If the New York Giants Repeat This Year, Are They Officially a Dynasty?

Ryan SimonCorrespondent IIAugust 1, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 07:  (L-R) Justin Tuck, defensive end of the New York Giants holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy next to Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg, Eli Manning, quarterback of the New York Giants; Tom Coughlin, head coach of the New York Giants; and Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo during The New York Giants' Victory Parade along the Canyon of Heroes in downtown New York on February 7, 2012 in New York City. The Giants defeated the New England Patriots 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday, February 5, 2012.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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If the New York Giants repeat this year, then yes, they're officially a dynasty. 

However, that's a big "if."

Repeating as champions is no easy task, as only seven teams in NFL history have ever done it.

Some people may call the Giants a dynasty now, but that's just not true. They're a great football team, but they're still a long way from being called a dynasty.

Eli Manning shares these same thoughts. Via NFL AM (h/t ProFootballTalk):

“No, no, we’re not,” Manning said. “We had a little break — the two years prior to last year we didn’t make the playoffs. We’ve got work to do. We have good players on this team, we have the potential to be a playoff team and to make a run once we get into the playoffs. It’s a matter of going out there and proving that, and everybody going out there and playing to their level of play. That’s what our challenge is, and we know each year if you don’t come out and give it your all and play to the best of your ability you’re not going to win football games. So we’ve got to maximize our talents."

He's right, a dynasty doesn't miss the playoffs for two straight years. Say what you want about the New England Patriots not getting it done in the Super Bowl lately, but they live in the playoffs.

There's also the fact that the G-Men finished with a 9-7 record last year. They got it done when it counted, but critics of the Giants' "lucky run" will be quick to point their record out.

One thing all Giants fans need to remember is that Eli Manning is only 31 years old. He has a plenty of elite years left in the tank.

There's nothing wrong with two rings in five years, but they do have a good chance to add on to their hardware. 

If the Giants win 10-plus games next season and make a deep run in the playoffs, dynasty talks will gain some steam.

If they go on to win it all again next year, it'll be practically impossible to deny them that title.

September can't get here soon enough.