The Giants' defense showed a lot of things to Michael Vick the last time they faced him. One thing they didn't show him that a lot of other teams have, though, is fear.
While conventional wisdom is to keep Vick in the pocket, the Giants instead applied heavy pressure with secondary blitzes. Sometimes they reached him - sacking him three times and hitting him at least as many without sacks - and sometimes they didn't. Safety Antrel Rolle, who nearly had Vick on blitzes on several occasions, said he had never been as exhausted from blitzing.
Safety Deon Grant said he liked that the Giants weren't intimidated by Vick's athleticism, and he's making sure that they aren't on Sunday, either.
"If that even drips in our meeting room, I'm going off to the media, to the coaches, to everybody else," Grant said Wednesday. "That's one thing I don't play. A defense never plays scared. I've been on defenses like that and we got embarrassed. I said something about it then and I'll say something about it to this day. We won't even let that word come in our meeting room."
Vick had just destroyed the Redskins in a Monday night game the week before facing the Giants and he had yet to throw an interception heading into the game. Tom Coughlin had noted that watching Vick in that game against the Redskins gave him indigestion.
Grant said he made sure that the players weren't as intimidated. "Everybody was so amped that we were playing them that I just didn't see any fear coming in the room," he said. "I tried to tackle that before it even came. I made sure there wasn't any fear coming in anybody's eyes, anybody's hearts."
The Giants held Vick to no touchdown passes and for just 34 rushing yards, but he did have a 4-yard scoring run.
Eagles running back LeSean McCoy was impressed how Giants blitzes contained Vick. "Mike is throwing the ball really well, and sometimes he gets a chance to get out of the pocket a little bit, a run here and there," McCoy said. "He gets kind of a spark, a little extra energy. You know, those plays where there can't be any yards made, and he makes those plays. They did a good job of shutting that down, the extra yards, the extra plays. I give them credit for that. That made a big difference in our game."
Vick's been impressive enough that last week, after beating the Cowboys, running back Tashard Choice asked Vick for an autograph after the game. "What is that?" Grant asked. "I'm not asking for no autograph from anybody I'm playing against . . . That's the last thing on my mind."