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Antrel Rolle keeps on talking

Jermichael Finley, Antrel Rolle AP

I like Giants safety Antrel Rolle.  Talented on the field and entertaining off it, he makes this job easier by giving me and the rest of the guys plenty of things about which to write and/or babble.

If I were Giants coach Tom Coughlin, however, I’d be looking for something to cram in Rolle’s mouth.

In response to comments from 49ers tight end Vernon Davis that he “prayed” for the Giants to beat the Packers, Rolle said Tuesday that Vernon’s prayers have been answered.

“They better be careful what they ask for,” Rolle told WFAN radio, via Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News.  “Because their wish has been granted.”

Still, the Niners wanting to play at home was hardly a slap at the Giants.  As Vacchiano points out, receiver Victor Cruz has said that the 49ers beating the Saints “definitely works out in our favor a little bit,” since the Giants now don’t have to return to the Superdome, where the Saints dismantled the Giants during the regular season, 49-24.  In contrast, the Giants lost by only seven in San Francisco, 27-20.

So the Giants preferred the 49ers to win, and the 49ers preferred the Giants to win.  If either team wants to turn that into a trumped-up motivational tool, so be it.

But there’s plenty of motivation without any actual or perceived slaps in the face.  The winner of this one goes to the Super Bowl.

And of the seven prior occasions on which these two teams have met in the NFC playoffs, the winner has won the Super Bowl a whopping four times.

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52 Responses to “Antrel Rolle keeps on talking”
  1. goldrush36 says: Jan 18, 2012 9:12 AM

    Rolle should shut up anyway considering Davis consistently ate him alive when he was with the Cardinals

  2. fissels says: Jan 18, 2012 9:15 AM

    I don’t see anything wrong with what Rolle said

  3. bigbluenationdb says: Jan 18, 2012 9:16 AM

    How is that talking? All he said is becareful what you wish for. Davis is talking just as much by saying he prayed for the Giants to win.

    To me this nothing. Just another bad writer trying to make something out of nothing.

  4. factoryofsadness says: Jan 18, 2012 9:16 AM

    Isn’t this the same guy who didn’t even know the name of his kids on Hard Knocks? This guy shouldn’t even be allowed to be quoted anymore. Ridiculous.

  5. Nikhil Balakumar says: Jan 18, 2012 9:17 AM

    havent seen a legit defense like the 49ers in a while but Eli is playing lights out, should be a great game

  6. purplengold says: Jan 18, 2012 9:17 AM

    prayer, like hope, is a great way to feel good about doing nothing to improve your situation in life. as such, it is encouraged by those who actually control our lives.

  7. jmsincla says: Jan 18, 2012 9:19 AM

    Good golly, this fellow is quite fond of the Jib-Jab.

  8. clintonportisheadd says: Jan 18, 2012 9:20 AM

    Antrel Rolle keeps on talking….

    ———————————–

    ..and Leon keeps on getting larger!

  9. mikeeg says: Jan 18, 2012 9:22 AM

    Trash talk is called TRASH for a reason. Shut up already

  10. bigjdve says: Jan 18, 2012 9:22 AM

    Rolle needs to learn to shut it. The team isn’t always able to back up his talk. I mean he talked before and after both Redskins games, and they ended up getting slammed both times.

    Let’s hope this doesn’t bite them in the, well you know.

  11. claydefayette says: Jan 18, 2012 9:22 AM

    No issue with the chatter. At least Rolle should be matching up with Davis for a decent part of the game.

    Nothing is dumber than an injured or irrelevant player calling out someone who they won’t even be matching up with. Don’t start a fight when your teammate will have to deal with it.

  12. KIR says: Jan 18, 2012 9:23 AM

    I guess great defense and great run game isn’t so bad after all. Especially outside in January. All of you “experts” who’s team does not play in a dome and thought you could win without a great back need to go back to the drawing board. Watch what’s going to happen to the Patriots. The only thing that scares me in Ed Reed’s injury (not Tom Brady).

