Indianapolis isn’t exactly New Orleans, but each host city presents its own distractions during Super Bowl week. That’s why a year ago the short-winded Eli Manning got up in front of his team before the Giants departed East Rutherford, laying out what to expect and how to prepare.
“I think Eli definitely put a stamp on that team when he said what he said,” Antrel Rolle recalled on WFAN’s “Joe and Evan” on Tuesday. “Eli is not a guy of many words, but we know whenever he speaks, you know it’s coming more from the heart and that it’s something that’s going to be very beneficial for the team. And I think, honestly, I was extremely delighted that he made that comment.”
Shortly after, the Giants were hoisting the Lombardi Trophy after beating the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI. Rolle wasn’t as lucky in his first championship appearance when he was with the Arizona Cardinals, who lost Super Bowl XLIII to the Pittsburgh Steelers on a last-minute touchdown by Santonio Holmes.
Rolle, a little older and wiser, was more prepared the second time around, saying the difference was “like night and day.”
“The first Super Bowl, I really didn’t know what to expect,” Rolle continued. “Obviously I was a few years younger and just kind of caught up in the moment. I was just kind of caught up in the moment that we were actually able to accomplish something of that magnitude of reaching the Super Bowl. As opposed to last year, I was extremely more focused. I understood what was ahead of me. I understood the approach. I understood the mentality I was supposed to have, and more so I understood how to pace myself throughout the week, how to keep my emotions under control.”
As for the next Super Bowl, which will be held in MetLife Stadium, Rolle likes the change of scenery.
“I love the idea,” said Rolle, a Florida native and University of Miami product. “I love the idea more so because it’s Giants Stadium [MetLife Stadium] and second of all I think it brings a change. I think it brings a different atmosphere to the Super Bowl, and I think everything needs a change. Everything needs a change. It doesn’t always need to be in the warm weather, etc., etc., so I’m looking forward to it. I’m looking forward to the battle.”
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The Giants and Baltimore Ravens meet for the fourth time in the regular season, with the Ravens leading the series, 2-1. In their only postseason meeting, the Ravens defeated the Giants, 34-7, in Super Bowl XXXV in Tampa, Florida. In their last meeting, the Giants defeated the Ravens in Giants Stadium, 30-10, in Week 11 of the 2008 regular season.
Kickoff: 4:25 PM ET
Location: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD.
Radio: WFAN 660AM/101.9FM
Weather: Clear with temperatures steady near 46F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
BAL Lineup Changes: 32 Ihedigbo for 31 Pollard
15:00 — Game Captains: WR Victor Cruz and S Antrel Rolle. Giants win the coin toss and elect to receive.
13:49 — Ahmad Bradshaw loses two yards on a direct snap and the Giants go three-and-out on their opening possession.
11:29 — Ray Rice touches the ball on each of Baltimore’s first four plays.
8:45 — The replay assistant reverses the Giants’ fumble recovery (Jacoby Jones).
7:42 — TOUCHDOWN RAVENS. Joe Flacco to Torrey Smith for six yards. XP is GOOD. BALTIMORE 7, NEW YORK 0 (Drive: 14 plays, 73 yards in 5:25)
*The Ravens converted four third downs on the scoring drive.
6:02 — After forcing the Giants to punt, a 43-yard pass to Torrey Smith sets up the Ravens on the New York 1.
4:24 — TOUCHDOWN RAVENS. Flacco keeps it for a one-yard score. XP is GOOD. BALTIMORE 14, NEW YORK 0 (Drive: 4 plays, 47 yards in 2:10)
4:19 — On the first play of the ensuing drive, Rueben Randle picks up the Giants’ first first-down and more with a 43-yard catch.
1:34 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. David Wilson scores his fourth rushing touchdown of the season on a 14-yard sprint. XP is GOOD. BALTIMORE 14, NEW YORK 0 (Drive: 5 plays, 77 yards in 2:54)
0:00 — RAVENS 14, GIANTS 0
14:19 – Eli Manning is sacked for the first time of the day by Haloti Ngata for a 15-yard loss, setting up a second-and-25.
