Today marks the third anniversary of the New York Giants' second Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots. And with the Seahawks seizing defeat from the jaws of victory, I think it would be nice to look back on what happened the last time the Pats were in the Super Bowl, and the opposing team didn't -- literally -- throw the game away.
The Super Bowl XLII rematch was set when the Patriots managed to hold off the Baltimore Ravens, despite Brady being out-dueled by Joe Flacco. On the NFC side of things, the Giants were once again rode the foot of Lawrence Tynes all the way to the Big Game after a true slobberknocker of an NFC Championship.
Once again the Patriots entered the game as favorites. However, unlike the first time these two teams squared off -- when the Giants were 12-point underdogs -- the Patriots were favored by less than a field goal. The Giants quickly jumped out to a 9-0 lead off of a safety forced by pressure from Justin Tuck and a Victor Cruz touchdown.
The Patriots took a 10-9 lead by half-time, and extended it to a 17-9 lead shortly after the half. Those, would be the last points the Patriots would score. That also, coincidentally, confirmed Plaxico Burress' prediction for the Patriots' score in the Super Bowl.
Granted, Burress was predicting the score for Super Bowl Extra Large II, but we'll give him credit here. Better late than never, right?
Once again on the Giants' drive of the game, Eli Manning showed that curious ability to simply disregard pressure, as he had so many times that season. Perhaps never more so than on this pass to Mario Manningham
By the by, isn't it interesting how Cris Collinsworth's description of the play went from "Simply Brilliant!" in 2012 to "a fluky catch" in 2015?
The drive culminated with what has been described as one of the strangest plays in Super Bowl history.
So, let's all take a moment today and remember that great win.
(Note: I am in no way advocating any sort of violence against Bill Belichick or Tom Brady. You know, unless they actually become zombies.)