  13. cardiovascularendurance says: Jan 18, 2012 9:24 AM

    I don’t like Giants safety Antrel Rolle. Less talented than he thinks he is on the field, yet highly egotistical and annoying off it, he makes sportswriter’s jobs easier than they need to be…

  14. ckualii says: Jan 18, 2012 9:24 AM

    And of the seven prior occasions on which these two teams have met in the Super Bowl, the winner has won the Super Bowl a whopping four times.

    Seriously, fire your editor, or hire one.

  15. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 18, 2012 9:24 AM

    Nothing that Rolle said was wrong. And winners don’t sit back and pray for a particular team to win or lose so that they can have a favorable matchup. The Giants may have been THINKING that about New Orleans, but for several 49ers PLAYERS TO COME OUT AND SAY IT shows they’re not winners.

    The game will be played Sunday, rain and wind and all. Thankfully, the talk doesn’t matter. Giants fan here, but I’m not about to sit here and engage in foolishness with 49er fans. Let’s just hope Sunday gets here quickly.

  16. clivus63 says: Jan 18, 2012 9:26 AM

    Antrel, speaking on behalf of all fans wanting to see the Giants in the Super Bowl…JUST SHUT UP!!!!!

  17. waxthat says: Jan 18, 2012 9:29 AM

    Looks like Antrel is channeling his inner Ndirtykong Suh in that pic

  18. explosionsauce says: Jan 18, 2012 9:30 AM

    Rolle and Davis have history out west. Rolle thinks his crap doesn’t stink now that he’s in New York. 49ers don’t need bulletin board fodder to get motivated.

  19. rcampore says: Jan 18, 2012 9:31 AM

    “The No. 1 challenge is going to be the mental aspect,” Rolle said. “They are a mentally tough team. They are extremely hungry. I used to play against those guys twice a year when I was in Arizona. This is a totally, totally different team. I mean the mindset, they are very hungry and very determined and they want to win just as bad as we do. I think it will come down to a defensive battle.”

    I love how once sentence out of a whole interview is taken out and made to be like that’s all he said.

    And like I said yesterday, the guy is a weekly guest on a sports radio show in NY so that’s why you see quotes from him.

  20. snowpea84 says: Jan 18, 2012 9:33 AM

    Lolls….the Giants are going to get beat handily.
    The Giants played ok last weel, Eli played well, but seriously, the Packers receivers were sloppy. What was it? The most drops by any team all year? Thats not something the giants were doing.
    Sloppy teams don’t win. Should we suspect the 49′ers are going to come out as sloppy as that?

  21. rpmcanes says: Jan 18, 2012 9:34 AM

    Isn’t this the same guy who didn’t even know the name of his kids on Hard Knocks? This guy shouldn’t even be allowed to be quoted anymore. Ridiculous.

    No, that was Antonio Cromartie.

  22. gingerkid2000 says: Jan 18, 2012 9:50 AM

    Big deal! He just responding to Vernon Davis’ comments. Given how the giants played on Sunday they are allowed to respond to their critics. That game is going to be an all out slug-fest.

  23. mrconnors says: Jan 18, 2012 9:55 AM

    Watch what’s going to happen to the Patriots? They’re going to win 34-17. If you’re not worried about Tom Brady, you should start.

  24. P_Willy says: Jan 18, 2012 9:55 AM

    Both teams have mutual respect for one another and this “trash talk” is absolutely no big deal.

    This should make for a great game matching two humble, fundamentally sound football teams that are playing better now more than any other time of the regular season.

    I think this will be a close one, and the first matchup with an undermanned giant’s team still could’ve gone the other way.

    Overall i think both teams match up well, but i’d be lying if i said that Nicks and Cruz don’t scare me. Those two are amongst the top of the league in my opinion – including the AFC.

    It’s amazing and fitting how far both these teams have come when neither has recieved the credit they deserve all season long. In my opinion, whoever wins this match-up will win the Super Bowl.

  25. zaggs says: Jan 18, 2012 9:55 AM

    “The Giants played ok last weel, Eli played well, but seriously, the Packers receivers were sloppy. What was it? The most drops by any team all year? Thats not something the giants were doing.
    Sloppy teams don’t win. Should we suspect the 49′ers are going to come out as sloppy as that?”

