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Giants know luck plays a role in getting to the Super Bowl


Giants G.M. Jerry Reese pointed out last week what a thin line there is between a successful season and a failure, noting that last year the Giants won 10 games and failed because they didn’t make the playoffs, while this year the Giants are in the Super Bowl after winning only nine games in the regular-season.

The difference between a great year and a failure can be the difference between good luck and bad luck in a couple of crucial games. And the Giants know that this year, they’ve had some lucky breaks.

“Winning is about a good game plan and execution,” Giants center David Baas told the New York Times. “But it’s also a little bit about luck.”

The New York Times detailed five different moments this season when lady luck gave the Giants a gift, close games that went the Giants’ way but could have gone the other way with a different call or a different bounce of the ball. If the Giants take the Vince Lombardi Trophy tonight, that good luck will have played a part in it.

Of course, the Giants have also had some bad luck. For instance, in both of their games with the Packers — a regular-season loss and a postseason win — highly questionable calls went against them. It’s not like the Giants have gotten all the breaks.

But sometimes, getting a few of the breaks is the difference between being in the Super Bowl and missing the playoffs. That was the case for the Giants this year.

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30 Responses to “Giants know luck plays a role in getting to the Super Bowl”
  1. kingcarlbanks says: Feb 5, 2012 10:09 AM

    Its called destiny. Giants 27 Patties 23

  2. preventdefense says: Feb 5, 2012 10:09 AM

    If Dallas had a defense that could hold a fourteen point lead for four minutes they wouldn’t have even made the playoffs. Then again, Eli Manning and that offensive line has consistently been unstoppable on third downs, and that’s not luck.

  3. packattack1967 says: Feb 5, 2012 10:10 AM

    HAAAA we don’t know anything about THAT!!


    The 2010 Green Bay Packers!

    Good Luck Giants

  4. hansenbrothers says: Feb 5, 2012 10:12 AM

    Yeah, they’re lucky that the Packers pooped the bed on their own turf.

  5. kacapaco says: Feb 5, 2012 10:15 AM

    And lady luck said “I am done being with NY Giants for today.” Go Pats.

  6. rubberinnertube says: Feb 5, 2012 10:16 AM

    You make your own luck through hard work. That way you can take advantage of opportunities that come your way. That’s why teams like the Giants are “lucky” and teams like the Colts aren’t.

  7. east96st says: Feb 5, 2012 10:19 AM

    As opposed to the luck of playing one of the softest schedules in the AFC? Let’s face it, NE’s record against winning teams was 0-3. A couple more top opponents on that schedule and they don’t have home field advantage anymore. If they play Pittsburgh, Houston, or Baltimore on their home fields and NE is probably one and done. Even if we completely ignore the schedule, let’s not forget that if anyone associated with the Ravens calls a timeout BEFORE the field goal attempt, the Ravens go to Indy. Every team that gets to the Super Bowl has to be lucky. As Houston proved, the number factor is injuries. Give Houston a healthy QB and who knows how far they would have gone. The bias on this site is really showing through.

  8. pftcensorssuck says: Feb 5, 2012 10:21 AM

    Luck …… the Giants are a solid team peaking at the right time, but are still a 9-7 team.

    Damn right they’re “lucky”.

  9. Henry says: Feb 5, 2012 10:23 AM

    If you watch some of Eli’s loooong desperation playoff passes this year, he is clearly off target and underthrowing his receivers. Those completions are definitely of the ‘lucky’ variety and I don’t see him making many of those against the Pats.

    Game starts out close as both teams are tight but once the Pats offense gets going they cruise.

    Pats 31
    Giants 14

  10. zenofobe says: Feb 5, 2012 10:24 AM

    Colts are thinking the same thing.

  11. jerseyshoregiant says: Feb 5, 2012 10:24 AM

    preventdefense says:Feb 5, 2012 10:09 AM

    If Dallas had a defense that could hold a fourteen point lead for four minutes they wouldn’t have even made the playoffs. Then again, Eli Manning and that offensive line has consistently been unstoppable on third downs, and that’s not luck.
    Forget the Dallas D, if they had a clutch QB the Giants wouldn’t have made the playoffs. Remember how Romo missed a wide open Austin at the end of the game. I mean a wide open Austin. It was funny how they tried to blame it on the lights but the fact is, Romo crumbled and overthrew him.

  12. drednot says: Feb 5, 2012 10:32 AM

    ESPN: Will the Patriots be able to handle the Giants pass rush?
    Teach us this…how will the Patriots (31 in pass def) be able to handle the Giants receivers?

  13. njhitman says: Feb 5, 2012 10:35 AM

    I guess being from Jersey I can be a Giants fan for 4hrs . But its just another game

  14. vicioustackle says: Feb 5, 2012 10:36 AM

    When you’re hot you’re hot.

    Prior to the season I scanned the schd and gave the Giants a chance to win seven games at best (including two victories over the Redskins which never happened).

    Then there was Cruz.

    Then there was the Rex Ryan reverse blessing which jettisoned (no pun intended) the Giants onward and upward.

    That’s why they play the games!!!

    My 2 cents = Giants 28 Patriots 24.

