When all was said and done last Sunday, the New York Giants had pulled off an incredible win over the San Francisco 49ers … a team no one thought they had any business beating. But rather than gloat or puff out their chests, Big Blue immediately looked beyond what they had just done, and trained their eyes on the calendar. They were looking at October 21st and a date with the Washington Redskins.
The Giants may have ended last season as Super Bowl champions, but that doesn't mean everything went according to plan. And although they have fond memories of an improbable run to greatness, members of the 2011 team still hold onto bitter memories of two embarrassing losses to the Washington Redskins, which included a terrible showing at home in which they were booed, loudly, by their very own fans.
“We definitely remember,” Antrel Rolle recalled last week. “It made things extremely hard for us to get into the postseason last year with those two losses in our division against the same team. We understand that they’ve got a good team — especially when they come play us.”
Already 0-2 against the NFC East, the Giants don't really need any extra motivation to go out and perform well on Sunday, but they have it. They not only want to notch their first win within the division, they want to avenge two terrible losses in what was an otherwise amazing 2011 campaign.
“It’s a team that’s given us a lot of trouble and it’s always a dogfight playing them regardless of if we win or they win. We know what kind of game to be expecting — a game that’s going to come down to the wire, a game that we’re going to have to play our best ball if we’re going to have a chance to win," Justin Tuck said.
Revenge aside, the Giants see the bigger picture. Falling to 0-3 in the NFC East after seven weeks would be a death sentence – something wide receiver Victor Cruz is hoping to avoid.
“We know that (0-2 record) is not good,” said Cruz. “In certain ways, this is probably a must-win game for us, especially in the division. We need to get ourselves a win (and) we need it right now.”
If nothing else, expect a lot of emotion out on that field this afternoon.
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