"It was an opportunity lost, an opportunity to put that team behind us," Canty said. "It was an opportunity to secure first place in our division, at home, in front of our fans. It was a great atmosphere. You couldn't ask for a better evening to play football. We just went out there and didn't execute. We didn't match their intensity. We got punched in the mouth, and we didn't do anything about it."
"That can't happen," he said. "We have to do something. We just can't do nothing. The result is what happened last night when you do nothing."
The Giants have been dismal in the second halves in recent years. New York started 5-0 in 2009 and finished 8-8. It also opened last season with a 6-2 mark and missed the playoffs with a 10-6 record, losing two of the final three games.
"It's put up or shut up," cornerback Antrel Rolle said. "At the end of the day, I am not trying to be sitting at home come the first week of January, watching these other teams that I know are not better than us go on. We're a great team. We know we're a great team. We have to go out there and prove it."
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