Tom Coughlin wasn’t the only Giant voice heard in the locker room at halftime. Justin Tuck told his teammates they were playing like garbage. He did his best to “create a spark” with the Giants down 17-6 in their own building, and that spark lit a fire that led to a comeback and a much-needed victory.

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Down 11 points, the Giants certainly received the message Tuck was relaying to them.

“I talked about how you allow somebody to come into your house and take over. At that point, they were doing just about whatever they wanted to do. We couldn’t allow ourselves not to be on the same page.

“I told them I was playing like garbage,” Tuck added. “I told them we were playing like garbage. In the second half, we’ve got to pick it up. I just tried to create a spark, and it worked.”

Tom Coughlin said that’s exactly what the Giants needed to finish strong.

“That was something that we needed. We needed to rise up and have a finish like that. We’re all aware of the circumstances that we’re in, that the division is in, that the conference is in, and we needed to keep pace.”

The team heard Tuck’s message, loud and clear. In the second half Big Blue’s defense held the Jaguars to three points, 92 yards in total offense, and forced two turnovers.

After the Giants scored 11 unanswered points to tie the game at 17, Jacksonville took a 20-17 lead on 42-yard field goal by Josh Scobee. Held down and never playing with a lead the entire day, the Giants finally took the lead with a six-play, 69-yard drive that included an 18-yard pass to Mario Manningham and an 18-yard run by Brandon Jacobs. In his return to the starting lineup, Jacobs had 14 carries for 87 yards.

Faced with a third-and-10 at the Jacksonville 32, Eli and Kevin Boss read a Jacksonville blitz perfectly, and exploited it. Boss caught the ball at the 25, shook off a tackle and rumbled into the end zone with 3:15 left to play. On the ensuing Jacksonville possession, Tuck and the defense sacked Jacksonville’s David Garrard on three straight plays in the closing minutes and forced a fumble recovered by Antrel Rolle, which iced the game with 1:25 left.

The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the G-Men, and ended the Jaguars’ three-game winning streak.

What’s Next?:
The third game against division rivals in four weeks, as Big Blue hosts the Washington Redskins.

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