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Osi Umenyiora, post-game, 12.30.12

Osi Umenyiora waves to fans after Sunday's game
Osi Umenyiora waves to fans after Sunday's game
Al Bello

Q: What are you feeling right now?

A: I’m happy man. We got a win. We haven’t played well and we finally came together and we played the way we’re supposed to as a team. It was an outstanding victory for the Giants.

Q: Knowing that you won’t play in the playoffs?

A: It’s unfortunate. You can’t go to the playoffs every year. We were the champions last year. This year we weren’t able to back that up, but we still ended it on a positive note.

Q: Do you wonder where this effort was the last two weeks?

A: There’s no point in doing that. It wasn’t there. Today, it was. We gave the people of New York something to look forward to next year.

Q: What did you think about the pre-game ceremony?

A: It was awesome to see those guys out there and just imagining what they went through on that horrific day and for them to come out here and support us the way they did, it was an unbelievable feeling. We had to put a great effort out there for them.

Q: If this is your last game as a Giant, what are you feeling right now?

A: I’m just happy. If it is, then I’m just happy to have been in this situation and to have played for this organization, played for this team and to have accomplished the things that we’ve accomplished here as a team. You never know what’s going to happen, but if indeed it is, then it is what it is and I’m going to go out smiling. It was a great victory.

Q: Did you see some Giants pride here today?

A: No question. We talked about it all week and Philly is a tough team. I know they might not have had a good season, but they always come out and play hard and they tried to play hard today, but our effort was just too much for them today.

Q: Is this emotional for you thinking about what might be ahead?

A: No, not at all. It’s actually a great feeling knowing that I still have some good football left in me. If it’s here, it’s here. I hope it is. But if it’s not, then I’ll just take my talents elsewhere and I’m just happy to have played here and play for this great city, this great organization and this great team.

Q: What kind of frustrations are there knowing what you did today but you needed the help?

A: No frustrations. It’s over with. We put ourselves in this situation, but all you can do is control what we did today and we came out and played the way we were supposed to.

Q: Why were you able to not have an end of the season hot streak like you have in other seasons?

A: I don’t know. It’s not going to happen like that every year. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t our year, but we came out and we played hard today and that’s pretty much all we can control.