- Ian Begley, ESPN Staff Writer
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What was that statement?
Boley thinks the Giants reminded the rest of the league that they're the same team that won the Super Bowl last year -- and that they're capable of doing the same thing this season.
"There’s no doubt," Boley said. "I think we feel that once we put everything together, offense, defense and special teams; that’s something that is going to be tough for teams to beat us. We kind of put everything together (Sunday) and we showed that we’re a team to be reckoned with."
Earlier in the week, coach Tom Coughlin suggested that his team was an underdog coming into its NFC Championship Game rematch with the 49ers.
But it certainly didn't seem that way after three and a half hours of football. The Giants thoroughly dominated San Francisco, winning the turnover battle, 3-0, running for 149 yards and sacking San Francisco quarterbacks six times.
Boley called it the Giants' best defensive performance of the season.
"I think we definitely made a statement as far as we are a physical team. A lot of people doubted us as far as what we were going to do against San Fran. They just came off of a 600-yard performance running the ball and passing the ball and so it was a lot of doubts as far as we’ve been up and down this year," Boley said. "... So I think we made a statement that this is a physical team that we’re going to stop the run and we’re going to run the ball and we did that (Sunday)."
As far as playing the underdog card, wideout Domenik Hixon said he thought some critics would find a way to minimize the Giants' accomplishments against the Niners.
"For some reason, every time we do something, someone finds a way to say that we could have done it better," Hixon said. "... At the end of the day, we’re out there to win ball games, I guess, not to steal a headline."
Hixon predicted that Coughlin would come up with another way to fire up his team as it prepares to take on the 3-3 Redskins in an NFC East showdown.
"He’s going to find something to put in our ear to motivate you," Hixon said.
So what will that message be? Coughlin didn't want to say on Monday.
"That's not for you to know," Coughlin said. "That'll be among the team. I will say this: we need to have consistency."