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At 3-1, Giants are gaining killer instinct

Hakeem Nicks

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Now that the Giants staged a grand, Eagles-like comeback in the fourth-quarter against Arizona, they can look forward to three weeks of home cooking.

And that starts with Sunday’s game against the Seahawks, which they’ll head into with the confidence that comes with applying a kill shot to an opponent.

“I think it’s a matter of him instilling it in our heads and us putting it together as a team and wanting to get the job done,” said wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, a day after his final catch in a 10-reception, 162-yard afternoon went for 29 yards and the winning touchdown. “Each game is going to go down to the wire and each game is going to be competitive. We always want to come out on top.”

That wasn’t always the case last year, especially at the end when the Eagles put together a 28-point fourth quarter to come from way back and beat the Giants.

Nicks said he wasn’t quite sure the sideline mentality had changed significantly. But what did change was that the Giants got the job done Sunday.

“It’s hard to say,” Nicks said. “We know what we want to be this year and no one is looking at what we did last year. We want to build off each week and get better as a team this week.”

Tom Coughlin’s Giants (3-1) will have that chance Sunday against a Seahawks (1-3) squad that barely lost to Atlanta. The mobile Tarvaris Jackson will present a different challenge than pocket passer Kevin Kolb, whom the Giants sacked four times, twice by Osi Umenyiora in his season debut. And indications point to fellow pass rusher Justin Tuck being available after he sat out the Arizona game with a neck burner.

The most important thing may be the Giants’ emphasis on getting back a killer instinct.

“We’ve done a lot on that,” Coughlin said. “We’ve done it with the use of video. We’ve done it with verbal lectures. We’ve done it any way you can think of. Hopefully it will stick with us.”


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