Dave Tollefson was a little upset he didn't have time before the game to catch up with members of the 1986 Super Bowl-winning Giants team, who were honored at halftime of Monday night's victory against the Rams.
He had a primetime NFC battle to get to.
"I went out there and they're kind of leaving the field -- and it's like I grew up with them," said Tollefson, whose favorite player was Carl Banks. "When I was growing up, when I was a young kid starting to watch football, the Giants were the team. My twin sister's favorite team was the Giants growing up because they were winning Super Bowls. They were amazing to watch."
The 29-year-old, instead, showed them what he could do.
Following an early field goal by St. Louis on its first drive, the Giants went three-and-out, setting up a Steve Weatherford punt at their own 21. Back to return for the Rams was rookie wide receiver Greg Salas, who was looking to improve what would have already been good field position for St. Louis, which already owned a 3-0 advantage in the game.
But the fourth-round draft pick out of Hawaii muffed the punt around the Rams 40 while a heap of Giants tried to fall on the ball. Tollefson eventually came up with it at the 38.
Half a dozen plays later, Eli Manning hit Hakeem Nicks in the end zone to take a 7-3 lead, one which the Giants would never relinquish.
Tollefson, who had a sack in Week One at Washington while filling in for the injured Justin Tuck at defensive end, went back to polishing his special teams resume once more with the play and also had a tackle and a QB hit on Monday night.
"Getting the 'W' -- victories are not only moral but physical," Tollefson said after the 28-16 win at MetLife Stadium. "You need them. You've got to get these under your belt at home. We've got to win our games at home. It's huge."
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