ARLINGTON, Texas - The Giants lost, which is not debatable.

What is open to interpretation is what they were able to show in defeat.

Did they prove they can go toe to toe with the defending division champs, a team that many believe will contend for a Super Bowl title?

"They are supposed to be the best team in the division?" guard Justin Pugh asked. "I feel very confident where we're heading."

Or are they a team that can't finish, one that lacks the fortitude to close out what would have been a huge road upset they held in their hands in the final minute?

More importantly, how will they react to this loss? With so many new Giants, it's hard to get a read on what they will do.

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"A game like that, it's definitely going to shape us and mold us in one way or the other," defensive end Robert Ayers Jr. said. "Whether it'll be a negative light where we tuck our tail and pout about it and be mad about it and let it carry over to next week, or we just look at it the same way we would have looked at it had we won."

Ayers believes it will be the latter.

"I have faith in the team," he said. "We're going to gather ourselves and move forward. That's what we have to do."

Preston Parker said he feels as if the Giants made a statement, even if they did come up short.

"We just have to keep our heads in the game and keep trucking," he said. "Keep going. Keep the wheels going. This is a good team. A lot of people saw that on Sunday night. They saw that we could have easily won the game, but we didn't. I'm positive we have a good team."

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Said coach Tom Coughlin, "There are plenty of positives, but you'll never erase the chance [to win] in a hostile environment, you'll never erase that part. That part is never going away for me. I think the players will be OK. They feel bad now and they want to point the finger and those kinds of things, but they are a good group. They'll rise up."