Injuries nearly sunk them early on and malaise and uninspired play threatened to send the coaching staff to the unemployment line. The only possible luck in their future was Andrew Luck - and they probably would have missed out on him, too (not they they need him).
They also have had no breaks on the field, either. They have had to make their own luck and hope the officials don't hurt them too badly with dubious calls.
Replays have consistently gone against them and there has been no water in the well in the way of challenges, where Tom Coughlin has now lost his last eight attempts.
as per the esteemed NY Times writer, Mark Viera:
Before the season, Tom Coughlin had one of the more successful records (47.6 percent) on replay challenges among N.F.L. coaches. Not this season. His success rate fell to 30 percent.
“We must be, what, 0 for 100 by now?” Coughlin said earlier this week.
Not quite, but it might feel like that. The Giants have lost their last eight challenges, including a particularly notable call in their victory over the Packers, which vaulted them into Sunday’s N.F.C. championship game against the 49ers in San Francisco.
So when was the last time Coughlin and the Giants won a challenge? Week 2, in the third quarter of their victory over the St. Louis Rams.
Going forward, the law of averages should favor the Giants. They haven't needed it this far, but it's late January and to put it in NFL terms, we'll take all the help we can get from here on in...