Originally posted by jdean:
The 88 team started out 5-2 , then lost 3 of the next 4. Then won 4 of the final 5. They lost the last game to the rams, they had already clinched the division. That was the game phill Simms said we lost on purpose so the giants would be eliminated. Yeah right. So I guess it all depends on the next 4 games if we are like the 88 team.
Yeah, I know what you mean by the Simms' comment. And I have to comment on it.
Giants fans love to talk it up (and their players do too) to this day.
What they fail to realize is that if we went out to beat the Rams (assuming they wanted to win that game just as much as they did) they wouldn't have been eliminated from the playoffs. So we could have been in a potential scenario where we would face them 3 times in one season, and I don't think anybody wants that (Giants typically never wanted to play Eagles in such scenarios either.....see 2008 playoffs where a potentially best team in the NFL, NY Giants, went one and done after beating Cardinals, Steelers, and Ravens that season).
So yeah, it's a fair argument to some extent, but the implication that we were SCARED to play them is BS (and would they have gone out of their way to get us into the playoffs during the '80s if the roles were reversed???).
The Giants got into the playoffs the next year, and the Rams punked them in Giants stadium with that legendary Flipper Anderson walk off TD in OT. Same Rams team smashed the Eagles the week prior, and were able to get a win against the Giants (excuses, excuses you will hear of course from loyal Gmen followers).
Rams could have had a 10-0 lead in the NFCC had it not been for a brilliant save by Lott. We go on to crush Rams, but you never know how that game could have ended up.
End of the day, fail argument for "laying down like dogs". There's another thing called injuries....