The Giants must show a willingness to engage that has only been apparent on an every-other-game basis in recent weeks.
The presence of an explosive return man and running back gives the Giants an element that they did not have previously, and one that they may need the rest of the way.
It was a tough week for the Top 10, as the Niners, Giants, Ravens and Bears all lost. The Steelers, Bengals, Seahawks and Redskins are all poised and ready to crack the rankings.
“Obviously it’s not the situation you want to put yourself in, but that’s football,” Manning said. …”It’s all going to come down to, ‘How do you play these next four games?’”
“It was soft, no question,” Coughlin said on Monday. “It was soft early. We came back and played a little bit better, and then they had their breakout there at the end of the game.”
“Teams have been sitting back in that Cover 2,” Cruz said, “so we’ve just got to take our time and find different ways to beat the opposition.”
“We’re going to go out there, we’re going to play our game,” Rolle said. “We’re going to play very efficient, we’re going to play very confident and we’re going out there ready to be some head-busters.”
“We practice the (two-minute drill) every week,” Manning said. “Coach Coughlin gives us the circumstance. He says, ‘Alright, here’s the deal. You’ve got 1:28 and two timeouts, and you need a field goal. You’ve gotta get to the 18-yard-line.’”
“I’m like birth control,” Wilson said. “You have to believe in me. Like birth control, 99.9 percent of the time I’m going to come through for you.”
“Last year they had our number, for whatever reason … And they look like a much better team this year,” Rolle said. “So we’re definitely going to put our foot to the metal and give it all that we’ve got this week.”
Prior to Sunday’s highly-anticipated matchup, a large chunk of Big Blue fans and 49ers fans got into a vicious brawl. The scene turned quickly ugly, as both men and women took part in the melee. There was pushing, screaming and punching.
There won’t be any salsa-dancing controversies on Sunday at Candlestick Park when the Giants take on the San Francisco 49ers in a rematch of last season’s NFC championship game. At least that’s what 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers has vowed.
“With his teammates cheering him on, he did a sarcastic salsa dance over me,” Cruz wrote in his book in regard to Rogers. “The Candlestick Park crowd went ballistic, but I wasn’t laughing. It was a sign of disrespect.”
“It feels good to be somebody that the younger guys can look up to and come to for advice whenever they need it,” Cruz said. “It just so happens that in my third year I have to already switch hats and be the wise veteran to some of the younger guys.”
“I think we’re still kind of getting through the bumps and bruises of the season, and I think we’re going to be alright,” Cruz said. “I think we’re getting to the chunk of our schedule in these upcoming weeks, and I think we’ll be OK.”