PHOENIX — Giants co-owner Steve Tisch said he was very happy with how the 2016 season played out, with the team winning 11 games and making the playoffs for the first time since the 2011 season. But there are still a few regrets.
“Would I have liked to have gone deeper into the playoffs? Of course,” he said at the NFL’s Annual Meetings in Arizona on Monday. “Would I have liked to end up in Houston? Absolutely. Especially because Bob Kraft after the Super Bowl told me: ‘You would have beat us.’ That was a nice compliment.”
The Patriots, of course, won their fifth Lombardi Trophy with an epic comeback in Super Bowl LI over the Falcons. Their only two Super Bowl losses during the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era have come at the hands of the Giants. So it makes sense that the Patriots and Kraft would be spooked by the prospect of having to face them and Eli Manning for another championship.
Unless, of course, Tisch heard something different from what Kraft was saying.
Asked about Tisch’s anecdote by Newsday, Kraft said he never said the Giants would have beaten the Patriots in that game this year.
“I said we lost two right at the end and if I had to lose them to anyone, because it’s the Giants [that was fine],” Kraft said. “That was the background.”
Tisch and Kraft are close friends. They flew together from Los Angeles to Arizona for these meetings.