So Victor Cruz had just two catches in Sunday’s playoff win over Atlanta.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin was more focused on the fact that Mario Manningham had four catches for 68 yards and a touchdown.
Manningham had just 39 catches the entire regular season, and had been dealing with a knee injury in recent weeks.
“The fact that Mario made plays was big,” Coughlin said. “That was big for us, that was something that we needed to have happen and I am certainly glad it did. When you look at tape of some of these games and you look at previous games of the teams that we are playing you see 82 making catches and running behind people and that is a good thing.”
• The Giants threw 32 passes and ran 31 times against the Falcons.
“It is very important because balance is important. For us to be able to have that balance, anytime we play, to be able to have a good mix there and keep people from totally disregarding one phase or the other,” Coughlin said.
• The Packers had 16 players on injured reserve when they won the Super Bowl last season. The Giants currently have 13 players on IR.
Did Coughlin compare the two teams?
“We were aware of it and we mentioned it in August. Not since then,” he said.
• So about those 2007 and 2011 comparisons ...
“I am enjoying this group and I am enjoying those similarities,” Coughlin said. “There are some and if we can get on a roll and play our best football right now, then yes. We have demonstrated that to a certain extent but I will say this, we are playing a little more like Giant football right now. That is not to take away from anything else that has been done. To play pretty good defense, not turn the ball over, rush the ball and have some patience about it and that is the direction we are in right now.”