I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that Jon Gruden had to face criticism for sitting key starters in week 17. Tom Coughlin would have been torn apart in the New York media for playing to win in week 17 had the Giants lost. I think both coaches made the right call - most of the time, if you have a chance to give your starters a rest before the playoffs, you do it. It's like getting a bye without earning it. But most of the time you don't play a team that's 15-0.
Amani Toomer's touchdown in the back of the end zone December 13, 1998 to beat the 13-0 Denver Broncos might be the most famous play in Giants history. The Giants' record that year: 8-8. Sometimes it isn't about how many wins you get, it's about when you get them.