"We’re going to win. One hundred percent, we’re going to win … because we’re the best," JPP said after the game, unaware of the downstream effects his guarantee could create for his team.
"I am not commenting on that," said Tom Coughlin when asked what he thought of the prediction. "It is just like right now, let us study them and then we will talk about them on Wednesday. I realize everybody is anxious and I am, too. I told the players that and let’s cover the game and learn from the game we just played, let’s keep things in perspective, let’s get started looking at some tape but let’s not get too carried away just yet. Wednesday will be a nice time for that."
Giants' defensive captain Justin Tuck also downplayed the comments. He knows JPP was excited after his first playoff experience and was most likely talking off the top of his head.
"Knowing you guys, you probably asked him a loaded question and he just gave his honest opinion about it," Tuck said.
QB Eli Manning thought nothing of it as well.
"Obviously he’s confident," said Eli. "That’s always the attitude – that we’re going to go in there and we’re going to win. That’s what you’re preparing for."
And what if it ends up on the bulletin board in the Packers' facility? How much more attention can they give to him, anyway? They're gonna need two bodies as it is - would they dare three?
JPP is young and does not know enough about the history or the business of football to really take what he says to heart. He is a neophyte to this whole experience in more ways than one. We look at it this way: at least he's fired up!