Super Bowl: Number Crunching

An improved passing attack has fueled the Giants' postseason success. That's why the Patriots would be wise to blitz more than New York's previous postseason foes. Football Outsiders crunches some numbers.

Originally Published: January 31, 2008
By Aaron Schatz | Football Outsiders.com

A month ago, the New York Giants looked as though they were limping to the finish line. Now they've made it all the way to Super Bowl XLII.

What changed for the Giants? The answer is mighty obvious: The Giants' playoff run is almost entirely a result of the team's improvement in the passing game, with a little help from better run defense.

Based on yards per play, it looks as if the Giants have actually been worse on the ground, and worse defending the ...

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