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Dan Reeves isn’t looking forward to the New York Giants’ NFC showdown

December 22, 1993

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) _ Dan Reeves isn’t looking forward to the New York Giants’ NFC showdown with the Dallas Cowboys in two weeks.

It just isn’t his style, and it’s probably the major reason why the Giants (11-3) have the best record in the NFL and the inside track on home-field advantage for the playoffs.

Sure, Reeves knows all the implications of what is quickly becoming the most hyped game of the year. If Dallas (10-4) and the Giants win this weekend, the home-field advantage in the NFC will be up for grabs in their season- finale at Giants Stadium on Jan. 2.

If New York wins or ties, the Giants get it, capping a remarkable turnaround in Reeves’ first season. If Dallas wins, the Super Bowl champions have home-field advantage.

Both teams seem to be peaking. The Giants stretched their winning streak to six Monday night by defeating the Saints 24-14 in New Orleans. The Cowboys have played very well the past three weeks in beating Philadelphia, Minnesota and the Jets.

″All I can tell you is there are a lot of teams playing well and we’re one of the them,″ Reeves said. ″How well that’s going to be, we’re going to find out real soon because in the next two weeks we’re playing two good teams and then the playoffs start.″

Reeves has become a master at avoiding the Super Bowl questions the past few weeks. He says he finds it hard to compare this Giants team to others and that what happened in the regular season means nothing once the playoffs starts.

He constantly points to one of his easy years in Denver when the team posted a 13-3 record and lost its opening playoff game.

What Reeves continues to stress is the same thing he stressed in training camp: preparation.

″It just doesn’t happen on Sunday or Monday night or whatever day you play,″ Reeves said. ″It happens by the preparation you have and the concentration you have. Our guys have done a super job of that. It gives you a chance when you do that.″

Not only have the Giants prepared well, they have executed well in recent weeks. They have turned the ball over only once in the last four games and allowed only 60 points in their current winning streak.

It’s a far cry from last year when New York was 6-10 and playing like a very bad team.

″You are not giving our players enough credit,″ Reeves said. ″We have a lot of good football players. I think the talent is a lot better than what people think.

″People are saying we’re overachievers,″ Reeves added. ″If overachievers means you work hard, we have a bunch of guys who are hard workers and want to give themselves every opportunity to be successful.″

Washington visits Dallas Sunday, while the Giants travel to Phoenix for a game against the Cardinals. New York beat Phoenix 19-17 earlier this year on a last-second 54-yard field goal by Brad Daluiso.

″If we aren’t smart enough to realize we kicked a 54-yard field goal to beat them last time, there is something wrong,″ Reeves said.

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