The low point of the New York Giants’ 2011 season was probably their Week 12 trip to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, when they lost a 49-24 blowout to the New Orleans Saints. It was their third straight loss at the time and dropped their record to 6-5. They didn’t collapse, though. And they didn’t collapse after a narrow 38-35 loss to the Green Bay Packers in Week 13. And they didn’t collapse after a 23-10 loss to the Washington Redskins in Week 15 that dropped them to 7-7. Instead, they rallied to become the first 9-7 team ever to win a Super Bowl, beating the New England Patriots 21-17 on Sunday night in Super Bowl XLVI.
It looks like there’s at least a chance the New Orleans Saints could be playing in the season’s first game for the third straight year. As the defending champion Super Bowl champion, the New York Giants will host the Thursday night opener at MetLife Stadium. That game will be played Sept. 6. I’m just looking at the eight teams the Giants are scheduled to host in 2012 and the Saints look like one of the three leading candidates, along with Green Bay and Pittsburgh. The league doesn’t usually schedule division opponents in the opener.
When the NFL season cranks up, it will all be about ending in New Orleans,” said Louisiana Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne. “It’s a destination the NFL looks forward to, every time it cycles around.” That’s the benefit of being the Super Bowl host city. Louisiana Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne says the estimated economic impact for Super Bowl 47 here at the Dome is $450 million dollars, and the free publicity is hard to put a dollar amount on. Then throw in the fact that the New Orleans Saints are now among the league’s best, and Dardenne says there’s a chance for something really special.
Elite and Eli. One and the same. And now there are two Super Bowl championships and two MVPs to prove it. Eli Manning is the big man in the NFL after one-upping Tom Brady and leading the New York Giants to a 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots in Sunday’s Super Bowl – in older brother Peyton’s house, at that.”This isn’t about one person,” Manning insisted. ”This is about a team coming together.”
Tom Coughlin’s players were passing around the Vince Lombardi Trophy on the podium as the confetti came floating down on their heads with all kinds of New York songs blasting throughout the stadium. The coach had moved some of these tough guys to tears on Saturday night with an emotional speech that ended with him telling them, “I love you.” Now he was soaking in another incredible moment following the 21-17 victory over the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI that finished off one of the great six-game coaching jobs in NFL history.