By Larry Fine
EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Reuters) - The New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning gave his team mates some simple advice on how to prepare for next week's Super Bowl against the New England Patriots.
Manning, named Most Valuable Player when the Giants upset the previously unbeaten Patriots four years ago, said the key to success was keeping things simple and treating the build-up as business.
"We got an excellent message from Eli just a few minutes ago," defensive back Antrel Rolle told reporters at training on Tuesday. "It's great to hear from someone with that kind of leadership.
"Eli doesn't say much. When he says it, he means it. You know it's coming from the heart.
"It was about business. That's basically what the message was about. We're going out there to take care of business."
Manning said he wanted to share some practical advice that could prove the difference between winning and losing to help them stay focused on the game.
"I was just telling them a little about how to prepare for this," he explained. "We have to have great preparation.
"Prepare this week like you're playing the game this week because once you get out to Indianapolis, your whole schedule gets thrown off."
The past five weeks has been anything but routine for the Giants, who only got back to New York on Monday morning after catching an overnight flight from the West Coast following their dramatic overtime win against the San Francisco 49ers.
They were given Tuesday and Wednesday off to recover after winning their last five games, all sudden-death, before diving into three serious days of training.
"This last stretch has been an exhausting one," Rolle said.
"It took a lot of mental space as well as the physical pounding, doing whatever it took to get to this point.
"We're not going to stop now. I'm going to enjoy this little time off, but once we come back to work Thursday we'll be ready, full speed. It all starts in practice."
Manning said this week was crucial to their chances of winning the Super Bowl because it was their last chance for the team to finalize their game plan.
"There might be a few things additions that (second) week, you might change a few things, but our preparation will be done this week," he said.
"Once we get out there everybody will know the game plan, will feel good about what we're doing, and we'll continue to have dress rehearsal and extra reps of the plays."
(editing by Julian Linden)