Memories of his first game against Dallas are fueling Prince Amukamara heading into Sunday's showdown for the NFC East title.
"I'm definitely licking my chops and I definitely want to redeem myself," the rookie said.
In the first meeting between the two teams on Dec. 11, Amukamara got burned for a 74-yard pass that led to a touchdown that put Dallas in front in the fourth quarter. The rookie also had a mistake on a coverage that led to a big gain and an eventual field goal for the Cowboys at the end of the first half. The Giants won the game, 37-34.
"I think every competitor has that fire in them to leave their best play on the field," Amukamara said about wanting to face Dallas again.
The Dallas game started what has been a rough stretch for the Giants' first-round pick. Following Dallas, he struggled against Redskins and was benched after allowing several completions, including a touchdown against him. Washington routinely threw at him in the first half of that game.
Against the Jets last Saturday, he believes that he only played six snaps. Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said that the Giants chose to go more with their three-safety look against the Jets. He said that Amukamara has had a very good week of practice and may be used more in this game. The Cowboys personnel might dictate use of more corners in the game.
The rookie isn't approaching this game any differently despite not knowing how much he may or may not be involved in the defensive gameplan.
"I'm always going to be ready regardless, whether if Aaron (Ross) or Corey (Webster) gets tired for some reason and I have to go in, I'm always going to be ready," Amukamara said. "Coach (Peter) Giunta always tells me to prep like I'm going to be a starter because I'm only one play away so that's how I'm prepping."
As a rookie, Sunday night will mark the biggest game of Amukamara's career to date.
"This is huge," the cornerback said. "There's a lot on the line and (the Giants) haven't been to the playoffs in a couple of years so it would be good to go to the playoffs this year."