The NFL Network had a marathon this weekend of the America’s Game top 25 Super Bowl champions voted by the fans. I was able to catch the top five teams. The list appeared to have voters that were too young to remember football just 20 years ago. However, there probably wasn’t much dispute about the #1 Super Bowl-winning team.
The New York Giants 2007 season was voted #1 by the fans, as they shocked the world when they beat the previously undefeated New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. For Giants’ fans, that season will always be remembered.
After losing the first road game of the season to the Dallas Cowboys, the Giants won their final seven road games. Winning the three road games in the playoffs extended their streak to 10 consecutive road wins, which was an NFL record. The Giants only finished 10-6 in the regular season due to their inconsistencies at home.
The Giants were just 3-5 at home, with bad losses to the Minnesota Vikings and the Washington Redskins in the second half of the season. It was probably a good thing the Giants didn’t get a home game in the playoffs. The Giants proceeded to go 12-4 the next season and get a first-round bye, and then lost at home to the Philadelphia Eagles.
The toughness that Giants’ team displayed when people counted them out helped them win the championship. The Giants weren’t given much of a chance to win seven of eight road games. The Giants weren’t given a chance to come close to beating the Patriots in the Week 17 matchup when the Patriots ended the regular season undefeated.
The Giants also weren’t given much of a chance at Texas Stadium against the Cowboys, especially considering the Cowboys swept them in the regular season. The Giants weren’t given a shot against the Green Bay Packers in historic Lambeau Field. Many people also said the temperature favored the Packers, as if the Giants don’t play in the cold weather also.
Considering all of the elements and the historic nature of their Super Bowl win, the voters definitely got it right.