    The Saints turned the ball over what, 5 times? They were very sloppy. Do the 49′ers expect the Giants to come out and play that sloppy? The difference is the Giants won by 17 while never trailing, San Fran won by only 6 (while trailing several times) and then only in the last seconds despite a +4 turnover differential.

  26. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 18, 2012 10:02 AM

    snowpea84 says:
    Jan 18, 2012 9:33 AM
    Lolls….the Giants are going to get beat handily.
    The Giants played ok last weel, Eli played well, but seriously, the Packers receivers were sloppy. What was it? The most drops by any team all year? Thats not something the giants were doing.
    Sloppy teams don’t win. Should we suspect the 49′ers are going to come out as sloppy as that?

    ———-

    SF isn’t capable of doing that. If they win, it will be by 1-3 points, and I will be the first to congratulate them without undermining their feat. But please stop the foolishness.

  27. briank1ne says: Jan 18, 2012 10:02 AM

    after this statement Donte Whitner Tweeted,
    ” Out here in San Francisco, We let our shoulder pads do the talking. haha”

    Yes you do Whitner, Yes you do. Great hit on Thomas.

  28. dirtyjersey9er says: Jan 18, 2012 10:03 AM

    Btw notice all the trash talk about this game is coming from the Giants. Harbaugh has a tight leash on smack talk when it comes to 49ers players.

    The worst thing said by the 49ers was Davis saying he was praying the Giants won but any team would pray to host the game that means the difference between making the super bowl or not making the super bowl. Not including the post-season the 49ers are 7-1 scoring 27.62 points per game while allowing 10.8 points per game. On the road they are 6-2 scoring 19.87 points per game while allowing 17.75 points per game. You could probably look at all teams and point out that they are far better at home then on the road. So let’s not pretend he was trying to slight the Giants there Antrelle especially since Alex Smith, Frank Gore, and Vernon Davis have all made you look silly in the past.

  29. svcfilmguy says: Jan 18, 2012 10:04 AM

    Another non-story. Davis wanted to play at home. The Giants believe they will win and therefore believe that Davis will regret his wish. So? Aren’t there enough compelling storylines this week? Can Harbaugh add the finishing touches to a remarkable turnaround? Will Flacco shake off his doubters with a big win? Will Brady be able to tie the Super Bowl record for QBs? A possible Harbaugh/Harbaugh bowl?

    This isn’t the offseason. It never fails to surprise me how the media reaches for a non-story when legitimate, compelling ones are available.

  30. bullcharger says: Jan 18, 2012 10:09 AM

    And of the seven prior occasions on which these two teams have met in the NFC playoffs, the winner has won the Super Bowl a whopping four times.

    —————-

    81,84,85,86 and 93 the NFC was the dominant conference by a large margin so there wasn’t any competition once teams got to the superbowl.

    The 1990 Giants beating the Bills was real competition and the 2002 Raiders were reasonably equal to the NFC.

    Those are all the seasons the Giants and 49ers met in the playoffs. 4 out of 7 during years that the NFC champion was basically handed the trophy is not very impressive.

  31. stockzealot says: Jan 18, 2012 10:11 AM

    And of the seven prior occasions on which these two teams have met in the Super Bowl, the winner has won the Super Bowl a whopping four times.

    Um, since when does 4 out of 7, which is about 57%, constitute “whopping”?

  32. IMG says: Jan 18, 2012 10:17 AM

    Sunday cant get here soon enough. Enough with the talk already.

  33. gmen1990 says: Jan 18, 2012 10:20 AM

    Lolls….the Giants are going to get beat handily.
    The Giants played ok last weel, Eli played well, but seriously, the Packers receivers were sloppy. What was it? The most drops by any team all year? Thats not something the giants were doing.
    Sloppy teams don’t win. Should we suspect the 49′ers are going to come out as sloppy as that?

    ——————————————

    You know, everyone talks about GB and how sloppy they played and how many turnovers they had. With a team that only lost one game, do you really think they couldn’t play well that night? The reason GB played like that is because the Giants committed those turnovers from their defense and the defense mixed their packages to confuse Rogers and their receivers and putting pressure on Rogers to where he over throws his receivers. A team like GB this year didn’t get blown out because they didn’t play well, it’s because the Giants defense showed them something they’ve never seen before, just ask Rogers in his interview after the game.

