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Posted on: February 3, 2008 11:43 pm
Edited on: February 5, 2008 10:12 am
 

The Greatest Game I Ever Saw

     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! 


 

Posted on: January 21, 2008 1:26 pm
Edited on: January 21, 2008 3:05 pm
 

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The undefeated New England Patriots will bring their 18-0 record into Glendale where they'll face the Wild Card Road Warriors, the New York Giants. While their games have been close, the Patriots have controlled them for the most part, where as the Giants have played their best ball all season and wound up on top of the Buccaneers, and the top two seeded teams of the NFC, the Cowboys and Packers, but it didn't just happen, the Giants have played amazing ball.

In the Bucs game the Giants won by ten, however, the Giants won by a combined seven points against the Cowboys and Packers. These games were closer and very different from one another. The Giants effectively shut down the pass against Dallas, holding Tony Romo to barely over 200 yards, sacking him twice, and nabbing an interception. However, against the cheeseheads, Brett Favre and Donald Driver were picking apart the Giants defense, and Favre was barely pressured, let alone sacked. Against the Cowboys, the Giants stopped doing what they were known for under Tom Coughlin, getting stupid penalties. Against the Packers, well, just ask Sam Madison how he feels about stupid penalties (that penalty did lead to a Packers touchdown). The Giants couldn't stop Marion Barber, the Packers couldn't get anything out of Ryan Grant.

So, the Giants need to execute on certain aspects of the game better than they did against the Packers if they want to compete against the Patriots, and I've broken that down to six pieces that are the Giants keys to success against Tom Brady and the 18-0 Pats.

 6. Trust Eli's Arm: If the Giants want to win, they need to trust their leader, Eli Manning. He has carried them throughout the playoffs, showing the leadership skills everyone wants him to have in the most crucial situations. He hasn't made stupid mistakes in the playoffs, and has utilized all of his weapons to win games. Plaxico Burress came up huge for the G-men in the Packers game, and Amani Toomer came up big in the Cowboys game. Eli's making good decisions, and the Giants need to go in there and let him do what he does. If they go in their and try and change their gameplan to what it isn't designed for, then they might as well give the Patriots the title now.

5. No Stupid Penalties: That's right, Sam Madison, no stupid penalties, no personal fouls, no jumpy offsides, no offensive holding penalties that bring back a touchdown run. The ONLY penalty the Giants should consider is a roughing the passer penalty, where they should hit Brady so hard he flinches whenever he sees Strahan and Umenyiora coming at him.

 

 

 Eli Manning has shown poise in the past few months, and is the key to leading the Giants in SB XLII

4. Don't Double Team Moss: Tom Brady is too good to not expose that flawed plan. Moss is not the only wide received on the team, Wes Welker, Donte Stallworth, Jabar Gaffney, and Kevin Faulk all get the job done too. You can't shut down the Patriots pass game, but you can limit the damage done. As long as the Giants keep their coverage close and the linebackers don't get beat by the man they're covering, they can prevent the big play and make Tom Brady work for his completions.

3. Tackle the Right Way: The Chargers could've won if they had brought Laurence Maroney down the first time they touched him. They were playing flag football, and Maroney looked like he coated himself with vaseline before the game. They just couldn't wrap their hands around him and bring him down. It's not that hard. Body to body, and follow through. Don't go for the low tackle, bring him down by his center of gravity. I'll say it right now, the Giants need to hit the Patriots hard or they're going to get embarassed.

2. Capitalize in the Red Zone: Why settle for three when you could have seven. This goes beyond everything the rule book says, but the Giants should consider going for the 4th and short conversion at all times instead of settling for a field goal in the Red Zone. It's a tough call, but 4th and 3 is do-able with Brandon Jacobs in the backfield.

                                                                                                                      The Chargers couldn't stop Laurence Maroney on Sunday.

1. Pressure, Pressure, Pressure: The Giants didn't sack Brett Favre once, and they're lucky that didn't come back to bite them. Against the Patriots, that won't happen. The Giants need to put the pressure on Brady, get him out of the pocket, make him beat them, not let him beat them. 5+ seconds in the pocket is too much time, and if the D-line can't get it done, read the play and blitz when necessary. They have to get to Brady, and they might get burnt doing it, but if they don't try, it won't matter anyway.

The Giants have their work cut out for them, but they played the Patriots closest all year long. Different teams have exposed the Patriots weaknesses all year long, especially in the second half, but there's a difference between exploiting and exposing. The Giants came closest to exploiting the Patriots, and if they play their hearts out on February 3rd, they can get the job done.

-Mat

 
 
 
 
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