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Super Bowl XLII: Patriots 14, Giants 17

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Giants Beat Patriots in Super Bowl XLII

Undefeated season denied.

Congratulations to the New York Giants.

Update [2008-2-3 23:19:5 by tommasse]:
The Giants defense played a great game. Despite New England having all their offensive linemen healthy, they were unable to give Tom Brady enough time to make better passes, and the running game couldn't get much going.

Tom Coughlin is a fantastic coach, and he and his staff devised a great game plan and made the key adjustments. Both coaches made adjustments at halftime leading to second-half scores, but Coughlin's staff made the key adjustments down the stretch.

The Giants were unbelievably lucky on several plays, especially on that last drive -- Asante Samuel muffing what could have been a game-ending interceptions, David Tyree somehow holding on to that deep pass to the Patriots 24 with just over a minute left.

But that's football. Those are the bounces. Those are the breaks. Every champion has its fair share of luck. Champions make the most of it. Tonight the Giants did. They played the better game. They played several amazing games in the playoffs. They deserve to be called Super Bowl Champions.

Your New England Patriots have nothing of which to be ashamed. They came within 3 points of something most of us could hardly comprehend. They came up just short, and you feel bad for guys like Junior Seau and Tedy Bruschi, who may have played their last games in the NFL. We'll wait and see.

The pursuit of next year's title starts .. well, maybe not tomorrow. But soon. You can count on it.

Congratulations to the New England Patriots on one absolutely amazing season. It's been a tremendous ride. It's unfortunate that it had to end as it did, but the sun will rise tomorrow and Life will go on.

Update [2008-2-3 23:45:50 by tommasse]:
One more update for tonight ...

The Patriots did set or tie more records. It's been that kind of season:

  • Wes Welker caught 11 passes, tying him with Deion Branch for most receptions in a Super Bowl. (Common thread: Tom Brady)
  • Brady broke Joe Montana's record for career completions in Super Bowls. Montana had 83. I'm not sure where Brady stands, but it's more than that.
I'm sure the players would agree that they'd trade all the records over the entire season for 4 more points today. Alas, it wasn't to be.