The Giants thrive on being underdogs, but disrespected they will not be. They have a chip on their shoulder and now detractors are hearing from all corners - including Wellington Mara's widow, Ann.
During the Giants' locker room celebration, as CBS' Terry Bradshaw was on stage trying to interview WR Victor Cruz, Mrs. Mara approached the Hall of Fame QB as the cameras were rolling.
"Hey!" said Mrs. Mara as she grabbed Bradshaw's arm. "Hey! (I've been over this before with you) and you never pick the Giants!"
Bradshaw seemed stunned. He apologized to her and turned towards the camera: "I'm getting hammered for not picking the Giants!" Mrs. Mara walked away smiling, while her son, John - the team's CEO, smiled in the background.
Tom Coughlin said he didn't see the incident, but heard about it...
"I know that in many ways, many times Mrs. Mara’s attitude is reflective of the way that we would hope our team plays. She has great energy and tremendous interest and she is so interested in the team playing well and doing well."
Eli Manning also didn't see it, walking away right before Mrs. Mara came on stage.
The Giants' QB told reporters that he thought it was funny ("You have to laugh.") but he agrees with the coach that she is an inspiration to the team.
"Mrs. Mara, you see her and you think ‘Sweet Mrs. Mara’, but she is obviously very passionate about Giants football and passionate about this team and involved and knows players. I like her attitude. I like the way she spoke her mind about something she cares dearly about."
Then he was asked if he would ever cross her...
"Never. Not Mrs. Mara. She’s the boss."
Justin Tuck was asked the same question and gave a similar answer...
"Would I cross her? Absolutely not. Not at all."
Ditto for Antrel Rolle: "I don’t cross any Maras, put it that way..."