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THEY ARE THE NFL, AND THE NFL IS THEM
TIM LAYDEN
February 16, 2012
THE GIANTS WON THEIR FOURTH SUPER BOWL IN A STYLE THAT, AS EVER, MIRRORS THE LEAGUE'S
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February 16, 2012

They Are The Nfl, And The Nfl Is Them

THE GIANTS WON THEIR FOURTH SUPER BOWL IN A STYLE THAT, AS EVER, MIRRORS THE LEAGUE'S

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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.

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