In just less than 24 hours from now, the New York Giants will take on the undefeated New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII at Glendale, Arizona. The talks for the past two weeks haven't completely just been about the Patriots going 19-0, something unheard of in today's NFL, but have also been a lot about the underdog New York Giants pulling off one of the biggest upsets in sports today.
Being the underdog has been nothing new for the Giants throughout the NFC playoffs this year, mainly against the number three and two offenses in the NFL this season, Dallas and Green Bay repsectively. Now can they beat number one in New England?
One of the keys for the Giants through the NFC playoffs has been their secondary. Despite the successful pass rush and blitzing abilites the Giants have All three playoff games for the Giants have been ended by interceptions. R.W. McQuarters ended the Tampa Bay and Dallas game with last minute interceptions, and Cory Webster picked off Brett Favre, which eventually led to Lawrence Tynes game-winning 47 yard field goal which sent the Giants to the Super Bowl.
And then there's the cover story, the "coming-of-age" of quarterback Eli Manning.
Manning struggled for almost the entire 2007 season. An 0-2 start along with his four interception game against Minnesota was the worst highlight of his 20-interception year.
And then came week 17 against the undefeated New England Patriots.
Although the Giants lost that game, the whole nation got a chance to see a complete turnaround in Eli Manning. Manning went 22-32 with 251 yards passing and threw four touchdowns and one interception on that night, along with the New York defense playing, for the most part, very well against Tom Brady and the Patriots. Manning has continued his momentum into the playoffs throwing for about 600 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.
The Giants key to success against New England is simple, don't let the Patiots make them make the simple mistakes. The Patriots capitalize off their opponents mistakes every time. They did it against David Garrard and Jacksonville and against a San Diego Chargers team that had chance after chance to win the AFC Championship against New England.
So, I ask the question... can the Giants do it again? Well see soon enough.