The current Giants certainly seem confident they can make a run at Super Bowl XLVI. But they're not the only ones. At least one very prominent former Giant agrees.
"I think it's legitimate," Fox analyst Michael Strahan said Thursday after interviewing several players at MetLife Stadium for Sunday's pregame show. "I think the Giants' chances are as good anybody."
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"They can score points," said Strahan, who retired after the team won Super Bowl XLII. "There are two factors for this team: One, offensively, is to get the running game going, because Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw are very physical, effective backs.
"And defensively it's about holding up on the back end and getting to the quarterback on the front end."
Strahan said getting past the Falcons will be no easy task.
"It's a team that is pretty balanced, plays good defense and has a good running back and has some dangerous receivers, and I think Matt Ryan has something to prove in the playoffs."
But if the Giants do win, and the Saints beat the Lions . . . the Giants will be back in Green Bay, site of the 2007 team's NFC Championship coronation.
"That would be amazing," Strahan said. "They had an opportunity to play them once before [a 38-35 loss Dec. 4] so they go in without a fear factor . . . And that defense gives up a lot of points."