The chorus of dissatisfaction rose in 2011 when the Giants started 6--2, then lost four consecutive games and five out of six to fall to .500. They finished just 9--7, a position from which no team had won a Super Bowl. But the modern NFL has become a place of furious tumult, where last week's record is just a forgotten number on a screen and this week's game is a new adventure. The Giants played six consecutive elimination games and won them all, in no small part because belief in the status quo can be a mighty force.
Modern sport finds itself in a fearsome hurry to change. Yet the NFL often waits. The Giants almost always wait. Together, on a day when some 111 million people tuned in, they were rewarded.