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Giants Q&A: Enthusiastic thumbs up from players on going for two

Odell Beckham Jr., right, finds some open space

Odell Beckham Jr., right, finds some open space as he's chased by Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant during the first half of the Giants' 23-20 loss Monday night, Oct. 22, 2018, in Atlanta. Beckham made eight catches for 143 yards and a touchdown but could not hold on to a pass on a two-point conversion try in the fourth quarter.   Credit: AP/John Bazemore

What did the Giants think about Pat Shurmur going for two with 4:47 remaining in an attempt to make it a six-point game?

They loved it.

“He has faith in us that we’re gonna put it in the end zone,” wide receiver Sterling Shepard said. “It’s right there. If you look at that play, you’re gonna see three guys open.”

“I love being aggressive,” Odell Beckham Jr. said. “I don’t know if I could be a coach because I’m going for it on fourth down, we’re going for two. That’s why I’m not a coach.”

So why didn’t it work?

Because Beckham dropped the pass.

“Anything that comes my way, I feel like I should catch it,” Beckham said. “That’s my mentality.”

Beckham said he will have a hard time moving past that one.

“If we complete it and it’s 20-14, is our defense like ‘We need one stop, let’s go, we get one stop and we know they’re gonna score again?’ ” Beckham said. “I can’t think about the if, but I do. What if? I have to go home with that. It’s tough.”

What happened to Janoris Jenkins on the Falcons’ first touchdown?

The cornerback did a good job against Julio Jones only to get beat by Marvin Hall. Jenkins was in coverage and bit too hard on an outside juke by Hall, who then cut back inside on a post route for a 47-yard touchdown catch. Shurmur said Jenkins did not think he had help deep or in the middle, he just had to “squeeze” that route more. “I have to do better on that,” Jenkins said.

What happened with Nate Solder, who allowed two sacks in the first half?

“I didn’t play well enough,” Solder said. “There were a couple of things I just screwed up.” The left tackle said that by the third drive, he was able to get “on top of their speed and on top of their rush moves” and it wasn’t a problem for the rest of the game. “I blame it on myself,” he said. “I didn’t come out fully prepared and ready to go.”

Why wasn’t Eli Apple’s fumble recovery a touchdown?

Because the call on the field initially was an incomplete pass, which blew the ball dead. It wasn’t until the Giants challenged the call that the officials decided Jones had caught the ball and been stripped by Jenkins. Apple did pick up the ball, was never touched by a Falcons player and would have scored.

"Just another fumble recovery,” Apple said. “I thought that was going to be a big momentum swing to get us going.”

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