Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 12/31/11
The last time the Dallas Cowboys were in New York, defensive coordinator Rob Ryan hugged his twin brother, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, at midfield after the Cowboys gave up a fourth quarter lead in the season opener. Rex whispered something in Rob's ear as the two embraced, and when asked after the game what was said, Rob put it quite simple, saying his brother told him he'd see him in the Super Bowl. On Sunday night, the Cowboys have a chance to get in the tournament and try to make that Super Bowl trip a reality. And Ryan is making sure the family will be there to see a Cowboys victory. Ryan has flown his family to New York for the Cowboys showdown Sunday evening with the New York Giants in a game that will decide the NFC East championship. "They're going down there to watch me become a champion again," Ryan told the New York Daily News. "That's what they're there for, all of them. Hell, it's a costly endeavor, but I want them to be there when we win the East, and I'll probably steal a couple T-shirts and make sure they get them. Because that's what we're there for. Ryan won two championships as an assistant coach with the New England Patriots. Had the Cowboys defeated the Giants three weeks ago in Dallas, this game would not matter and Ryan would already have a closet full of NFC East Champion t-shirts. Instead, his defense collapsed, blowing a 12-point lead in the final six minutes to give the Giants a 37-34 win and revived life in the division race. Ryan see's Sunday night as a chance for the defense to redeem itself. "We didn't execute well," Ryan said Friday at Valley Ranch. "I don't think we did much well at all. I don't think I called, necessarily, good enough things that went with a certain style of play that really probably never helped us. And then obviously we didn't execute well what we were calling anyway. "In a championship game you've got to be at your best and we will be. We can't wait." Ryan didn't mince words, giving the Giants credit for their comeback in Week 14, but he has other plans for his "championship hat" that he hopes to be wearing on the turf of MetLife Stadium. "You've got to take your hats off to them, but we won't plan on taking our hats off Sunday."
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