    Also, 49ers committed a bunch of turnovers versus the Saints and they barely won. Their defense also played better in this game and that is the reason THEY won so don’t try and take anything away from the Gmen as if they played horrible and the other team lost the game on their own.

    You’ll see what happens on Sunday. Rolle speaks for the entire team. This is how they feel and they will prove it to everyone on Sunday. Giants feed off motivation and they will succeed! Go GMEN!

  34. jdandcoke says: Jan 18, 2012 10:20 AM

    there are about 20 current giants who just won a superbowl a few years ago…..against arguably the greatest team of all time; rolle…..who has been a monster on the field this year for the giants (yes….if you haters on here actually ever watched the giants you would know that despite not being the best cover safety, the guy plays his behind off on a weekly basis) also recently played in one.

    the giants have no reason not to feel very good about themselves right now….they already have the greatest post-season run of all time under their belts. why in the world WOULDNT they feel confdent going up a very inexperienced san fran team???? why….because the niners only lost three games this year??? lol…that wont matter on sunday. if the giants play like they have the last two weeks the niners are not winning the game.

  35. raiderlyfe510 says: Jan 18, 2012 10:31 AM

    So much for the 49ers’ emotional let down from last week’s epic game.The Giants are providing them with a wealth of emotion-driven intensity.

    Giants players aren’t the sharpest knives in the barrel. 49ers are a team that has Mike Singletary’s heart and Harbaugh’s fierce competiveness. Trying to intimidate them is like trying to intimidate Joe Frasier or Ali.. Not going to happen. You wanna rock a team like that to sleep and sneak up on them.

  36. ljtola says: Jan 18, 2012 10:36 AM

    “And of the seven prior occasions on which these two teams have met in the NFC playoffs, the winner has won the Super Bowl a whopping four times.”

    And NY is undefeated in NFC championship games in SF.

  37. dirtyjersey9er says: Jan 18, 2012 10:43 AM

    @Mr. Wright 212

    You know as well as I know the helmet to helmet hits rules only apply to Quarterbacks and Wide Receivers.

  38. ebeg420 says: Jan 18, 2012 10:48 AM

    2011=The Year of the QB
    In a year with 3 guys over 5,000 yards (2 more right behind them), is it possible we see Flacco vs Alex Smith in the Superbowl? Nahhhhh…..

    I say NYG-BAL

  39. dirtyjersey9er says: Jan 18, 2012 10:49 AM

    Apologies to @Mr. Wright 212 I attributed the post to him when it was @briank1ne

  40. kingjoe1 says: Jan 18, 2012 10:59 AM

    Rolle should keep talking. The truth sucks. The Giants are a team of destiny. The will beat the 49ers, and they will again beat the Pats.

    The NFL should simply skip the championship games and get onto what everyone knows will be the Superbowl matchup. Pat v Giants.

    Giants 32 Pats 24.

  41. bspurloc says: Jan 18, 2012 11:17 AM

    .
    FYI
    Niners didnt beat the Giants the last matchup, ELI did….

    As long as Eli stops being the enemy u just outright lose. refs against u or not

  42. nineroutsider says: Jan 18, 2012 11:37 AM

    Not much to see here. Wake me up when they start throwing out guarantees and “game manager” comments.

  43. jakek2 says: Jan 18, 2012 11:50 AM

    1) Despite what many think, 4 out of 7 is impressive. Someone tried to make the argument that the AFC was weak all those years. Well, considering this is only the 2nd time that these two have met in the NFCCG, they still had to win at least 1 more conference playoff game PLUS a SB. So, yes, 4 out of 7 is impressive.

    2) Whitner says, “We do our talking with our pads”. Well, Dante….if so, you shouldn’t have felt the need to remind us with that statement. The mere fact you made it conclusively tells us that Giants talk is getting under your skin. I would have been much more impressed in SF remained silent all week.

