Coughlin: Giants played well with ‘our backs to the wall’

INDIANAPOLIS — Don’t expect Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw‘s foot injury to keep him out of this game. It’s the Super Bowl, after all.

“Ahmad has practiced two days in a row (limited Wednesday, full Thursday), which is very unusual and tells you the excitement that’s built up there,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Friday, in his last media comments before Sunday’s meeting with the Patriots. “Everyone wants to be a part of it at this point in time. No one wants to be someone who is not able to participate or be a part of this wonderful experience. We’ve had everyone on the practice field, and hopefully, thank God, it will be that way Sunday.”

The Giants know all about playing important, exciting games.

Just over one month ago, they stood at 7-7 and needed to win their final two games to clinch the NFC East title. After winning those games, they went to the playoffs and defeated the Falcons, Packers and 49ers, the last two on the road.

“From that point on, it has been one single-elimination game after another, and the players have responded very, very well,” Coughlin said of a Week 14 loss to the Redskins. “They’ve come together as a group. … We’ve had our backs to the wall, and the players have performed well under that circumstance.”

Coughlin wants the Giants to embody the mantra they have carried throughout the season: “Finish.”

“The year before, the two years before, I didn’t think we finished very well,” Coughlin said. “I took grasp of that and wanted that to be the No. 1 theme. It was the first thing we hit them with when they came to camp, and it will be the last thing they hear from us before they take the field.”

– Matt Florjancic, Special to NFL.com

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