EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said he's probably too close to his unit to notice if its collective emotions rise more when facing one of last year's playoff teams.
He does know about the defense's pride, though.
``I'm so immersed in the gameplan that I can't see the forest for the trees,'' he said. ``Outside looking in, you probably could discern those things more easily. But I've certainly been proud the way they've responded.
``There's a lot of pride within the group, so when they look at a team that's regarded as a good football team, they've traditionally responded in a way that's very positive.''
That is especially true this year. The Giants (8-5) on Sunday will face Atlanta (11-2), and have a chance to beat a fourth team that made the postseason last year. Since they don't play the Lions this year, a win vs. the Falcons would make it a clean sweep of the NFC side of last year's bracket.
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