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Osi Umenyiora: Giants Defensive End Not Mixing Business, Pleasure

Osi Umenyiora's differences with the New York Giants organization over the past couple of seasons have been well-documented. Umenyiora, however, does not want to discuss those things as the Giants prepare for Sunday's NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park (6:30 p.m. ET) against the San Francisco 49ers.

"I can't really discuss that right now. Whatever happens at the end of this year happens. Right now I am just focused on playing football. It is a pleasure and you don't want to mix business with pleasure. It is fun for me and I am enjoying it. The business part of it I will take care of later," Umenyiora said.

Umenyiora demanded a trade during training camp, even holding out for one day, in the latest chapter of what has been a long-running contract dispute with the Giants.

He has had an injury-plagued season, missing three games at the beginning after undergoing knee surgery and four games at the end with an ankle injury. He had nine sacks in nine games, however, and has three sacks and a forced fumble in the Giants' two playoff victories.

"We always knew we are a good football team. The way we were getting beat before, I don't think we were getting annihilated, we were making mistakes," Umenyiora said. "We knew once we fixed those mistakes, we would have a good chance of being a good football team. For some reason, we were able to correct them at the right time and everything is coming together right now."

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