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“After that game, our confidence level just went sky high,” Phillips said. “It was the undefeated team that was supposed to be the best team in the league and we were right there with them. There is no such thing as a moral victory, but we got a lot of confidence from that game.”

Rodgers threw four touchdowns in that game, hitting 28 of 46 passes for 369 yards. He also ran four times for 32 yards to keep a couple of drives alive.

“He’s an elite quarterback, one of the best,” said Ross, who passed the concussion protocols even if he was not certain whether he actually suffered a concussion. “His balls are pinpoint. He has the receivers to get the ball to and he’s a smart quarterback.”

Rodgers also should have his full compliments of receivers. Greg Jennings, who tore a ligament in his left knee the week after playing the Giants is ready to return to the lineup, bolstering a receiving corps that includes Jordy Nelson, Driver and tight end Jermichael Finley.

“Playing them the first time, I think they understood what challenges we presented,” Rolle said. “I think we could have helped ourselves out in certain situations, but we were a step away. It was minor things that led to big things that led to a couple of touchdowns.

“We’re a different team right now. We understand that and we’re going to keep that focus and keep that drive. We’re going to keep playing at that same level and we’re going to pick it up a bit. We’re coming in here expecting to win this game that is going to be our mindset and stay our mindset. No one is going to tear that away from us.”

Rodgers has seen the difference.

“They are not just letting guys run free, they are in their rush lanes getting after the passer and they are making plays,” he said. “They are tackling well and they are doing everything really well. I have a lot of respect for that defense because they play hard, play well, they play within the whistle and they have respect for the game.

“It is going to be a tough challenge for us.”


NOTES: RB Ahmad Bradshaw did not practice because of back spasms. … WR Victor Cruz became a father for the first time on Monday. His girlfriend gave birth to a baby girl. All are healthy. … Coach Tom Coughlin said that when the Giants coaching staff learned of the drowning of the son of Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, the room went “absolutely silent.” “Many guys know Joe Philbin. You have tremendous empathy, but you can’t (have) anywhere near the feeling that his family’s going through. Just tragic.” … The Giants have scored 84 points on their three-game winning streak.