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Coughlin feels good about Saturday night

Just a little bit more looking back at the New England game before we turn our full attention to this weekend's first-round playoff matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Coach Tom Coughlin met the media Sunday. Here is the full transcript of the conference call.

Coughlin was adamant that he felt the way the Giants played Saturday night will help them against Tampa Bay.

"I think that, as I said last night, I thought that we gained momentum from the quality of our play. We are obviously very disappointed we didn't win and I think that goes without saying. We did gain some momentum I thought coming out of Buffalo, coming out of last night, and I don't know that you can move toward the playoffs in a better way than to play against the number one team in the league, a team that is 16-0, and hold your own at least for the majority of the evening."

By the way, Coughlin did admit to having done some work last week to get ready for the Buccaneers.

"I have looked at all their special teams and they are very, very quick and fast and a very good special teams outfit. We know the same of their defense and how the quality in which they are playing and the fact that they are leading the league in the fewest points given up and then offensively Garcia has had a strong year, he is playing very well, and the players that you recognize, the Galloways, Grahams, those guys, are all having good years."

With that, I think it's time to start hoping injured players Sam Madison, Shaun O'Hara and Kawika Mitchell will be ready for Sunday.

By the way, I've got a couple of special things coming up for you this week. I will be going head-to-head throughout the playoffs against the 'Greek.' We'll see how that turns out.

Also, later this week I hope to have a Buccaneers overview from 'JScott' at our fine Tampa Bay blog, 'Buc 'Em.'

By the way, I touched base with 'JScott' Sunday. His reaction to what he saw from the Giants Saturday night?

"That performance last night was VERY intimidating."

Giants' fans can only hope Big Blue plays that well in Tampa on Sunday.