After earning a postseason berth in week 17, the G-men ultimately finished a streak that was highlighted by clutch quarterbacking and stingy defensive play with another epic upset over the Patriots.
New York allowed just 14 points per game over their last six contests, and totaled 23 sacks during that stretch. Despite surrendering the fourth-most passing yards in the league, the late-season run that was indicative of their true talent could translate into an even more dominant defensive unit this year.
As always, the front four will lead the way for the Giants in 2012-13. A group that has anchored both Super Bowl squads for New York returns a trio of stars that combined for 30.5 sacks a year ago.
Unfortunately for the rest of the NFL, those numbers may only increase.
Coming off an All-Pro year that featured 16.5 sacks, Jason Pierre-Paul figures to see the occasional double team this season. But with Justin Tuck on the other side of the line and Osi Umenyiora ready to fill in, the relentless pass-rush should inevitably post enviable sack totals before it is all said and done.
The Giants finished last season with the NFL's third-ranked pass rush despite a down-year from their defensive captain. Justin Tuck recorded just five sacks for the G-men last year, and he and Umenyiora combined to miss a total of 11 games because of injury.
But the dynamic duo enter the 2012-13 campaign in good health. And even with an injury to starting left tackle Chris Canty, the Giants D-line looks to be one of the league's best yet again.
Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell has seen vast improvement in Tuck's energy and play in the early-going according to Tony Williams of Metro New York, and first-round draft pick Prince Amukamara should help patch up the secondary when he returns from his high ankle sprain in the coming weeks.
I think the rivaled Patriots will tell you that there is nothing harder than repeating as Super Bowl champions in the modern NFL. But then again, Tom Brady might rank beating New York in February as a tougher task.
After all, the Giants are the only hitch standing between the decorated New England quarterback and five rings.
Their title-defense got off to a slow start last night in the Meadowlands as the Giants fell to Dallas in the season opener. But early struggles are nothing new for New York.
Unpredictability is the nature of the NFL, and midseason adjustments can change the entire outcome of a season. Fortunately for the G-men, head coach Tom Coughlin knows a thing or two about improvement over the course of a 16-game schedule.
The old saying, 'defense wins championships' wasn't coined for no reason—I think the Patriots can attest to that.
So can Eli count on the boys to keep putting his offense back out on the field? Or will injuries and underachievement plague the boys in blue?
Here are a few reasons the New York Giants' defense will hold up in 2012-13.