After middling success for most of the 2011 campaign, the Giants found their stride when it mattered most, closing the season with six consecutive victories and their fourth championship during the Super Bowl era.
Eli Manning solidified his standing as an elite quarterback, Tom Coughlin stood up from the pressing hot seat he had been on for months, and Big Blue hoisted the Lombardi Trophy for the second time in four years. It was truly a sublime season for the fans at MetLife Stadium.
Who's to say the G-Men can't be even better this year?
The Giants' unadorned offseason may remedy the "Super Bowl hangover" that defending champions seem to often face. And with a few defensive starters returning from injury, it seems New York has a chance at returning to the big game, or at bare minimum, improving from their pedestrian 9-7 regular season record.
Here are a handful of reasons that hint at an even better Giants' team taking the field in 2012.