New York Giants News & Notes: The Celebration Continues

Victor Cruz (80) of the New York Giants catches a 28-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter over Nnamdi Asomugha (24) of the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on Sept. 25, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Giants defeated the Eagles 29-16. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Good morning, New York Giants fans! Go ahead, celebrate a little more today before turning your attention officially to Sunday's upcoming game against the Arizona Cardinals. Here's a little reading material to help you.

Victor Cruz admitted Monday that he thought there was no way the ball would be headed in his direction on what turned out to be a game-winning 28-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Eli Manning.

"During my route I was thinking, he is not going to throw this ball this way at all. It is two guys here so there is no way he is throwing it in this area but I turned and the ball was in the air so I had to make a play on it," Cruz said. "It was either going to be my ball or I was going to bat it down and it was going to be nobody's ball. We would have lived to play another down."

Defensive tackle Chris Canty and linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka disagreed with Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick's assertion NFL officials don't do enough to protect him.

Here is Canty, whose hit injured Vick's non-throwing hand:

"I didn't think anything was wrong with the hit when it took place. I didn't think it was anything wrong with the hit after looking at it again today," Canty said. "Obviously you want to play within the rules of the game. We are not trying to play dirty or anything like that. We are trying to make a concentrated effort to hit him legally. He is a short guy and I am not, so it is tough to get down there. At the end of the day, we are playing hard and competing hard. It is unfortunate that he got banged up but it is what it is."

Here was Kiwanuka's take on Vick's comments:

"I understand his frustration. Nobody wants to get hit that many times. I just feel like if you're going to be the kind of guy who's going to be able to tuck the ball and run, once you put the ball away [the officials] can't protect you as a quarterback anymore. You have to give that right up," Kiwanuka said. "If he's going to stand in the pocket and continue to just pass the ball then he would have an argument. Once you put that ball away you're surrendering [that right]."

Justin Tuck, the Giants defensive captain and best defensive player, admitted Monday that even he had some doubts about the Giants ability to compete after all the injuries they have suffered.

"You're human. You think about the injuries. You think about the people that are here. You see 11 guys in the huddle. You believe in those 11 guys, [but] you know sometimes that talent isn't there," Tuck said.

"For me, personally, [this win] really helped me believe even more in this football team. I do believe in them and I did before we won this one. But now, there's no doubt whatsoever when we play our style of football we can beat anybody."

Surprising that Tuck would make such an admission, but it speaks to how important Sunday's victory was. This team had to be doubting itself in some ways, but now it knows that it is good enough to compete with anyone when it plays solid, mistake-free football.

Rolle won't back down, no matter the cost | New York Daily News

Antrel Rolle doesn’t think he lost his cool or his head at the end of the first half on Sunday. In fact, he knew exactly what he was doing.

And never mind that all his chirping and eventually his scuffle with Eagles TE Brent Celek resulted in a 15-yard penalty that lead to an Eagles’ touchdown. One day later, the brash safety believes he absolutely did the right thing.

"I think my teammates understood where I was coming from," Rolle said today. "I felt like they were cheap-shotting a little bit. They kept trying to put their hands up in my face and they kept crying after the play. You know, you’ve got to let them know: I’m not a pushover. I’m not a punk under any means. And sometimes you have to put your foot down, even if it costs you a little bit."

From his comments about Rolle on Monday, you know coach Tom Coughlin won't like this at all.

Giants WR Mario Manningham says he's cleared to practice, although he has not been officially cleared | NJ.com

"I'll be good for Sunday," said Manningham, who added he came in early this morning to see a trainer.

"I feel way better, way, way better," Manningham said. "Got a lot of rest, my head got a chance to clear and get the fogginess out."

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