The glib Ryan is a quote machine. He opens his mouth, and it's a story.
"We'll never be the other team for the simple reason we have a Super Bowl ring," Jacobs said Friday after an organized team activity. "We didn't stop the tour when we got there. We got past people we needed to get past. We beat teams that nobody beat and got what we wanted -- Super Bowl XLII champions.
"The last time I checked my watch, no one else has done that in New York. We are that team in New York. You can put us behind if you want to. That's fine. People got their opinions and like their team. But it is what it is."
The Jets (11-8) reached the AFC Championship Game, despite having a first-year head coach, a rookie quarterback and a new defensive system. During the offseason, they bolstered their roster, signing halfback LaDainian Tomlinson and defensive end Jason Taylor and acquiring wide receiver Santonio Holmes and cornerback Antonio Cromartie in trades.
Two seasons after winning the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots, the Giants (8-8) fell apart, losing eight of their final 11 games, and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2004. The only major move that coach Tom Coughlin's team made during the offseason was the signing of Pro Bowl safety Antrel Rolle.
"All I worry about is what we do on Sunday," Tuck said. "If I had it my way, there would be only one reporter here, asking Eli all the questions and I'd be home by now. So Rex and whoever can say whatever they want to say."
"To be honest with you, I kind of root for them some times," O'Hara said. "Even last year, I was rooting for them. I know a lot of guys on the team. I'm not a hater. I don't get jealous. What would be great would be to have a Jets-GiantsSuper Bowl. That would be awesome, and it would be even better in 2014 (if New York wins the bid)."
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