Eli Manning: New York Giants' Loss To Dallas Cowboys 'A Reality Check'

The New York Giants aren't in Kansas, or their 2012 run to Super Bowl glory, any longer. The defending champions are in a new season, and they are now 0-1 after a disappointing 24-17 loss to the NFC East rival Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday during which the Giants did not play well.

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Quarterback Eli Manning called the loss "a reality check" during an appearance Thursday on WFAN with Mike Francesa.

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"I think sometimes you need a little reality check to say, ‘Hey we were praised for a long time.' When you win six straight games like we did last year and then you go seven months without playing any games you kind of just get ... you go out there and you are going to win," Manning said. "You like to have that attitude, but you gotta make sure you prepare yourself to the uttermost and have that great desire and that great fight in you to go get that win and give it everything that it takes, so we just gotta get back into that mentality and make sure we are doing everything possible to go out there and get a win."

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Head coach Tom Coughlin made 'Build The Bridge' from last season's success to this year a theme for the Giants. Right now, the bridge is not looking well-constructed.

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-- See Big Blue View for more about the Giants

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