offense wins games.
defense keeps you from losing them.
you have to get on the board more than the other team is able to keep up with. the goal of the defense is to slow up the other team's offense just enough that your defense can get/keep ahead.
of course it helps if your coach doesn't give the other team the ball with a couple minutes left and invites them to score.
Here was my response to CRA that can apply to your statement above...
CRA, on 28 Aug 2013 - 11:09 AM, said:
the Baltimore's don't scare me against our D....the Patriot type offenses do.
Although one quick point to validate my claim, NYG would not have won those SB's if they didn't display that caliber of defensive-prowess. People point to Eli's amazing 4th qtr plays (Tyree and Manningham catches), but the defense won those games. With Getts at the helm, and Keek able to roam, dare I say our D will overshadow Cam during his tenure?
Anywho, nuff said about that. I'm just one of the few in this era who enjoys watching defense more than offense."
I believe the offense vs defense debate (in regards to winning games) is a little more gray than people think. It's somewhat of a loaded discussion, as it's obviously a team sport, but just because you aren't the side putting up the points, doesn't mean you can't put your defensive foot first to win ballgames.