While I freely admit I am not a Giants fan and was rooting for our boy Tom and the Pats to win, this game also reminded me why college football is IMO superior. Specifically, the fact that in the NFL a 9-7 regular season gets you a chance to be crowned World Champs. When people talk about not wanting a broad playoff in the top level of college football because it would detract from the meaning of the regular season, this is what they mean.
I am NOT against a playoff in college football, let that be stated (I like Brian's proposal or various 4 team proposals). But contrary to the opinion of most that a playoff is always more fair, I think it can be less fair--the Giants played like crap most of the year (much like Arizona a few years back and others) slip in at 9-7 and then get hot and win it all. If the regular season is a warmup to get ready to qualify for the playoffs that's fine and all, but I prefer a system where every loss is a potential killer. That's just me, I'm not dismissing anyone's contrary opinion, (many love the fact that a low ranked team gets hot and wins it all) but I prefer a system where the best teams in the regular seaon are rewarded with more than playing a game at home (sometimes not even that, see 12-4 Pittsburgh this year playing at 8-8 Denver in the playoffs).