Article posted by Sportmentary - Editor in Chief of Sportmentary.com
Even with a 42-7 shellacking of the Philadelphia Eagles and
a dominant five touchdown day by Eli Manning, the Giants will find themselves
watching this year's playoffs from their living rooms. The Giants started the
2012 campaign on strong note going 6-2 in the first half of the season. It was
the second half and a 3-5 record over the last eight games that did them in.
In the end the Giants weren't so giant after all. They didn't look like a playoff team in the last eight games. It took the last game of the season against a pathetic Eagles team to make the Giants look good. After having a great end to last season and dominating in the playoffs both Eli Manning and the Giants ended this season with more questions than answers.
Eli Manning has been inconsistent in the past eight games, leading many critics to once again question his place in NFL history. It would be easy to blame everything on Eli and to question his abilities but that's the easy way out.
I think that Eli has proven his worth to the Giants. I also believe that he will rebound next year. The team definitely needs to tweak things a bit. They came close this year. Winning one more game probably would have been enough for this team.
I'm not a Giants fan but they come alive during the playoffs. They sure make things exciting. If you're the New England Patriots you're happy that if you make it to the Super Bowl, you will not have to face the Giants.
At the beginning of the season, I predicted that the Giants wouldn't make the playoffs. When they started 6-2 , I thought I would have to eat my words and my giant prediction. I won't have to do that now. I predicted that the Giants would finish the 2012 regular season with an 8-8 record. As stated above they finished with a 9-7 record.
Stats courtesy of ESPN.com.