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Giants hope to lift fans' spirits Sunday

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Giants had their first "normal" day of work Thursday, after having their schedule adjusted the previous three days due to Hurricane Sandy.

But in addition to all the chatter about their upcoming opponent, the Pittsburgh Steelers, there continued to be talk about the storm.

Coach Tom Coughlin was asked if his team feels any special responsibility this week, after what befell the local area.

"There's no question about that," Coughlin said. "We haven't talked much about that. There will be a time and place for talking about that."

Sounds like an emotional pregame pep talk could be forthcoming.

The NBA postponed the Knicks-Nets game scheduled for Thursday night at the Barclays Center. But all indications are that the Giants-Steelers game will go off as planned Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium.

Quarterback Eli Manning spoke Wednesday about being hopeful the Giants could give "a little joy" to those fans affected by the hurricane.

Some teammates echoed those sentiments Thursday.

"I think a lot of people will kind of be lingering on what we do on Sunday," said defensive end Justin Tuck, "(to) kind of get their minds off the effects of Sandy, and hopefully we can oblige."

"We're taking care of each other," said running back Ahmad Bradshaw. "Hopefully, we can take care of New York and it will be a good Sunday for everybody."

"We feel like we can spark New York," Bradshaw added. "Just what we do, what we've done."