The one thing I don't understand about the Giants, why are they so awful in the second half every year under Coughlin? Numbers don't lie, but I have no reason to pin it on.
A lot of it is schedule-related. For some reason during the past 5-7 years they have almost had an easier first half schedule. I'm always looking at the schedule in the beginning of the year and thinking we have to be 6-2 or 7-3 by the bye week if we want a shot at the playoffs. It's probably just a scheduling anomaly.
This season they played 2 playoff teams in the first half (6-2 record) and 5(!) in the second half (3-5 record). The other 3 teams that didn't make the playoffs in the second half schedule were the Steelers, Saints (2 tough teams) and the Eagles (division rival). Honestly, the only games I thought were "easy wins" at the time were the Bucs and the Browns and BOTH games the Giants were down by 14 points at some point.
They didn't deserve to make the playoffs but I think they are better than the Redskins and Vikings who got in and they are capable of beating the other 4 teams (they already killed the Packers and 49ers). I think the Bears can say the same thing too. Oh well.... next year.