In Week 13, the New York Giants lost to the Green Bay Packers 38-35 in a game eerily reminiscent of the Giants' late regular season loss to the New England Patriots four years ago.
Even the score was the same, and we all know what happened in their Super Bowl rematch.
Now the Giants again have the chance to knock off the Super Bowl favorites, this time in the divisional round.
New York certainly looked capable of pulling the upset after dismantling the Atlanta Falcons 24-2.
The Giants have won three straight and four of their last five, and they seem to be peaking at the right time.
Their defense and running game (the catalysts of their last Super Bowl run) have rounded into top form. The defense has not allowed more than 14 points since Week 15.
The running game, ranked dead-last during the regular season, returned for 172 yards against the Falcons' sixth-ranked rushing defense. The Packers, while talented enough to flip the switch and forget the regular season, were ranked 14th.
Eli Manning is playing the best football of his career, and the Giants now have their full arsenal of defensive linemen, with Justin Tuck, Osi Umeniora and Jason Pierre-Paul.
Emotions were running so high after the Falcons game that JPP even went so far as to guarantee the victory against the Packers. He has since backed off those comments, stating "If we go out and execute like we did on Sunday, we should win."
I am inclined to agree.