Kiwanuka: No excuses for Giants' struggles

Mathias Kiwanuka | New York Giants

New York Giants' defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka speaks about the injuries and poor play as reasons that kept the team from succeeding this season.

This past Sunday the New York Giants found out they would not be going past Week 17 this season. After losing to the San Diego Chargers 34-14, in addition to both the Philadelphia Eagles and the Arizona Cardinals winning, the Giants dropped to 5-8 and were eliminated from playoff contention this season. Giants' defensive end, Mathias Kiwanuka, said the plane ride home was "a tough one."

When it comes to the future of the organization Kiwanuka stayed positive.

"We made all the corrections and the goal is to make sure those don't come back up again now," and that the team needed to, "stay focused and make sure that we play our responsibility and trust the man next to us and don't let those things happen," noted Kiwanuka.

Kiwanuka mentioned the ability of the defensive line to step up in the big moment.

"Whenever there is a play that needs to be made, we all take it upon ourselves to go out there and make that play," stated Kiwanuka. "We have to be able to do that within the confines of the defense and that's what the issue is right now." Generally this season fans have seen poor decisions made by the Giants on all levels, and it has cost them more than in the past; something many hope to see corrected next season."

Another issue that has contributed to New York's lack of success includes a great deal of injuries. Among the starters who went down throughout this season, the Giants lost: Chris Snee, Dave Baas, David Wilson, Stevie Brown, Corey Webster, as well as injuries to Jason Pierre-Paul.

"We're not at the point where we're going to make excuses but I do feel like we have taken on a lot of adversity," said Kiwanuka.

While the Giants are aware they will not go past week seventeen this season, there are three regular games left for the team to play

"We have a lot to play for," admitted Kiwanuka. "You have to make sure you do it to the best of your ability."

Even so, going out this season will be no easy task. This upcoming Sunday the Giants play the 11-2 Seattle Seahawks. Kiwanuka believes the game will be "helpful." He said, "This is a great opportunity to get one." Even so, the Giants have a lot to fix before Sunday.

"We just have to make sure we're doing it effectively and we're able to make plays when we need them and get stops when we need them and come out with a win," noted Kiwanuka.

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