This game was for Giants die-hards, who really aren’t crazy

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“We fought through a lot of adversity,” Giants’ coach Ben McAdoo would say, and he was talking about his players, and he was right, but at least they got to run around a little bit in the bluster, stay warm. You sat there (or stood there) for 200 minutes of real time, for 68 minutes and six seconds of football time, and this time the stakes weren’t for a berth in a conference championship game or a Super Bowl.

And yet you came. You stayed. You cheered. And you were rewarded. Yes: There are plenty of Giants fans who grumbled as they watched the Chiefs — alleged contenders in the AFC, one of but two teams to tame the Patriots this year — deliver an Andy Reid Special of Slapstick Football, capped by that absurd decision to have tight end Travis Kelce throw the ball late in a tie game (there were others).

You could relate to the words of Roger Lewis, who made the play of the day with an acrobatic catch that set up the game-winning field goal (even though he would’ve been covered by a pass interference call if he hadn’t finished the play): “At the end of the day, I just want to win.”

At the end of the day, that’s all you wanted, too. That’s why you came. That’s why you stayed. That’s why you felt good driving away from the stadium Sunday, even if it may cost the Giants a slot or two in the draft, even if it may make John Mara and Steve Tisch pause a few extra moments at season’s end before deciding what to do about their football brain trust.

“Believe in me,” was the message that Lewis had for Manning in the huddle just before his game-changing fourth-down catch, and Manning did, and he threw it his way (mostly because it felt most of the day like Eli’s second-best option might have to be Homer Jones).

Belief? That’s all you have left, right? That’s what even 2-8 can’t dissolve. Have you lost your flippin’ mind? Not even a little. You came Sunday because that’s what you do on a Sunday, because that’s who you are, 2-8 or 8-2. This was one for the truest true believers. This one was for you.

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November 20, 2017

Sources:` New York Post

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