just to see it, and I took advantage. My wife was down here, and I was able to see it rain, I got a trench coat. I tried to do as much as I can. So stuff like that, is important, because you've got to be able to let loose especially when you're out of the country.
Q. What did you get besides the trench coat?
JULIAN LOVE: I explored London a little bit. So that's all I'll say. It was fun, though.
Q. Can you describe what it's like playing in that atmosphere? Because that's pretty much the most heated atmosphere we've had in this stadium in particular.
JULIAN LOVE: Yeah, beautiful stadium. I'm really lucky to be able to say I've played now in this stadium, and so it was fun and Green Bay travels well, I will say that. We didn't expect it as much to be a home crowd for them. We thought it would be pretty neutral because you never know when you're going international. But they traveled well and so it was electric for sure. We just tried to savour it in. Obviously making plays at the end. I gave a head nod to Kit Harrington at the end. So, things got weird. But it was a great atmosphere.
Q. For the fans you won over in London, do you have a message for them?
JULIAN LOVE: Yeah. I hope you welcome us back soon. We loved it out here. I know everyone a part of this trip really enjoyed their time out here and really enjoyed the hospitality. It was top-notch. The people, most importantly, the people were great out here and so hopefully we can be back here soon.
Q. After winning here, do you think it could be a special season?
JULIAN LOVE: I think if we keep playing resilient the way we are playing and finishing games, winning key situations, we can be anywhere. Really, the sky is the limit for this team. But we have to stick to the process and do all the little things that are required to win games, which we came through in the critical situations in this game. So hopefully we can come back and hopefully it's a lucky charm. You never know.