Eli Manning and the New York Giants defense lead past the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32-18. Manning threw for two touchdowns against a mistake-prone Buccaneers defense.
At times we didn’t play as well as we’re capable of playing, and then we kind of boosted it up at the end to make sure that we were going to win,” New York coach Tom Coughlin said according to the Associated Press. ”We always preach about finishing,” he added, ”and tonight we did.
The Giants scored enough in a must-win game against the Buccaneers. Manning stepped up with big touchdowns in the first half and some critical throws on 3rd down. They extended a late drive in the fourth quarter to set up a field goal while milking down the clock. The defense did it’s job against the Buccaneers offense led by Jameis Winston.
Holding the Buccaneers to 18 points was a win for the team that just gave up 52 points against the Saints. Even with the touchdown by the Buccaneers in the fourth quarter, they hold on and get ready for a home game against the New England Patriots.
We did what we had to do to get a win. We needed a drive at the very end and we were able to get it,” Manning said. ”We erased almost the last five minutes, got a field goal to go up eight and give them just a little bit of time.