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.