Hakeem Nicks, Post-Game 09.16.12

Sep 16, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (88) runs past Tampa Bay Buccaneers free safety Ahmad Black (43) during the game at MetLife Stadium. William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via US PRESSWIRE

Q: How's the foot feeling right now?
A: You know it's good. It's pretty much what I expected after a long game, a big game like this.

Q: You feel like you are back to your old self after a game like that?
A: You've just got to keep believing. It was just a different game plan approach. Lots of single coverage, lot of man-to-man coverage. I was just able to defeat that.

Q: Is this just something you are going to have to deal with all season?
A: We'll see. I figured after a couple of games, breaking it in, I'd get used to it. Just got to get back to work it in. After talking to a few guys who had the same injury, after a couple of games they got back to trusting it. That's the thing, just got to get back to trusting it and getting full confidence in it and then you'll be good to go.

Q: What happened on the play where you went down?
A: I just knew I had to shake it off. It was clutch time in the game situation. I knew I wasn't going to sit out, I knew I had to come through for my team and I had to contribute the best way possible.

Q: How do you explain with the limited practice time you came out today and played so well.
A: You know, my fourth season, I kind of know Eli, he kind of knows me. We're just on the same page. Getting single coverage doesn't come often for us, they matched us up single coverage a lot and me and Eli just kind of took advantage.

Q: What does this win say about your team?
A: It showed our determination. We knew we were capable of doing it as a team. We never doubted ourselves. Not one time did the team get down on ourselves. Everybody was always saying we were going to come back, we got it. And we knew what were capable of doing. Coach Coughlin mentioned at halftime it was a new game and coming out the second half and that's how we approached it.

Q: What kind of confidence do you have in Eli?
A: It's just a confidence level you've got to have. Eli's an elite quarterback, one of the top quarterbacks in the game so it's a confidence level we have knowing we can get the job done at anytime with Eli back there.

Q: What did Coach say to you in locker room?
A: The game ball is for my grandmother. The coach was just telling me great effort, great game and we'll continue to build on that, stuff like that.

Q: It seemed like pitch and catch the whole time.
A: Like I said, it was a lot of one-on-one coverage and I was able to take advantage of it. I had to dig deep, dig deep and gut it out. There were a lot of situations where the o-line did a great job of protecting Eli, Cruz did a great job doing what he does on the opposite side and we were just feeding off each other, making plays.

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