FOXBOROUGH, Mass. –- Eli Manning made his case for being elite.
But are the Giants beginning to show that they should be considered among the elite in the NFL?
“We will have an opportunity to answer that,” Justin Tuck said. “I think we are close. It doesn’t matter what you do in November. Nobody will remember what we did in November. It is all about getting back to the Super Bowl. If you are not holding up that trophy at the end of the year, you are not elite, that’s my opinion.”
Forget about the road to the Super Bowl for now. The road to just get to the end of this season will be rough for the Giants. At 6-2, the Giants are still leading the NFC East and now have a win over New England (5-3) on the road.
But they go to San Francisco (7-1) next week before facing Philadelphia (3-4), New Orleans (6-3), Green Bay (8-0) and Dallas (4-4) after that.
JPP FEELS GOOD
Jason Pierre-Paul said he came away from the win over New England feeling fine. After a collision in practice on Thursday, Pierre-Paul experienced headaches but was cleared to play. He had one sack against New England.
“I feel good man,” Pierre-Paul said. “Never felt better. That was just a headache (last week). I played the whole football game, no problem.”
Ramses Barden saw extended playing time in his season debut due to the Hakeem Nicks injury and finished with two catches for 24 yards.
One of his receptions came on a nine-yard snag with 4:32 to go on a 2nd-and-five at the New England 24-yard-line. That first down helped the Giants eventually score a touchdown to go up 17-13 with 3:03 left.
Manning did have some miscommunication with Barden when he threw left into the end zone on a fade for Barden when the receiver went inside on a 2nd-and-five from the Patriots’ 10-yard line on that same drive.
“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,” Barden said.
Overall, though, it was a good debut for Barden, who had been out since breaking his ankle almost a year ago and was activated off the PUP list on Saturday.
“I’m sorry he didn’t get into the end zone but he makes a great play on the sideline [earlier], stretches out with his length,” Tom Coughlin said.