Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was so impressed by his team’s performance in a 24-2 win over the Falcons that he guaranteed a win over the Packers on Sunday a few minutes after yesterday’s game.
“We know what’s at stake here. It’s either one-and-done, and we’re not going to let that happen,” Pierre-Paul said. “We’re going to go out there and give all our effort, and we’re going to walk away with the win.”
While his teammates didn’t join in on the guarantee, they did make it clear today they had no problem with Pierre-Paul talking big.
“I’ve got his back, whatever he says,” defensive end Dave Tollefson said. “Whatever he says, guarantee or not, I’ve got his back and we’re going to do our best.”
Defensive end Justin Tuck issued his own guarantee today, nothing along the lines of Pierre-Paul. Asked if he’d guarantee a win, Tuck replied: “No, I’m not. But I’m going to guarantee we’re going to go up there and try to get the win.”
Tuck said he had no problem with JPP speaking up, and won’t address the matter with his teammate, even if it did give the Packers some bulletin board material.
“I don’t think it’s anything that warrants me going to say something. I encourage people telling the truth. If you feel that way, say it.”
And outspoken safety Antrel Rolle, never one to shy away from his own controversial public statements, said he had no problem with Pierre-Paul.
“Whatever my teammates say, I don’t care if they say something obnoxious, I don’t care what they say, I’m backing them all the way,” Rolle said. “That’s the kind of guy I am. If JPP says it, we’re going to go out there and we’re going to get it done.”