The New York Giants (2-3) are heading to Foxborough to face the undefeated defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots on Thursday night.

This is a matchup between two teams that clearly have opposite destinies this season. The Giants have switched form quasi-competitor to rebuilding mode, while the Pats are simply seeking to continue expanding their dynasty.

The Giants are coming into the lion’s den bruised and battered, 16.5-point underdogs and could be missing their top three playmakers on offense in running back Saquon Barkley (ankle), tight end Evan Engram (knee) and wide receiver Sterling Shepard (concussion). Backup running back Wayne Gallman is all in the concussion protocol.

Veteran wide receiver Golden Tate, who made his Giants debut last Sunday against Minnesota after serving a four-game suspension, believes even with all the missing parts, don’t expect the Giants to be intimidated.

“I don’t think we have a locker room full of fanboys,” Tate told the media on Tuesday. “I think we understand we’re all in the NFL, we’re going out there to do a job. We’ve all played in big games, I think, at some point, and it’s a big one because it’s the next one on our schedule, but I don’t think we need to put too much pressure on ourselves. I think we need to keep our emotions in check — I don’t think we want to get too high, we don’t want to get too low — just live in the moment, enjoy having the opportunity to go play in a very hostile environment against a great team, and go out there and shock the world. It’s as simple as that.

“We’ve just got to start by the focus that we pay attention to detail this week, the film stud. Obviously it’s not going to be a very physical week on us because it’s a quick turnover, but mentally just prepare ourselves the best we possibly can.”

That’s good advice from the 10-year veteran, but many are not giving the Giants much of a chance in this one, intimidated or not.