If they win, no one will be surprised. They beat the Patriots in the regular season, and they come to Indianapolis with almost as much momentum as New England, which won 10 in a row.
Tuck insisted that teams don't get to this point in the season without believing in themselves.
"It can be misunderstood for cockiness, and whatever else," Tuck said. "But at the end of the day, when we step on that football field, we believe we are going to win that football game. If you ask any athlete and he tells you anything different, then there is something wrong."
"I mean, we wouldn't have boarded the plane if we didn't expect to win," said Rolle, who lost a Super Bowl in February 2009 while playing for Arizona against the Steelers. "I think that is the bottom line. We have come here for one thing and one thing only, which is to win. We are expecting to win this game come Sunday."
"Listen, this is the last game of the season. I'm pretty sure that the Giants want to win and we want to win, point blank," defensive tackle Vince WIlfork said. "You have two good football teams who don't want to walk away with an `L'. Both sides are going to have to play really good football and not give up anything cheap. Trust me, we're not the only ones that feel that we want to win this ballgame. They're sitting over there saying the same thing. This is the last game, and the biggest game of your career. This is what you play for."
Before leaving, the team held what is a normal Saturday walkthrough and left at the same time they would normally leave for a road game.
The short flight was uneventful. It was quiet and the players either watched a movie or slept, Snee said.
"You get off and you know you are at the Super Bowl," Snee said. "The media is there and there is a small red carpet. It's exciting."
Manning said the rest of the week is a time to focus.
"When you feel you have a good team or players and an opportunity to go win a championship, you don't want to let those slip away," said Manning, the Super Bowl MVP of the Giant's win over the Patriots four years ago.
Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press