Super Bowl XLII: Giants spoil New England's perfect season
Monday 04 February 2008
New York denied New England a place in the history books after the Giants overcame the Patriots 17-14 to win a dramatic Super Bowl XLII.
New England were attempting to emulate the 1972 Miami Dolphins in completing a perfect season but were dramatically edged out by the unfancied Giants at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
Trailing for most of the game, Eli Manning proved the hero for New York as the quarterback engineered a 12-play, 83-yard drive late in the fourth quarter before hitting wide receiver Plaxico Burress in the end zone with just 35 seconds left for the winning touchdown.
The Giants put the first points on the board after Lawrence Tynes kicked a 32-yard field goal but New England took the lead on Laurence Maroney's one-yard run at the start of the second quarter after Giants linebacker Antonio Pearce was called for pass interference on Ben Watson in the end zone.
The Giants edged ahead 10-7 early in the fourth quarter when Manning found David Tyree with a five-yard pass over the middle after a play action.
But the Patriots hit back when Tom Brady connected with Randy Moss for a six-yard touchdown with just under three minutes to play when the wide receiver found himself all alone in the end zone.
However, Manning then marched the Giants down the field before locating a wide-open Burress to seal an unlikely victory at the death.
Manning, who was named the game's Most Valuable Player, admitted the scale of the Giants' triumph had yet to sink in as the quarterback followed in brother Peyton's footsteps last year in capturing a Super Bowl ring.
"The guys on this team and the run we've made, it's hard to believe - it really is," he said.
"We had a great fight and the defence played outstanding. It was just a great catch by David Tyree. I found a way to get loose and just really threw it up. He made an unbelievable catch and saved the game."
Burress added: "This is the greatest feeling in professional sports.
"For us to come out here and win a world championship tonight - nobody gave us a shot. Them guys (the defence) were out there playing phenomenal. We just hung in there and kept executing, we never got down on ourselves."
Latest in Sport
Paul Scholes: Manchester United vs Liverpool - I don't understand why Brendan Rodgers was not more attacking against Basel
Jesus Christ plays for Chelsea - that's what one in five children thinks
Transfer Talk: Nemanja Vidic to return to Manchester United; Hazard to leave Chelsea; Sunderland want Radamel Falcao
Frank Warren column: Don't bet on Amir Khan landing pay day against Floyd Mayweather
Manchester United transfer news: Kevin Strootman move edges closer
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
New era of cheap oil 'will destroy green revolution'
Ukip founder Alan Sked and Nigel Farage 'begged Enoch Powell to stand as a candidate'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
£25000 per annum: Ashdown Group: An established media firm based in Surrey is ...
£40000 - £470000 per annum + bonus: Ashdown Group: Java Developer / J2EE Devel...
£70000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Head of Finance - Financial Controller - Fina...
£30000 - £65000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This small technology business ...