Monday, January 23, 2012
Kraft, players talk Giants
By Mike Reiss
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots owner Robert Kraft and players commented on the team's opponent in Super Bowl XLVI -- the Giants -- today at Gillette Stadium.
Kraft said his family thinks "a great deal of the ownership" of the Giants, referring to John Mara and Steve Tisch, while also complimenting the team's coaching and personnel executives.
He later was asked how vivid his memories were of the Super Bowl XLII matchup between the teams.
"I’ve never been able to watch it," he said, echoing remarks made by quarterback Tom Brady earlier in the day. "I do remember the end of the game, a ball going through our cornerback’s hands [Asante Samuel] that if he had caught that ball and it hadn’t gone through his hands, we would have been able to take a knee and we would have won the game. And, you know, that Eli [Manning] doing a great job escaping from that pile of guys that we had on him, and whether the whistle blows and the great catch and all these things. In the end, there are a lot of little things. That was a great game, that was a great team, and we’re looking forward to having the privilege of going to Indianapolis."
Players, meanwhile, weren't looking to the past -- whether the Nov. 6 meeting between the teams this season or the Super Bowl.
Receiver/cornerback/returner Julian Edelman, now in his third season, said he didn't sense revenge as a theme among some of his veteran teammates.
"I think it’s two totally different teams, in a different situation, a different scenario. I don’t really think that’s going on," he said.
“We can’t do anything about our past," running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis added. "We have to do something about our future moving forward and how we prepare for those guys. We know they’re a good team so we have to be ready."