Monday, February 04, 2008

Can't Win Them All!

The Giants Win 17-14 and did almost exactly what they sought out to do with the opening kickoff, using up nearly 10 minutes to go 63 yards. Almost exactly, but not quite, because they settled for a 32-yard field goal after converting four third downs on the 16-play series. The 9:59 drive was the longest in Super Bowl history.
The upset also could be viewed as a source of revenge not only for the Giants, but for the other NFL teams over Spygate back in September. That cheating scandal made headlines again late in Super Bowl week, and could have placed an infinite cloud over New England's perfection.
The Patriots were done in not so much by the pressure of the first unbeaten season in 35 years as by the pressure of a smothering Giants pass rush. Brady, winner of his first three Super Bowls, 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 in New England's lowest scoring game of the season.
Every team is beatable, you never know, Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. The right moment, the right time, every team is beatable.
It was the first time the Patriots tasted defeat in more than a year.
Defensively, the Giants accomplished the goal that all teams preach but precious few can execute: Tormenting Brady to the point where the game's best quarterback is rattled and out of rhythm. New York sacked Brady a season-high five times and, according to the unofficial stats kept by the team, hit him on 23 occasions.
Brady (29 of 48, 266 yards) produced just 14 points – 21.7 less than the Pats' average coming in and failed to complete a pass of 20 yards or more. We never saw that glazed look in his eyes that so many other quarterbacks get, said defensive end (Justin Tuck )who had a pair of sacks and forced a Brady fumble
Still, when Brady got the ball on his own 20-yard line with 7:54 remaining and the Giants up 10-7, the quarterback coolly put together a go-ahead scoring drive that ended with his six-yard touchdown pass to Randy Moss. It was 14-10 Pats with 2:42 to go, and Brady and Bill Belichick and the rest of the NFL's bullies seemed to have retained the upper hand.
But in the end the Patriots just were simply out played by the NY Giants. I have the game stats if anyone wants to see them just click on the Title at the top of this post (Can't Win Them All!).
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