Plaxico Burress predicted a 23-17 Giants win and in Anthony Smith-fashion, he guaranteed it, too. "You have to believe in your team," said Burress.
As he defended his bold choice of words, Burress only had to look some 40 feet to his left to see the grim expression of coach Tom Coughlin, who wasn't happy to hear about the prediction.
"I was not aware of that," said Coughlin, who shook his head. "We've had a good theme all year and it hasn't been that. We do our talking on the field."
When a reporter heard David Diehl say there would "be a different outcome" to this Patriots-Giants game than there was Dec. 29 [New England won, 38-35], the offensive lineman wouldn't follow Burress' lead.
"I'm not guaranteeing anything," said Diehl. "I'm only saying I believe in my team."