I remember Jimmy Johnson saying, way back in his Cowboys heyday, that the two key building blocks for a winning team are quarterback and defensive line. You get both at once and you have a shot every year. It obviously isn't the only way to do it. It seems like if you've got an elite quarterback, you can have it all fall in place with an adequate-to-iffy defense (New Orleans, Green Bay, Indy). Or a great defense and a game-manager-QB (Tampa and Baltimore in their SB years). But the Giants have shown twice in five years now that pairing an elite QB (it's hard not to call Eli that, after this playoff run) with an elite d-line, gives you a shot, even if all else is adequate to iffy. The Giants had no running game most of the year, had really shaky secondary play much of the year, and had a coach on the hot seat for 3/4 of the year. But their d-line got healthy and the qb got (or stayed) hot. Another trophy. Boy do we need pass-rushing help.