There will no doubt be a lot of pregame revelry tonight at the Meadowlands. The New York Giants will celebrate their second Super Bowl win in the last five years in grand style, and unfurl a “Super Bowl XLI” banner to the raucous cheers of the East Rutherford, NJ faithful.
But after that, the defending Super Bowl Champs will have a game to play, and according to Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning, the team would do well to not get swept up in the celebration of accomplishment passed.
“It is exciting and the fans get fired up and I think it’ll be a great atmosphere for the players,” said Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning, per ESPN Dallas. “We’ve got to enjoy that moment for a second but you’ve got to get yourself in game mode. There’s always butterflies and you’re nervous for the first game and excited, but that will be a quick moment and then it’s right back to what our assignments are, what are plays are and what we’re trying to execute.”
Across the field from the celebrating Giants, of course, will be the Cowboys--who had any hopes of a playoff run dashed by New York on New Year’s Day of this year, as Eli and company ended their season in a decidedly unceremonious fashion.
“I think the important thing we emphasize in all situations is to be your best regardless of circumstances,” Cowboys’ head coach Jason Garrett said. “It’ll be a great challenge for us going to their place, 2011 Super Bowl champs at their stadium with their crowd, all that stuff that goes with playing this game in general let alone the Super Bowl champs. But what we have to focus on is playing and coaching to the best of our ability.”