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On one level, it could be argued that the New England Patriots, poised on the threshold of sporting immortality, folded when it really mattered, but that would be to give scant credit to the New York Giants, whose 17-14 triumph here on Sunday night is probably the biggest Super Bowl upset since those other New Yorkers, Joe Namath's Jets, surprised the Baltimore Colts 39 years ago.

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American Football: Perfect Patriots reach Super Bowl

The New England Patriots kept up their pursuit of a perfect season by beating the San Diego Chargers 21-12 in Foxborough yesterday to advance to the Super Bowl as American Football Conference champions.

American Football: Brady's pinpoint passing delivers for Patriots

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American football: Brady seals status as kingmaker of Patriots' dynasty

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