EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – It took just one postseason victory for Giants followers to start believing the present crew can reprise the accomplishments of 2007 and 2011 Tremendous Bowl champions.
The sixth-seeded Giants yesterday defeated the third-seeded Minnesota Vikings, 31-24, in an NFC Wild Card Recreation at US Financial institution Stadium. They transfer on to face top-seeded, 14-3 Philadelphia Saturday night time in a divisional playoff sport at Lincoln Monetary Area. The Eagles had been the one NFC crew with a bye on Tremendous Wild Card Weekend.
In 2007, the Giants’ divisional street sport was additionally in opposition to an NFC East rival that, just like the Eagles this yr, had twice defeated them within the common season. The Giants went to Dallas and exacted revenge by defeating the 13-3, No. 1-seeded Cowboys, 21-17.
However those that consider payback has no expiration date and all karma ultimately has a .500 successful share, a much less profitable Giants season would possibly present inspiration this week.
In 2008, the Giants earned the highest seed and a first-round bye after ending with an NFC-best 12-4 file. Philadelphia was seeded sixth with a 9-6-1 file, the 16-game equal to the Giants’ 9-7-1 mark this season. The Eagles went on the street and earned a 26-14 victory in a wild card sport in … Minnesota, which was the NFC North champion at 10-6.
That despatched the Eagles to Giants Stadium the place Philadelphia held the Giants with out an offensive landing and ended their season with a 23-11 triumph.
With the seeds now reversed, can the Giants get pleasure from organizational revenge 14 years later? It actually is feasible in addition to they’re taking part in. They performed the Eagles twice within the closing 5 weeks of the common season. The Giants misplaced the primary sport by 26 factors, however eight days in the past they rested most of their starters, allowed only one landing and narrowly misplaced, 22-16.
Brian Daboll stated right this moment these video games could have no impression on the rematch Saturday. He’s a believer within the previous Invoice Parcells dictum that historical past, each historic and up to date, means nothing in soccer. Like all coaches, Daboll lives within the right here and now and is definite the Giants can win and advance provided that they preserve the self-discipline, work ethic and offensive and defensive creativity that has progressed them this far.
“It is how we go about our enterprise this week, once more, how we put together, how we apply after which finally how we play on Sunday – or Saturday on this case,” Daboll stated on Zoom name with reporters. “Each sport’s a brand new sport. Clearly, you’ve gotten matchups that you just went in opposition to right here during the last two instances you performed them. One week actually has nothing to do with the subsequent week or one sport has nothing to do with the subsequent sport apart from you are taking issues from it. You be taught from it. You attempt to develop from it. However it’ll be how we execute on Saturday and the way we put together all through the week. That is our course of; that is what it would at all times be. And that is what it will be this week.”
The Giants had been underdogs all through their 2007 Tremendous Bowl run, however Daboll shouldn’t be in search of that crew or that season to supply motivation for the present squad.
“I believe we simply deal with what we will management, having our good week,” he stated. “That is what we have to do. We’re course of oriented. That is actually what we deal with. By way of what occurred 16 years in the past, no.”
When the divisional spherical begins, the Giants might be certainly one of eight groups with a chance to win the championship. What is that this crew’s ceiling?
“I would say we do not concern ourselves with that,” Daboll stated. “We concern ourselves with our preparation and our course of and our apply habits and doing every thing we will do as a training workers and as gamers to get able to play a sport. We’re in a brief week right here. There’s a number of work that must be finished. I perceive we simply performed these guys twice right here within the final month. We’ll play them once more right here arising. So, there’s familiarity on each side. However once more, there’s at all times a course of that it’s important to undergo It’s going to be one much less day to do it. So, a number of work that must be finished.”