The San Francisco 49ers are preparing to host the New York Giants on Sunday in the 2012 NFC Championship Game. The contest will be yet another meeting between the postseason rivals, who have faced off in playoff games seven times before.
But according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, the rivalry isn't what the Giants have in mind.
The Giants didn't set out on this journey hoping to find redemption. They're not flying across the country looking for revenge
This game, to the Giants, is not about evening the score with the San Francisco 49ers. In fact, it has nothing to do with the 49ers at all.
"They're just in the way of where we want to be," said linebacker Michael Boley. "Obviously, that's the Super Bowl."
Vacchiano's article deals with the Giants getting their confidence back when their season was in danger of spiraling out of control just a few weeks ago. But the comments by Boly and this one by safety Antrel Rolle are very interesting:
We're not going to be denied at this point. We understand what we have as a team. It's not all about talent. It's about chemistry. We're gelling at this point. Coaches and players are on the same page at the same time.
We have one goal in mind, which is to win the championship.
That's all well and good, but the Giants should probably be focusing all of their efforts on winning this coming Sunday. The 49ers can't afford to take anything for granted, so perhaps their focus will lead to a Giants defeat in the NFC Championship Game.