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Antrel Rolle guarantees win in Green Bay and a playoff spot for the Giants

Philadelphia Eagles' Maclin scores a touchdown after a catch late in the fourth quarter of their NFL football game against the New York Giants in New Jersey Reuters

Antrel Rolle’s first season with the Giants has been marked by strong play on the field and bold statements off of it.

The latter was in evidence again on Monday when Rolle addressed the media in the wake of Sunday’s epic fourth quarter collapse against the Eagles. Rolle was asked whether he thought the Giants would still make the playoffs this season and Tom Rock of Newsday lets us know that he was more than willing to take the bait.

“I don’t think it, I know it,” Rolle said. “That’s because that’s what going to happen. I know it’s going to happen this weekend. I have no doubt. I said it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen.”

Rolle could have just settled for guaranteeing the team a spot in the postseason, but went the extra mile by letting the Packers know that there’s no reason for them to show up and give their best effort this Sunday. If the Giants beat the Packers this weekend, they are in the playoffs regardless of what happens in Week 17. If they lose, however, they’ll need help from either the Packers or the Bears to find a way to continue their season during Wild Card weekend.

On the one hand, the only way for the Giants to get Sunday’s disaster behind them is to focus on what’s next and remind themselves that there’s still plenty worth fighting for in the next two weeks. It’s a positive for the Giants that their confidence wasn’t totally shattered by the Eagles. On the other hand, you probably want to avoid giving your opponent too much fuel for the bulletin board when they’re fighting for their own playoff lives on their home field. We’ll find out soon enough, but it’s a safe bet that Rolle and company are thrilled that Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson can’t do anything else to hurt them during the regular season.

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33 Responses to “Antrel Rolle guarantees win in Green Bay and a playoff spot for the Giants”
  1. importantpftcomment says: Dec 20, 2010 4:52 PM

    As if it is a bad thing for a player to have a positive attitude in regards to an upcoming game.

    From your post, it sounds like you would rather say “We are gonna get creamed by the FudgePackers but I still think we will back into the playoffs”

    UGH

  2. packattack1967 says: Dec 20, 2010 4:53 PM

    Ok, Thanks

  3. gcsuk says: Dec 20, 2010 4:56 PM

    I hate guarantees. Hate giving another team “bulletin board material”. But at this point in the year, does another team in the Wild Card hunt NEED “BBM”? If GB isn’t amped up enough to play this game that they need to rely on this, then they wouldn’t win anyway.

    I am sure that GB is going to be there, guns blazing. They don’t need something that an opponent said to motivate them.

    On the other hand, I am glad to see the Giants (at least Rolle) are confident. It would have been real easy to roll over and play dead after yesterdays debacle. I guess we will see on Sunday which Giant team shows up.

  4. dukemarc says: Dec 20, 2010 4:59 PM

    Thanks Antrel, the Packers not that the Packers needed a little something extra to motivate them but this helps. Your boy Manning will be eating turf and throwing picks all day. Oh, and Greg Jennings will make you look silly….just like he did last year.

  5. supergoonone says: Dec 20, 2010 5:01 PM

    we got owned. the giants need to get it together
    Go Giants.

  6. bwilkie14 says: Dec 20, 2010 5:09 PM

    This coming from the man who said after the Cardinals victory in the Wild Card Game last season:

    “Let me tell you something – that dude is scary,” Rolle said of Rodgers, per Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports. “We have a great defense, and we were up on him and ready to pounce, and he found ways to tear us apart. I don’t ever want to face him again in my life. I’ll face Drew Brees anyday before I face him again.”

    So, Antrel, which side are you taking here?? If Rodgers is in there, you are gonna get some deja vu. Especially for a team that is fighting for its playoff life at home, this is not what should be comin from your mouth

  7. uncommon1 says: Dec 20, 2010 5:10 PM

    I’m glad you used the word “guarentee” for a little shock and awe. What should Rolle have said? “I sure hope we win. Gosh, it sure would be nice to win. I guess we could lose, but I am going to try to do my best to win.” That would have been much better then saying that they are going to win

  8. gcsuk says: Dec 20, 2010 5:11 PM

    Who is “importantpftcomment” talking to (first comment)? I thought the author looked at both sides, positive and negative, of making the guarantee.

  9. berniemadoffsides says: Dec 20, 2010 5:12 PM

    As a Giants fan, I bleepin’ love this. I expected them to sound absolutely defeated today. This is absolutely beautiful.

    I’m loving Rolle’s Spartan soldier attitude: don’t roll over and die. Give ‘em hell.

    If you want revenge, Big Blue, go murder Green Bay and bring this chip on your shoulder to the playoffs. Yesterday happened, it’s over, it’s done. Go make it right again and play the way you did the first 52 minutes of that game. NO ONE can beat this team when they’re at their best.

  10. maximus929 says: Dec 20, 2010 5:20 PM

    Another “brilliant” player thinking they’re Joe Namath. It’s been done. It’s a meaningless statement now.

