The Phillies' run as two-time NL champions came to an end, a conclusion reached because of missed chances and the disappearance of a once-potent offense.
By makiing the decision to throw sidearm earlier in his career, Giants reliever Javier Lopez went from a mediocre minor leaguer to a fairly successful major leaguer.
Phillies setup man Ryan Madson made an adjustment in Game 5, leaning on a deadly cutter rather than his changeup to mow down the Giants during a critical eighth inning.
The poor moves, and non-moves, of Phillies manager Charlie Manuel in Game 4 have helped lead his team to the brink of elimination in the NLCS.
Edgar Renteria and Aaron Rowand aren't as productive as they once were and don't see the field as often as they used to, but each has found ways to contribute to the Giants' success.
Ryan Howard's appearance at an Eagles game hours before the Phillies' Game 2 NLCS win caused an uproar across Philadelphia.
The idea of Roy Halladay actually looking vulnerable seemed silly after his no-hitter in the NLDS, but that's exactly how he looked in a Game 1 loss against the Giants.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy made some intriguing moves during the NLDS. Here's what he might do against the Phillies in the NLCS.
Cody Ross sent the Giants into the NLCS and Bobby Cox into retirement after 29 seasons.
The Braves watched Billy Wagner get hurt, and the Giants saw Brian Wilson get hit. How each bullpen recovers could dictate how Game 3 of their NLDS goes.
Sadly, history doesn't forget days like the one Brooks Conrad had in Game 3, when he committed three errors, including the one that led to the go-ahead run for the Giants in the ninth.
The Braves seemed to be in big trouble, and Bobby Cox's career a game from being over, until Atlanta was rescued by the unlikely pair of Rick Ankiel and Kyle Farnsworth.
Tim Lincecum changed his grip on his slider, and with his 14-strikeout performance in Game 1 against the Braves, gave the Giants early control of this NLDS.