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The Giants may be the favorite in this Super Bowl in everyone's eyes but Vegas'. Las Vegas still continues to favor New England, but all of the hype this week has been about the Giants.
In 2008, they were huge underdogs against the Patriots and were not given much of a chance to defeat them. New England carried all of the pressure as they were in pursuit of the perfect season.
This year, the Giants went from the outside looking in on the playoffs all the way to the Super Bowl—all in a matter of weeks.
New York is riding a five-game win streak; every game in the streak was a must-win. They began their run on Christmas Eve against the New York Jets. It does not get more pressure-packed than facing the team that shares your stadium in basically a do-or-die game.
Week-by-week they have dismissed the pressure that has been a part of each game. They were underdogs in three of the five games they have won.
Although the line may say the Giants are the underdogs again, the media and fans seem to say otherwise.
Tom Coughlin is doing his best to keep the Giants modest: "It's still us against the world. That's the way we play it, period...We're still the underdogs. We still have an awful lot to prove," said Coughlin in a press conference this week.
The Patriots as the Vegas favorite is another reason that the Giants are motivated.
Ahmad Bradshaw feels insulted by being the underdog, saying "We're going to use it as an insult. And we're going to play with all our heart. We're going to give it our all and we're going to prove everybody wrong."
The Giants need to keep this perspective in order to avoid becoming cocky and letting the Patriots live up to their Vegas hype.