Giants coach Ben McAdoo said QB Eli Manning was "fired up" and "emotional" when he made a pre-game speech ahead of the team's 12-9 overtime win against the Chiefs on Sunday.
"He didn't smash any grease boards or anything like that," McAdoo said. "But, it's important to him... He's still excited to play for the number of starts that he's had in his career, number of wins he's had in his career and the number of fourth quarter comebacks that he's had in his career. So, got everybody pretty excited before the game."
Manning said McAdoo asked him to make the speech, but the veteran quarterback downplayed the effect it had on the outcome of the game.
"So I don't think a pregame talk has ever won a football game before," Manning said before noting that he would do it again if asked.
RB Orleans Darkwa said during a conference call on Monday that Manning's speech was "fiery" and "got everyone riled up."
"To have a guy like that who's been through so much, that's got those two Super Bowl rings, we follow him," he said. "We follow his footsteps in everything. So to have him come up there, it shows the weight that he carries on the team."
The Giants' win was their second of the season and first since Oct. 15. Manning completed 19 of 35 passes of 205 yards and led the offense on the game-winning drive in overtime.