Antrel Rolle: Giants ARE Making The Playoffs; Eli Manning Breaks Out of Shell and Addresses Team Alone
It seems like the Giants haven’t lost any confidence despite losing what many are dubbing “The Miracle At The Meadowland II.” When asked whether the Giants would make the playoffs, the Pro Bowl leading vote getter at safety didn’t leave any doubt.
“I don’t think. I know it. I don’t think it. I know it. That is because that is what is going to happen. I don’t have any doubt.”
Strong statement after the defense gave up 21 points in a little over seven minutes of game time. However, it’s good news that the Giants haven’t lose their swagger. They will need it when traveling to Lambeau Field.
The Packers will be beaming with confidence after a narrow loss to the presumed Super Bowl favorite Patriots. Matt Flynn played very well and there is no reason the Giants should take the game lightly if he were to start. They need to look no further than last season as evidence of that.
With the Giants at 8-6, they had a real chance to make the playoffs with two more games against Carolina and Minnesota. The Panthers were struggling, but had found new life under backup QB Matt Moore.
Most people thought the Giants would walk all over the Panthers and dominate them, but it turned out to be the other way around and the Panthers handed the Giants a 41-9 loss in the last ever game played at the old Giants Stadium.
It was a disgrace that people had to live with for six months, and some will never let it down as that stadium had so much history, and it was an embarrassing way to send it off.
The Giants have a similar chance to make the playoffs this weekend with a win over the Packers, only this time they know for sure; if they win they will clinch the Wild Card spot.
All of these circumstances, including the loss to the Eagles and the importance of the game this coming weekend, caused Eli Manning to do something he’s never done—address the entire team on his own.
Eli has never been a vocal leader, but the situation called for a speech from the offensive captain. According to Shaun O’Hara the message was a positive one, encouraging the Giants to lose the taste in their mouth and do everything they can to prepare for Green Bay.
This is good news that the veterans are speaking up and moving forward. As I said before, good teams have short term memory loss when it comes to bad games and mistakes; you just have to pick yourself up and move on.
On to the next one.