The Giants were looking good at 6-2 at the halfway point of the 2010 season with many people in the media saying they were the most complete team in the NFL. In two short weeks with losses against the Cowboys and Eagles, the attention turned to potentially another second half collapse under Coughlin.
With the Giants getting worked by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first half of their next game, it wasn’t looking good.
The Jags had rushed for 147 yards in the first half alone and built a 17-7 lead. The defense was gashed despite the Jags not having a single threat in the passing game, and captain Justin Tuck had had enough.
During half time of the game, Tuck gave a legendary half time speech that apparently brought several players to tears. The nature of what was said was centered around protecting their house, since the game was being played at The Meadowlands, but what was actually said was apparently too animated to repeat.
Barry Cofield said he had never felt anything like the way he felt walking out of the locker room back through the tunnel on to the field, during which time he had tears streaming down his cheeks.
Whatever Tuck said, it obviously worked because the Giants defense stifled the Jags and they did not allow a single point in the second half, allowing the offense to get back in the game.
The comeback was completed with a 33 yard touchdown pass to Kevin Boss to break a 17-17 tie. As they had the whole second half, the defense stepped up and did not allow the Jags to score, stopping them on a 4th down play.
Comeback victories are always fun to be a part of when you’re on the winning side, but to know it was a direct result of a speech during half time makes it almost a Hollywood moment.