Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It was a decade ago now, but the memories are still fresh for those who were there, like Eli Manning and Steve Spagnuolo. They remember well how their Super Bowl season began with an 0-2 disaster, where nothing went right and the whole season seemed to be lost from the start.
What happened next has become legend: The goal-line stand in Washington, the remarkable turnaround of the defense, the sudden growth of a franchise quarterback, all leading up to one of the greatest upsets in NFL history. It was an incredibly dramatic season, even if the lessons learned from 2007 don't sound dramatic at all.
"I think you've just got to believe that going through tough times will make you stronger as a team," Manning said. "But you've got to get through them. That's kind of the situation we're in. There's always going to be ups and downs of a season. Hopefully we've kind of hit the rough patch and we'll work ourselves out of it. But it's just going to come through our hard work, our dedication, our commitment to fix things."