Not the Greatest Team, But Maybe the Best Game
No, I haven't seen 'em all. Joe Willie guaranteed before I was watching.
But having seen the last 37 Super Bowls, I'd be prepared to say No. 42 was the best, most dramatic, most taut and unpredictable I've seen.
The two-year-old didn't much care one way or another.
Giants’ Reggie Torbor, Amani Toomer and Kevin Dockery jump for joy after New York shocked the Patriots 17-14.
Too low-scoring for some, sure, but for me, every down mattered, every error mattered, and the fact Fox did an absolutely terrific job delivering the Super Bowl last night sure helped. Troy Aikman, to me, just has that Lloyd Robertson-like authority about him.
It also helped that the Eli Manning-to-David Tyree pitch-and-catch that was a critical part of New York's 12 play, 83 drive for the winning score may have been the most incredible single play in Super Bowl history.
How did Manning, not the fleetest afoot, escape the clutches of the savage New England defence that had history and the Giants QB in its grasp?
How did Tyree, not even a starter, manage to control the ball by leaping to catch it at its highest point with Rodney Harrison all over him, then refuse to drop it while falling to the ground, actually using one hand to press it against his helmet?
It was a win for little brothers everywhere, with Eli winning it all a year after Peyton, putting them right there with the Williams sisters and the Richard brothers as the most successful sibling combinations in sports history. Patriots coach Bill Belichick, a little too arrogant for some, was surely Super-arrogant on the day when he stalked off the field with a play still to run. Maybe he was confused or thought the game was over, but when you're opponent has earned a victory like the Giants did yesterday, you stand there until every second is gone.
And so the Giants matched their fellow New York team, the Jets, with the greatest upsets in Super Bowl history. Plaxico Burress, meanwhile, was spot on with his prediction, including his suggestion that the Giants defence would be able to stuff the Tom Brady-led New England attack.
Burress said the Pats would be able to come up with 17 points. They only managed 14, and Burress, rather than blathering about his brilliance, etc, afterwards, broke into tears on national television with the emotion of it all. While "winning it in the trenches" is the most over-used of football clichés, it was true that New York's offensive and defensive lines outplayed their New England counterparts on the day. In particularly, the Patriot offensive line was leakier than it had been all season, with the exception of the near-loss to Baltimore. Nobody had seen Brady hit that often and that hard all year long.
The Patriots, 18-1 rather than 19-0, now go down as one of the best NFL teams ever, but not the best. Not the greatest. Not perfect.
But they did get to play it what to me was the best Super Bowl yet.