Shades of Super Bowl XLII

In what was the greatest Giants game since their Super Bowl victory, Eli Manning finally proved that he’s one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL and the most clutch player in the game. It was eerie how similar this game was to that memorable Super Bowl in Glendale: Eli leading the final drive, with a phenomenal catch by #85, and a go ahead touchdown in the corner of the endzone with seconds to go. This was a special victory for the Giants since this was the beginning of their brutal part of the schedule. With Ahmad Bradshaw and Hakeem Nicks out with injuries, Eli stepped up and led the Giants to a victory against perhaps the best team in the AFC.

The Giants’ post-game locker room reaction seriously gave me chills. Led by Osi Umenyiora and Brandon Jacobs, the players decided to carry Coach Coughlin during their celebration. Just two months ago, this was a team in complete disarray. Players were calling out the Coughlin for being mean and orderly, Osi was talking trash about Jerry Reese not giving him a new contract, Brandon Jacobs was crying like a bitch, and starters were dropping like flies with season-ending injuries. Now with half the season over, the Giants stand at 6-2 leading the NFC East and feel more confident than ever before.

But we must remember, it’s only Week 9. I remember in 2006, the Giants were sitting pretty at 6-2 and I saw them play the Chicago Bears on Sunday Night Football. They lost a heartbreaker (Devin Hester returning a field goal for a touchdown), and went all downhill after that. Whenever the Giants have to travel to the West Coast it’s always tough, especially when they are going to face the 7-1 49ers who are one of the hottest teams in the league. Yesterday was an epic win for the ages, but the Giants can’t fall asleep on San Francisco.

Does this look like a team in disarray??

Strahan with an epic celebration. I love this guy. Also, notice Jimmy Johnson’s face…priceless:

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