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Harris:Big Blue can't rest now

Jaime C. Harris | 4/12/2011, 5:28 p.m.

The push to the playoffs for the Giants has begun in earnest.

Their 24-20 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars last Sunday reinforced the notion that the Giants are a team of resiliency. It was Tuck, the Giants' outstanding defensive lineman, who delivered a passionate halftime speech that motivated the entire roster to overcome a 17-6 halftime deficit and position them firmly in the post-season race.

"I told them that I was playing like crap, I told them that we were playing like crap," said Tuck afterwards, "and that in the second half we need to pick it up, just try to create a spark. And it worked."

But words cannot be definitively measured. Inspirational as Tuck's oratory may have been, the Giants must prove they can withstand the rash of injuries that have hit them over the past several weeks as well as exhibit the resolve to navigate a schedule that will have them playing three of their final five games on the road, including ending the season versus the Packers in Green Bay and the Redskins in Washington if the playoffs are to be a part of their future come early January.

"This win was critical for us, but we have the Redskins {this Sunday} on the road so each game is important," said Giants linebacker Michael Boley. "If we go into Washington and play poorly, then we could be back in a tough position."

Boley was referring to the Giants tenuous situation entering the match up with the Jaguars. They had lost two in a row and were sitting seventh overall in the NFC, one spot out of the playoff mix.

But now, at 7-4, the Giants share the same record with the Philadelphia Eagles, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Packers. They are theoretically tied with the Philadelphia Eagles for first place in the NFC East, although the Eagles hold an advantage after beating the Giants 27-17 in Philly on November 21. The teams will hook up again at the Meadowlands in two weekends.

"We know what's at stake each game we play," maintained veteran linebacker Keith Bulluck. "One loss can put you back two or three places in the standings. But we have enough guys in this locker room," said the 11-year pro from Syracuse, "that have been through this before. If we play the way we are capable, we'll be alright."