There was no late-season magic for the New York Giants in 2012, as they wound up missing the playoffs after finishing second in the NFC East.
Halfway through the season, missing the playoffs seemed an afterthought, but a 2-5 stretch midway sunk the team that always seems destined for a miracle run. The embarrassing back-to-back losses against the Atlanta Falcons and Baltimore Ravens are what most Giants fans will remember from 2012, but there is hope left.
The Giants have made some changes this offseason, but they still remain the most complete team in the NFC East. Robert Griffin III's ACL injury puts a damper on Washington's 2013 season, the Dallas Cowboys will remain a soap opera as long as Tony Romo and Jerry Jones are around and Philadelphia...well, they have Chip Kelly, and that's about it.
Entering the 2013 season, the Giants will be the favorite to finish atop the NFC East; here are five steps they must take to go beyond that and finish atop the NFL.