The sweat wasn't even dry on Julius Peppers' forehead when he was asked about next week.
"Maybe tonight after New York loses it’ll get exciting, because the game will be a little bigger in our eyes," the Panthers DE said.
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Now with the Giants trailing 14-5 in the fourth, he was sounding prophetic.
Next week's for home field in the NFC playoffs anyway, but a Giants loss can't hurt.
-- The 30-10 win over Denver didn't reflect what the stat sheet showed.
QB Jake Delhomme had to have thrown for more than 253 yards, had to have converted more than 4-of-10 third downs, right?
Everything they did was just enough. But they passed with authority, ran at the right times and finally played defense like we were used to seeing.
-- They've been remarkably healthy all year, but they can ill afford losing linemen right now. DT Maake Kemoeatu's harder to replace than you'd think, and if his ankle's a problem, it changes the way they do business on defense. They can get by with Jeremy Bridges or Geoff Hangartner at RG in the place of Keydrick Vincent better than they can fill Kemo's gap.