Oct 12, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; The helmet of New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) (not pictured) sits on the field as players stretch during warm ups before a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Giants 27-0. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Earth, wind and fire set it off in 2008 for New York. Running backs Brandon Jacobs and Derrick Ward both rushed for over 1,000 yards, and quarterback Eli Manning made his 1st-Pro Bowl as a starter for the team.
In 2008, the Giants finished with a 12-4 record and clinched the number 1 seed in the NFC, while also fielding a top 10 defense and 7 combined Pro Bowlers. Now, this season didn’t end with a championship or even a bid in the NFC title game, but it was memorable for other reasons.
This was also the same year Plaxico Burress shot himself in the leg, which resulted in the end of his Giants career. Burress was known to play the Philadelphia Eagles extremely well, who the Giants happened to lose to in the 2nd-round of the postseason. If Burress doesn’t shoot himself could the Giants have been looking at back-to-back championships? This team was undoubtedly good enough.