In the punt for a title

January, 15, 2012
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Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes was in a good mood after the 37-20 win over the Packers. He joked that the Giants had acquired a secret weapon this season by signing punter Steve Weatherford.

"If you want to go to the championship game, just sign Steve Weatherford," Tynes said, "because this is his fourth one in six years and that's with three different teams, so that's really impressive."

Weatherford went to the two most recent AFC title games with the Jets, and before that played in an NFC title game with the Saints. That said, he has never reached a Super Bowl. So many near-misses have sharpened his approach to the game.

"If we're not going to win it all, it's all for nothing," Weatherford said. "I think every single person in this locker room feels the exact same way. We're hungry, we think we're the best team in the NFL and we're playing like it. I feel we all have the attitude of line 'em up, we'll knock em down."

Weatherford said the Giants kept an eye on San Francisco and the Packers after regular-season losses.

"We said the same thing about both these teams in the regular season: We'll see the again. And oddly enough we get a chance to get revenge on both of them."

So can the Giants beat the 49ers and reach the Super Bowl this season?

"I don't think it matters who it is right now," Weatherford said. "As long as we play our game, I don't think it matters. That's not arrogance, that's just kind of the way it is right now. We're playing great football we have great synergy in the locker room."

Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News and The New York Times. Follow Jane on Twitter.

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