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Brian Daboll needed a game-winning field goal from the Tennessee Titans to go far, but he earned his first career win as New York Giants head coach because he was brave and his players were resilient .
When this happens, it calls for celebration.
That’s exactly what happened in the Giants locker room after they toppled the Titans, 21-20, in Nashville on Sunday. Surrounded by his players, Daboll was there in the middle of the dance – and “hype” wasn’t even the word to describe what happened.
Daboll showed off his best dance moves while his players were all smiles, joining him in celebrating the best start to the season the Giants have had in years.
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Yes, it might be a game, but the Giants haven’t won a season opener since the 2016 season, the last season they made the playoffs.
“A game, won or lost, doesn’t break a season,” Daboll said once everything was settled in the locker room via the Giants. “But you have what it takes. Every day you keep working, every day we get better. It was a game against a pretty da– good football team, give them credit.”
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Daboll’s biggest decision came after Chris Myarick scored to set the Giants up to a 20-20 tie. Instead, Daboll went for the win, going for two and calling a spade pass to Saquon Barkley, who broke a tackle and shoved his way into the end zone.
The Titans drove well down the field to set up a field goal for Randy Bullock, but he went wide left late in the fourth quarter and the Giants rushed onto the field in celebration.
Besides Daboll’s decision making, Giants fans had plenty to be optimistic about in that surprising Week 1 win. Barkley looked elite, making big runs, soaking up contact and looking like his rookie of the year.
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He finished the game with 164 yards on 18 carries along with six catches for 30 yards.
Also, Sterling Shepard, coming back from a torn Achilles he suffered late in the 2021 season, caught a 65-yard bomb from Daniel Jones for a touchdown. He had two catches for 71 yards to lead Big Blue.
That Giants victory also came without their available star defensive ends Azeez Ojulari and rookie Kayvon Thibodeaux, both out with injuries. The defense still managed to hold All-Pro running back Derrick Henry to 3.9 yards per carry (82 on 21 touches), which deserves a pat on the back.
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Improvements will be made by Daboll ahead of the team’s home opener against the Carolina Panthers next Sunday. But there’s nothing quite like getting that first win and the Giants took advantage of it with their head coach up front and center.