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Postgame DE Justin Tuck


Q: Your message to Rex Ryan?

A: Merry Christmas.

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Q: Does this win feel more special because the Jets talked all week?

A: It does. We know it's going to be hyped up. It should be. I know we did a good job of saying, 'Talk is cheap, play the game' all week, but we knew they were going to talk a lot and we talked a little bit ourselves. We're not that innocent. The thing we did is we came out and backed it up. That's the most important thing. It was a must-win game for us and we get to go off to the next round, play for a playoff berth.

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Q: What did you think when you saw the Super Bowl logos covered up?

A: The fact of the matter is I have a Super Bowl ring.

Q: Did it feel good to play healthy and play the way you did today?

A: It feels good to get back to playing like I know we can. We still had some mistakes today - there's no question about that - but the energy was there, the passion was there. We played 60 minutes. I think we had 93 plays on defense and it didn't seem like anybody was tired. We were all in today. We went to chapel last night and our speaker talked about, 'All in.' Today you could just tell the Giants were all in, regardless of whatever happened. Regardless of what was going to happen, we were going to be all in and that's how you have to play this game. I can look back at some games this year where we haven't been all in. But today I think guys were just, no matter what was happening, we were not going to allow ourselves to leave this stadium without getting a W today.

Q: Coach Coughlin talked about you playing every snap in practice and not worrying about the injuries. Did it make a difference?

A: I think it did just because people have told me it did. I guess I try to play naïve sometimes in the fact of thinking that people look at me and how I play the game. Like you said, I just made up my mind that I'm not going to be healthy this year. It's not going to happen. But you're mind can make your body do a lot of things that normally wouldn't happen when you're not mentally right. And I haven't been mentally right this year. I had a great conversation with Coach Coughlin, had some great conversations with Mr. Reese and a lot of people around here - just talking about how to play this game - and I think it really helped me.

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Q: How did you wear the Jets down? A: I think we wore them down by being all in. We didn't really care about what they were doing. We knew that the focus had to be on what we were going to do. They tried to slow down our pass rush there. A lot of quick throws throughout the game, a lot of max protections. But when you just focus on what you have to do as a defense, it doesn't really matter. That's how we have to be. You give the Jets a lot of credit. I'm not going to sit here and talk about we run the city and all of that. It would be easy for me to gloat right now, but that's a good football team and we just beat a good football team. I guess you can say it was a road game, on the road. But it was fun today and I think that was the biggest thing for us to do - come out here and have fun and enjoy the camaraderie and the competition. At the end of the day I think we showed that we wanted it a little bit more than they did.

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