Records smashed in historic finish
Sixth in a collection of eight memorable Patriots-Giants games
Dec. 29, 2007, at East Rutherford, N.J. > Patriots 38, Giants 35
One of the most revisited regular-season games in recent memory, ripe with historical milestones and some major foreshadowing. The Patriots crossed everything off their checklist: becoming the first team to finish 16-0, establishing a league scoring record with 589 points, and setting all-time marks for Tom Brady (50 touchdown passes) and Randy Moss (23 TD catches). And there was lots of drama, too, with New England rallying from its biggest deficit of the season (28-16 in the third quarter). Although they were already locked in as the sixth seed in the NFC, the Giants played with passion, and their spirited effort ended up paying off greater than anyone could have anticipated five weeks later. There was much to be learned from watching tape of Brady tearing apart the New York secondary for 356 yards (on 32-of-42 passing) and two scores while being sacked just once. And in his first career game against a Bill Belichick-coached defense, Giants quarterback Eli Manning surely received a huge confidence boost by matching his career high with four touchdown passes, the final one a 3-yarder to Plaxico Burress with 1:04 remaining.