In last week's Super Wild Card matchup, cornerback Adoree' Jackson returned from a knee injury that left him sidelined for seven weeks. He was thrown right back into the deep end and drew All-Pro wide receiver Justin Jefferson, limiting him to just one reception in the second half. As the Giants prepare to face the Philadelphia Eagles in the Divisional Round, Jackson joined the Giants Huddle podcast to preview Saturday night at Lincoln Financial Field, including individual matchups with the Eagles' leading receivers, DeVonta Smith and A.J. Brown.
Jackson spoke about the intensity of playoff games, revealing that there is certainly a mindset shift. He played nearly every defensive snap in Minnesota, but the high-stakes nature of the game outweighed his fatigue.
"I think when it's competition time, everything else goes out the window," he said. "I always try to think that if I'm tired, I'm pretty sure the opponent is as well."
He shed light on defensive coordinator Wink Martindale's versatile scheme, which enabled the Giants to devise a plan to stop a dynamic Vikings offense. From his arrival, Martindale expressed a trust in his players that manifests in productivity. Jackson quoted Martindale: "The defense is your car, and we're going to give you the keys."
The Eagles present a unique hurdle given that their offense is led by a dynamic quarterback in Jalen Hurts. The counterpunch, Jackson shared, is the ability of the Giants' defensive interior with players like Dexter Lawrence and Leonard Williams.
"It's cool to have that presence in the interior to be able to affect the game like that," Jackson said. "It goes hand in hand. The ball needs to come out quick, and in that aspect, we're able to make plays. Or if the quarterback holds the ball too long, then the interior gets to make plays."
Jackson also applauded Brown's and Smith's on-field capabilities.
"When they're out on the field, they're able to take it the distance," Jackson said. "And I think that's what makes them special, especially with DeVonta and A.J., their mentality to want to be great and strive for greatness and just saying, 'Put it on me, and I'm going to make a play.'"
Though Jackson has reached the playoffs before, he commended the way the entire organization is approaching the postseason.
"At the end of the day, it's football," he said. "But just keep having fun with it. It's a blessing to be able to play with these guys."
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