Whitner says of NFC title game, “It was ours to lose”

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Packers linebacker Clay Matthews recently said that the Giants didn’t beat the Packers in the divisional playoffs last season, but that the Packers beat themselves.

49ers safety Donte Whitner offered up a similar explanation in comments aired before the 49ers preseason opener against the Vikings.

“We felt like it was ours to lose,” Whitner said.  “Especially after we beat the Saints, we felt like it was ours to lose.  We felt like the Saints and Green Bay Packers were the two best teams in the playoffs and once they went down we felt like it was ours to lose, and we let it slip through our fingers.”

Coupled with the RG3 hype in D.C. and the Eagles’ sky-high expectation and non-stop talk of whether the Cowboys’ window is closing and that five-letter word that has dominated the coverage in New York, the Giants have to be loving every minute of this.

No defending Super Bowl champions has flown farther under the radar, nor had so much ammunition to get themselves lathered up regarding the perception and/or reality that their accomplishments are being disrespected.

27 responses to “Whitner says of NFC title game, “It was ours to lose”

  1. Every game is the niners to lose.

    They’re going to lose a LOT of games this season.

    Over. Rated.

  2. Trust me. The mediocre Giants aren’t sniffing the playoffs this season brother. As for the Niners, just another classic fluke. They have great linebackers and that’s it.

  3. Lol hey Tokyo weren’t the packers one and done with a discount double CHOKE? Pot meet kettle

  4. You guys talking bad about him, but he didn’t really say anything bad about the giants. his comments are way different than clay’s.

    All he said was we felt it was our game to lose and we let it slip through our fingers. Anytime you are winning late in a game and you end up losing it was your game to lose.

  5. Sounds like no one wants to give the Giants credit. I would totally agree Niners are overrated and will only make the playoffs this year because they play in by far the worst division.

  6. Giant fan here and yeah duh, we know theGiants weren’t a great team last year due to all our injuries but the biggest joke of all is the 49ers are the worst 13-3 team and Packers worst 15-1 team of all-time…….and they keep crying about how they choked at home in the playoffs. How embarrassing losing to a 9-7 team at home?

    49ers- no offense
    Packers no defense

    Keep dreaming you’re teams are good

    We stole a Lombardi last year and are stacked and healthy this year

  7. Well I’m a Buffalo Bills fan and as much as I hate to say it…he’s right. Dontel speaks the truth. The Giants surprised them and it was the 49er”s Super Bowl to lose.
    Regarding the Giants; well that division will prevent them from repeating. The 49er’s have a great opportunity to get to the big dance and WIN!!!!

  8. Oh and just want to point out, what’s going on in DC isn’t “hype” RGIII and the Redskins are about to go on in a decade plus span of running wild on the NFL, including on the 49ers and Mediocre Football Giants brother!!!

  9. In other words, the Packers and the 49ers completely underestimated how good of a team the Giants really were and got beat because of it. They continue to underestimate the G-men this season as well to their own peril. I am by no means a Patriots fan, but I will credit the Pats for not saying this kind of garbage after this past Super Bowl or even in 07.

  10. @hulkhogansays

    “Oh and just want to point out, what’s going on in DC isn’t “hype” RGIII and the Redskins are about to go on in a decade plus span of running wild on the NFL, including on the 49ers and Mediocre Football Giants brother!!!”

    Yawn. Call me after Snyder dies. Then maybe you’ll have a shot.

  11. Trust me, the Saints feel the same way, Donte. Especially since they would have hosted the Giants the following week, and had beaten the Giants the last three times they had played them in the Superdome by about a combined 400 points.

    So, Donte, if you don’t cheap shot Pierre Thomas with a “cart off” shot to the head in the first quarter, and the entire end of the season might have looked different.

  12. musicman495 says:
    So, Donte, if you don’t cheap shot Pierre Thomas with a “cart off” shot to the head in the first quarter
    ———————————————————-
    You clearly don’t understand football.
    Follow me…
    8:53 Thomas catches football
    8:52 Thomas squares shoulders heading towards endzone, and is met by Whitner defending the goalline.
    8:51 Thomas fumbles
    8:50 49ers recover
    Anyways, congrats again Giants. It was a great year.

  13. ^^^^Yeah cheap shot shmeat shot, blah blah blah. Clean, legal and impressive shot that set the tone and let the Saints know that they were going to get the crap beat out if them all day long. Ppl’s reading comprehension skills here are not so much impressive. Donte’s comments are not disrespectful of the G-men. Everybody knows the 9ers would have won had Kyle Williams taken better care of the ball. That’s all Donte is really saying.

  14. …and if the Saints were truly a professional franchise, they wouldn’t be in the predicament they’re now in would they? Have fun cheering on Drew Bigmouth and the rest of those goofballs.

  15. Musicman495: let me see if I got this straight. RB catches ball. RB sees SS. RB lowers head to bowl over SS. SS also lowers head but does not get bowled over. But its a cheap shot? For the last time, learn the rules! There’s NO SUCH THING as a penalty for helmet to helmet on a BALL CARRIER.

  16. Face it, the Giants were the beneficiaries of inexplicable poor play by better teams after backing into the playoffs with a 9-7 record. Why should teams fear them, or respect them all that much this season? Might be poor sportsmanship to say but it’s the truth.

  17. Saints, Packer and 49er Fans and that 14 yr old in DC by the way your QB name is BOB

    Packers got stomped 49ers great game but not ready for prime time and the Saints would of could of should of but you didnt

    The bottom line and all that matters is the NY Giants brought the championship home to the Real Title Town

    A fluke is a flat fish that has both its eyes on the same side of its body

  18. musicman495 says:
    Aug 10, 2012 11:31 PM

    …So, Donte, if you don’t cheap shot Pierre Thomas with a “cart off” shot to the head in the first quarter, and the entire end of the season might have looked different.

    ————————-

    I used to root for the Saints since I liked Brees when he was with SD, but these stupid comments are getting tiresome. Maybe if you understand the rules you would know that the shot on Pierre Thomas was a clean good shot. Different rules apply to players who are no longer defenseless. And also to think that not having Pierre Thomas in that game caused you to lose shows how delusional you really are.

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