Win or go home: Giants not relying on past to determine the current

Sam Spiegelman

Having to win out in order to make the playoffs — that’s sort of the norm around Gotham City.

In 2007, the Giants reeled off three wins in their final five games to make the post-season as a Wildcard. Last season, they won three of their final four.

Dealing with pressure has become a situation the defending Super Bowl champions have grown accustomed to in years past. However, Giants players agree that every year is different, and past success has no bearing on what transpires in 2012.

“Last year is a totally different year, totally different experience. If we get ourselves caught up on what took place last year, we’re going to find ourselves in a hole we don’t want to be in,” safety Antrel Rolle said. “The only thing that’s going to help us out this year is our determination and our will to go out there and get it done.”

New York is 2-2 since returning from its bye week. The loss to Atlanta, coinciding with wins by both the Redskins and Cowboys, has elevated Washington to atop the NFC East and the Giants on the outside looking in.

Because Washington and Dallas play each other in the season finale, it is inevitable one team will lose. Should the Giants win against both Baltimore and Philadelphia to round out the season, they too can clinch a spot in the playoffs.

“We went out there and we had a good practice, but we’ve got to go out there and play Sunday. That’s the bottom line,” Rolle said. “Obviously, we had a good week of practice last week also, but we didn’t go out there and perform as well on Sunday. So we’ve got to go out there and just get the job done at all costs, no matter what.”

Last week’s pitfall in Atlanta epitomized much of the Giants’ struggles throughout this season.

New York lost its fourth game following a victory Sunday.This time, after dropping 52 points on New Orleans, the Giants were rendered scoreless in Atlanta.

Finding the winning formula then following it on a consistent basis is all that stands between New York and yet another playoff run.

“We have to get (the Falcons game) out of our head and move on. We just know we have to win this game,” defensive lineman Jason Pierre-Paul said. “We just have to come hard. That’s what we’re doing.”

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