Antrel Rolle is new to New York, as you may remember from his recent tangle with fans regarding the etiquette of booing. So he's probably not well-versed in the lore of guarantees, from Namath to Messier to Fassel.
That hasn't stopped him from making his own definitive statement about what will happen Sunday. Asked if he thinks the Giants will make the playoffs, he said he has no doubt about it.
"I don't think it, I know it," Rolle said Monday. "Because that's what going to happen. I know it's going to happen this weekend. I have no doubt. I said it's going to happen, it's going to happen."
The Giants are in a win-and-in situation against the Packers. Even if they lose, they can't be eliminated from playoff contention until Week 17.
"The way it bounced is that we're still right where we need to be," Rolle said. "All we need is to get into the playoffs. That's it. Everything else after that will take care of itself."
Other players are as confident. "I have no doubts in my mind," linebacker Keith Bulluck said of making the playoffs. "I think we have a really good team.''
The 2007 Giants found out that anything can happen once in the playoffs. And Rolle referenced his own history with the 9-7 Cardinals a year later. "We ended up losing the Super Bowl by a split-second," he said of the loss to the Steelers. "All we need is to get in, and we will get in and we'll move forward when that time comes."