Since 1970, teams that KO’d the defending NFL champ in the conference playoffs have gone 0-13 SU the next week (1-12 ATS) and lost by at least 7 each time regardless if they were a double-digit home favorite or a road ’dog. (Excluded were teams that advanced next to the Super Bowl, largely because of the two-week break and assorted hoopla before games).From Andy:
On the other hand, New York recently has proven to be a solid giant killer. Including its January 2008 Super Bowl victory vs. unbeaten New England, the Giants twice have beaten teams in the postseason that had six more regular-season victories than them. No other team in history has done that even once. FYI: San Fran had four more wins than NYG this season.
- Bob Christ, gamingtoday.com
There are some players that you can see who are ready to letdown. I'm not worried about guys like Manning and Tuck. The ones who went to Super Bowl XLII know how each game gets tougher. I'm thinking about guys like Victor Cruz, Mario Manningham, Michael Boley, Linval Joseph and Jaquian Williams, to name just a few. It doesn't have to be a full game, all it has to be is a half. A drop or two on offense. A missed tackle on defense.
This is the week of the possible letdown. This is the week where Coughlin earns his money for having the team continue to play at a super high level. If this score is tied at the end of Q1 and Q2, that will be a huge battle won.
Let's take an example of a team we all know and love, the Philadelphia Eagles. They played a wild card game in the 2008 playoffs, then they played the defending champion NY Giants in the NFC Divisional Round. They upset them and then went on the road vs the Arizona Cardinals. And they letdown. They were flat and by the time they reached the half, they were down 24-6. They had to climb out of an 18 point hole, which they did, but they still lost in the end.
This is a perfect example of what it looks like to be part of an 0-13 statistic. I believe the Giants are the better team. But will they also be the better team this Sunday?! It's up to the Giants to be a statistic or to be at Super Bowl XLVI.
1-13!! Play the game!!