Maybe Philbin believed in his defense? you know the thing that was supposed to be the strength of the team? the one that let up a 94 yard drive, and after the missed FG the same one that let Brady drive down the field for another TD? how about the concept of making a stop?
You can also reference the 34-0 embarrassment the Giants received from the Falcons with their season on the fringe meanwhile the Phins were playing for nothing, the great "elite" Eli put up a whopping 0pts, the Giants kicker missed an early FG, switching momentum, from then on Coughlin went for it on 4th down multiple times, resulting in nothing but failed attempts giving the Falcons more short field which let them keep scoring which demoralized the giants and quickly put the game out of hand