It's been quite some time since the New York Giants started its season with a 6-2 record. Ten weeks to be exact. From here, the Giants would go on to lose four straight games basically falling to defeat for the entire month of November.
After the Green Bay Packers loss on December 4th, most analysts had just about excluded the Giants from any sort of playoff hopes.
Much to everyone's surprise, in early December the Giants somehow found the motivation they needed. That same motivation pushed them to an NFC East title and would eventually propel them into what has become a rather impressive playoff run.
Now, six weeks after the Giants began to find their ability to persevere, they find themselves to be one of the four surviving teams in the National Football League and playing for their second conference championship in four years.
This New York Giants team showed the whole country what it was capable of this past week in the Divisional Round.
After watching the now 15-2 Packers succumb to the Giants, many have begun to believe in this team once again with flashes of that 2007 Superbowl run in mind.
So far, the 2012 Playoffs has been a tournament of firsts.
This year we also got to see for the first time in NFL history a #1 seed with a 15-1 record go "one and done".
With all the excitement of the 2012 Playoffs, could this be the first year we see a 9-7 team take home the Lombardi Trophy? Perhaps.
All the pieces are in place for this New York Giants team to be the first to complete such a feat.
The Giants are not just defeating opponents right now; they are dominating them.
In fact, since Week 16, the Giants have won every game by a margin of at least 15 points. On the flip side of that, during this four-week span, the Giants defense is only allowing an astounding 12 points per game.
These numbers speak volumes heading into a conference championship against the 49ers to whom the Giants are no strangers to as this will be a rematch of the Week 10 meeting between the two teams. This, of course, following the dismantling of the Packers on their home turf.
Most football fans can agree, Lambeau Field is much more intimidating for visiting teams than Candlestick Park. Already being in the road-warrior mindset, the Giants will not be affected heading to San Francisco come Sunday.
Who will represent the NFC in the Super Bowl?
These two teams are going to be very well matched and even. We all know the Giants have found an infallible and precise rhythm since their match-up on November 13th, a game in which the 49ers beat the Giants 27-20. Both teams will have very powerful defenses. They will both have explosive offensive weapons. This game could very easily end in a defensive battle or become a shootout. The 49ers will have the edge should it come down to special teams.
Prediction: NYG 31, SF 20