I went into this game not really caring either way...I wasn't really looking forward to an off-season worth of either Patriot's or Manning's love...but about half way through the game I started rooting for the Giants. I don't know if it was because the sight of Belichek was pissing me off, or if I was coping better with they Packers losing to the eventual SB champs. Either way, great 4th quarter and congrats to NYG!
Did anyone else notice that they only seemed to juice the emotion chip on the Peyton-bot when he was on camera? Everytime they flipped to a shot of him he looked like he was at a funeral until he noticed the camera on him. The exception, of course, being the end of the game.
Mark me as another one who wasn't really rooting for either team, but rooting for an exciting game, which this was!
My wife turned to me at one point when I cheered the Pats TD and said, weren't you just cheering when Brady got sacked? I said yup, I am cheering for both teams!
Eli played great and I think deserves credit for the game, but that Giants D-line are the MVPs of the game! Brady looked like a deer in the headlights for the first time this year.
The Patriots inability to adapt their offense to some sort of better protection was unbelievable. Even the short passes weren't doing the trick as Brady was being hit as soon as he released the ball. In the last 35 seconds they rolled Brady out and he had time, why didn't they do that earlier in the game?
Finally, that last 35 seconds was the worst thing I have seen. 3 timeouts left, why are you throwing the ball 70 yard down field? Get someone underneath at 20 yards, roll Brady out and call timeout. Do that twice and you would be near FG range. I found it odd that the Pats, who seemed to thrive under that type of pressure all season, let it get to them this time.
Anyway, hurrah for my '72 Dolphins holding on to the only undefeated season. Great win for the Giants.
OK, when does training camp start again? I am ready for next season!!
There's a World Container with your name on it, and a billion ways to go bezerk!!
Originally posted by hazFinally, that last 35 seconds was the worst thing I have seen.
Worst? Clearly you've never seen the Eagles' patented 2 minute Superbowl drill
Forgot to mention that before though. The first thing I did when Burress scored was look at the clock. When I saw there was still 35s left I thought they'd regret giving Brady that long with him having three time outs, but the playcalling was awful from that point on.
Equally odd was the decision to go for it on 4th and 13 as others mentioned. And leaving Burress single covered by a relative midget on the TD (although it didn't help that Hobbs seemed oblivious to the fact Burress might be going wide and deep).
So yeah, great as Belichick is as a coach, there were some very questionable decisions in there. Hindsight I guess.
Originally posted by cranlsnDid anyone else notice that they only seemed to juice the emotion chip on the Peyton-bot when he was on camera? Everytime they flipped to a shot of him he looked like he was at a funeral until he noticed the camera on him. The exception, of course, being the end of the game.
It just struck me as odd...
Actually, to me it seemed like the opposite. He pumped his fist, looked at the TV, saw himself, and then went back to standing there like nothing was going on. I think he wanted to avoid looking two pumped up because A) He doesn't play for the Giants, and B) He'll probably have to play the Patriots again next year. It's just a case of wanting to be too excited but not wanting anybody to *know* you're that excited.
Originally posted by dMrEqually odd was the decision to go for it on 4th and 13 as others mentioned.
As much as that ultimately cost them, I don't have a problem with it. The Super Bowl is no place to be testing Gostkowski's leg, you have an offense that (on a normal night this season) would've picked up 20 yards per clip, and the 40 is too close to be attempting a punt. It was a risk, but one that made sense given the situation. As opposed to going for it on fourth down when you're up by 30 points.
The decision to go for it on 4th-and-13 was the right one to make after Belichick made the decision he didn't need a proven kicker on his team. After all, it's not like the Patriots find themselves in need of a field goal at the end of big games...
Thank you. This is now the wallpaper on my computer desktop.
The reason on why Tom Brady didn't have his best game yesterday was obviously because Gisele was probably in the crowd watching.
The only thing that would have made that game better was if Eli would have faked the kneel down at the end of the game and then throw a meaningless touchdown against the Patriots. Then have the cameras catch Eli running up to Belechek at the end of the game while handing him the game ball and saying: "Stick that in your trophy case".
------------------------------------------------------- Giants-Patriots Super Bowl is second most-watched TV show ever
The New York Giants thrilling win over the New England Patriots was the most-watched Super Bowl ever, with 97.5 million viewers, Nielsen Media Research said Monday.
