The Giants just finished what can probably go down as one of the toughest gauntlets in NFL History. The teams they beat en route to an NFL Championship had a combined regular season record of 51 — 13. Not to mention that along the way they eliminated the defending Super Bowl champions, the league MVP, one of the most ferocious defenses in recent memory, and a three-time Super Bowl winning quarterback-coach combination. This team had every single obstacle stacked up in front of them and they still came out on top.
Well, all of that is fine and dandy. But am I the only one who feels like I didn’t get any resolution on this season?
At the end of the day, are we really going to sit back and say that the New York Giants — that’s right, the 9-7, lost to Rex Grossman and the Washington Redskins, New York Giants — are the Super Bowl champions?
I’m sorry but something about saying that makes we want to find a shower and scrub for 3 hours. Never in my life have I been this dissatisfied with a playoff. Yes, the Giants had to fight tooth and nail to get there. But didn’t everybody else also kind of blow it?
Atlanta Falcons — Underachievers.
Green Bay Packers — 4 turnovers at home.
San Francisco 49ers — Kyle Williams anyone?
Do not get me wrong, I am not trying to discredit the New York Giants. They have every right to feel a sense of pride and accomplishment for doing what nobody thought they could do.
BUT REALLY? The New York Giants?
In a year where the Packers looked unbeatable, Drew Brees set an NFL record for passing yards, and Tebow-Mania ran wild, Eli Manning and the Giants are the best team in the league? Something is really, really wrong here. I mean really wrong. If you need anymore proof, just look at the Giants opponent in the Super Bowl.
If the Giants had a difficult road, the Pats had what I like to call a cake walk — both in the regular season as well as the playoffs. The first time the Pats beat a team with a record above .500 was in the AFC Championship game. Who was that team by the way? Oh right, the consistently inconsistent Baltimore Ravens.
Billy Cundiff anyone?
Lee Evans anyone?
Now I know all the sayings:
“That’s why the games aren’t played on paper.”
“You play to win the game.”
“Show me the money.”
I still cannot in good conscience say that I believe the New York Giants were the best team in football this season.
I am at a complete and utter loss. I feel like the established system has completely failed in determining the best team in the country. Weird. Deja Vu anyone? I feel like I’ve had this feeling before but I just can’t pinpoint it. Oh well, the best we can do is to just move on and try to get it right the next time.