INDIANAPOLIS -- The New York Giants got onto their charter flight on Monday at Newark International Airport, many of them recording every giddy moment with their video cameras and cell phones.
One thing they all definitely packed with them for the Super Bowl trip is their surging confidence. The Giants may have felt like third graders heading on a field trip as they left New Jersey, but they landed in Indianapolis ready to take care of business.
"We wouldn't have boarded the plane if we didn't expect to win," safety Antrel Rolle said when asked about coming to the Super Bowl with the mentality of expecting to hoist the Vince Lombardi trophy. "I think that is the bottom line."
"We have come here for one thing and one thing only which is to win," Rolle added. "We are expecting to win this game come Sunday."
Rolle wasn't making a guarantee or a prediction. He was just expressing the confidence that permeates throughout the Giants roster. Ever since beating Rex Ryan's New York Jets on Christmas Eve, the Giants have been on a mission. They enter Super Bowl XLVI against New England on a five-game winning streak and supremely confident.
"We're very confident," right guard Chris Snee said. "We feel like we're playing good football right now. The thing is, you have two teams with great momentum -- New England has won 10 games in a row."
"We were confident (in Super Bowl XLII), we're confident now," Snee added. "If that rubs people the wrong way, then so be it. I don't think guys are crossing the line -- we're a confident bunch and you need that going into this game."