The game eclipsed the previous record of 94.08 million, set when Dallas faced Pittsburgh in 1996. More people watched Sunday's game than all but one American television broadcast ever, the "M-A-S-H" finale in 1983, which was seen by 106 million viewers.
The game had almost all the ingredients Fox could have hoped for: a tight contest with an exciting finish involving a team that tried and failed to make history as the NFL's first unbeaten team since 1972.
The Giants ended New England's bid for perfection 17-14 in a game where the teams were never separated by more than a touchdown.
In Minneapolis, the Super Bowl got a 55 rating and a 77.8 share at its peak viewing time.
Oh man - that 4th and 13 call was easily one of the most boneheaded in Super Bowl history. What's more likely - kicking a 49 yarder in good conditions or making 4th and 13? At the very least you get the kicker out there to test the leg out and the nerves out of the way.
Man - the 1972 Dolphins bug me so much, mostly because there's really no arguement the 85 Bears (and I'm a Packers fan) are way better then them, and maybe a few other teams also. I mean, the Bears lose one game, murder every team (I think they had something like 2 games decided by 7 points or less) shut out their playoff opposition, and then make a rap about winning the Super Bowl before they actually do it - which they back up with the biggest ass-whupping in the history of the game. Maybe the Pats were still pissed about that one when they pulled the "invite the Giants to the afterparty" move.
Still, I'll take listening to the 72 Dolphins over the 19-0 Patriots anyday.
Originally posted by Kevintripod The only thing that would have made that game better was if Eli would have faked the kneel down at the end of the game and then throw a meaningless touchdown against the Patriots. Then have the cameras catch Eli running up to Belechek at the end of the game while handing him the game ball and saying: "Stick that in your trophy case".
One word: Pisarcik.
Giants fans would have been incensed. Seriously, it would have been the first time in history that a team won the Super Bowl and the fan base was all calling for the coach to be fired.
Originally posted by Peter The Hegemon Seriously, it would have been the first time in history that a team won the Super Bowl and the fan base was all calling for the coach to be fired.
Is that true? I don't have the memory so all I can do is question. I swear I remember a time when a Coach was hated by the fans and it having something to do with the Bowl. Something to the chant of "Ray must go!" to the theme of the Atlanta Braves crowd chant (Atlanta wasn't in the bowl either). Raaaay muuuust goooaooaoo aoooaoo". I think it had something to do with the Giants too.
I hated this game up until the 4th quarter. All I was asking for was a good game. I didn't care to see NE or NY lose (I say that as the one SD fan that doesn't have a problem with Eli). Surely, I didn't care who won either. Then BAM the fourth quarter came. For me that was one of the most intriguing games I have ever seen. If I relate it to wrestling (this is not a wrestling board)...That was a great build to a great frigging match.
Congrats to the Giants, Grandpa is smiling from the heavens.
By the way, I know somebody who pre-ordered the 19-0 book. I'm going to make a shirt that says '18 and 1 Giant Loss'. If you think that's inappropriate, Tom Brady even suggested that Burress was crazy by predicting 'only 17 points', when they didn't even get that.
I still think the NY Defensive Line should have gotten the nod as MVP, because without them Eli'd probably need more than just two touchdowns.
(edited by Lexus on 5.2.08 0043) "Laugh and the world laughs with you. Frown and the world laughs at you." -Me.
HA! I was actually considering making a purchase but every single size is on backorder for 1-2 weeks. Good to know there are so many people looking to stick it to Pats fans.
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Looking around, it looks like most everything championship related is on backorder, or going to wind up on backorder. To add onto all the pregame jinxes, I went ahead and preordered a locker room hat, figuring if they somehow win, I'll avoid the crowds at stores, and if they lose, no harm, no foul. If the NFL page is right, and I wind up waiting for 2 weeks for a hat I ordered before the game, I'm not going to be happy. Something tells me that most manufacturers weren't totally ready for a Giants win.
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I'd wager there was never any doubt in anybody's mind that Brady would retire a Patriot. Looks like a done deal now. Good on him. You have to respect someone who stays with his original team, and the one he's led to so much success.