As horrendous as the 2017 New York Giants season was, it would be even worse if their arch rival the Philadelphia Eagles win the 2018 Super Bowl.
The Philadelphia Eagles are the New York Giants bitter division rivals and have been at the forefront of some of the most devastating losses in the history of the Giants. New England Patriots, on the other hand, have never defeated the Giants in a meaningful game, and have actually been the victim in two of the biggest wins in Giants history.
So if you’re a Giants fan and intend on watching the Super Bowl, the team you have to be pulling for is the Patriots.
Here are 3 reasons why Giants fans should root for the Patriots to defeat the Eagles in the 2018 Super Bowl.
1. No team has caused the Giants more heartache than the Eagles
It doesn’t matter if you’re 15 years old or 60, if you’re a Giants fans you’ve witnessed some heartbreaking losses that have come at the hands of the Eagles.
Heck, the Eagles even caused Giants fans heartache this season when rookie Jake Elliott kicked a 61-yard field goal as time expired to give the Eagles a 27-24 victory in week 3 that dropped the Giants to 0-3.
In the past 11 seasons twice the Eagles have eliminated the Giants in the playoffs, once in the 2006 wildcard round 23-20, and then again in 2008 in the divisional round 23-11 that ended the Giants attempt to repeat as Super Bowl champions.
But the most devastating defeat at the hands of the Eagles in the last decade didn’t occur in the playoffs, it occurred in week 15 of the 2010 season. The Giants were up 31-10 with just 7:43 remaining in the game, and miraculously the Eagles scored 28 unanswered points and won 38-31. DeSean Jackson on a 65-yard punt return for the game-winner in front of a stunned crowd at MetLife stadium as time expired.
Older Giants fans will remember the Miracle at the Meadowlands in 1978 when Joe Pisarcik botched a handoff to Larry Csonka that was picked up and ran back for a touchdown by Herman Edwards to give the Eagles a 19-17 victory.
Reliving some of these memories still makes Giants fans sick to this day.
But despite losing several heartbreaking games to the Eagles, Giants fans have always been quick to point out that the Eagles have zero Super Bowls. That fact is the mic drop whenever Giants and Eagles fan trash talk.
The ability to be able to gloat that the Giants have four Super Bowl titles and the Eagles have none always puts a smile on the faces of Giants fans.
— LPG – NYG (@LicensePlateGuy) January 29, 2018
2. A win by the Patriots would continue to enhance the Giants’ legacy
The Patriots are playing in their 8th Super Bowl in the Tom Brady and Bill Belichick era and are looking for their 6th Lombardi Trophy.
The five Super Bowls they’ve already won is the most by any head coach/quarterback duo in NFL history. While their level of dominance is unmatched, they do have two dents in their legacy thanks to the New York Giants.
The Giants 17-14 victory in Super Bowl 42 and their 21-17 victory in Super Bowl 46 are the main reasons why Eli Manning and Tom Coughlin will be in the Hall of Fame one day.
If the Patriots win Super Bowl 52 and the Giants remain the only team to defeat Brady and Belichick in the Super Bowl, it would only enhance the legacy of Manning, Coughlin and those two Super Bowl teams.
Being the kryptonite to the NFL’s most consistent dynasty is a great label to have.
3. Once a Giant, always a Giant
Before he was winning Super Bowls as head coach of the New England Patriots, he was part of the Giants organization from 1979-1990. He was a special teams coach and defensive assistant coach from 1979-1984, and then from 1985 to 1990, he was the defensive coordinator.
As the defensive coordinator, he helped the Giants win their first two Super Bowls in Super Bowls 21 & 25.
In the Giants 20-19 victory over the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl 25, he came up with a defensive scheme where he only used two down linemen to shut down the Bills high powered passing attack that scored 51 points a week earlier in the AFC Championship game.
Without his scheme, the Giants wouldn’t have won the game.
Belichick has always talked about how much he appreciates and admires the Giants organization. You’ll be able to hear him speak about his time with the Giants when ESPN Film premiers their 30 for 30 special “The Two Bills” on him and Bill Parcells.
— ESPN Films 30 for 30 (@30for30) December 24, 2017
So while he might be the Patriots head coach, he’s still a Giant at heart. As the saying goes once a Giant, always a Giant.