12:57 – The Giants are unable to convert on third down and punt back to the Ravens, who take over on their own 12.
7:36 – Jacoby Jones’ nine-yard touchdown is reversed and ruled incomplete.
6:09 — FIELD GOAL RAVENS. Justin Tucker makes a 23-yard attempt. BALTIMORE 17, NEW YORK 7 (Drive: 12 plays, 83 yards in 6:05)
4:14 – Domenik Hixon has a long gain negated by an offensive passing interference penalty called on himself.
1:10 — TOUCHDOWN RAVENS. Ray Rice takes a short pass 27 yards to the end zone. XP is GOOD. BALTIMORE 24, NEW YORK 7 (Drive: 7 plays, 76 yards in 2:11)
HALFTIME: RAVENS 24, NEW YORK 7
15:00 — The Giants kickoff to begin the second half.
14:23 — New York forces a quick three-and-out on the Ravens’ opening possession.
7:39 — Joe Flacco converts a third-and-19 with a 36-yard pass to Dennis Pitta. The Ravens are 8 of 11 on third-down conversions.
*Flacco has completed passes of 25 yards or more to four receivers.
5:18 — FIELD GOAL RAVENS. Tucker makes a 21-yard attempt. BALTIMORE 27, NEW YORK 7 (Drive: 16 plays, 82 yards in 7:57)
0:00 — RAVENS 24, GI
15:00 – Baltimore begins with the ball on the New York 31 to start the final quarter.
11:12 — FIELD GOAL RAVENS. Tucker makes a 30-yard attempt. BALTIMORE 30, NEW YORK 7 (Drive: 13 plays, 62 yards in 6:57)
9:34 – Bernard Pierce breaks free for a 78-yard run, the Ravens’ longest of the season.
7:30 — FIELD GOAL RAVENS. Tucker makes 29-yard attempt. BALTIMORE 33, NEW YORK 7 (Drive: 6 plays, 70 yards in 2:56)
3:24 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. Eli Manning finds Domenik Hixon in the end one for a 13-yard score. XP is GOOD. BALTIMORE 33, NEW YORK 14 (Drive: 11 plays, 80 yards in 4:07)
3:18 – Ray Rice gains eight yards, becoming the second Ravens’ player to eclipse 100 yards on the ground in the game.
FINAL: RAVENS 33, GIANTS 14
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In their “second season,” the Giants are 2-2 since the Week 11 bye, having alternated wins and losses. They are, however, on the down end of that trend, and Antrel Rolle was asked on his weekly WFAN spot what happened in the 34-0 loss to Atlanta.
“Basically nothing, nothing happened on our end,” Rolle told Joe and Evan on Tuesday. “I really don’t know. It just seems like wherever there’s an up, there’s a down, and I think that pretty much causes us to be a very inconsistent team. It just seems like no matter what phase of the game it was, they were extremely successful and we were very unsuccessful.”
As the Giants prepare for the Ravens – a team that has clinched a playoff spot but has lost three games in a row – Rolle won’t make any comparisons to last year’s Super Bowl run.
“We accept all challenges as Giants,” Rolle said. “We made it hard for ourselves, we made our own bed, and now we’ve got to go lie in it.”
He added: “A lot of talk is, ‘Well, the Giants have done it before , this is what they’re known for.’ Let me tell you, every year presents a different challenge. Every year, the team is going to be a different team. There is no crystal ball. There is no saying that things will happen the same way they did last year. We’ve got to go out there, we’ve got to make it happen.”
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14:56 — Stevie Brown grabs his sixth interception on a tipped pass intended for Jimmy Graham (covered by Antrel Rolle). Brown returns it 21 yards down to the Saints’ 20.
13:18 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. David Wilson powers in for a 6-yard score. XP is good. NEW YORK 28, NEW ORLEANS 13 (Drive: 4 plays, 20 yards in 1:40)
*Mark Herzlich makes a big tackle on the ensuing return, pinning the Saints back at their own 12. Giants force a quick three-and-out.
