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Brian Daboll on Giants' dramatic comeback win over Cardinals: 'It's about the will of the player'

9/18/2023 3:16:25 PM
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The New York Giants were down  20-0 at halftime to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. The tally meant Big Blue had been outscored 60-0 in the first 90 minutes of action in the 2023 season.

Then, the comeback started. Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley and the Giants' offense scored four second-half touchdowns, the defense shut Arizona out in the fourth quarter, and Graham Gano connected on a 34-yard field goal with 19 seconds remaining for a miraculous 31-28 comeback win.

After the victory, Daboll downplayed any motivation he provided at halftime that kickstarted the comeback, Kevin Patra of reports.

"I think it's about the will of the player," he said. "And when you haven't scored a point in a game and a half and you come in at halftime, I'd say as a leader there is a delicate balance between focusing on the next play and maybe a little extra. But again, all the credit goes to the players, the play-callers, the assistant coaches. It was good to get this win. We made it hard, I'll tell you that. We made it hard."

After six quarters of putrid play, Daboll's crew finally turned a corner.

"Again, to be able to keep competing, that's not always the easiest thing to do," he said. "But, we talked a little bit about it at halftime, I made my point. Ultimately, it's the players that have to go out there and execute."

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