The Giants presented Daniel Fells with the game ball from Sunday night's win at the team's Monday morning meeting -- via Skype.

Fells remains hospitalized as he fights to recover from a MRSA infection in his foot, and the Giants dedicated the game against the 49ers to him.

"Everybody was able to cheer him on and try to make him feel better," Tom Coughlin said of the tight end who was placed on injured reserve. "He was very nice in saying that he watched the game and he was very proud of the way that we finished it."

Fells has been hospitalized for over a week with what can be a life-threatening condition, but Coughlin seemed optimistic that he could make a full recovery.

"I don't believe he's out of the woods, I didn't say that," Coughlin said. "I think these three straight days [of feeling better] are really a wonderful sign, but there's more tests to be done. And again, the response to the antibiotic is critical."

It was just as important for the Giants players to see Fells as it was for him to see them.

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"It feels good to talk to him and just to see how he's doing," defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins said. "We're trying to keep his prayers up and his spirits. We wanted to win that game for him. Hopefully that can transfer to him getting in better health pretty soon."

"I think he's pretty much having a third day in a row where the progress is being made and he feels better than he has," Coughlin said. "He's gotten two or three straight nights of good sleep. I think that's helped. As I said, we dedicated the game to him. So in a win, he was very gracious about receiving a game ball, was excited about that happening. Just told his teammates what he felt about them based on their game. It was nice."