Giants' Jacobs: Plaxico saga cost us championship

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By Ryan Chatelain

If Plaxico Burress didn’t accidentally shoot himself, the Giants would be bathing in champagne Sunday while celebrating back-to-back Super Bowl championships, star running back Brandon Jacobs said.

“If we have Plax on our team, we go 15-1, and we win the Super Bowl,” Jacobs said. “I'm not afraid to say that, and I'll say it to anybody on any team.”

Speaking to reporters Thursday in Tampa, Fla., where the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals will compete in Super Bowl XLIII, Jacobs said the team’s chemistry changed with Burress gone.

“We had a different identity with him, and we didn't have enough time to change our identity to be effective at what we wanted to do.”

Burress was arrested in November after he shot himself in the leg while at a Manhattan nightclub. He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of criminal gun possession. Days after the incident, the Giants suspended Burress for the rest of the season.Big Blue had a 9-1 record with their star receiver in the lineup, but was 3-4, including a divisional playoff loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, without him.

But Jacobs insisted he hopes Burress will return to the Giants in 2009 and that he had no feelings toward his teammate.

“A lot of people don’t know anything about what happens or how targeted we are,” Jacobs said. “I'm not going to blame him from protecting himself, but in the end he harmed himself.”

The Giants wouldn’t comment on Jacobs’ remarks Thursday.

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