The New York Giants have a long and storied history of great defenses—the 2011 defense was not one of them. While the Giants have traditionally succeeded with a hard-nosed defense and a power running game, New York made it to the Super Bowl in 2011 with a non-existent rushing attack and a defense that resembled a sieve at times.
The Giants defense looks to return to true form in 2012.
During the regular season, the Giants gave up the sixth most yards (6,022) and eighth most points (400). The defense struggled especially against the pass, giving up 255.1 passing yards per game, which was fourth worst in the league (via ESPN.com)
However, in the postseason and the weeks leading up to it, the Giants defense clamped down and resembled the “Big Blue Wrecking Crew” of days past. The defense played so well that they led New York to its fourth Super Bowl championship in franchise history.
The Giants’ defense has been revamped this offseason, giving New York fans a reason to believe that their defense will carry last year’s playoff dominance into the 2012 season.