NFL Playoffs: Comparing the Giants Season to Their 2007-08 Super Bowl Run

Andrew Van Wingerden@andrewjvwContributor IIJanuary 8, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 03:  Owner Steve Tisch of the New York Giants (L) and Osi Umenyiora #72 celebrate after the Giants defeated the New England Patriots 17-14 in Super Bowl XLII on February 3, 2008 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Watch out everybody, the New York Giants are getting hot.

And they're doing so at the perfect time.  

The way this season has gone for the Giants is eerily similar to the 2007-08 season, and I'd say that one ended in a pretty good fashion.  

Early in the 2007 season the Giants were that same team they were earlier this season.  They showed they had the talent but they never seemed to be able to put everything together on a consistent basis. They struggled through the year but managed to slide in to the playoffs, much like this year.

If you think back to that latest Super Bowl season, the Giants lost to the then undefeated Patriots late in the season, but did so very closely.  The same thing happened to the Giants later in this current season with the Packers, who were also undefeated at the time.  

In 2007 the Giants seemed to find themselves the blueprint to beating Tom Brady and the Patriots.  Now we will see if they can do the same with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers this next week.

Also in 2007, the Giants were crushed by the Packers early in the year, only to come back and defeat them in the NFC Championship game.  That may not have meant much, but it kind of shows the way the Giants seem to have two different teams at times.  There's the team that shows up and plays as well as anyone when they really need to and then there's the team that goes out and just looks like they don't even want to be on the field and play pathetic and lethargic football.

Another similarity between the two seasons is the play of the defense, especially the line.  Come playoff time that 2007 Giants Defense played as good of football as anyone in the league.  The defensive line was huge, especially in the Super Bowl.  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 08:  Justin Tuck #91 of the New York Giants reacts against the Atlanta Falcons during their NFC Wild Card Playoff game at MetLife Stadium on January 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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New York's front four are looking to continue this trend and I think they look even better than the 2007 team. And hey, they just pitched a shutout against a pretty potent Atlanta Falcons team. It may be too early to say this, but I think Jason Pierre-Paul looks like the next Michael Strahan.

The way this whole season has played out has had me thinking of that 2007-08 Super Bowl squad and I hope they can finish this year the same way. The Giants Week 9 win against the Patriots this year was the almost exact same script as Super Bowl XLII.  That doesn't really mean much but it's just something to think about.

I don't think it would be crazy to say that this team is even better than that 2007 team. Eli Manning is having the best season of his career, they have one of the best receiving corps since Plaxico departed and the defense has been stifling as of late.

All of this is just something to think about.  All we can do now is wait and see who comes out of Lambeau on top.