    3) GB didn’t beat themselves. Giants pressured AR just enough to throw timing off all over the place w/o blitzing. Smith will find that out this weekend when he is rushed and all of his WRs are smothered. Much harder to throw into 7 defenders than 4.

  44. rd3777 says: Jan 18, 2012 12:39 PM

    I watched the game played earlier this year between these two teams. Pam Grier said at the end of the half that Brandon Jacobs said he was “scared”. That was right on because the Niners whacked the Giants in that game.

    No other team has brought the ‘hammer” like the Niners this year,every game without fail. The Honey Badger does care who he goes after!

  45. Wisconsin77 says: Jan 18, 2012 12:40 PM

    Can’t wait for San Fran to destroy the Giants this weekend and send them back into medocrity where they belong.

  46. bcgreg says: Jan 18, 2012 12:54 PM

    Let him talk. He’s on a Rolle!

  47. bobhk says: Jan 18, 2012 1:00 PM

    jakek2 says:
    Jan 18, 2012 11:50 AM

    3) GB didn’t beat themselves. Giants pressured AR just enough to throw timing off all over the place w/o blitzing. Smith will find that out this weekend when he is rushed and all of his WRs are smothered. Much harder to throw into 7 defenders than 4.
    —————-

    Same is true the other way around. Saints have the best OL in the league and a great QB. Better than Eli for sure. Yet niners DL got pressure on him 17 times (including 3 sacks) without blitzing. Manning is about to find out that GB defense is not a real test.
    Should be a great game.

  48. greengoldsuperbowl says: Jan 18, 2012 1:07 PM

    So when the Packers are confident it’s “arrogant” and “over-confident” but for the Giants it’s just par for the course and no big deal? Sounds like typical Giant fan BS. Is there a bigger bunch of whiners in the league? Even Viking fans have quit whining and taken to just making Packer losses their personal Super Bowl. Laughable and even funnier when the 9ers smash your team in the mouth!

  49. phoenixalaska says: Jan 18, 2012 2:19 PM

    Rolle can talk all he wants if he’s on a roll, which he is. The Giants have turned a corner, where they are confident and brutally good. San Francisco will give them a challenge… they know that, but they know they can win and will win.

  50. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 18, 2012 2:47 PM

    Difference between arrogance and confidence is how it manifests. Confidence isn’t thinking that by merely walking on the field that you will win. THat’s arrogance. And that’s the difference between Packer (fans; because the players aren’t arrogant) and Giants players AND fans.

  51. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 18, 2012 2:49 PM

    Same is true the other way around. Saints have the best OL in the league and a great QB. Better than Eli for sure. Yet niners DL got pressure on him 17 times (including 3 sacks) without blitzing. Manning is about to find out that GB defense is not a real test.
    Should be a great game.

    ———

    Eli is right there with Brees and the Saints’ offensive line is overrated. Their guards make the Pro Bowl because they protect inside AND out, and they’re the last line of defense, which includes several chips off both tackles most of the game. While it is impressive that SF got to him that frequently, they only got to Eli ONCE with a battered line.

    Matchups are individual, not team vs. team. The Giants’ line has been pass blocking very well all season, despite the run blocking. Your citation lacks nearly complete merit.

  52. ackid47 says: Jan 18, 2012 5:19 PM

    I’m sick of the Giants period.A team that lost 2 times to the dreadful redskins and once to the so called “dream team”,should not be too confident.9-7 records usually means you might get a wild card at best.But the way the entire nfc-e played,OH WELL.Giants are over-rated,They beat green-bay because of the emotions the packers were going through(philbin’s sons death).Might not be a big deal in our eyes,but you could tell they were not focused.Of course giants fans will say it was the way the D played or Manning was just lights out.Pack didnt go 15-1 for a reason.I hope the 49ers shut them up for good.And if they dont the PATRIOTS WILL.(if they beat the Ravens)>I’m an Eagles fan and i life in Jersey.so i get to see the Giants often.We beat the giants with VY.Skins beat them 2 times with GROSSMAN.Thats how great the Giants are.To me they are nothing more than a watered down version of the Jets.And one more thing Both teams play in NJ not NY so either change your names or get the Heck out of THIS STATE.We dont want you here.lol

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