All season, the talk around the NFL was about whether the Patriots were the greatest team of all time. Turns out they weren't even the best team Sunday. Giants win Super Bowl
The Giants had the perfect answer for the suddenly imperfect Patriots: a big, bad defense and an improbable comeback led by their own Mr. Cool quarterback, Eli Manning. One Manning after the other.
Bill Belichick always talked about his team playing the whole 60 minutes of football. Well, the Giants must have listened to him.
The Patriots were heavily favored, but Eli Manning has put the New York Giants ahead 10-7 in the 4th quarter. However, a wide open pass to Randy Moss caused the Patriots to take the lead 14-10. Could the New York Giants put together a final, successful, comeback game winning drive? If the Giants want to win the Super Bowl, they were going to have to earn it.
After being pressured for most of the game, Tom Brady and the Patriots' offense responded late in the game. Did the Giants have an answer in Arizona?
David Tyree caught one of the greatest catches in Super Bowl history on 3rd down to keep the Giants final drive alive.
In one of football's biggest shockers, New York shattered New England's unbeaten season as Manning hit Plaxico Burress on a 13-yard fade with 35 seconds left in the Super Bowl. Sunday's 17-14 win was the Giants' 11th straight on the road, and the first time the Patriots tasted defeat in more than a year.
It was the most bitter of losses, too, because New England (18-1) was one play from winning, but its defense couldn't stop a 12-play, 83-yard drive that featured a spectacular leaping catch by David Tyree, who scored New York's first touchdown. The Giants outplayed the Patriots and fought and clawed hard all game to come away with the victory.
Tom Brady, the league's Most Valuable Player and winner of his first three Super Bowls, was battered all game. He was sacked five times, hurried a dozen more, and at one point wound up on his knees, his hands on his hips following one of many poor throws.
Hardly a familiar position for the record-setting quarterback. And a totally strange outcome for a team that seemed destined for historic glory.
Oddly, it was a loss to the Patriots that sparked New York's stunning run to its third Super Bowl and sixth NFL title. New England won 38-35 in Week 17 as the Patriots became the first team since the 1972 Miami Dolphins to go spotless through the regular season. But by playing hard in a meaningless game for them, the Giants gained something of a swagger.
Their growing confidence carried them through playoff victories at Tampa, Dallas and Green Bay, and then past the mightiest opponent of all.
Eli Manning won the MVP, which he deserved. Two TDs in the 4th quarter that lead his team to victory calls for an MVP trophy.
AND A WIDE OPEN PLAXICO BURRESS CATCHES THE GAME WINNING TD CATCH!
AND THE PERFECT SEASON IS PERFECT NO LONGER!!!!!
A WHOLE SEASON OF TORTURE FROM WATCHING THE PATRIOTS WIN WAS WORTH ALL THE JOY AND HAPPINESS I GOT FROM WATCHING BRADY ON THE FLOOR THIS GAME AND THE PATRIOTS LOSE IN THE MOST IMPORTANT GAME THAT MATTERS!
I still can't believe the Pats were beat. Now, the question is will the Pats be remembered as one of the greatest teams ever assembled...or will they be remembered as the team who went 18-0 only to choke in the Super Bowl?
I'm sure Don Shula and the 1972 Dolphins must be dancing for joy as still the only team to complete a perfect season by capping it off with a Super Bowl win.
Interesting how Plaxico Burress made the bold statement of saying the Patriots would score only 17 points. Well, they only scored 14! A season low as a matter of fact.