Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Giants not interested in talking about 2007
By Kieran Darcy
It's only natural for fans, and reporters, to think back to the 2007 NFC Championship Game, with the Giants and Packers facing each other in the playoffs again on Sunday.
But Giants players who remain from that Super Bowl-winning team don't sound too interested in reliving their epic 23-20 overtime victory at Lambeau Field four years ago.
"I think this is a whole new situation," quarterback Eli Manning said after practice on Wednesday. "This is a new year, new team, new players, going against a new team. It’s just a matter of guys executing, guys knowing the game plan, going in there, looking forward to the opportunity that’s ahead of us."
"That game is history," said right guard Chris Snee. "Loved every minute of it, but [it was] four years ago."
"We’re talking about something that happened four years ago," said right tackle Kareem McKenzie. "Really, right now we’re trying to go ahead and build some new memories."
Whether the players admit it or not, the Giants must have an extra dose of confidence heading to Green Bay this weekend, considering they won a championship game at Lambeau just four seasons ago.
But even coach Tom Coughlin dodged the subject in his Wednesday morning news conference. When asked about his quarterback's performance in the '07 championship game, Coughlin responded curtly: "Well, his completion percentage for a day like that, to me, was incredible. But that was '07. This is '11." And Coughlin said he would not be showing his team any video from that game.
As for Manning, he did share one thought about the '07 championship game, when asked about his memories of the weather -- a temperature at kickoff of minus-1 degrees, with a wind chill of minus-23.
"You know, just, it was chilly," said Manning. "That’s about all I remember."