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Peppers' performance inspires Giants' linemen

On Sunday night outside Washington, the Giants wrapped up their night-before-the-game meetings just in time to retire to their hotel rooms and watch the Panthers beat the Vikings on television. And they saw Julius Peppers dominate the game.

Terrifying? Not for everyone.

“Watching a guy like that have a monster game, it’s inspiring,” Mathias Kiwanuka said. “It makes everyone want to being their play up. That was fun to watch.”

Kiwanuka said that when he watches a football game, his eye always gravitates to the defensive end. So naturally he was keeping tight tabs on Peppers. It was, of course, hard not to. The entire country saw him dominate the Vikings’ offensive line and while he sacked Brett Favre only once he was harassing him the entire game.

“Everybody saw the performance that Peppers put on,” Kiwanuka said. “As a fan it was exciting to watch.”

Still, it was probably only fun for Panthers fans or, like Kiwanuka, defensive end fans.

“Left tackle fans were probably shaking a little bit,” Kiwanuka said with a laugh.

(Photo: AP)

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