Tom Coughlin was doing his famous jumping jacks on Monday night following his team’s 31-24 win in Miami.
The Giants will face the 12-0 Panthers on Sunday and the Giants have enjoyed success in those scenarios in the past. In 1998 a 13-0 Denver Bronco team traveled to East Rutherford, NJ on a quest for an unblemished regular season, but the 5-8 Giants pulled a shocking 20-16 upset win.
Nine years later, the Giants would battle a 15-0 New England Patriots squad at the Meadowlands and while Big Blue would fall 38-35 in the Week 17 battle; they would get the last laugh by foiling the Patriots pursuit of perfection in Super Bowl XLII.
Now with Tom Coughlin looking to play spoiler to this year’s NFL juggernaut , the head coach admits that his teams have an extra competitive spirit against the best the league has to offer.
“I don’t think there’s anything about our preparation that’s different,” said Coughlin. “It’s obviously the excitement about being involved in a game against a team of this ability and the natural competitive instincts that I would hope everyone at this level has in terms of playing against someone such as this and putting your best foot forward.”
Unlike 2007, the Giants haven’t clinched their playoff destiny and Coughlin’s crew will have to fight tooth and nail to stay afloat in a middling NFC East.
Asked whether he will emphasize the importance of facing an unbeaten team, Coughlin admitted there will be added importance for this game in order to potentially spark his team to a late season run.
“Not sure what you mean,” noted Coughlin. “But I would say this afternoon I’m going to introduce this team to our team, and I will tell them they’re undefeated and they’re very, very aware of it, obviously. But that carries with it a significance as well.”