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NFL Playoffs Taking Familiar Shape, Minus the New York Giants

January 14th, 2013 at 6:30 AM
By Dan Benton

Watching the NFL playoffs here in 2013 has been exceptionally bitter for the New York Giants and their fans, and never more so than this past weekend. As conference title games loom, there are many familiar faces. In fact, both the AFC Championship game and NFC Championship game feature the same exact teams as they did only a year ago. Sans the Giants, of course.

For the second consecutive season, the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots will square off for a trip to the Super Bowl, while the San Francisco 49ers again find themselves only a win away. This time however, the roadblock standing in their way is not Big Blue, but the Atlanta Falcons, whom the Giants dominated in the playoffs only a season ago.

Perhaps even more difficult than that reality was watching the 49ers and Green Bay Packers in Saturday's divisional playoff game knowing the Giants had slaughtered both teams earlier this year.

If it wasn't a difficult pill to swallow before, it certainly is now. Watching a repeat of a year ago from the couch can't be easy for the Giants, and perhaps it will serve as some sort of motivation for next year. In fact, you can already sense it in some of their word.

"Congrats to New England Patriots! I think this is their year. Especially considering the 'Patriot Slayers' are out," punter Steve Weatherford wrote via Facebook.

At this point, it's all about rooting against a worst case scenario. For each player and fan that will vary, but all potential Super Bowl XLVII combinations are stomach-turning.

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6 Responses to “NFL Playoffs Taking Familiar Shape, Minus the New York Giants”

  1.  Krow says:

    As for me … I need the Ravens to lose. I consider them one of the dirtiest, scummiest franchises in the NFL. There’s nothing I like about them. Zero.

    After them … I’d prefer to see the Whiners out. The team isn’t so bad. But I can’t effing stand Harbaugh. B-tch b-tch b-tch … 24/7.

    Pats and Falcons are the least obnoxious combo … IMHO.

  2.  G-MenFan says:

    I was bitter at first but not any more. The Giants were 6-2 with a 10-point lead in the 4th quarter against a severely wounded and reeling Steelers team and decided “that’s enough” and called it a year.

    Simply put, they weren’t good enough to be a playoff team this post season and they didn’t belong there. Had they squeaked in, that would be the Giants out there losing their game with 4 nano-seconds left in regulation because our secondary would be standing around like orange traffic cones watching receivers catch 25 yard throws and everyone would be asking “what happened to the pass rush?”, forgetting that coverage actually contributes to the pass rush.

    •  Krow says:

      We’ve all kicked around the reasons why we didn’t play up to expectations. This unit or that … this player or another. But the one thing that drove me crazy … was the apparently lack of enthusiasm. Too often they seemed disinterested … going through the motions. The ‘other guys’ we’re the ones fired up. The ‘other guys’ were the ones hitting hard … swarming to the ball … playing with passion.

      I don’t know if it’s coaching … the players themselves … the schemes we use … Superbowl hangover … distractions … but whatever, it was terrible. The attitude from last year was totally gone. We looked like a different team.

  3.  JimStoll says:

    at least for me the playoffs have worked out economically
    being a Patriots season ticket holder (long, convoluted story), and being forced to buy playoff tickets once they are officially for all games possible (2 this season), I needed a Pats win over Houston coupled with a Denver loss in order to have the opportunity to sell the 2d game ( at a profit)
    so, although I rooted against both eventual outcomes, my pocketbook is happy this morning

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