Just thought about it a little and always looking to spin positives.
But let's say we got the Bradshaw fumble call our way and beat the Giants.
And we stymie Bradith and win SB 46!
Would have been awesome, no doubt.
However, I look at teams that win the superbowl and why they fail to repeat (or even make playoffs/remain relevant/etc), and it seems like if you barely scraped by it is gonna be harder to stay strong than if you were pretty strong to begin with.
I've happened to be keeping up with the Giants since I've lived in NY, have NY friends, and even check out their forum. It seems like now that they've won it, Brandon Jacobs can go, Manningham can go, Bradshaw is questionable, Osi might retire.....a bunch of stuff. Strahan retired after the last win.
Had they lost to us or to New England, I'd have to imagine it changes things.
As it pertains to us, I could have seen some of our defensive FAs looking for big pay days. Alex might deserve a huge payday. Francis Gire might have retired. Does the WR position get taken as seriously in 2012 as it does now?
Bunch of what if questions. I wouldn't pose it for every team that failed to make the SB that should have (e.g. Baltimore), but for our team I think on some level we will be better prepared for the next couple of years. The way we won games this season and the Saints game, and killing Eli in the NFCC.....I think our confidence is there, we just need to keep the hunger and grow.
I remember feeling somewhere deep in weeks 13-17 that an NFCC loss in GB would be ok so long as we made the NFCC. Now that we have, we're good.