Super Bowl 2012: New York Giants Will Ride Momentum to Another Championship

Michael MillSenior Analyst IIIJanuary 20, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 15:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants looks to pass against the Green Bay Packers during their NFC Divisional playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 15, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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In 2007, the New York Giants showed everybody that momentum and confidence were just as important as anything on their way to becoming Super Bowl XLII champions.

The Giants had a mediocre season filled with inconsistency. They finished off the season with a 10-6 record and a loss in their final regular season game.

However, the loss sparked confidence for the team heading into the playoffs. They lost 38-35 against the undefeated New England Patriots.

At the time, nobody believed that the Patriots could be beaten. Many had already marked them down with the 1972 Dolphins as another team to finish the entire season undefeated.

The loss to New England allowed the Giants to gain confidence and some momentum heading into the playoffs.

They rode that to wins against the Buccaneers, Cowboys and Packers before facing off against the undefeated Patriots once again in the Super Bowl.

The 17-14 win for New York proved to the world that you can never count anybody out.

They were sitting at a 7-7 record heading into Week 16 this year. Everybody was already counting them out.

They beat the New York Jets that week. They took down the Dallas Cowboys the following week to capture the NFC East and a spot in the playoffs.

They absolutely dominated the Atlanta Falcons 24-2. That made a little noise, but there were still many doubters.

They had to take on the unstoppable Green Bay Packers in the Divisional Round.

That ended in a 37-20 beating on the team many considered the best in the NFL.

Now, only the San Francisco 49ers stand in their way from returning to the Super Bowl four years after the miraculous run.

Right now the Giants are clicking on all cylinders. The offense is on fire. The defense has turned it on in this final effort to make it to the big dance. They really do look unstoppable.

Maybe they'll even have the opportunity to take on the New England Patriots once again if they can make it to the Super Bowl.

This time, maybe people won't prematurely count them out.