Rivalries amplify sports to new levels. The fierceness college football hits a high when the Buckeyes storm the Big House; the poetic tension of nine innings comes to life when the Sox and the Yanks square off. Rivalries promote media discourse and purvey pressure, and hell, they're a whole lot of fun to watch.
2011 encapsulated everything Big Blue and Big D are about: Two head-to-head matchups showcasing hard hits, sound quarterback play and perpetual dramatics. The Giants wound up seizing the NFC East from the 'Boys with a 31-14 victory in week 17.
The rest is history.
Fresh off their Super Bowl run, the Giants are clear-cut favorites to reclaim the division. However, with an already talented roster and a slew of newly inked stars, Dallas may emerge again as a formidable contender.
But in the "city that never sleeps," Tom Coughlin and company can afford to rest for now. The Cowboys show promise, but they're not quite on New York's level. Let's take a look at a few reasons why Big D is no threat for NFC East supremacy.