  11. revolution22 says: Dec 20, 2010 5:21 PM

    Big talk for a game that’s still 6 days away. I’d say keep it in check, Rolle, but I’m a Packer fan. Keep running your mouth. You’ll be watching the Superbowl from your Lay-Z-Boy. I love it when opposing teams talk sh*t when it’s really coming down to the wire.

  12. jimmy1smith says: Dec 20, 2010 5:50 PM

    Guarantees are dumb in the first place, it makes even less sense if the person doing it is not a QB. Wasn’t there a Steeler DB that did this to Brady a couple of years back?

    Football is a team game and one player, particularily a DB, doesn’t have a whole lot of control over its outcome. I hope Rolle plays well but he needs to confer with his Punter before he can go out on a limb with a guarantee.

  13. importantpftcomment says: Dec 20, 2010 5:58 PM

    @gcsuk

    I was talking to the blog author. He makes it sound like it is a bad thing for a player to have a positive attitude.

    If a team needs “BBM” to be motivated for a game, there is a serious coaching problem. Then again, we are talking about the game against the FudgePackers…..

  14. jdandcoke says: Dec 20, 2010 6:39 PM

    the giants owned the eagles for 52 minutes and only an epic collapse is why we are even having this discussion. the giants are much better than the packers and should beat them without much of a problem. im not guaranteeing anything….only saying that if the better team does its job that the giants will win. that being said, if the giants do make the playoffs as a 6 seed i wouldnt want to be atlanta in the divisional round (yes, im saying the giants are winning there first playoff game….i dont care who they face). whoever thinks the giants will be an easy out come playoff time is seriously kidding themselves.

  15. giantsforlife says: Dec 20, 2010 7:27 PM

    Life long Giants fan here…..actually Gilbride is as guilty as Coughlin and Dodge. Need to kill the clock? Throw a bunch of incomplete passes? WTF?!$#! That’s one way of knocking a couple of seconds down to zero….idiot!!!!

    Suisham was available a couple of weeks ago and we stick w/Chrysler…er….Dodge?! Who the hell is he…Coughup’s nephew???

  16. iamalwayscorrect says: Dec 20, 2010 7:36 PM

    jdandcoke says:
    Dec 20, 2010 6:39 PM
    the giants owned the eagles for 52 minutes and only an epic collapse is why we are even having this discussion.
    ****************************************

    The better team won.

  17. greymares says: Dec 20, 2010 7:38 PM

    the giants lost the eagle game because of conditioning, they were a completely gassed team when the eagles started to gash them. 52 min of quality play is not enough to win the game against a team with much better athletes. by the way green bay also has better athletes. the giants punched their ticket to next year. they are not coming back from that debacle.

  18. iamalwayscorrect says: Dec 20, 2010 7:43 PM

    Tough talk from another Big Blue Softie.

    Vick, Akers, and Jackson toyed with the New Joyzee Pretenders all day long Sunday, and then so cruelly ripped their hearts out and stomped it into the turf in your own home wasteland stadium.

    Go ahead and talk yourselves up, puff your chests out, strut around like a rooster, hell play air guitar, and sing out loud to “American Badass” for all I care.

    All that matters is that the Eagles own the Big Blue Softies, so get yourself motivated for the Packers if it makes you feel better.

  19. huskerguy says: Dec 20, 2010 8:33 PM

    Rolle is overrated. Enough said.

  20. east96st says: Dec 20, 2010 11:30 PM

    iamalwayscorrect says: “All that matters is that the Eagles own the Big Blue Softies, so get yourself motivated for the Packers if it makes you feel better.”

    Where’s your trophy? What’s that? The only NFC East team that doesn’t have one? Regular season champs, postseason chumps. Typical Philly. Never ready for the game that really counts. 45 years and counting…..

  21. baroneski28 says: Dec 21, 2010 1:11 AM

    Come sunday we will see what kind of team the G MEN are. Can they face adversity? Or will they crumble? If they win this game, there isn’t a team in the nfc that wants to play them in the playoffs.

  22. fellorio says: Dec 21, 2010 8:30 AM

    @giantsforlife

    It can’t help to scapegoat any particular Coach or player. Win as a team, lose as a team. Mistakes were made all around, just as mistakes were made by the Eagles players and coaches to get to 31-10.

    One of the Eagle players said the Giants’ players played “tense” and the Eagle players “cut it loose” after the onside kick was recovered. Just something he could sense on the field.

    Every negative play can be dissected to show a bad decision here or a weak execution there. Otherwise it wouldn’t be a negative play.

    All in all, one of the most exciting games ever.

  23. fellorio says: Dec 21, 2010 8:42 AM

    jdandcoke says: Dec 20, 2010 6:39 PM

    the giants owned the eagles for 52 minutes and only an epic collapse is why we are even having this discussion.
    ————————————————————
    Maybe the Gints can find a “52 minute” League to compete in.

