The modern era Giant fans are still basking in the glory of the franchise’s last two Super Bowl victories that occurred when Big Blue defeated the New England Patriots on two separate occasions to hoist the Lombardi trophy. While both of those teams will live in eternity in the eyes of the G-men faithful there is one major challenge those two teams and the 2016 edition of the Giants must overcome. The challenge that the 2016 edition of the Giants, similar to the 2007 and 2011 Giants, need to overcome is winning multiple games on the road.
In 2007 the Giants won three games on the road first against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, then at the Dallas Cowboys, and follow that with a victory at Green Bay. The 2011 G-men had a home victory against the Atlanta Falcons before traveling to Green Bay for a road win followed by a win at San Francisco. And the way it stands now the Giants must win on the road first to clinch a playoff spot and then to reach another Super Bowl.
The Giants culminated their home schedule with a 17-6 victory over the Detroit Lions and have secured at least a 10-6 record but at have not clinched a playoff spot. Big Blue ends their 2016 campaign on the road against the Philadelphia Eagles and then at the Washington Redskins. If the Giants win either of these games they will secure that playoff spot that has eluded Eli Manning and company since 2011.
And if the Giants secure a playoff spot the G-men will be most likely be traveling all throughout the playoffs. The reason for this is the Dallas Cowboys will most likely win the NFC East crown and with that division title will obtain a bye and a playoff home game. Even though the Giants could have a better record than the other three divisional champions Big Blue would have to go on the road to play in the wildcard round. The reason for this is because the division winners get the home playoff game not the team with the best record.
While winning a road playoff game is a daunting task in the NFL winning three road games away from the friendly confines is a gigantic challenge. Many teams will wilt under the pressure that comes with NFL playoff games and be victimized by the loud and intense crowds. Yet, if the Giants need inspiration to find a way to win consecutive road games to make it to the Super Bowl they can just look at what the franchise accomplished in 2007 and 2011.