If you are a football fan that is absolutely mesmerized and shaking your head that the New York Giants won the Super Bowl this season, you’re simply not alone.
No team was so great against the elite and so brutal against the below average/ordinary teams this season than the New York Football Giants. In fact, their overall inconsistencies this season was so inordinary, I have a difficult time accepting the fact they are Super Bowl champions.
But here I am trying to analyze this football team and it has left me mildly speechless. I think my best explanation is the Giants this season were a football club that got hot at just the right time. They were able to show dominance on both sides of the football when they needed to most even though there were several hiccups along the way in the regular season.
The Giants were not the best team in the regular season. They were far from it. But at 9-7, they won the NFC East and then beat the Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots. If you beat those four teams in postseason play, you simply deserve the title.
In the Giants 21-17 win Sunday in Indianapolis, Eli Manning was the game MVP after he completed 30 of 40 passes for 296 yards and a touchdown. But I don’t think it will be his two yard first quarter touchdown throw to Victor Cruz that people will remember most. It will be a 38 yard pass to Mario Manningham when the Giants were on their own 12 yard line and trailing 17-15 with just over three minutes left that people will remember most.
Manningham caught the ball with remarkable precision near the sideline and was able to get both feet in bounds by the slimmest of margins. Sure, the Giants had their luck along way. On the Patriots previous drive, Wes Welker dropped a Tom Brady pass that would have gone for at least 30 yards.
But the Patriots simply couldn’t execute like the Giants today. The Giants might not have been flashy but over the last month, they were the team to make the least mistakes and that is why they are Super Bowl Champions.