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No more backups. Giants will finally face an elite QB when they face Romo and Dallas

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    New York Giants strong safety Antrel Rolle celebrates after an interception during the second half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Giants won 27-13. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)The Associated Press

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    New York Giants' Jon Beason (52) celebrates with teammates Jacquian Williams, left, and Keith Rivers (55) after Beason got an interception during the second half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)The Associated Press

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    New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) is sacked by Green Bay Packers' Clay Matthews (52) during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)The Associated Press

After winning their fourth straight game, Tom Coughlin gave the New York Giants a break heading into their showdown with Dallas this weekend.

All they had to do Monday was come in and lift. After that, the afternoon was free. They could get away from football for a few extra hours. They had earned it coming back from a 0-6 start.

Something interesting happened: The captains asked them to stick around to have their usual players-only meetings.

It's a time the guys can sit without the coaching staff and look at the video of Sunday's 27-13 win over the Green Bay Packers. It's a frank discussion and the players didn't want to give it up now that they are back in the playoff hunt.

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