Rolle On WFAN: Even Though Playoffs Look Slim, Giants Are Playing For Pride
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NEW YORK (WFAN) – Big Blue is in deep trouble.
Following the Giants’ crushing 24-21 loss to the Cowboys on Sunday, their season is on life support. New York (4-7) is now two games behind the NFC East-leading Eagles and Cowboys with five games to play. Three of those games are on the road, and both the Seahawks and the Lions are on the docket.
Is the playoff dream dead?
“To be honest with you, I don’t know,” Giants safety Antrel Rolle told WFAN hosts Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts in his weekly spot on Tuesday. “The chances are extremely slim. But to be honest with you, neither does it matter. When I say it doesn’t matter, it doesn’t mean that I don’t care about not going to the playoffs.
“When I say it doesn’t matter, that means that we still have to go out there and play five games as if it’s our last.”
The G-Men will most likely have to win out and get some serious help if they’re to shock the world and make the postseason following their dreadful start.
But Rolle insists that his team can no longer worry about the playoffs. New York simply has to play its game.
“We have to go out there and we have to set the tempo,” Rolle told Joe & Evan. “We have to do things better than we did last week, do things better than we did the week before, and go out there and prepare and play like Giants. Things are not gonna work out in your favor all the time. That doesn’t mean that you hang your head low.
“You gotta go out there, and you get better. You play football, you play with pride.”
When Roberts asked the Giants’ captain if he’s confident that the team will remain focused and play the following five games as if they’re playoff games, Rolle didn’t hesitate.
“I’m overly confident,” the two-time Pro Bowler said. “I’m overly confident that this team will go out there, and we won’t shut it down because our chances are very slim of making the playoffs. I mean, to be honest with you, when you start 0-6 you have to be perfect in order to make it to the playoffs anyway. There’s no room for error. So, it didn’t stop our fight … We’re gonna continue to fight.”
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