The New England Patriots are still one
of the greatest teams ever, but the Pats' are no longer the
greatest because the New York Giants were able to do what no other team could do this year, and they did it in the most dramatic way possible, winning the Super Bowl 17 to 14 by scoring a touchdown with 35 seconds remaining in the game. This was a Super Bowl defined by defense, and the Giants' defense played brilliantly. They constantly creamed Brady (29 of 48 for 266 yards, 1 TD) and when he did have some time his receivers were covered like sleeping bags. With only 45 yards rushing, the Pats' run game was non-existent. Only when they started going to screen plays late in the game did they start moving the ball. The Pats were able to establish a lead late in the game, but their defense was tiring, and they didn't have the air of invincibility that they usually exude. On the Giants side, Eli Manning
, the slouching New York QB, had two touchdown passes, and played gutty football on the final scoring drive. He wasn't great (19 of 34 for 255 yards, 2 TDs, 1 Int, 2 fumbles), but when it mattered he was able to get his team the necessary points.
While there have been bigger favorites, this game must go down as the biggest upset in Super Bowl history because the Pats were, until tonight, undefeated and ready to make their claim as the best team ever. But the New York Football Giants are the world champions.