The Giants met the Patriots in battle, for the 2007 season to determine who the NFL winner of Super Bowl XLII (42) would be. With a score of 1,714, New York Giants took the title home. This highly anticipated game was played in Arizona at the Phoenix Stadium, Glendale. This game was played on the 3rd of February in 2008. Indeed, this was one of the most shocking games in the NFL. Firstly, the Patriots had been the 12-point favorites to take the win. Owing to their perfect performance at the regular season, New England and their fans were not looking for anything less than a win.
Super Bowl XLII
Score: Giants 17 - Patriots 14
Stadium: University of Phoenix
MVP: Eli Manning, QB
Favorite: Patriots by 12
The Giants on the other hand were looking to win their first top title in 17 years. At the time, their win brought their total Super Bowl wins to 3. New York was hoping to be the first wild card NFC team to take the title and they did. In that game, despite the Patriots odds being very high, they had to concede a shaming defeat. The Giants turned around their fortunes in the fourth-quarter of the game to deliver a win. With just under 3 minutes left to the game, David Tyree is remembered for making a historic leap for a 32 yard gain. The winning touchdown was scored by wide receiver Burress who brought it all home with under 40 seconds remaining. The eventful game also saw a couple of lead changes in both teams.
This captivating game also broke viewership records on Fox. It was estimated that over 97 million people in the U.S tuned in to watch the game.
The retirement of Tiki Barber of the Giants dampened the season at first. Barber was a star running back; a critical asset to let go of. Also, the Giants were grappling with losses at the wild card rounds. In seven years until that season, they had not recorded any win at the playoffs. The season saw them get a wild card playoff game. In fact, they would go ahead to win 3 consecutive playoff games led by Manning. They were able to silence Tampa, Green Bay and Dallas. Despite setting an NFL record of 10 consecutive wins, the Giants closed the season with an all-time low of 77 penalties. The franchise had recorded 146 just 2 years before that.
It is no secret that New England had been seen as a superior team in the NFL, as they arrived. At the time, the Patriots were seeking to secure the 4th Super Bowl title. In addition, they were out to break the record to become the first team in the NFL history to attain a 190 record. With their regular season having been perfect, they were more than optimistic that they would win. This team was very solid being led by the talented quarterback Tom Brady. His personal credentials were impressive having been a recipient of the MVP awards by the NFL. With very high ratings, Brady was a formidable force to reckon with.
Another player in Patriots' arsenal was Moss. This gifted veteran had been acquired from the Raiders and brought to the table his nine years of experience. In the team was Welker, another great talent who formed the professional team. Moss and Welker garnered points for the Player of the year with regard to offense. Also in the lineup was top rusher running back Laurence Maroney. With over 800 yards and 6 touchdowns, Maroney was complemented by Morris who added a further 385 yards and three touch downs. In the backfield, New England depended on the brave Kevin Faulk who saw 47 passes for 383 yards and one touchdown. The offensive line was also packed with tackle Matt Light, center Dan Koppen and guard Logan Mankins.
New York had met New England in regular-season prior to the big game. This insignificant game did not have any consequence for both teams. Patriots won that game as expected and their optimism to take the Super Bowl was further boosted. However, in a very surprising turn of events, the Giants emerged to take the title as the NFL champions of Super Bowl XLII.
|1||5:01||16||63||9:59||NYG||32-yard field goal by Lawrence Tynes||3||0|
|2||14:57||12||56||5:04||NE||Laurence Maroney 1-yard touchdown run, Stephen Gostkowski kick good||3||7|
|4||11:05||6||80||3:47||NYG||David Tyree 5-yard touchdown reception from Eli Manning, Lawrence Tynes kick good||10||7|
|4||2:42||12||80||5:12||NE||Randy Moss 6-yard touchdown reception from Tom Brady, Stephen Gostkowski kick good||10||14|
|4||0:35||12||83||2:07||NYG||Plaxico Burress 13-yard touchdown reception from Eli Manning, Lawrence Tynes kick good||17||14|
|New York Giants||New England Patriots|
|4||First downs rushing||3|
|13||First downs passing||17|
|0||First downs penalty||2|
|8/16||Third down efficiency||7/14|
|1/1||Fourth down efficiency||0/2|
|91||Net yards rushing||45|
|3.5||Yards per rush||2.8|
|19/34||Passing – Completions-attempts||29/48|
|3–8||Times sacked-total yards||5–37|
|247||Net yards passing||229|
|338||Total net yards||274|
|3–25||Punt returns-total yards||1–15|
|2–39||Kickoff returns-total yards||4–94|
|0–0||Interceptions-total return yards||1–23|
|30:27||Time of possession||29:33|