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Killer D

Well, that wasn't the most exciting of SuperBowls. Certainly not a patch on the Giant victories over the Patriots in SB42 and SB46, or last year's thriller in Arizona when the Seahawks snatched defeat from the jaws of victory with the Worst Play Call in NFL History. The game was sloppy, with way too many turnovers, and a dearth of heroics on the offensive side of the ball.

The defenses, though... ah, those were a joy to watch. And the final result proved that even in this age of high-flying aerial circuses, one old truth still holds water:

Defense wins championships.

Peyton Manning has had a great career, and it was nice to see Eli's big bro walk off into the sunset with another ring (I do hope he has the sense to go out now, on top, rather than hanging on the way Unitas and Namath and Favre did)... but make no mistake, Peyton did not win the game. It was the Bronco D, first to last. They absolutely dismantled Cam Newton and the highest scoring offense in the NFL.

This game should be a lesson to the rest of the NFL... and especially to my own beloved New York Football Giants. When the Giants won those two SuperBowls over the Patriots, Eli Manning was MVP, and all that most people remember were his dramatic passes to David Tyree (in 42) and Mario Manningham (in 46)... but as great as Eli played, the D won those games too. The Giants pass rush terrorized Tom Brady from start to finish, just as the Denver D terrorized Cam this afternoon (especially apparent in SB42, when they held a New England offense that had been running up the score against opponents all year to a mere 14 points).

Defense has ALWAYS been a hallmark of the G-Men, since I was a kid. They had great Ds in their two earlier SB wins, under Parcells, as well... and going back to the 50s, the Giants were the first team to introduce their D at the start of games, the franchise where the chant "D-FENSE!" originated. Sam Huff, Harry Carson, Lawrence Taylor, Michael Strahan, Osi Umenyiora... the Giants have always had a formidable D.

But of late they seem to have forgotten that. This season, the Giants defense ranked 32nd in the NFL. Dead last. Shameful. I still reel thinking of that 52-49 loss to New Orleans. How it could be possible for a Giants team to score 49 points and lose... the mind boggles.

Come draft day, I hope the Giants draft defense, defense, defense, defense. Picking up a few pass-rushers and run-stuffers in free agency would be a good idea as well. I think the Giants offense will be fine with Eli and Odell and our new coach (and I pray Victor Cruz comes back). But for the Giants to return to contention, they need a defense that scares people again. A defense like Denver's, that turned league MVP Cam Newton into a deer in the headlights.

Defense wins championships.

The Giants knew that once. Denver knows it now.

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mikzey
Feb. 8th, 2016 11:05 am (UTC)
Cam Newton
What is your opinion on Newton storming out of the press conference after the match ?
grrm
Feb. 8th, 2016 06:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Cam Newton
It was childish.
bigbadbruin270
Feb. 8th, 2016 09:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Cam Newton
The press conference was being held right next to Denver players and he heard them talking about the game plan and how they shut him down. That's why he said "I'm done." Still not a classy move, but it gives it some context.


Edited at 2016-02-09 12:44 am (UTC)
GypsyDRB
Feb. 9th, 2016 01:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Cam Newton
It was not the best route to go in dealing with disappointment, but google what Peyton did after losing the Super Bowl to the Saints (walked off, no congratulations to Brees). Additionally, there's another set of articles which discusses that Cam was within earshot as Denver players were also being interviewed, and he could hear the gloating and some negative responses about him as he himself was being interviewed.

Again, he could've handled it better, but he seems to be getting more than his fair share of criticism.
kasumi007
Feb. 9th, 2016 01:41 am (UTC)
Re: Cam Newton
Cam Newton is a professional NFL player and the face of the league this season as the MVP. Whether or not he could overhear some negative comments beside him he should still be an adult and do what is expected of him by answer questions post game. You didn't see Peyton Manning or Russell Wilson giving one word answers, pouting, and leaving early during their interviews when they had their difficult super bowl losses.

Not only did Cam Newton act like a child during his post game interview but also during the game him rolling around on the ground and having tantrums which is very childish behavior for someone who is supposed to be the leader for his team.
bigbadbruin270
Feb. 9th, 2016 06:51 am (UTC)
Re: Cam Newton
When Peyton lost the Super Bowl to the Saints he just walked off the field without congratulating Brees. How is that classy?

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