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.