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Giants must play to win game against Eagles despite no betting

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Brian Daboll set the appropriate tone on Wednesday, stepping aside so that a doctor, a psychologist and a chaplain could speak with his staff. After the traumatic NFL event, the Giants needed to talk about their physical, mental and spiritual health before thinking about the regular season finale in Philadelphia.

Are the Giants and Eagles and the rest of the league supposed to play this weekend? It’s a legitimate question, as Bills safety Damar Hamlin remains in critical condition at a Cincinnati hospital after his heart stopped beating on the field Monday night. Saquon Barkley said it’s a conversation he wants to have with teammates and family, and that “it’s going to be difficult” for the Giants to be ready to fully engage on Sunday.

The star running back called Wednesday’s team prayer the most important part of the day for a reason. And, in the end, no NFL player should be asked to tie in Week 18, or 19, or 20, or 21 if he doesn’t believe he’s ready to go.

But it looks like they’ll be playing football in a few days, and the Giants look poised to show up at the Linc for a game that has no impact on their postseason standing. They will be the sixth seed in the NFC tournament – ​​win, lose or tie.

They must play to win anyway. It’s the right thing to do on every level.

Daniel Jones runs for a touchdown during the Giants' decisive victory over the Colts.
Daniel Jones runs for a touchdown during the Giants’ decisive victory over the Colts.
Roberto Sabo

“I think that’s part of the heart and pride of Giants teams,” said safety Julian Love, “that toughness about ‘No, we’re going to compete and play.’ ”

Love was just 9 years old in 2007 when Tom Coughlin’s Giants had no playoff chances to raise the intake in their last game of the regular season, and yet they fought a furious fight with the Patriots 15-0, losing 38 -35 while gaining the necessary confidence. to defeat the Patriots 18-0 in Super Bowl XLII.

“This is a situation that I think parallels what the Giants organization is all about,” Love said. “So we’ll see how we do that this week. I wouldn’t mind playing.

“It is a division opponent. He’s someone I don’t like very much, and they got the better of us in the last game. … Now we have a good time. We played very well the last two games. We just want to dominate an opponent we can see in the playoffs. … Right now, everyone in the locker room is going full throttle this week until we’re told otherwise.

As head coach of the Bills last year and as the leader of a Giants team with many Buffalo connections, Daboll was thrilled to come into Wednesday’s press conference with a Giants cap bestowed by Hamlin’s No. 3. “it weighs heavily on everyone’s hearts and minds,” so declaring his approach to the 13-3 Eagles was legitimately low on his priority list.

Asked if he saw value in building strength like the 2007 Giants, rather than resting and protecting the top starters, Daboll said: “What happened in 2007, or five years [ago] – let’s do what we think is right for our team. He may be willing to release his plan on Friday.

So be it. But this really shouldn’t be too difficult a decision. The Giants were defeated by Philly last month and have an opportunity here to prove they can play the current No. 1 should they meet again later in the playoffs. As Daboll said after Sunday’s destruction of the Colts, “Our goal – it’s never going to be just to make the playoffs.”

He wants his own Super Bowl ring along with the five he helped Bill Belichick win in New England. That will likely take a few years, but then again, you never know in the NFL. Crazier things have happened in sports than these Giants heading into a spirited postseason.

“I’m getting ready to play, and that’s my job,” said Daniel Jones, who added that he will do whatever his coach instructs him to do. Jones said he never had a conversation with Eli Manning about the way the 2007 team does business.

Giants coach Brian Daboll
Giants coach Brian Daboll
Roberto Sabo

The 2022 Giants need a boost going into 2023 and should follow Eli’s first title team lead. After New England’s undefeated defeat, Patriots center Dan Koppen told his teammate, Shaun O’Hara, that the Giants were the best team they had faced and an opponent they would not want to see in the Super Bowl.

“We got all the momentum in the world in that game,” said Giants long snapper Zak DeOssie. A Giants team official said the losing players walked off the field believing they had physically imposed their will on the Patriots.

“We knew that if we played them again, we would beat them,” said the official.

Fifteen years after a Super Bowl triumph that ranks as the Giants’ greatest moment of all time, much has changed in the NFL… with a few notable exceptions:

1) The sport is still extremely dangerous.

2) Winning generates victory.

If the league goes ahead with its scheduled game in Philly, the Giants should be looking to outpoint the Eagles.