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New York Giants 2010 Final Thoughts and Why Fans Should Be Eager for 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 19:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants hands the ball off to Ahmad Bradshaw #44 against the Philadelphia Eagles at New Meadowlands Stadium on December 19, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Reid DavenportCorrespondent IJanuary 9, 2011

The debacle that characterized the fourth quarter against Philadelphia still stings.

It brought back memories of the 2003 playoff meltdown against San Francisco, the worst loss I've seen as a Giants fan.

And yes, the Packers embarrassed the Giants the next week. Plain and simple.

But if other teams around the league underestimated the G-Men last preseason, which they did, it'd be even more foolish for them not to have the New York Giants on their radar this preseason.

Last time I checked, the Giants won 10 games this season and were half a quarter away from all but sealing up the NFC East.

At the beginning of the season, the Giants lacked an offensive identity, namely because of Brandon Jacobs' move to second string, and they had a new defensive coordinator.

What happened?

Staring running back Ahmad Bradshaw proved he was a force to be reckoned with, and coordinator Perry Fewell led the Giants defense to the top of their league.

We also learned that the Giants defensive line and wide receiving corp is the best in the league.

You can't argue that any defensive line can beat the Giants front four, but few realize how pristine the Giants' receivers are.

Steve Smith, Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham can all be No. 1 wideouts for most NFL teams.

These guys combined for 23 touchdowns while missing a total of 12 games. They're explosive and versatile, and they spread out opponents' secondaries like none other.

Defensively, the Giants are two linebackers and a cornerback away from being completely and utterly dominant.

My point is that this team, despite missing the playoffs, has a tremendous amount of momentum going into next season, and should be in the Super Bowl talks this preseason.

If the Giants re-sign Bradshaw and Fewell, I can see the Giants winning 13 games in 2011.

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