Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie believes the defense made significant progress in Week 10. Yardbarker

The New York Giants lost a close one in the final seconds to the undefeated New England Patriots in Week 10, but cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie believes that the defense is headed in the right direction for the final six games.

"I felt great about [Sunday's defensive performance]," Rodgers-Cromartie said to reporters, per NJ Advanced Media. "You know what New England gets and for us to go out there and play the way we did I think we're headed in the right direction. I would like for us to get the stop at the end to complete it though.

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"I came in the locker room and everybody was hurt. I said, 'Fellas, man, if you don't take nothing from this game, take that we went out there and we fought with the best. We had a chance to win. It lets you know we can fight with anybody. So these last six games, it's going to be good.'"

Coming just a few plays away from defeating arguably the best team in the NFL is certainly not a negative, and while head coach Tom Coughlin also had some positive takeaways from the loss, he acknowledged that the defense is not quite there yet.

"Yeah, we are getting better, we are getting better," coach Tom Coughlin said. "We gave up some runs early on and then we settled down and did a good job with the run, I thought. We gave up a big play --- we gave up the play to Gronkowski in the middle of the field and that hurt obviously. We knew basically how far they needed to get to a field goal and that hurt, too."