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Giant upset to a pefect finish

February 4, 2012
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Seventh in a collection of eight memorable Patriots-Giants games

Feb. 3, 2008, at Glendale, Ariz. > Giants 17, Patriots 14

Patriots fans consider the result one of the biggest upsets in NFL history. Giants fans consider it the product of impeccable game-planning and execution. Either way, Super Bowl XLII is seen as one of the marquee games of all time. Even after the teams’ regular-season thriller, the wild-card Giants were 12-point underdogs. After a tight first half (7-3 Patriots lead, a combined 220 total yards), New England opened the second half with a drive lasting more than eight minutes, but bypassed a long field goal attempt and failed on fourth down from the Giants’ 31. Three possessions later, Eli Manning gave New York a 10-7 lead with a short touchdown pass to David Tyree. Tom Brady, under heavy pressure throughout, then went to work, throwing for 71 of the Patriots’ 80 yards on a go-ahead touchdown drive (6-yarder to Randy Moss). With 2:42 on the clock and trailing by 4, the Giants began their response. Brandon Jacobs ran for a fourth-down conversion, and on third and 5 Tyree made a miraculous 32-yard catch over the middle. Without those plays, Manning’s winning 13-yard pass to Plaxico Burress doesn’t happen.

SEAN SMITH

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