The New York Giants defeated the previously 8-3 and first-place (of the NFC North) Chicago Bears in a gritty 30-27 overtime victory in Week 13.
Despite the Giants’ record not going according to plan through the first 12 games of the 2018 season, they continue to fight hard for first-year head coach Pat Shurmur. This is a team that does not quit and it has become quite obvious. After the game, Shurmur talked about how much he appreciated this team’s fight and will to win football games during his post-game speech breaking down the Giants winning locker room.
“We can beat anybody we play, if we play the right way.” ???? for Coach Shurmur’s message to the team after Sunday’s overtime victory!
— New York Giants (@Giants) December 3, 2018
“What matters in life are tough people that are resilient and no matter what happens to keep going,” Shurmur told his players after the game. “That’s part of flipping culture, learning how to win, and digging down understanding how important resiliency is. We can beat anybody we play if we play the right way. I’ve said it all year and I believe it. This is a great group. When you go home tonight, hug your kids, kiss your wife and enjoy the fact that you guys are tough, resilient people.”
After the game, Shurmur told reporters he was specifically impressed with the performance by the captain of the defense and linebacker Alec Ogletree. Although Ogletree has taken some heat from analysts for his overall body of work during the 2018 season, he continues to come up with big-time plays in key moments. Ogletree finished with two interceptions in the win over the Bears and he returned one of those for a touchdown. In Week 11, Ogletree also intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown during the Giants’ 38-35 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“When you catch the ball like he did, when you intercept the ball, when you do those things, it’s a good thing,” Shurmur said of Ogletree. “He’s one of the guys that’s helping us flip this culture because he’s a winner, he’s tough, he’s resilient, and he made some game-changing plays today and that’s a credit to him.”
Shurmur continued to harp on the importance of how resilient the Giants roster has been in spite of adversity with trades, injuries, and early-season losses that piled up.
“The takeaway is, and I told the team this – I’ll keep the swear words out of it – some people are fond of talented people, some people are fond of smart people, I’m fond of tough, resilient people,” Shurmur said. “When you’re trying to flip culture, when you’re trying to build something, you’ve got to really dig in on that. There was some toughness and some resiliency. It would have been easy to cave when they came back, an 8-3 team, came back and tied us up, they had a little bit of juice, a little bit of mojo, but our guys found a way to put points on the board and then stop them at the end. I’m fond of toughness and resiliency, and our team showed that today. There’s probably plenty of takeaways, you’ve probably got plenty of questions, but toughness and resiliency are demanded in our sport, and we have that. We’ve just got to clean up the mistakes and keep going. That’s why I’m proud of our guys. It’s fun to win.”