The New York Giants showed almost no emotion on the field Sunday afternoon as they were annihilated by the Baltimore Ravens 33-14, but there was quite a bit of it in the locker-room after the game. Much of it came from veteran safety Antrel Rolle, who often speaks up when no one else wants to. And although he was visibly disappointed, he insisted the Giants have one last bit of fight left in them.
“Our season’s not over yet," Rolle said, “so we’re going to go out like champions.’’
Several of his teammates didn't share that same outlook. Instead, defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul likened them to scared little boys who had been bullied and subsequently pissed themselves.
“Do we deserve [the playoffs] by the way we played? Do we?" JPP said. “[Expletive], I don’t think so. We went out there and we pissed down our legs. There’s really nothing more I can say.”
That's about as accurate and honest an assessment as you're going to get from anyone. But the NFL is a 16-game season, not a 15-game season, whether you're in it or not. And if nothing else, the Giants owe it to themselves and their fans to come out strong on Sunday afternoon and end the season on a positive note against an NFC East team that has no business even competing at this point.
“There’s obviously something missing because this is not who we are, this is not our team but this is the team we’ve displayed two weeks in a row now," Rolle said.
With their slim playoff hopes still alive, we'll see on Sunday whether or not the Giants have truly quit. Either they're going to come out, play hard and hope for the best, or simply pack it in and let the Philadelphia Eagles have their way with them as they have each of the last two weeks against the Atlanta Falcons and Baltimore Ravens.
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