With last year’s Super Bowl Champs, the New York Giants, needing a win and a lot of help to sneak into the playoffs, they showed up and played like the champions they were last season. They achieved their best performance in weeks and with the final score being 42-7, they hammered the Philadelphia Eagles in a much needed win to possibly make the playoffs again in dramatic fashion. The win also helped the Giants to salvage their dignity, pride and honor in front of their fans in the last game of the regular season. Doing their part, the Giants needed some help if they were to go to the playoffs; sadly, the help never came.
The NY Giants were a long shot to make the playoffs as they needed a win against the Philadelphia Eagles as well as a win by the Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers and the Washington Redskins. They succeeded by acquiring a win as they crushed the Eagles 42-7, however, the Lions loss to the Chicago Bears 26-24 eliminated the defending Super Bowl champions from defending their title. Though last year’s record of 9-7 was enough to give the Giants the NFC East title and ultimately a Super Bowl victory, that same record this year only allows Tom Coughlin’s Giants to watch the playoffs from the outside. Coughlin said, “The difficult thing when we go back and analyze will be the fact that we had it in our grasp, we knew exactly what we had to do, we weren’t able to get that done. We came in today and played like we hoped we’d finish the season. And I’m sure that will be first and foremost on our minds throughout the entire offseason.”
The sad thing is that at one point of the season, the Giants were 8-5 and had a three-game lead in the NFC East. Suddenly, they started going flat and had back-to-back losses against the Atlanta Falcons and the Baltimore Ravens. They were outscored in those two games 67-14 and before they knew it, they not only lost their lead in the NFC East but were all but out of the playoff picture. The Giants imploded at the worst time and it cost them the opportunity to defend their Super Bowl title. Coughlin said that “I really do want to discuss with some of the players what in the world was the last two weeks all about. I’m anxious to find out if anybody has any opinions or answers.”
Coughlin apparently is still frustrated from those losses and who could blame him? His team had a 6-2 start and after squandering that lead put them in a position where their playoff fate was in someone else’s hands. The NY Giants finished the regular season at home with a convincing and decisive win against the Philadelphia Eagles. Unfortunately, there is little solace in that when it isn’t enough to get Big Blue back to the playoffs.