NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — New York captured the NFC East by beating the Jets and Dallas Cowboys in the final two games of the regular season.

Couple that with last-second losses to top NFC seed Green Bay and No. 2 seed San Francisco during the season, and that confidence is back as the Giants prepare for a wild-card game against the Atlanta Falcons (10-6) at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.

“You have played the best teams and you know how you stack up against them,” said defensive end Justin Tuck, according to the New York Daily News. “You have taken guys’ best shots.”

What has to be encouraging for the Giants is the way that the defense has stepped up.

After watching Eli Manning and the offense carry the team most of the season, the ‘D’ has contributed big time.

“I stayed confident in our group,” Antrel Rolle, who week after week predicted the team’s playoff berth, told WFAN’s Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts Tuesday. “I stayed confident in our approach.”

Listen: Rolle with Joe & Evan

Manning also is having a career year. He threw for a team-record 4,933 yards, 29 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. Second-year receiver Victor Cruz finished with a franchise-record 1,536 yards receiving and a team-high nine touchdowns, including five of 68 yards or longer.

Tuck and Rolle believe the Giants have a chance to play for a championship.

“We’re capable of winning the Super Bowl,” Tuck said after the Giants beat Dallas — and earned their way into the playoffs.

“We’re all in,” Rolle told Benigno and Roberts. “We’re all on deck, and we’re going to make a run at this thing.”

How far will the Giants take their playoff run? Make your case in the comments below…

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Comments (3)
  1. jadez says:

    the defense will need to step up and play at a level way above what they are playing now.
    can this defense hold the best QBs in the league under 21 points week after week after week after week?

    if you think they will then HELLO SUPERBOWL.

    if they cant?
    one and done….at best,

  2. Hank says:

    Giants/Ravens in the Super Bowl. Giants will get their revenge.

  3. John Renaldo says:

    At the end of the day it’s all good for Antrel as his Giants are in it and my JETS are sent home crying (literally) at the end of the day. But at the end of the day, the giants likely wont win the super bowl this year even though I will root for them as the other NY team but when its all said and done at the end of the day Antrel will probably be watching the Super Bowl with Marky Mark and Rexy’s bunch.

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