Giants Coach Jim Fassel was still excited Monday, a day after his club held off New Orleans, 21-13. Fassel said that it was a really big win for his squad and a game that in the past - as recently as early last year - New York probably would have lost.
The Giants were buoyed by the return to action of WR Ike Hilliard, who said he felt better than he thought he would on Monday. Hilliard saw Dr. William Hamilton on Monday morning and said that the doctor "was pleased with where we stand at this point."
As for the two injured Giants, RB Tiki Barber's left hamstring was still sore and had some bleeding on Monday so Fassel seemed less confident that his star back would suit up against the Redskins Sunday.
"It'll be a close call," Fassel said. "I'm going to be smart with Tiki."
LG Glenn Parker went to New York City Monday afternoon for an MRI on his head and neck. Parker had been bothered by headaches during the week before the game and told a close friend that he "thought he was going to get a concussion" against New Orleans, which he did.
Fassel joked that the referees called the game "extremely tight." Several coaches said they believed that nine or ten of the 25 penalties that were called shouldn't have been. "Every time [the Saints] made a play, I was looking for a flag," Fassel smiled. "I was disappointed when I didn't see one."