For years now, the Giants have been seen as a team that often stumbles and loses control of football games. Season after season, a bevy of analysts and experts knock Big Blue as "lucky," ostensibly unconfident or disorganized out on the gridiron.
Much of this stems from the team's frequent season-ending slumps and struggles and from quarterback Eli Manning's previous penchant for turnovers. Be it former running back Tiki Barber's well-documented fumbling issues or former kicker Jay Feely's troubles in clutch situations, the Giants earned an unsavory reputation as a team that backs their way into games and lacks rhythm and control on the field.
Even in their Super Bowl-hoisting season, many reporters looked to the Giants' 9-7 record and tagged them as uncouth playoff party-crashers.
The team's diehard fans know this to be simply untrue.
Granted, Manning's progression took time, but the Giants have developed a trademark style of play that yields heaps of success. They boast a well-balanced offense, an aggressive defense and operate in their own unique rhythm.
Rather than "getting lucky," let's say New York simply has a knack for stepping up when it matters most.