After no flag was thrown on a fourth-and-goal ball to Giants TE Evan Engram in the endzone, Sterling Shepard couldn't hold in his emotions.
"Yeah, I was pretty upset about that one. I kind of let my emotions get the best of me on that one," Shepard said about the game. "It was just such a critical play for the game. I just didn't like how it all played out, but I've got to be smarter at the end. But I mean, you can't tell me that it's not a pass interference. I mean my guy couldn't even lift up his left arm, so you hate to see it happen that way, but I've got to be better."
Shepard's emotions cost the Giants an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty worth 15 yards, but more importantly, it was another unfortunate ending to a game the Giants were so close to tallying in their win column. For the sophomore receiver, his reaction may have resulted from previous tough losses throughout the season as he has yet to experience a win with the team.
"Yeah, I actually haven't experienced a win. I was hurt all of our wins, so I was itching for one and I think that's the reason why emotions got to me like that," he said. "I usually don't let that type of stuff happen, but well, I was just staring dead at it and I'm like, 'what are you looking at?' I apologize for reacting the way that I did."
There were signs of Shepard possibly bursting in frustration during the Giants' final drive on Sunday. Eagles CB Malcolm Jenkins and Shepard needed to be separated as they exchanged words.
"Yeah, I guess a guy over the top of me -- 2-7 -- he didn't like the way I did him, so he tried to get after me a little bit, but could be better at that, too. Can't let that get to us and affect the team," Shepard said.
Shepard added: He does all those vet moves, trying to get under your skin, so it doesn't really work with me."
On a positive note, the Giants' offense did perform well against the Eagles, who own the best record in the NFC at 12-2. Shepard noted the team was confident with Giants OC Mike Sullivan's game plan, and they executed it the way it was drawn up.
"I think everybody was just on point with the tempo and the way we were going to attack the game plan. Coach Sully [Mike Sullivan] gave us a great game plan, that's pretty simple and that's straightforward, and guys just bought in and I feel like we want to be the team that we can be, so we've got to do it every week," he said.
In a performance where QB Eli Manning threw for 434 yards with three touchdowns and the Giants coming close to upsetting their division rival, it shows what this Giants team is capable of despite all of their woes this season.
"I think it shows what this team is capable of. Whenever we buy into the game plan, there's no telling where we can go," Shepard said.
Shepard finished with a team-high in receptions (11) and yards (139) while busting out a 67-yard touchdown.