To true fans of a sport, the outcome of a game will not stop them from attesting to its greatness. Fans of the Baltimore Colts couldn't argue the fact that Joe Nameth guaranteed a victory in Super Bowl III for the New York Jets, and delivered. Well, Plaxico Burress may not be the player Nameth was, and is definitely not the playboy Broadway Joe is, but he guaranteed a victory, and the New York Giants delivered.
By the numbers alone, this game should be considered an upset on the level of Super Bowl III. Tom Brady, who some consider the greatest quarterback of all-time, both regular and post-season, looked ill and disoriented from the start of the game, and being sacked 5 times and hit a total of 23 only made his night worse. Laurence Maroney, who powered the Patriots over the San Diego Chargers, was limited to 36 yards on 14 attempts. A quarterback who received nothing but negative comments throughout the regular season, even from his own former teammate, led his team by remaining calm, cool, and collect, and keeping a level head throughout the game, Eli Manning showed his poise and deserved to by Super Bowl XLII's MVP.
Tom Brady was hit hard all night long by the Giants defensive line.
It's amazing how the game could be broken down simply by the numbers. Burress guaranteed but didn't deliver on the level of Joe Nameth, but he did have the game winning touchdown reception, one of two receptions of his on the night, only two games off of a career-game at Lambeau field. 27 years, that's the number of years that Michael Strahan and Amani Toomer have been playing the game, finally rewarded on the highest level with a Super Bowl ring. Both of them played their hearts out and helped give the Giants their third Super Bowl title. But of all the numbers that make up Super Bowl XLII, it's amazing how powerful the number one can be.
Plaxico Burress clutches his game-winning touchdown catch.
It may seem like such a small number, insignificant at times, but in this case, it's history. The number one is what seperates the men from the boys. It's the big one. The number one is the number that stops the 2007-08 New England Patriots from being called the greatest team ever.
In one moment, an open Plaxico Burress in the end-zone brought the Patriots undefeated season to a screeching hault. In one night, the statistical greatest offense in NFL history was limited to 14 points, their lowest total of their magical season. In one game, what was going to be known as the best team their ever was will go down in history as the best team that almost was.
In one game, one amazing game, the New York Giants played the greatest game in their franchise's history and brought down a team who was favored to defeat them by two scores. Entering into Glendale, the Patriots held a spotles 18-0 record, but as time expired and as Bill Belichick walked off the field before that clock ticked down to zero, a one climbed onto that record, a permanent blemish on what was already patented as "19-0, The Perfect Season." Maybe the Patriots didn't believe in jinxes before February 3rd, but perhaps they do now.
David Tyree hangs on to one of the most amazing catches in Super Bowl history.
The outcome of this game is one that I was favoring, although I had been predicting the Giants winning by four, however, regardless of the outcome, this was an amazing game. A lot of Super Bowl's are one-sided, not this one. A good amount of Super Bowl crowds are quiet because not all the fans there are loyal to one of the teams playing, this crowd was alive. This game had it all; great catches, tough hits, a modern day battle of David versus Goliath. On February 3rd, 2008, the 'Road Warrior' New York Giants took their 10-game win streak on the road into Glendale, Arizona, and defeated the New England Patriots 17-14, in what was the Greatest Game I Ever Saw.
Congratulations to the New York Giants, Super Bowl XLII Champions!