The New York Giants defensive behemoth Jason Pierre-Paul walked the walk yesterday during the team's 24-2 demolition of the Atlanta Falcons in their NFC wild card playoff game. After the game he started talking the talk about facing the Packers.
"We're going to win," boasted the second-year defensive end. "One hundred percent, we're going to win...because we're the best."
Fresh from a defensive performance that included eight tackles (two for losses) and a key stop on a fourth-and-one that stopped a Falcon's drive at the Giants 21-yard line, JPP said he can't wait for next Sunday's rematch against the Green Bay Packers.
The Giants (10-7) are nine-point underdogs next week against the Packers (15-1) and JPP is craving the opportunity to avenge the Dec. 4 meeting when the Giants lost, 38-35, on a last second field goal.
The loss left a bitter taste in JPP's mouth, but did nothing to hush it up.
"We know it's one and done [and] we aren't going to let that happen," said the defensive end. "We're going to walk away with a win."
The was alot of confidence to go around after yesterday's well-balanced victory at MetLife Stadium. The Giants defense was especially impressive.
"It was our best defensive effort of the year," said Giants DE Justin Tuck.
The G-Men gave up only 247 total yards to a potent Falcons team and held running back Michael Turner to 41 yards.
Two huge stops on fourth-down quarterback sneaks deep on their own side halted two potential Falcons scoring drives.
The only points the Falcons scored came off a second quarter safety when Eli Manning was flagged for intentional grounding.
While JPP was walking the walk most of the game, there a time when the Giants sack demon was laid out on the turf after he collided with teammates Aaron Ross and Tuck.
JPP threw a scare into his team until he got back up and walked it off.
"He got up," Osi Umenyiora said, "like he was Optimus Prime or something."
Pierre-Paul left the game but returned shortly after "[getting] the wind knocked out of me."
Sounds like there was still enough wind left to puff out his chest and predict a victory over the reigning Super Bowl champs.