At his final public appearance before the Super Bowl, Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Friday morning that as he looks back on this season, he’s been impressed with the way his players have performed when the pressure was greatest — which sounds like a good sign that they’ll be ready to go on Sunday.
“We’ve had our backs to the wall,” Coughlin said. “Players have performed very well under that circumstance. Our leader, our quarterback, has been a very cool customer and has done very well late in the fourth quarters of many games this year and put us in a position where we might win.”
In another season, these Giants might not have even made the playoffs — plenty of nine-win teams have failed to qualify for the postseason. But in the NFC East in 2011, nine wins was enough, and Coughlin said that the Giants always believed they were in the title hunt.
“A big factor in our ability to win the division this year was knowing we were in contention through the good and the bad,” Coughlin said.
With just a couple days to go before the Super Bowl, Coughlin said he has a detailed plan heading into Sunday, and that he’ll “coach them right up to the kickoff.”
With Coughlin’s comments, the media appearances for both teams are over, and the countdown to kickoff can begin.