The New York Giants Improbable Runs: 2007 and 2011 NFC Playoffs
There is a reason Giants fans have faith in their team to do great things anytime they make the playoffs, and it’s not just blind fandom. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, by now you should have heard or read many comparisons on how this year’s Giants are similar to the 2007 Giants. In 2007, the Giants peaked at the right time, made the playoffs, and went on to deliver one of the biggest upsets in sports history, a 17-14 victory over the then-undefeated New England Patriots. Today’s Giants are in position to make history again as the only 9-7 team to ever win the Super Bowl. Let’s take a look at each year’s playoff runs and see how the 2011 Giants compare to the 2007 Giants in their respective playoff runs.
In 2007, the Giants played the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys, and Packers, while the 2011, they played the Atlanta Falcons, the Packers again, and the San Francisco 49ers. While the 2011 Giants were not statistically better in every category than in 2007, they did dominate their opponents in more convincing fashion. Some of the statistics the 2007 Giants were better are: opposing quarterbacks had a QB rating of 59.1 and held opponents to a 47.4% completion percentage, while today’s Giants held opposing quarterbacks to a 53.7% completion percentage with a 82.4 QB rating. Also, per game, the 2007 Giants had fewer penalties (4.7 vs 6.3), penalty yards (38.7 vs 54.3), yards allowed (290 vs 321), and a higher red zone conversion rate (72.7% vs 41.6%) than their counterparts of today.
However, the 2011 Giants without question have been far more dominant in the playoffs. Today’s Giants, per game, are averaging more yards (405 vs 296), scoring more points (27.0 vs 22.7), allowing fewer points (13.0 vs 17.0), and have a much larger margin of victory over the three playoff opponents (14.0 vs 5.7). Defensively, these Giants have been a nightmare: they are averaging more sacks per game (3.0 vs 1.0), dominating opponents’ 3rd Down Conversions (28.9% vs 45.6%) and limiting opponents’ Red Zone Conversions (22.2% vs 61.1%). Both the 2007 and 2011 Giants maintained a +5 turnover margin ratio and both offenses converted 40% of their third downs.
So, as you can see, while the 2007 Giants did have their own strengths, the 2011 Giants have been much more dominant in their victories. This should excite the Giants fans out there, as everyone saw what happened when the 2007 Giants had a chance to make history when they defeated the 18-0 Patriots. Are the 2011 Giants up to the task to make history again? We will find out on February 5th!
– Shane Richardson – Follow me on Twitter: @Shaner021. Sports-Kings Twitter: @RealSportsKings