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New York Giants news and notes: Giants talk about 49ers

New York Giants news and notes for Thursday morning.

Good morning, New York Giants' fans! Here is your Thursday morning notebook. Today, a compilation of quotes from Giants' players on Wednesday. Full transcripts available on our 'Transcripts' page.

Jason Pierre-Paul: [Full transcript]

Q: Your coach said earlier that nobody gives you guys a chance to win. Do you guys really believe that?
A: I don't know. All I know, as players and being on the Giants, we're going to go out there and fight, give all we've got. We don't care what anybody says about us, anyway. We're just going to go out there and play great football.

Q: Is there a chip on your shoulder because of the fact that a lot of people are saying that they're the best team in the NFC?
A: It is what it is. People have their own opinions. You only can prove that with your pads and at the end of the year, who is in the playoffs and going to the championship game. So that's the way you prove it and we don't care what anybody says. That's how our organization works and that's how we play football.

Victor Cruz: [Full transcript]

Q: What do you think about everyone picking San Francisco to win the Super Bowl?
A: Yeah, that's basically how it goes for us every year, nobody picks us to win and we always have our backs against the wall, which is, in a sense, how we like to play. That's fine with us.

Justin Tuck: [Full transcript]

Q: When a guy goes a long time without hitting a home run, it starts playing on his mind a little bit. Does that happen with sacks?
A: No question. I think we all are kind of puzzled by the fact. It's not like we forgot how to rush the passer. We've been doing it all our lives. It's something strange, but we'll figure it out.

Q: What about you personally? Do you look at stats?
A: Do I lose sleep over the fact that I haven't been rushing the passer as I previously was? No, but I am watching film and trying to make sure that I'm doing everything on my part that when an opportunity presents itself that I am ready and in the right position.

Q: Are you confused at all by the fact that everybody seems to think San Francisco is going to kill you guys? It seems like you're the big underdog this game.
A: So? Who cares about that? I like the fact that we're underdogs. I think we've been in that role a lot. The fact of the matter is they're a good football team and they're playing well and I think if I was a betting man and didn't have anything to do with this team, I would probably pick them as favorites, too.

Eli Manning: [Full transcript]

Q: You got hit 12 times in that game last year. I mean, do you go in, expecting to be hit? How do you approach it?
A: We also had 64 drop backs last year. You throw the ball that many times, you're going to take hits. Hopefully, we can have a good balance of the run and pass. You're going to get hit sometimes playing quarterback. You don't worry about that. Hopefully, you'll have enough time to get the ball out for the routes to develop and guys are getting open.

Q: You have Mario (Manningham) and Brandon (Jacobs) over there. Do you think they're giving up corporate secrets this week?
A: I think we'll be all right. Everybody always talks a little bit, but they're not going to know what plays we're running, or what we're doing. So, I think we'll be in good shape.