Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 8/11/12

Over the course of the past week, two disgruntled NFL players have publicly stated their opinion that the New York Giants did not, in fact, beat them in the playoffs, but that their respective teams gave away a victory. It started on Tuesday when Green Bay Packers LB Clay Mathews stated that his team "beat themselves" in the NFC Divisional round that ended their season. While the Giants' brushed off these comments with humor, on Friday, another casualty of Big Blue's improbable 2011 Super Bowl run decided to open his mouth.

Before his team's preseason opener against the Minnesota Vikings, San Francisco 49ers safety Donte Whitner addressed his feelings toward the 2011 NFC Championship game.

"We felt like it was ours to lose,” Whitner said. “Especially after we beat the Saints, we felt like it was ours to lose. We felt like the Saints and Green Bay Packers were the two best teams in the playoffs and once they went down we felt like it was ours to lose, and we let it slip through our fingers.”

Although Clay Mathews' comments came off as childish and even ignorant, Donte Whitner's comments are actually partially accurate. When 49ers punt returner Kyle Williams fumbled in overtime to give Big Blue the ball in field goal range, the game did in fact slip through the 49ers fingers. However, what Donte Whitner fails to mention, is that the New York Giants forced it out of their fingers. On the play, Giants LB Jacquian Williams hustled down the field and jarred the ball loose, it wasn't like Williams dropped it on his own.

However, the fact of the matter is that last season is over. Although 2011 will live forever in the memories of Giants' players, coaches, and fans alike, 2012 represents a whole new challenge. With many so called "experts" predicting Big Blue to finish third in the NFC East this upcoming season, and with Tebowmania making its' way to NY, Big Blue had flown under the radar throughout the offseason.

Many believe that they got lucky a year ago, but it takes some luck to win the Super Bowl. No team has ever won a championship without catching a few fortunate breaks along the way. That being said, the 2011 New York Giants won the Super Bowl because their pass rush got healthy, their quarterback was elite, and the rushing game has a resurgence. If their opponents would rather focus on their own errors as the cause their shortcomings, that's fine also. No matter what anybody says or does, the results on the scoreboard are going to remain the same. 

Hopefully, as the seasons begins to kickoff, we can stop hearing about how the Giants have been lucky, and start hearing about how they have assembled a core of young, talented players that will put them in a position to be competitive for years to come. Don't count on it though.

Also…

Be sure to check out other great articles at Sports Media 101.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

WATCH: Draymond Green tries just a little to hard to sell foul

Eddie George fires up Predators fans before Game 4 vs Ducks

Viktor Arvidsson had bloody ‘R’ on forehead after hit

Danny Ainge’s son running for congressional seat in Utah

John Wall’s retweet saves fan from taking final exam

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

WATCH: Cubs pull off two miraculous defensive plays in a row

To raise money for charity, a wrestling fan has Cody Rhodes slam him on thumbtacks

Gregg Popovich on Steve Kerr’s health issues: ‘It’s just a crap situation’

CJ McCollum clearly interested in having Paul Millsap join Blazers

Injuries are depriving us from watching the Spurs thrive in the clutch

Nashville Predators fans just made the worst hype video of 2017

NBA Weekend Awards: Who will take a bite of the Snow White Crystal Apple?

The 'How two award snubs might shake up the NBA' quiz

Preparing for the BIG3: Q&A with BIG3 co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz

Two months in and Nintendo's Switch dominates 2017 video game market

Getaway Day: League leaders falter allowing new teams to surge ahead

Why wait? Our too soon Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals preview

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Best of Yardbarker: Gregg Popovich doesn't mince words

The 'Happy birthday to two of the NBA's all-time antagonists' quiz

The shortstop evolution continues to raise the ceiling

Three Up, Three Down: Astros dominate in every category

Box Score 5/19: Heartbreak in OT

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

NBA Weekend Awards: Who will take a bite of the Snow White Crystal Apple?

The 'How two award snubs might shake up the NBA' quiz

Preparing for the BIG3: Q&A with BIG3 co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz

Two months in and Nintendo's Switch dominates 2017 video game market

Getaway Day: League leaders falter allowing new teams to surge ahead

Why wait? Our too soon Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals preview

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Best of Yardbarker: Gregg Popovich doesn't mince words

The 'Happy birthday to two of the NBA's all-time antagonists' quiz

The shortstop evolution continues to raise the ceiling

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker