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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) makes a reception for a touchdown against New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) makes a reception for a touchdown against New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

No matter how the Giants arrived at Sunday's 32-31 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York desperately needed its first victory of the 2019 regular season.

The Giants got the elusive triumph, receiving help from the football gods -- as wide receiver Sterling Shepard said after the game -- in the final seconds when kicker Matt Gay's straightaway attempt on the 34-yard field goal went wide right as time expired.

But before the Giants poured onto the grass and started the postgame celebration at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, the defense nearly dropped the team to 0-3.

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Antoine Bethea, Janoris Jenkins, Sterling Shepard, Tae Davis
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Going into his 14th NFL season, Giants safety Antoine Bethea believes his new team has a chance to be one of the league's top defenses. Last season, the Giants gave up the 10th-most yards in the league and allowed an average of 252.8 passing yards per game.

Nonetheless, the three-time Pro Bowler is optimistic that he, along with a couple other new faces, can be a boost to help this team reverse tides in 2019.

"For the defense? I think we could be one of the tops in the league," Bethea said. "Obviously, the guys that have been here have been in their second year under the defense. Myself, along with some other guys, being the first year coming in, plugging in, and making it happen."

Tags: Antoine Bethea, Jabril Peppers
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