PHILADELPHIA -- History says it can’t be done.
But fresh off their second victory in a row, the New York Giants aren’t about to give up on their postseason hopes just yet.
“I know no team’s [started] 0-6 and made the playoffs, but why not now and why not us?” newly-acquired middle linebacker Jon Beason told reporters following the Giants’ 15-7 win over the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.
Added punter Steve Weatherford: “We’re hungry to prove everybody wrong, because everybody has written us off.”
Despite being 2-6, the Giants are just two games back of the first-place Dallas Cowboys (4-4) in the NFC East standings.
Following the win, several Giants watched the stunning conclusion of the Cowboys' loss to the Detroit Lions in the locker room. An audible “Yes!” could be heard when that game went final.
“We just gotta focus on ourselves,” wide receiver Hakeem Nicks said, upon finding out the good news.
The Giants have beaten two teams with serious quarterback issues, but given what they’ve already had to endure this season, they’ll certainly take it.
“Right now, we are 2-0 and will take each game one by one,” defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul said.
The Giants have not given up an offensive touchdown since the second quarter of their last loss in Chicago two weeks ago. Quarterback Eli Manning, who leads the NFL with 15 interceptions, played his second consecutive turnover-free game Sunday, completing 25 of 39 passes for 246 yards. He was sacked just once and committed one intentional grounding penalty.
“I think we still believe,” Manning said. “And I think that’s a great credit to this team and coaches. It’s coming in and fixing the problems and right now -- these last few weeks -- we’ve played our best football. And that’s as a team, both sides helping each other out, relying on each other to go out there and do our job. Our defense has been outstanding and offensively we’ve been better. So we have to continue to build off that.”
Can the Giants really make a run?
“I hope so, that’s what we’re trying to do,” head coach Tom Coughlin said. “We’re trying to get back into the competitive aspect of our game and our division.”
They took a small step toward accomplishing just that in Philadelphia.