We made a big deal last year when the Giants came off a Super Bowl victory and failed to make the playoffs the following season. That happens quite often. It was the 14th time in 47 Super Bowls. Not exactly a rarity.
But how often does a team win a Super Bowl and miss the playoffs the next two seasons as the Giant shave now accomplished?
This is only the seventh time that’s happened … but it’s the third time it’s happened to the Giants.
After winning it all in 1986, the Giants sat out the postseason in 1987 and 1988. Then, after winning again in 1990, they were non-playoff teams in 1991 and 1992. Now, since their 2011 championship season, they have gone two years without making it.
The only time they made the playoffs after a Super Bowl was in 2008, and they were eliminated in the divisional round. As Neil Best likes to point out, the Giants have won a playoff game in only three of the last 20 seasons.
Here are the other teams that have done the won-two step:
Packers: Won in 1967, missed playoffs in 1968-71
Steelers: Won in 1979, missed playoffs in 1980 and '81
Redskins: Won in 1987, missed playoffs in 1988 and '89
Buccaneers: Won in 2002, missed playoffs in 2003 and '04
In other words, if the Giants fail to make the playoffs in 2014 they would suffer from the greatest Super Bowl dropoff since the Packers of the late 1960s.
The good news is that after two non-playoff years following their first two Super Bowls they made it back into the tournament in the third season.
Something to consider between now and this time next year.