Normally must win games take place in late December and January, but don’t tell New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle that this Sunday’s contest with the Dallas Cowboys isn’t a do or die matchup.
“Personally, I feel like this game is going to determine the outcome of the season,” Rolle told reporters on Wednesday. “I think this is such a huge game, being they’ve already beaten us once. I think this is a game, we can’t walk away with a loss. “
It’s hard to believe that a previously 0-6 Giants’ team has awakened from their prolonged slumbered and pulled to within one game of first place in the NFC East. While things looked pretty bleak for Rolle and company last month, Big Blue was able to reverse course and take advantage of some inept quarterback play from opponents the past four weeks.
“We kind of buried ourselves pretty deep starting out 0-6,” admitted Rolle of his team staggering out of the gate. “Like I said, you’re just taking it one game at a time and we’re just trying to give ourselves a fair chance.”
New York is alive and well in the NFC playoff picture, but a loss to Dallas on Sunday would take postseason destiny out of the Giants’ hands and cast doubt on their dreams of playing in February’s big game. Big Blue has overcome incredible odds before and Rolle has drawn inspiration from how his team responded to a disastrous start to the 2013 regular season.
It took everyone, starting from the top all the way down to the bottom. Organization, owners, general managers, coaches, players, cleaning staff, it doesn’t matter, it took everyone. Everyone had a positive attitude, everyone just kept their confidence, just rising no matter what we were going through. Everyone is involved in it