Although, the New York Giants had a turbulent season they will be one of the most prepared teams for the playoffs. Encountering problems like playing under pressure, injuries and lack of form have molded the Giants into a tougher team.
The Giants, who are 9-7 in the season managed to acquire the NFC East title in the last game of the season. They defeated the Dallas Cowboys in a playoff-like match by 31-14 to confirm their spot for a chance at the Championship.
In a recent news conference head Tom Coughlin stated that the Giants had been encountering play-off like matches for the last three weeks of the season. That is quite true as the Giants had to win their last games in order to enter the playoffs.
Their last game of the season was a do or die encounter against the Dallas Cowboys. The two teams had met just 3 weeks ago in an enthralling game that the Giants won by 37-34. This time round, the Giants dominated the proceedings and proved why they deserved a spot in the playoffs.
Coughlin told reporters that because of these last couple of matches the Giants were well prepared for the tests of the playoffs. Coughlin also stated that younger players, who had been present in the last three games, had acquired valuable experience for the playoffs.
“I think we have been in playoff games, we have been in playoff games for the last three weeks,” Coughlin said. “We are battle tested in a lot of ways because we have played some really outstanding football teams all down through the second half of the season. What I told them was the straight up truth, this is the playoffs. There are 12 teams in the playoffs and 20 teams go home, it is a single-elimination tournament and if you win, you go on. If you lose, you go home. It is reality.”
“I think a lot of the young guys have a feeling for that. I really felt that what was very good about our football team was the building throughout the week and the outstanding practices and then the peer pressure. Not only the pressure to perform but to play smart and do the smart thing and I thought that was prevalent everywhere on our team.”
The Giants will play host to the Atlanta Falcons in their first game of the playoffs. The encounter has been scheduled for January 8 at the MetLife Stadium.