Which moment does head coach Tom Coughlin believe was the defining moment of the year? What did quarterback Eli Manning do with wide receiver Victor Cruz during the offseason that carried over to the regular season? Find out the answers to these questions and re-live the 2011 season through the words of Coughlin, Manning, Cruz and defensive end Justin Tuck in the latest installment of the NFL Films-produced, Emmy Award-winning series, America's Game: 2011 New York Giants exclusively on NFL Network.
America's Game: 2011 New York Giants debuts on Tuesday, September 4 at 10:00 PM ET, one night before the Giants kick off the 2012 regular season at home against the division rival Dallas Cowboys. Featuring exclusive video and sound of the Giants during team meetings, games and inside the locker room, including footage from Coughlin's speech to the team the night before Super Bowl XLVI, America's Game offers an all-access look at the Super Bowl champions.
Emmy Award-winning actor of NBC's 30 Rock, Alec Baldwin lends his voice to this year's edition.
In the hour-long special, Manning, Coughlin, Tuck and Cruz recount the 2011 season in their own words. In 2009, the Giants lost eight of their last 11 games and failed to make it to the playoffs. In 2010, the Giants allowed 28 unanswered points in the final 7:18 at home against Philadelphia, losing the game and allowing the Eagles to claim possession of first place in the NFC East. Prior to the 2011 season, Coughlin delivered a simple message: "Finish, finish, finish." After losing four consecutive games, the Giants won three of their final four games to win the NFC East and entered the postseason with a 9-7 record. Four victories later, the Giants finished the season as Super Bowl XLVI champions.
America's Game, an Emmy Award-winning series, delves deep into the story behind the making of Super Bowl champions. Each episode is a 60-minute documentary in high definition, featuring key members of the winning team telling behind-the-scenes accounts from their championship season. With the signature NFL Films footage, combined with news clips and photos, highlights from team radio broadcasts, inside looks from team meeting rooms, sideline audio and other exclusive features, America's Game provides an epic and intimate portrait of championship teams.
Below is a sampling of what's notable and quotable from America's Game: 2011 New York Giants:
Tom Coughlin delivers preseason motivation...
Following a disappointing 2010 season in which the New York Giants failed to make the playoffs for the second consecutive year, head coach Tom Coughlin showed his team a video of a high school cross-country runner for motivation.
- "One particular girl who really was their best runner, coming down the stretch she began to struggle. She collapsed within feet of the finish line. She said to herself, 'You have to finish, that's the point.' She literally crawled across the finish line and her team won the state championship. When the movie ended, you could have heard a pin drop in the room." - Coughlin on the video he showed to his team
- "Normally when coach shows us videos, we kind of look at him and go, 'OK, I got his point.' But seeing someone not getting paid give that much effort, guys really, really took that to heart and it really set the tone for this season." - Tuck
- "You're going to hear me say this a thousand times: finish, finish, finish." - Coughlin to the team during a team meeting