When the 2013 regular season starts, some analysts will have the New York Giants as a team who aren’t championship contenders, let alone contenders to win the NFC East division. Others who will note the Giants’ success in recent years with QB Eli Manning will indeed have the Giants as championship contenders. Whether or not they are remains to be seen, but if the Giants can get to Super Bowl XLVIII, it will certainly be something special.
Super Bowl XLVIII will be held in MetLife Stadium, the home of the Giants and the New York Jets. No team has ever played a Super Bowl in their home stadium. In the past couple of years, there was reason to believe it probably could occur. Super Bowl XLVI was held in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, home of the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts had QB Peyton Manning, who already took them to two Super Bowls. However, Manning missed the entire season with a neck injury, and the Colts were awful.
Coming into the 2012 season, there was hope the New Orleans Saints can play a Super Bowl at home. The Saints were 13-3 in the 2011 season, and lost a tight one to the San Francisco 49ers in the postseason. Expectations were lowered when commissioner Roger Goodell laid the hammer on the organization, suspending head coach Sean Payton for the entire season. The Saints would play less than stellar, struggling to a 7-9 record.
The Giants should come into this season motivated to play well after last season’s collapse. Then again, the first half of the season is never the problem for the Giants. They rack up impressive wins, and have many thinking they are legit contenders. They have to channel that motivation into November and December, when it gets colder and you start to solidify yourself as a contender or pretender.
The Giants have one guy who can make it happen, despite the shortcomings of other areas. The Giants now rely on that right arm of Manning and it won them a championship two seasons ago. Wouldn’t it be nice to see the Giants back on the Super Bowl stage in their home stadium?