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The 2007 NFC Championship Game is the best non-Super Bowl game in Giants history


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JOHN SCHMEELK: Fiction -First we would have to define the word "best". Was it perhaps the most dramatic and most exciting, sure.

But, I think the 2001 NFC Championship game at Giants Stadium against the Vikings was a much more dominant performance, and the fact it happened in front of Giants fans is another notch in its favor.

The 1990 NFC Championship game against the 49ers also has to be in the conversation, and the dramatic way Matt Bahr sent the Giants to the Super Bowl after Lawrence Taylor recovered a Roger Craig fumble.

DAN SALOMONE: Fact -This game will only grow in its iconic status, which is pretty incredible because it led up to arguably the best Super Bowl of all time.

But the NFC Championship game had all the drama and the lasting images of the frozen tundra to go with it. It doesn't get much better than that. The Senior Bowl is a major factor in the draft evaluation process.

JOHN SCHMEELK: Fact -It is one of the few times we see these players go up against each other, so while not as important as the aggregate game tape over the course of the season, it is valuable.

Last year, Aaron Donald started shooting up draft boards after dominating the competition at the Senior Bowl, to give a recent example.

DAN SALOMONE: Fiction -It kind of marks the start of the draft process for the public because it's the time when most NFL teams are done playing for the year and players declare for the draft.

And while many draft picks come out of the Senior Bowl and say the game helped their stock, it's not the biggest factor because a lot of the best prospects are underclassmen.

J.J. Watt will be the first defender to win league MVP since Lawrence Taylor in 1986.

JOHN SCHMEELK: Fiction -As dominant as JJ Watt was, I just don't see him as being as valuable to his team as Aaron Rodgers. It is simply a matter of how the game is played and the impact a quarterback can have in relation to the impact a defensive lineman can have.

DAN SALOMONE: Fact -Judging by what a lot of the national writers are saying, it seems like it could happen (and they're the ones who decide the award). And he should get it.

Watt had a truly special season, becoming the first player with separate seasons of 20 or more sacks. And then there were all the touchdowns, both defensively and offensively.

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