It’s been said before, it’s been seen before. The Giants just have the Patriots number. Injuries, penalties and everything else aside, the Giants won’t allow these games to end any other way. The Giants have the kryptonite to New England’s Superman. The last three times they have played, New York has won 17-14, 24-20, and 21-17. Once again, Tom Coughlin and his Giants outdueled Bill Belichek and the Patriots to win their second title in four years and the fourth in franchise history.
The script was the same. It was a back and forth game, both teams stood in and traded blows, New England was once again of the verge of winning only to see the Giants victorious again when the dust settled. New York scored the game’s first 9 points, New England reeled off the next 17, and New York scored the final 12. Eli was money in crunch time again, Justin Tuck made a strong case for their being co -MVP’s. Mario Manningham made the catch of the night hauling in an Eli dart between two defenders and getting both feet down just inside the chalk. Just like 2007-08, New York again chose to take the unconventional route to their title. That team became the fifth wild card team to win the Super Bowl, and the third team to win three road playoff games. They set a league single season record by winning 11 consecutive games on the road.
This year the Giants may have trumped those accomplishments. They are the first team to be outscored during the regular season to win the Super Bowl. They scored 394 points and gave up 400. They were also the first 7 loss team to ever win a Super Bowl. Historic stuff. Les Miles and his 2 loss national champion LSU team think that’s quite impressive. Hats off to the G-Men, they deserve all the props they’re getting.
Now let’s take a second and look at things from just a slightly bigger picture. The Giants great season just gives another pat on the back to the NFC East. There have been 46 Super Bowls played now. Teams from the NFC East have won 12 of them. Twelve!! Twenty-six percent of all of the Super Bowl trophies reside in the NFC East. The Cowboys (5), Giants (4), and Redskins (3) account for the 12. The NFC East is dominating without any contribution at all from the Eagles. Imagine if they get into the mix. Unbelievable.
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