EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — During Michael Strahan’s halftime jersey retirement ceremony on Sunday, when the great pass rusher thanked the Mara and Tisch families, a steady chorus of boos got Strahan’s attention.
So he broke from his script to defend the team.
“You know, I gotta say this,” Strahan said, with co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch sitting on the stage behind him. “Every team has their ups and downs, but the New York Giants have won Super Bowls. There are teams that [have] never had enough. Appreciate what you got. We will be back. We will be up again. I guarantee you that.”
The crowd cheered that, and they loved watching Joe Judge’s team justify Strahan’s confidence by hanging on to beat the rival Philadelphia Eagles, 13-7.
Tuesday’s firing of offensive coordinator Jason Garrett did not produce an immediate outburst of points with Freddie Kitchens calling plays on the headset.
But Pat Graham’s defense forced six turnovers. Kitchens’ offense committed none. Daniel Jones hit tight end Chris Myarick with a 1-yard TD pass in the third quarter for a 10-0 lead.
And Philly wideout Jalen Reagor dropped two passes on the game’s final drive, including what might have been the game-winning touchdown on the Eagles’ final play in vain with 15 seconds to play.
Darnay Holmes, Tae Crowder and Xavier McKinney all intercepted Eagles QB Jalen Hurts. Dexter Lawrence forced a fumble by Eagles back Boston Scott into the arms of safety Julian Love late in the fourth quarter up six.
And the Giants’ defense forced two Eagles turnovers on downs, one of which they turned into a 10-play, 59-yard touchdown drive in the third quarter.
Kitchens called plays for Jones to run early and emphasized getting the ball to playmakers in space.