Who’s next? Come on. It was less than an hour after the Giants beat the Rams and the questions and answers were already being thrown around about the Eagles.
The Giants will get to face their NFC East nemesis for the first time since that dreadful night in December. Have they moved beyond it?
“Last year will linger with me until I die,” Justin Tuck said.
“Obviously it’s a big game,” David Diehl added. “It’s a big game, division rivals. And nobody forgot last year.”
Mathias Kiwanuka did not play in either of the two losses to the Eagles in 2010. He said the emotional scars for him are not as painful.
“For me it’s just another game,” he said. “Beating an Eagles team with everything they have on paper is definitely going to be a confidence booster. We’re ready to roll. We know we have the personnel to do it and I’m looking forward to it.”
Kiwanuka said that even if some people may have moved past that loss – although judging from the Tuck and Diehl quotes and others, not many have – it will be tough to remove that experience from the upcoming week of prep.
“You have to revisit that the whole week when you’re watching film, so it’s going to be brought back up again,” he said. “I’m sure we’re going to have a lot of conversations about it. Hopefully that sticks in peoples’ heads so that they are 100 percent accurate in their execution.”
And Tuck said he hopes that Michael Vick, the Eagles’ quarterback who suffered a concussion on Sunday, will be able to play on Sunday.
“That guy is a tremendous athlete,” Tuck said. “Obviously, as he goes and that offense goes, you always want to beat teams at their best. Me, personally, I would love for him to play. I think he brings out the best in us, too. Maybe we go down there and he’s not in there and we think we got this thing won. If he’s playing, we know we have to be on our toes. We all know that Philadelphia is a great football team. We’re going to have a great game regardless of if Vick plays or not.”