The Giants defense climbed out of their rut from the past two weeks on Sunday, and they credit the players-only meeting during the week as the reason why.
Allowing 82 combined points over two weeks is atrocious, and yet the Giants defense allowed it to happen against the Rams and 49ers. It was rock bottom after letting up over 400 yards to the 49ers, and the defense addressed what is going wrong in a players-only meeting during the week.
Defensive captain LB Jonathan Casillas was the man who called the meeting as he believed it was the right time to hash everything out.
"It was about time. It was the right time to do it, I think, after the way we played the last two weeks," Casillas told NJ.com's James Kratch. "We had a complete  today. Hopefully, it worked."
It did work against a good offense in the Kansas City Chiefs, who the Giants limited to just three field goals. Despite accumulating yardage, their top playmakers like Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill, and Kareem Hunt will all held out of the end zone. They also tallied three interceptions, including Damon "Snacks" Harrison's first of his career.
Based on their stellar performance, Casillas thinks Sunday's game was evidence that none of his teammates quick. Instead, they simply had bad games.
"I think we finally put it together," Casillas said. "I don't think there were guys that quit. I just think there were guys that had bad games. Stuff like that happens. We've just got to stay consistent and hopefully we can get more [wins]."
This win was eerily reminiscent of the Denver game, which saw the defense as the main reason for the victory. However, the Giants couldn't put anything together following that road win. If they don't want this to be looked at as a fluke either, they'll need to continue these types of performances.
"I'm proud of us," Devon Kennard said. "We've been getting all the points scored on us the past couple of weeks, and coming out and shutting down one of the most explosive offenses, I think that was a step in the right direction. Now it comes down to consistency. We need to do it week in and week out."
The Giants will have a short week before taking on division-rival Washington Redskins on Thanksgiving Day. They will be hungry to get another victory to prove it wasn't luck that shocked the Chiefs.
"We're all hungry to play. We want to put a good product out there on the field, not just for ourselvesa nd our families, but for the Giants organization and the history," Casillas said. "There's a strong history here, and they don't like losing here in New Jersey and New York. We understand taht, and we were just trying to step up and put something together today."