Eli Manning joined The Michael Kay Show on ESPN 1050 for his weekly interview on Monday evening. The quarterback was asked if Sunday's loss to the Redskins was a tough one to swallow.
"I think if you play this game long enough, you come to realize every once in a while that those things happen. It is a crazy sport, and sometimes you can do a lot of really good things, you can have great calls on and be very close, but it's just a matter of everything working out. We had some funny bounces and some weird plays and tough to get going there for a while. When we finally did, again, things just went wrong. It is unfortunate, but we can't let that hurt our confidence. We've got to have the mindset that we're on our way to the playoffs, but we're going to have to play great football to do it."
Manning then talked about playing the Jets in the middle of a playoff push.
"I think the fact that we're playing for an opportunity to go to the playoffs is the biggest factor. I think you always kind of worry about your internal situation and things going on with the Giants. So that is the biggest state. The fact that we're playing the Jets and we share the same stadium and we're both in New York, that always makes it a big game. This game is a huge game for both teams in deciding the future of the season. It's going to make it a great atmosphere and a great situation for the game."
Justin Tuck called in to WFAN's Mike Francesa for his weekly report and shared his thoughts on the Washington game a day later.
"Disappointing. Obviously knowing what's at stake, a team that had already beaten us once, they came in and beat us again. So it's just disappointing that we didn't play better than what we played…I thought we had pretty good practices. It could have been more intense, but I didn't feel like it was anything alarming coming out of the practices. I felt as though everybody was on the same page. I thought we were poised to come in here and build off the momentum that was the Dallas week."
Francesa brought up the fact that, despite dropping five of their last six games, the Giants still control their playoff hopes.
"As bad as we've played these last [six] weeks, like you said, we still own our own fate, and it starts with the Jets. We're not even looking, I'm not even concerning myself with the Cowboys or anything else. Our focus definitely needs to be on the Jets, and I'm looking forward to getting a win in our stadium."
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