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Players talk about how the game of football speeds up from college to the pro game, which is exactly what Giants punter Steve Weatherford said was the difference between the NFL regular season and the playoffs.
And he should know.
Weatherford, 29, was with the Jets the last two seasons, when they reached the AFC Championships in back-to-back seasons for six playoff games. Before that he played for the Saints in 2006, as they reached the NFC Championship. Including yesterday, Weatherford has played in 10 playoff games, with No. 11 on deck this weekend when the Giants head to Green Bay for a Sunday divisional playoff game.
“For some of these guys it was their first playoff game,” Weatherford said. “David Baas, he’s one of the best centers in the game and that was his first playoff win and playoff game period. I was really excited and happy for a lot of these guys. And I kind of feel like an old savvy vet because I think I have the most playoff games out of everybody in here.”
Not quite. Giant OL Kareem McKenzie has played in 12 playoff games. Still, pretty rarified air. Weatherford said the Giants have all the momentum a team needs getting to this time of the season.
“It wasn’t really just winning yesterday, it was the fashion in which we did it,” Weatherford said. “I don’t consider that safety giving up points. I mean, the defense didn’t give that up. As far as I’m concerned thats a shut out.”
“The defense has been playing fantastic and I think our kickoff team and our punt team have been putting the defense in advantageous field position. If you are able to punt the ball down to the 10 yard line or tackle a guy on the 15 on kickoff, there’s not a lot of teams that are going to be able to drive 85 yards on this defense.”