NEW YORK, NY (PIX 11)—When the Giants arrived to MetLife Stadium on Christmas Eve, they saw that all their Super Bowl logos on the wall outside the locker room were covered with black curtains.
Following a week of the Jets talking smack, it was the final straw.
"We al saw that as a sign of disrespect," Diehl said. "They've worked extremely hard to cover up our logos and the Super Bowl trophies right outside our locker room. I think all of us said, 'Hey, fine. Let them do what they want to do. But after this game, we're going to show that this is a team with a lot of pride.'"
They displayed that and more in a stellar performance Saturday, including five sacks and three turnovers by their revitalized defense and the first 99-yard touchdown in franchise history in a pass from Eli Manning to Victor Cruz.
"Given all the noise that was coming out of Florham Park, it's a satisfying win," said John Mara, the Giants' co-owner. "It kind of reinvigorates this franchise and the players."
Brandon Jacobs and Rex Ryan got into an argument on the field after the game. Jacobs said about the Jets, "It's time for them to shut the f--- up."
He took the Jets' trash-talking personally, calling Ryan a "disrespectful bastard" and saying the Jets coach told him to "shut the f--- up." Jacobs also called Ryan a "fat boy," and when Ryan tried to talk back, Jacobs said, "I told him I'd punch him in the head."
This win saved the Giants' season. They were at risk for elimination in contention had they lost. Their hard-earn Christmas gift came in the form of preparing for a winner-take-all showdown for the NFC East title with the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium on New Years Day.