The 2011-2012 NFC Championship game may have been one of the most physical, violent and mentally demanding games played in the NFL over the last decade. It's been referred to as a "blood bath" by several players, and many expect something similar this Sunday when the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers square off.
49ers quarterback Alex Smith believes they have some "unfinished business" to attend to, while former Giants wide receiver Mario Manningham has already begun his chirping. Thus far, however, the Giants have played it relatively cool – almost like the calm before the storm.
"They have a good defense. You got to give them credit and they touched Eli way too many times [in the NFC Championship game], so that’s something that we got to focus on," center David Baas said.
Like Baas, safety Antrel Rolle has a good idea of what to expect on Sunday … and it's not rainbows and lollipops.
"One of the toughest games I’ve ever played, hands down," Rolle said. "A great offense as well as a great defense and it seems to be even clicking a lot better their second year under Jim Harbaugh and they present a lot of great things. They’re a very effective unit."
However, Rolle doesn't believe San Fran has had this game circled on their calendars … but he would be mistaken. The team has been openly salty about their NFC Championship game loss to the Giants, with some repeatedly claiming it was their game to lose. And former Giants running back Brandon Jacobs, now a member of the 49ers, said earlier this year the team refuses to even discuss the NFC Championship game.
Needless to say, the 49ers are out for revenge on Sunday, and it will be up to the Giants to match their intensity.
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