Monday, February 4, 2008

Happy in New Jersey

This stunner came less than a week after Burress created a stir by predicting the Giants (14-6) would end the Patriots' run at perfection after 18 straight wins.

His forecast was 23-17, and it got Brady's attention and drew his ire.

"We're only going to score 17 points?" Brady chuckled at the thought the Giants could shut down an offense that scored 589 points and got a record 50 TD passes from his MVP arm.

"OK. Is Plax playing defense? I wish he had said 45-42 and gave us a little credit for scoring more points."

Credit goes to the Giants and defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, who refused to back down. They attacked Brady at every opportunity and limited him to two scoring drives.

"I think our defense did a great job of setting the tone," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. "They were in the attack mode all the time. They did their job. The defense certainly did an excellent job.
Final Score: New York Giants 17, New England Patriots 14.

Great game. Great defense. Great final drive by Eli Manning. First time the Patriots scored less than 20 points all season.

Consider this a little payback for the 2004 ALCS.

This is one of the best Super Bowls of all time. It's a great moment in New York sports history. Super Bowl XXV, the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals, the 1996 World Series, those are some of the most exciting sports events of my lifetime. This ranks up there. No doubt.

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