NEW YORK (WFAN) – The Giants put on an embarrassing display this past Sunday, losing 34-0 to the Falcons at the Georgia Dome.
How can the Giants look so dominant one week and so helpless the next? Why did Big Blue look so lifeless in a game which was so important to its playoff hopes?
Safety Antrel Rolle, for one, can’t offer an explanation.
“I just, I really don’t know (what happened),” Rolle told WFAN co-hosts Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts in his weekly spot on Tuesday. “It just seems like whenever there is an up, there’s a down … It just seemed like no matter what phase of the game it was, the (Falcons) were extremely successful and we were very unsuccessful.”
With the Giants now in a three-way tie with the Redskins and Cowboys for first place in the NFC East — and currently sitting in ninth place in the conference — the two-time Pro Bowler knows that his team needs to pick up the slack immediately and get back to its winning ways.
If the Giants don’t, they’ll be heading home prematurely after having a comfortable divisional lead throughout the season.
“We need to fix this right now,” Rolle said. “There is no tomorrow for us at this point. Everything that needs to happen has to take place right now.”
Though Big Blue struggled in every facet of the game in Week 15, the former first-round pick was especially critical of his own play against the NFC South champions. Rolle had just one tackle and no pass deflections as Matt Ryan torched New York’s defense for 270 yards and three touchdowns.
“I was absolutely horrified with the way I played,” Rolle said candidly. “I think I played probably one of my worst games ever. Not just as far as the overall game, but as far as tackling. I think I tackled extremely poorly throughout the course of the game, and I even told my coach on the plane ride home, ‘I’m extremely mad at myself. That’s not the way that Antrel Rolle plays football’ … Was I myself? Absolutely not.”
The 2010 All-Pro acknowledges that although the G-Men have been down this road before and ultimately prevailed, it doesn’t mean that this season will be a replica of last season.
But still, Rolle believes in his team’s character and ability to persevere.
“We’ve made it hard for ourselves and we’ve taken a lot of slack, as well we should,” Rolle said. “Whatever is being said about us right now, do we deserve it? Absolutely. But you know what? We’re never out of the fight. I don’t care what anyone has to say about the Giants, about the players, about whatever the case may be. We’ve still got this thing, and we’re going to go out there and fight. We will give it our all this coming Sunday.”
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