11:22 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. Hakeem Nicks grabs his third touchdown of the season on a 25-yard pass from Eli manning. XP is good. NEW YORK 35, NEW ORLEANS 13 (Drive: 6 plays, 62 yards in 3:09)
8:07 — Saints march into Giants territory after a 62-yard pass from Drew Brees to Joe Morgan, their longest play of the day.
7:28 — TOUCHDOWN SAINTS. Sproles rushes 13 yards for the score. XP is good. NEW YORK 35, NEW ORLEANS 20 (Drive: 3 plays, 75 yards in 0:52)
6:36 — Victor Cruz hits the 100-yard mark (111) after a 34-yard catch from manning.
5:10 — Manning’s pass intended for Martellus Bennett is intercepted by Isa Abdul-Quddus. Saints take over on their own 32.
1:51 — TOUCHDOWN SAINTS. Darren Sproles takes a short pass from Brees nine yards into the end zone. XP is good. NEW YORK 35, NEW ORLEANS 27 (6 plays, 68 yards in 3:09)
*Jerrel Jernigan returns the ensuing kickoff 60 yards down to the Saints’ 25.
*Paid attendance announced at 81,437
0:00 — GIANTS 35, SAINTS 27
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The Giants and New Orleans Saints meet for the 27th time in the regular season, with the Giants holding a 14-12 lead in the series. The two teams have never met in the postseason. In their last meeting, the Saints defeated the Giants, 49-24, in New Orleans on Monday Night Football in Week 12 of the 2011 regular season.
Kickoff: 4:25 PM ET
Location: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
Radio: WFAN 660AM/101.9FM
Weather: Light rain until 4pm. 44°F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph.
24 CB Corey White
29 RB Chris Ivory
58 LB Scott Shanle
71 T Charles Brown
75 DT Tyrunn Walker
81 TE Michael Higgins
90 DE Turk McBride
Lineup changes: None
15:00 — Game Day Captains: Victor Cruz and Antrel Rolle along with season captains Eli Manning, Justin Tuck and Zak DeOssie. Giants win the coin toss and elect to receive. Saints defend the west goal.
*David Wilson returns the opening kickoff 58 yards down to the Saints’ 44 (Jerrel Jernigan was also back to receive)
13:30 — Giants fail to capitalize and go three-and-out.
12:46 — Will Hill and Stevie Brown force Marques Colston to fumble. Giants recover on Saints’ 45.
9:38 — TOUCHDOWN SAINTS. Elbert Mack intercepts Manning and returns it 73 yards to the end zone. XP is good. NEW ORLEANS 7, NEW YORK 0
9:25 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. Wilson returns the ensuing kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown and does a backflip for the exclamation point. XP is good. NEW YORK 7, NEW ORLEANS 7
*That was the Giants first kickoff return for a touchdown since Domenik Hixon did it Dec. 29, 2007.
6:57 — Antrel Rolle strips the ball from Jed Collins and Linval Joseph recovers. That’s two forced fumbles so far by Giants safeties.
4:28 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. Manning finds Martellus Bennett in the end zone for a six-yard score. XP is good. NEW YORK 14, NEW ORLEANS 7 (Drive: 4 plays, 35 yards in 2:24)
*That’s Bennett’s fifth of the season and second straight game with a touchdown.
2:04 — Hixon back to return the first punt of the game, not the usual Rueben Randle.
0:00 — GIANTS 14, SAINTS 7
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QB Eli Manning
On game plan against Redskins…
“I think we need to protect the football. They do a good job on defense at getting turnovers. They do a good job at getting pressure so we have to protect the ball offensively and be patient. Hopefully we’ll have the right calls at the right times and hit some big plays.”
Safety Antrel Rolle
On Sunday night sparking a run…
“Sunday night was huge for us. It got the bad taste out of our mouth for the last two games. More importantly, it put us on a positive step going into this game. We need this game extremely bad. This is a division opponent. The Washington Redskins always play us extremely tough, and we’re just trying to go out there and get a win any way we can.”
WR Hakeem Nicks
On how he’s feeling…
“I feel like this time of the year, [nobody is] feeling great. It’s football. It’s a contact sport. So we throw our bodies around. I don’t think anybody is going to be feeling great, but I do feel good at this point in the year than I have in the past”
WR Victor Cruz
On WR Nicks’ return…
“Just from an energy standpoint, I mean, you can just feel when he’s out there. There’s a different energy. When he’s talking to us, you know he’s out there on the field and it’s good to have him back…These last couple weeks have been positive even though they weren’t wins…”
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Every week, we’re asking a handful of Giants players what’s playing in their headphones before a game. This is what they had to say before taking on the Cincinnati Bengals:
TE Adrien Robinson
Big Sean – ‘Mula ft. French Montana’
S Will Hill
DJ Drama – ‘My Moment ft. 2 Chainz, Meek Mill & Jeremih’
S Antrel Rolle
Trick Daddy – ‘Forget tha Otha Side’
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WR Victor Cruz
On today’s practice…
“Practice went well today, had a good rhythm to it…we’re building on the timing aspect of it which I thought we lacked a little bit so today was a good day, it felt good. It felt clean, it felt crisp.”
On Bengals 4-game losing skid…
“I approach every opponent the same way, it’s an NFL team. You’re never guaranteed anything in this league. Anything can happen on any given Sunday…just looking to play ball, get back on track.”
On Bengals secondary vets…
“You’re going up against great competition, you know that, they got a lot of first round guys and a lot of vets in their secondary so like I said we’re going to go out there and compete.”
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Despite seeing their four-game win streak end last Sunday, the Giants maintained sole possession of first place in the NFC East. Heading into Week 10, they are two games up in the loss column and three in the win column ahead of Philadelphia and Dallas, both sitting at 3-5.
But Antrel Rolle isn’t getting comfortable anytime soon.
“I think it is a race, and it’s always going to be a race,” the safety said Tuesday on his weekly spot on WFAN with Joe and Evan. “First and foremost, we’ve already lost two games in the division. So for us, it’s going to be a race regardless. No matter what those other teams’ records are or no matter what a head coach is referring to as far as next season, we have to go and play our game. We can’t worry about what the Eagles are doing, what the Redskins are doing or what the Cowboys are doing. We have to go in and play Giants football.”
And what that means is executing in all three phases, something Rolle doesn’t think the Giants have done since their Week 6 victory in San Francisco.
“Since then, it’s either been offense had an up day, defense had a down day; our defense had an up day, our offense had a down day or special teams had a down day,” Rolle said. “I don’t think we’ve put all three phases of the game together since that day. I think it’s time for us to find our way back to that, and that’s how we win.”
Rolle and the Giants will have a chance to show if they can do that on Sunday against a Cincinnati team on a four-game skid.
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This week’s game is the 76th meeting between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Giants. The Giants lead the series, 44-28-3. The two teams have never met in the postseason. In their last meeting, the Giants defeated the Steelers, 21-14, in Week 8 of the 2008 season.
Kickoff: 4:25 PM ET
Location: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
Weather: Partly cloudy. 49°F. Wind: W 14mph, gusting to 24 mph
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15:00 — Game Day Captains are CB Corey Webster and G Chris Snee along with season captains QB Eli Manning, DE Justin Tuck, and LS Zak DeOssie. Giants win coin toss and elect to receive. Steelers will defend the west goal.
*After a 35-yard return by David Wilson, the Giants start the drive on their own 30-yard line.
14:53 — Giants once again take a deep shot on the first play of the game, but the pass from Manning to Hakeem Nicks falls incomplete.
13:10 — Justin Tryon downs Steve Weatherford’s at Pittsburgh’s two-yard line where the Steelers begin their first drive of the game.
10:29 — Jayron Hosley makes a great diving play and strips the ball from the speedy Chris Rainey, but the ball bounces out of bounds. Pittsburgh punts two plays later and the Giants take over on their own 36.
4:48 — On third-and-3, Antrel Rolle bats down Roethlisberger’s pass at the line of scrimmage. Giants get the ball back at their own 16.
3:58 — Manning completes a 26-yard pass to Victor Cruz, the longest play so far in the game.
3:14 — On the next play, Manning throws an interception intended for Cruz. Pittsburgh takes over at its own 42.
0:00 — GIANTS 0, STEELERS 0
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