INDIANAPOLIS -- Less than 24 hours after saying the Giants boarded their flight with the mentality that "we are expecting to win" Super Bowl XLVI, Antrel Rolle reiterated his confident state of mind.
"We are going to win this thing," Rolle said when asked again about the Giants' mentality at Super Bowl media day on Tuesday. "We are going to win this thing for a lot of good reasons."
However, Rolle said he was not guaranteeing a Giants' victory over the Patriots when asked if that was a guarantee. The safety said he was just expressing how the confidence the Giants feel.
"I definitely think so," Rolle said. "Tom Brady is an exceptional quarterback, but I feel like if we put our mind to it and play the way we have been playing, and if all of us go out there and play as one, we might not be able to stop everything he is doing but we'll stop a whole lot of the things he is trying to do."
"We are definitely going to take care of business," Rolle added. "Those guys are exceptional at what they do. And we understand that. But so are we."
The Giants' confidence has been surging ever since they beat the Jets on Christmas Eve. They've won five straight games since then.
"We were pretty confident in 2007," Justin Tuck said when asked to compare the confidence of this team to the one that won Super Bowl XLII. "That's something that this football team rarely lacks. We are a confident bunch of guys. I would say our confidence level was just as high in 2007 as it is today."
Rolle said on Monday that the Giants "wouldn't have boarded the plane if we didn't expect to win" when asked about the team's approach to the Super Bowl.
"We have come here for one thing and one thing only which is to win," Rolle said on Monday. "We are expecting to win this game come Sunday."
The Giants have felt all season that if they come with the right approach and execute, they'll win.
"When we go out there and have that mentality that we have, and we fight, I don't think we can be denied," Rolle said. "I'm not saying we can't be beaten. Any team in the NFL can be beaten. But we are not going to be denied at this point."
"We are not going to sell ourselves short this opportunity."
Ohm Youngmisuk covers the Giants for ESPNNewYork.com.