A week after being completely humiliated by the Washington Redskins, members of the Giants defense emphatically pledged that moving forward, they would not produce another poor performance like that again.
They made good on their promise in a game the Giants needed to win in order to keep their playoff hopes alive as they showed the Jets' offense absolutely no mercy.
"We were relentless. We played great team ball," said safety Antrel Rolle, one of the defensive leaders who after the Washington fiasco openly spoke about his embarrassment. "We stayed relentless and kept our eyes on the prize."
One thing that helped the defense against the Jets was the simplification of defensive coordinator Perry Fewell's game plan in which he scaled down the responsibilities of each player so that there would be less confusion.
The game plan was lauded by the players who in the days leading up to the game, couldn't help but glow with excitement over what they had in store for the Jets.
"Everybody's morale was up and everybody had a positive attitude," said safety Kenny Phillips, who was one of the players that during the week was bubbling over with excitement over the defensive game plan. "Everybody bought into the scheme and was trying to get to the ball."
As much as they enjoyed the win over the Jets, there's no time for the Giants to sit and bask in that accomplishment, not with another critical game coming up this weekend, this one against the Cowboys, which will decide the winner of the NFC East.
"We have to keep our eye on the prize and understand that this is just the beginning of the battle," Rolle said. "We are in playoff mode right now."
"We need to put this one aside as fast as we can and go to work on Dallas with the same attitude we had last week," added head coach Tom Coughlin. "I am not going to focus on last week's game at all; everything that we are going to do is in front of us."
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