Originally posted on NBC Connecticut  |  Last updated 1/2/12

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 08: Head coach Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants watches from the sideline during NFL action against the San Diego Chargers at Giants Stadium on November 8, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
All year long Tom Coughlin stressed finishing. He said it in almost every press conference with the reality that, to some degree, his job hung on the team's ability to summon up enough effort to close out the season playing well for the first time since they won the Super Bowl. No matter how many games the Giants won in the first half, there was always a little bird on the team's collective shoulder chirping a reminder that none of it mattered if the bottom fell out in the second half again. And the bottom held. Despite a 3-5 record down the stretch, the Giants are hosting a playoff game next Sunday against the Falcons because they won three games against the Cowboys and Jets that they absolutely had to win. For some people, that's all it takes to start planning a Super Bowl parade up Broadway in February. The game had barely ended on Sunday night when there were suddenly comparisons to the 2007 title run being made without much memory of the fact that the Giants have already lost ...
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