  15. footballprophet says: Feb 5, 2012 10:39 AM

    Luck will now always play apart in a league where tackling a quarterback is basically illegal and touching a WR before he catches the ball is a flag. Do you remember when the NBA made traveling legal during the Micheal Jordan era? Have you noticed how that league went downhill from there. The NFL is following in their footsteps. What a crime. Oh!, and did I mention how players now miss weeks with a mild head ache that they call a “concussion”. I rember when real men played the game and real men ran the show not libtarded fembots like Goodell and Eagles owner Jeff Lurie.

  16. dolphins4 says: Feb 5, 2012 10:58 AM

    They’re also lucky that Andy Reid screwed up and hired his offensive line coach as his defensive coordinator instead of hiring a really good defensive coordinator.

  17. eddiemeredith says: Feb 5, 2012 11:01 AM

    Yes, Andrew Luck will play a massive role in getting the Colts to the Superbowl in the future.

  18. daknight93 says: Feb 5, 2012 11:05 AM

    Giants are very lucky…If Romo connects to a wide open miles austin, 9-7 G-Men wouldn’t make playoffs.

  19. aequitas83 says: Feb 5, 2012 11:08 AM

    Luck plays a huge role in every game. The parity of the teams and the small sample of games in a season makes short term deviations from the norm seem larger than they really are.

  20. zaggs says: Feb 5, 2012 11:18 AM

    Luck? Like Billy Cundiff missing a short field goal?

  21. eigglesnosuperbowls says: Feb 5, 2012 11:21 AM

    Yeah the pats know luck too a chip shot field goal missed !

  22. harrisonhits2 says: Feb 5, 2012 11:22 AM

    The same can be said of any team that makes the Super Bowl. Everybody has to play well and have a bit of good luck to get there.

    The Pats had their bits of luck this year too. But work hard, play well and when the ball bounces for you, you can take advantage of it, or be better prepared if the bounce goes against you.

  23. goodguyjohn says: Feb 5, 2012 11:31 AM

    You’re damn right they needed a little luck. Not one but TWO gifts from Kenny Williams’ son have them in Indy today. He literally handed them 10 points in that game.

    Giants know if it wasn’t for KW, Harbaugh and Co would be spanking the Pats today, not them.

    Giants 28, Pats 16

    Book it

  24. eigglesnosuperbowls says: Feb 5, 2012 11:36 AM

    Ifs and buts are like candy and nuts if that was the case we all have enough for a party ! Don’t be fooled by this its a PFT thing !

  25. clarenceoveur says: Feb 5, 2012 11:51 AM

    In a 16 game season, yes, a few plays can change the perception of success or failure. But to say or imply the Giants got particularly lucky is ridiculous. It works both ways. They got the short end of the officiating in both Packers games and the Jets game, they were driving for winning score vs Seahawks and Cruz drop inside the 5 turns into a pick6, Cruz got mauled near tying score in 1st Niner loss and got no call, et. al.

    The Giants got very lucky that 9-7 was good enough to make playoffs this year, but net-net, they weren’t particularly lucky or unlucky in their actual games,, plain and simple.

  26. bluefan204 says: Feb 5, 2012 11:59 AM

    C’mon. There are far too many bitter people playing the “what if” game already. If If If……

    Guess what? The “lucky” Giants are in the Super Bowl with the Patriots. Sucks to be a fan of the other 30 teams.

  27. situsavaisprier says: Feb 5, 2012 12:58 PM

    OK, Giants had some luck, but they peaked at the right time. They also got healthier and the defense was more aggressive in it’s play calling mostly, then execution. That was a big play missed by Romo, no doubt about that.

    Rodgers didn’t play well, and it’s called rust, yet when other QB’s don’t what is it called? Yes he didn’t play since Week 16, but who told Green Bay to not let him play AT ALL? Brady had a week off, did he have “rust”? Giants defense did get better and played the sidelines much better than the first meeting. And let’s not forget Packers hit Manning quite a bit with no flag, but Osi does a clean hit and he gets flagged. How about Jennings fumble on one of their td drives? How about at least two roughing the passer calls not called on the Packers?

    For the 49ers, all we hear is Kyle Williams and Bradshaw, especially the former. Williams first fumble was stupidity, his second was forced. For the first one, the 49ers still could’ve held the Giants to a field goal, they didn’t have to give up a td, like many people act. How about Antrel Rolle staring at the QB as Vernon Davis runs open behind him? How about Kenny Phillips letting Davis run wide open after such a clean release? Also, Bradshaw’s situation happens more than people think, it got press because of it’s magnitude. had this been Gore it would be the same thing.

    Giants had some luck, don’t get me wrong. Both teams have, but people shouldn’t discredit either one of these teams. They worked hard, improved in areas of play and they prepare well. They deserve to be here.

  28. bigkevkris says: Feb 5, 2012 1:55 PM

    Luck got the Giants here…..revenge will send them packing today…..GO PATS

  29. neovenator250 says: Feb 5, 2012 2:46 PM

    Lucky break #6 was not having to go back into New Orleans for the Championship game

  30. axespray says: Feb 6, 2012 6:36 PM

    “Of course, the Giants have also had some bad luck. For instance, in both of their games with the Packers — a regular-season loss and a postseason win — highly questionable calls went against them. It’s not like the Giants have gotten all the breaks.”

    Giants also got all the calls against the ‘Skins and Cardinals…. lost to the ‘skins twice and barely beat the awful cardinals….

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