NY 17 - NE 14
Outcoached and outplayed, on both sides of the ball. This was supposed to be the lead-in. Only this time, the teams were reversed.
Belichick was supposed to be the mastermind, the genius. Brady was supposed to be the second coming of Joe Montana, the best that ever played the game. Welker and Moss were supposed to be his lifelines, his outlets, his ever faithful sure hands receivers. But after the precision execution of the better game plan, the accumulation of many hard hits on both sides of the ball, it was the Patriots that learned a harsh reality: Finesse must, sometimes, take a back seat to hard-hitting smash mouth football.
There was no domination, but in one of the gutsiest performances ever by such a huge underdog, the New York Giants have knocked off the mighty New England Patriots. David slew Goliath. And today, the sports world lies in a state of virtual shock. Every sports pundit I listened to leading up to this game, never gave them a respectful chance. None, nada, zero, zilch. And it motivated them, more than any other team I have watched. Today, they have to explain their errors.
This is why I always say: This is why they play the game. This is why I say: You can never look at the stats or previous performances to pick a winner. As a team or a coach, you cannot listen to the pundits and expect to just show up to claim the title of "best there has ever been", no matter what the idiot sportswriters say. Their is no such thing as "divine right" in football.
You have to want it bad enough, to go out on the field and take it.
The Pats didn't, and they lost. The Giants were not going to cooperate by laying down. They wanted it, they took it, and now they have it.
The entire Giants defensive line should be the MVPs, in by view. Without this stellar performance, they had no chance whatsoever. They delivered exponentially. This was what they had to do and they did it. And after a sluggish game brought on by an outstanding defensive performance by NE, Eli was the spitting image of his brother Peyton when it counted the most.
In a way, I have to feel for the Pats' team (and Greg, a good friend of PYY) after working so hard this year and making a serious run at the 72 Dolphins' legacy. But as for Belichick and his little hissy fit (running off before the game was over), I have no sympathy at all. In fact, I have never seen a sorer loser in football, in my life. He did to the Colts last year after they beat them for the AFC Championship and now he has done it to the Giants. His actions come as no surprise to me, at all. he in my view is utterly classless. This is why he will never be considered to be anywhere near the coach, Bill Walsh was.
But beyond the coach's childish behavior, it does not diminish what the Pats did this year, much, if any at all.
Truth is, it was a great year for them. Certainly, they were the force I expected them to be at the beginning of the year. But, going undefeated means nothing if you don't finish it with a win.
If you are in the Manning family, you have to be extra tickled; two Mannings winning a Super Bowl two years in a row, is phenomenal. Congrats must go to them.
Anyway, I am sorry to see the season come to an end. But the neat thing about it all is, after everyone processes the shock and awe, after the water cooler talk has subsided, all of the teams are undefeated again.