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January 13, 2008

Postgame quotables, Winning Quarterback version

A smattering of quotes from Giants quarterback Eli Manning, following New York's 21-17 playoff win over the Cowboys:

On his feelings after the game: It's just a great feeling. It was a great game and a team win. We've been doing it all season. We didn't make any mistakes on offense, not many if any penalties and their defense did a great job at the end. So did ours, holding their offense to 17 points hasn't been done many times this season. We just had a bunch of big plays throughout the game. It wasn't fancy. Amani Toomer catching that ball on the first series, and taking it to the house was big. Then getting the ball back after their offense kept it for 10 minutes in the second quarter with 47 seconds left and going down the field and scoring was big as well. We needed to get that and tie it up at halftime. Then we had one more good drive in the second half. I am just very excited about our team and the ways we are finding to win games.

On the Cowboys last drive:
I was a little nervous. It's a team, when you look at Dallas, they just find ways to win close games in the fourth quarter. It was just a great job by our defense, stepping up and getting that interception at the end. It's not easy to stop those guys, especially when they have two chances and are down four with pretty good field position and our defense stopped them twice.

On the last drive of the second half:
We knew we weren't going to take a knee. We had pretty good field position and two timeouts left. We were going to try and give it a shot. They played quarters and Steve Smith had a big catch on a corner route and took a hit. He had another good catch on the sideline and was able to get out of bounds, and then Kevin Boss had a great catch to get us down to the five-yard line. He did a good job concentrating and getting out of bounds. We were able to run it in from there. Some individual big-time plays by our guys.

On the enormity of the touchdown before the half:
It was big. They had all the momentum with that lon drive. Our defense was gassed. They were just out on the field for so long. We were on the sideline for ten minutes of game time. We didn't have a whole lot going our way and to get a touchdown on that drive was a big momentum builder for our team.

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