How the Giants shocked the Patriots

How the Giants shocked the Patriots

There are 36 comments on the Newsday story from Feb 3, 2008, titled How the Giants shocked the Patriots. In it, Newsday reports that:

The New England Patriots were miffed that Plaxico Burress predicted a 23-17 New York Giants' win nearly a week before Sunday night's Super Bowl.

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L_Pat Williams

Naperville, IL

#1 Feb 3, 2008
Hey as a diehard BEARS fan all I can say to all of you PATS' fans out there... In the words of President Clinton (Bill that is...not Hillary) I FEEL YOUR PAIN! But, not so much...
CHICAGO BEARS were in the same position as the NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS a year ago. Now, of course Bears season was not nearly as historical and decorative...But, the Bears were the TEAM TO BEAT!
And, they were the SUPERSTARS and just like last year there was that other MANNING (Payton that is... not Eli) that handed "the favorite" and "the team to beat" their asses on a platter!
I've spent the last two weeks having a de ja vu... All I've been seeing for these past two weeks is TOM BRADY, TED BRUSCHI & RANDY MOSS (like BRIAN ERLACHER, DEVIN HESTER & THOMAS JONES) being celebrated by media, Hollywood celebrities, Vegas point spread prophets & wizards and national/local sportscasters.
Not once did anyone dare believe or suspect that the lowly, uncool, unsexy, unpopular Eli and his GIANTS (like big bro Payton and his COLTS) were on the war path!
And while they're nemesis were being preoccupied with the glitz and glamour of BECOMING football heroes; baby bro Eli following his brother's footsteps were about the REAL BUSINESS of BEING football heroes!
I told family and friends... THE GIANTS will be THE DAVID and defeat the Pats!
Reason being, just like last year... When I can see ACCESS HOLLYWOOD give all their devotion to the SUPER HOT BRADY and not even give ELI the time of day just like they did with the SUPER COOL ERLACHER and equally ignoring PAYTON I knew it would be the kiss of death for the Pats (just like for the Bears!)!!!!!
So, my advice...
Always place your bets on the superbowl team you wont find coverage on Access Hollywood & Entertainment Tonight!
-L. Pat Williams
Chicago Sports Writer
Road Warrior

Chicago, IL

#2 Feb 4, 2008

For those of us who watched you on televison yesterday, I think you owe the Giants and the fans an apology for picking the Patriots. Oh yee of little faith!
George Harvey

Sussex, NJ

#3 Feb 4, 2008
Bob always has a great article. Love reading his stuff. I think he is very insightful with regard to the Giants. Keep up the good work Bob.
Don K

United States

#4 Feb 4, 2008
Injured Toomer? Don't you mean Shockey?
George M

Fountain Hills, AZ

#5 Feb 4, 2008
Super Bowl tickets -$2000.00 - No gots!
Big screen plasma TV to watch the game -$2000.00 - No gots!
Watch the game at a friends house on his big screen TV, eating catered food, and...not having to listen to post game chatter about BellyCheck the great and the "impossibly handsome" Brady, and...knowing that even Giselle Bunson Burner could do nothing to stop the pain Tommy boy was feeling...PRICELESS!
Thank you NY Giants...from a NY transplant in AZ.

Bronx, NY

#6 Feb 4, 2008
No other way of looking at it, no reason to analyze. The Patsies just got punched in the mouth.
Jerry D

Arverne, NY

#7 Feb 4, 2008
To quote Jackie Gleason, "How sweet it is!" I'm sure by now that you''ve already realized the error in your column. Kevin Boss replaced the injured Jeremy Shockey, not Amani Toomer.

