--The Giants' goal in this, the bye week, is to install approximately 95 percent of their offensive and defensive game plans before leaving for Indianapolis on Monday.
New York, which will practice Thursday through Saturday, received their game plans from the coaches on Tuesday. Quarterback Eli Manning said the hope is that next week, when the Giants arrive in Indianapolis, they'll be able to fine-tune what they accomplished this week.
"There might be a few additions that week," Manning said of Super Bowl week. "The more film you look at, you might change a few things, but really from the standpoint of the coaches and the players, our preparation will be done this week.
"Once we get out to Indianapolis we'll have those practices on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, but it will be review at that point," he added.
Manning noted that there is a significant benefit to working on the game plan before packing up for Indianapolis because the players can work in a familiar setting and stay as close as possible to their routines before the distractions that typically accompany Super Bowl week set in.
"Everybody knows the game plan and everybody has two weeks to look at it and understand it," Manning said. "Once you get out there everybody will feel good about what we're doing. Now it's 'Let's continue this dress rehearsal and get extra reps of plays and just have a great understanding of what we're doing.'"
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--K Lawrence Tynes, who kicked the game-winning field goal in overtime against the 49ers that sent the Giants to the Super Bowl, said the trick to keeping his cool is to keep things in perspective regardless of the circumstances.
"I think the guys that stick to the routine and don't make the moment any bigger than it is are the ones that have success," said Tynes, who also kicked the Giants into the Super Bowl against the Packers in 2008. "I have a routine and it works in practice so I feel like it should work on game day. Obviously, the only difference between me kicking here and me kicking out there at Candlestick Park on Sunday is there's more people in the stands. It's the same yard line, same hash mark. I think you try to keep it simple and not overthink it."
A Family Affair
--P Steve Weatherford, who grew up about 45 minutes from Lucas Oil Stadium, naturally plans to have his family at the Super Bowl to cheer him on.
In addition, he'll have his long-time friend and mentor, former NFL kicker and former Giant John Carney, there as well.
"He was actually at the San Francisco game," Weatherford said of Carney, who also played with Weatherford when the two were with the Saints. "I flew him up and he was on the sideline for the game so I told him after the game, 'Pack your bags, man; we're going to the Super Bowl!'"
Weatherford, who credits Carney for helping him train in the off-season, said that the upcoming game would be extra special for him because he'll get to share it with a man he considers Hall of Fame worthy and a close friend.
"I think going to the Super Bowl for me means just as much for him because he was there for every second of the training we did the past six years," Weatherford said. "All the blood, sweat, and tears -- he was sweating, bleeding, and tearing right next to me. So it will be a special experience because he knows exactly what I've done and how hard I've worked to get where I'm at."
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is the game that I wanted ... I like the pay back factor."
"As a Giants fan, I'm glad there are two weeks off. I think my team has some very sore players."
Giants wide receiver Devin Thomas has had a rough year.
After winning the kickoff return job in the summer, Thomas, who is seldom used on offense, had his special teams duties taken away due to some ball security issues that were a little too close for comfort as far as the coaches were concerned.
Then there was his scary on-field collision on Dec. 18 against his former team, the Redskins, in which he lay on the field at the end of the first half, briefly paralyzed after taking a hit to his lower head while covering a kickoff.
Fortunately for Thomas, everything worked out as this week, he was one of the Giants' heroes in their 20-17 overtime win against the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game.
Thomas, who not once but twice scooped up a loose ball coughed up by 49ers punt returner Kyle Williams, said after the game that he had a feeling that he was going to do something to help his team get to the Super Bowl.
"I had a vision in my mind that I was going to make some type of big play to help us win the game," he said. "I thought it was just going to be that first fumble, but I got another opportunity to recover another one and I jumped on that."
It was Thomas' second fumble recovery of a ball knocked loose by teammate Jacquian Williams that proved to be the backbreaker for the 49ers. Following that recovery, the Giants drove down the field to set up the second of kicker Lawrence Tynes' 31-yard field-goal attempts for the game-winning score in overtime.
"It was like, 'I can't believe he just fumbled,'" Thomas said of Williams' gaffe. "Then I'm like, OK, I'm right here.' So I just made sure I secured it, and made sure no one would take it from me."
--For the third game in a row this postseason, the Giants will face a team that they met during the regular season. This time around, however, when the Giants meet New England in the Super Bowl, head coach Tom Coughlin anticipates facing a very different Patriots team than the one they defeated 24-20 on Nov. 6.
"The New England Patriots have won 10 games in a row. They're an outstanding football team, without question. To be able to be at home and beat a Ravens team that had been playing so well and so physically (in the AFC Championship Game) -- (the Patriots) are playing very well," he said.
Coughlin said the Giants will study their first game with the Patriots as well as New England's games afterward. As for what he expects to see, Coughlin said, "A very, very talented and good football team that has put together a really outstanding string of wins."
--The Giants will hold practices on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of this week. They will be off on Sunday, and will depart for Indianapolis on Monday where once settled, they will resume their normal practice schedule which includes meetings on Monday; practices on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday; and a walkthrough on Saturday.
--Since they were 7-7, the Giants have won five consecutive games in which they have outscored their opponents 141-67.
BY THE NUMBERS: 3 -- Number of NFL teams that finished 9-7 during the regular season and who went on to the Super Bowl. The Giants, who are the third such team to hold that distinction, will attempt to become the first to win a Super Bowl. The two teams prior to the Giants who finished 9-7 and made it to the Super Bowl -- the 1979 Los Angeles Rams and the 2008 Arizona Cardinals -- both lost to the Steelers.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I am happy for Coach Coughlin to be back in this game because he is coaching me, and that means I am back in this game." -- DE Justin Tuck, when asked why he was happy for head coach Tom Coughlin to be back in a Super Bowl.
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