  24. fellorio says: Dec 21, 2010 8:46 AM

    #
    jdandcoke says: Dec 20, 2010 6:39 PM

    the giants owned the eagles for 52 minutes and only an epic collapse is why we are even having this discussion. the giants are much better than the packers and should beat them without much of a problem. im not guaranteeing anything….only saying that if the better team does its job that the giants will win. that being said, if the giants do make the playoffs as a 6 seed i wouldnt want to be atlanta in the divisional round (yes, im saying the giants are winning there first playoff game….i dont care who they face). whoever thinks the giants will be an easy out come playoff time is seriously kidding themselves.
    ———————————————————-

    There is such a thing as being “full of yourself” and such a thing as being “full of s*it”.

    You attained the status of both in 1 post.

    You can call it quits now.

  25. pedsaregoodforsports says: Dec 21, 2010 9:35 AM

    east96st says:
    Dec 20, 2010 11:30 PM
    iamalwayscorrect says: “All that matters is that the Eagles own the Big Blue Softies, so get yourself motivated for the Packers if it makes you feel better.”

    Where’s your trophy? What’s that? The only NFC East team that doesn’t have one? Regular season champs, postseason chumps. Typical Philly. Never ready for the game that really counts. 45 years and counting…..

    ^^^^^

    Ahhh and YET another idiotic ” derrrr how many ring you got” comment.

    Im sure those were all very comforting as Desean Jackson is running up the sideline and trampling all over your heart as he scores the winning TD.

    Game that matter huh? Yeah I could see since the Giants gag job on sunday and how they choked and LOST the game basically for the division title wouldnt be classified as an important game to you fans since you, you know, LOST.

    You wanna live in the past with your superbowls, great. Im happy for you. But only fans who know nothing about football can come back with a totally irrelevant comment about the past and relate it to the present and to how that even matter about the last SEVEN TIMES the Birds have WHIPPED the Giants, INCLUDING in their last TWO playoff meetings.

    But I guess those playoff games werent important were they?

    So please, STFU with stupid comments, and crawl back under that rock you live on “east96st” or wherever youre from.

  26. pack15forever says: Dec 21, 2010 11:09 AM

    I really don’t think that this will get Green Bay fired up more than they would have been. This is a playoff game next week with the loser going home and if you can’t get yourself up for a game like that you better have your pulse checked. Regardless, Rolle should keep his mouth shut and prove it on the field. I noticed how New England players are very careful in the way they talk about an opponent. After they demolished the Jets you heard quotes like “Everything was working for us today they are a really good team”. This is not by accident as it comes down from Belichek.

  27. kev86 says: Dec 21, 2010 11:31 AM

    cant take a guarantee from a guy on defense that helped blow a 21 pt. lead in 8 minutes.

    can appreciate him still being into it after such a demorlaizing defeat.

    a lot of overly sensitive fans but this website likes to poke the cage and get us riled up.

  28. favreflavoredwaffles says: Dec 21, 2010 2:14 PM

    Rolle is a puke and he almost certainly got his ass chewed for those idiotic comments by Coughlin. Similar to how the Bears have played at certain points this season, we’ll see which team shows up this weekend.

    That being said, I will be at the game…and I’m guaranteeing a win for the Packers, if Rodgers plays. You can guarantee that the Packer WRs are going to eat this up and let him know about it as they’re schooling his ass, too.

  29. favreflavoredwaffles says: Dec 21, 2010 2:23 PM

    jdandcoke says: Dec 20, 2010 6:39 PM

    “The giants are much better than the packers and should beat them without much of a problem…”
    ___________________________________

    Really? Would you like to back that up with some logic…? The last time I checked, the NFC East seemed to be pretty weak. Being that this is one of the softest schedules in the whole league this year, I wouldn’t be counting my chickens just yet.

    You just saw a backup QB make his first start and nearly beat a Patriots team that is far superior to your Giants. If Rodgers is back and on track, I think your Giants get a strong dose of reality this weekend. Either way…neither GB or NY are advancing too far. Thinking your Giants are superior to Green Bay is almost as retarded a comment as Rolle’s was….maybe worse.

  30. jc1958coo says: Dec 24, 2010 8:56 AM

    why didn’t he gaurantee a victory over philly !
    if he gets burned for a long TD it’ll be interesting to hear him eat his words. guess it’s all or nothing now,we’ll see if thier o-oline can handle the clay maker !!!

  31. debthebusybody says: Dec 26, 2010 7:38 PM

    nice prediction – pud!!

  32. favreflavoredwaffles says: Dec 27, 2010 10:11 AM

    jdandcoke says: Dec 20, 2010 6:39 PM

    “The giants are much better than the packers and should beat them without much of a problem…”
    ————————————————–

    You care to share your expert advice on the outcome of the Redskins game too…being that you’re on a solid roll.

    This team has pretty much given up and Coughlin is on his way out….big time. They will beat the Redskins. If they don’t, Coughlin and this team may get tarred and feathered at the airport. Gilbride is terrible…..and Aikman mentioning Rodgers isn’t quite to the level of Eli Manning is outright laughable. Just like Favre (and Trent Dilfer)…it’s the defense that gets you the ring.

  33. wearetreehouse says: Dec 27, 2010 11:52 AM

    if you’re gonna guarantee victory, you might wanna avoid getting burned for an 80-yard td within minutes of the start of the game. Oh well, Giants D got violated by Rodgers and the pack all game long.

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