The Giants' 17-14 win over the Patiots in Super Bowl XLII is considered one of the greatest upsets in NFL history. I know that Mercury Morris, after seeing him on ESPN's "First Take" numerous times this season, is celebrating with Bob Griese, Larry Csonka, and other members of the 1972 Dolphins. This year, the champaigne came later than ever before.
To some, games like this are flukes. "The Giants weren't supposed to beat the 18-0 Patriots," or "The Warriors should've lost to the Mavericks in the first round," or "Michigan should've crushed Applachian State." The list could go on and on. Maybe these games aren't meant to turn out this way. But what would be the point of watching sports if the unlikely didn't occur sometime? Say the Patriots did win, but it was a fluke and nobody knew it. Maybe the '72 Dolphins were supposed to remain at the top of the list of best records in NFL history.
Towards the end of the regular season, the Giants seemed to be a negatively-thinking team. I thought Tom Coughlin was a grumpy coach that few got along with. Also, Eli Manning seemed to me like he was getting too down on himself whenever he made a mistake. In this postseason, however, Coughlin was more energetic than Ray Lewis during his pregame dance. Manning showed signs of older brother Peyton as the Giants won three straight games on the road against the Buccaneers, Cowboys, and Packers to get to the Super Bowl. For the second year in the row, a Manning brother won the Super Bowl MVP award.
Upsets are unlikely, but they are not flukes.