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Kiwi: “We’re a Super Bowl team”

2006: MATHIAS KIWANUKA, Defensive end, Boston College Drafted:

2006: MATHIAS KIWANUKA, Defensive end, Boston College
Drafted: First round, No. 32 overall
With Michael Strahan and Osi Umenyiora already occupying the defensive end positions, Kiwanuka worked at linebacker in 2007 before moving back to the D-line in 2008. Starting 41 of 61 games in four-plus seasons, Kiwanuka has amassed 166 tackles, 23.5 sacks, 8 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and 2 interceptions. A bulging disc in his neck forced Kiwanuka to miss the last 13 games in 2010 and has his career in jeopardy.
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Without a doubt the Giants can win it all, said Mathias Kiwanuka.

And the only thing stopping them from running the table this postseason is …them.

“This is definitely a Super Bowl team,” the Giants linebacker matter-of-factly said Thursday. “We just have to go out there and get it done.”

The questions and concerns that surfaced shortly after their devastating loss to the Redskins Dec. 18 have been replaced by an unwavering self-assurance in their talent and their chances.

It doesn’t matter that the Giants haven’t made the playoffs the past two seasons. In fact, their collective confidence couldn’t be higher.

“I think we’re in a very good situation,” Kiwanuka said. “Having everybody back, having everybody practicing. Getting the reps during the week is so important, and so when we get out on the field there’s no if, ands or buts about who’s going to be where. It’s just line up and get to the quarterback.”

“I think we’re at the peak of our confidence right now for this entire season,” he added. “We had some injuries early on in the year, you can point to a number of different things for reasons why we weren’t playing the way we should. But the issue is right now we’re finally clicking and we’re getting there."

But as his team gets ready to embark on this year’s playoff push, the Giants’ 2007 Super Bowl win still lingers in the back of his mind.

“It’s still great to be a part of a victory that’s that big,” said Kiwanuka, who was on injured reserve that year. “But to be out there on the field I think would be a true victory for me.”

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