Yes, it was a devastating loss, but a number of Giants players simply walked off the New Meadowlands turf after DeSean Jackson's game-winning punt return touchdown before shaking hands with the Eagles, according to several players.
"I just thought for them to walk off the field at the end really didn’t show great sportsmanship," Eagles quarterback Michael Vick said. "We still have the utmost respect for those guys. Those were the ones doing a lot talking.”
Asked to give a comment about what the Giants players were saying to the Eagles during the game, center Mike McGlynn said, "You don't want to hear what I have to say."
The implication was that what he had to say wasn't going to be flattering. The Eagles' remarkable 38-31 comeback win over the Giants gives them six straight over New York. A rematch in the playoffs is not out of the question.
Here are some other noteworthy quotes from after the game:
ASANTE SAMUEL ON PUNTING TO JACKSON:
"Oh my God, that was crazy. Wasn't it? I don't know what's going to happen to [Giants punter Matt Dodge], but I'm sure Tom Coughlin is pretty upset."
JACKSON ON HIS EARLY FRUSTRATIONS:
"All game they was on me, they double teamed me, did this and did that, and Vick kind of seen I was frustrated. It was tough, man, especially going out there and the competitior I am. When they focus on me so hard and I want to do so great and sometimes it’s other defenses aren’t going to allow that and Vick kept telling me, 'Man, come on, man, keep your head up, you’re going to get one, you’re going to get one.' And we kept plugging away and we got one."
VICK ON COMEBACK:
"We were discouraged in the first half that we didn't make the most of our opportunities to put the ball in the end zone. We had some turnovers. And we just said to ourselves, 'Listen, we're just going to go out there and play for pride above anything else. They may beat us, 49-25, but we're going to play with pride and we can't complain.' And that's all I want to ask of my teammates, and my offensive line, to play with some pride and enjoy the game."
JASON AVANT ON JEREMY MACLIN'S DOWNFIELD BLOCKING:
"Maclin does an outstanding job. Best that I’ve seen since I’ve been here."
AVANT ON EAGLES ONSIDE KICK:
"I couldn’t believe that they let us get it, though. I definitely didn’t think that was going to work."
BOBBY APRIL ON DESEAN'S PUNT RETURN:
"DeSean, when he gets in space, you know what happens."
QUINTIN MIKELL ON IMPACT OF ONSIDE KICK:
"When we got that, you kind of see their sideline, they kind of started to tense up. Naturally you tend to be like 'Oh crap, what’s going to happen?' On our sidelines we said, 'We’re going to get this thing, We’re going to go get it.' And that’s what we did."
DAVID AKERS ON VICTORY:
"Greatest game in Eagles history that I've been a part of, by far."
GIANTS RUNNING BACK BRANDON JACOBS:
"I've never been through anything worse than this one. That's the way the marbles roll."
DODGE ON WHETHER TOM COUGHLIN TOLD HIM TO PUNT OUT OF BOUNDS:
"I think everyone on the sideline did. And I knew it. He didn't have to tell me. It wasn't rocket science not to kick it to him with 12 seconds left, but sometimes you don't execute as well as you'd like."