Bloomington, IN

#8 Feb 4, 2008
Diary of a Super Bowl Drive NE 14 NYG 10
1st and 10 at NYG 17(2:39) Toomer to NYG 28 for 11 yards
1st and 10 at NYG 28(2:09) incomplete to Burress
2nd and 10 at NYG 28(2:04) incomplete to Burress
Two-Minute Warning
3rd and 10 at NYG 28(1:59) Toomer to NYG 37 for 9 yards
4th and 1 at NYG 37(1:34) Jacobs run to NYG 39 for 2 yards
1st and 10 at NYG 39(1:28) Manning run to NYG 44 for 5 yards
Timeout #1 by NYG at 01:20
2nd and 5 at NYG 44(1:20) incomplete to Tyree
3rd and 5 at NYG 44(1:15) Tyree to NE 24 for 32 yards
Timeout #2 by NYG at 00:59
1st and 10 at NE 24(:59) Manning sacked at NE 25 for -1 yards
Timeout #3 by NYG at 00:51
2nd and 11 at NE 25(:51) incomplete Tyree
3rd and 11 at NE 25(:45) Smith to NE 13 for 12 yards
1st and 10 at NE 13(:39) Burress for 13 yards, TOUCHDOWN
L.Tynes extra point is GOOD
NYG 17 NE 14
12 plays, 83 yards, 2:07 drive, 14:25 elapsed

Bronx, NY

#9 Feb 4, 2008
Giants rule! Heh, heh, alllll-right

Levittown, NY

#10 Feb 4, 2008
The game was won at the line of scrimmage where the Giants defensive line manhandled the Patriots offensive line.

It was a wash with the Giants O line v. the Patriots D Line.

The Giants made more plays. They deserved to win.

Miami, FL

#11 Feb 4, 2008
Tom Brady is probably peeing blood this morning from all the bone-jarring hits he took last evening. But he didn't whine or make excuses and he had a chance to win or at least tiw the game with 3 seconds and 3 tim-outs. He took te loss like a man, but he smugness as certainy gone. As the saying goes, "That's why the make you PLAY the games."
Pete Gogolak

Boxborough, MA

#12 Feb 4, 2008
The NFL Rules Committee should take a look at the "12 men on the field" rule.
Only a sniffling cheater like Bellechick would throw a flag when the player was clearly making an effort to get off the field and not partake in the play.
The rule should be changed to: It is 12 men on the fiield when the player makes no effort to leave the field, or gets in the way of the play.
I would say the same thing if it was the Patriot player trying to get off the field. It's a silly rule, and the refs didn't even think to throw the flag because they knew that there was no intent to decieve.

United States

#13 Feb 4, 2008
The "Duel in the Desert" is over and look who's still standing--the-G-MEN. Too much hot salsa for the Pats in the form of D-Fense!!! If you media people,Pats fans and any other cocky fans did their realistic thinking the deck was stacked against you. Remember the G-men were (1) underdogs(2)playing on the road----11 in a row( 3)playing in a stadium where underdogs win---2007 &08 Fiesta Bowls.2007BCS Bowl and now the Super Bowl. I have to swallow some of my previous comments about Eli but he did a great job the past 5 games. Now just play this way in Giant Stadium. Congrats- to the players-coaches owners. Let's do it again--enjoy the parade.
Bostonbarroomsce ne

New York, NY

#14 Feb 4, 2008
In the back of the bar, a small group of Giants fans hugged, jumping in unison.

"I feel ecstatic. The Patriots are the best team ever, and we just beat them," said Ian Manheimer, 24, who grew up in Manhattan.

Their chants were like daggers to all Ross Brodmerkle's hopes.

He couldn't imagine anything worse.

"This is the biggest upset of mankind," said Brodmerkle, 21, a student at Emmanuel College. "The worst team in the world beat the Patriots." Courtesy of the Boston Globe.
Pfluger the Union Monkey

Needham, MA

#15 Feb 4, 2008
Bostonbarroomscene wrote:
In the back of the bar, a small group of Giants fans hugged, jumping in unison.
"I feel ecstatic. The Patriots are the best team ever, and we just beat them," said Ian Manheimer, 24, who grew up in Manhattan.
Their chants were like daggers to all Ross Brodmerkle's hopes.
He couldn't imagine anything worse.
"This is the biggest upset of mankind," said Brodmerkle, 21, a student at Emmanuel College. "The worst team in the world beat the Patriots." Courtesy of the Boston Globe.
I read that and laughed. Check out the Boston Herald for even worse sour grapes. Hysterical!

New York, NY

#16 Feb 4, 2008
Well-written article, except re one point. More than once, Eli *did* try to force a pass to a double-covered Plaxico -- one of those times, Amani was open in a zone seam, but Eli wanted to take a shot at the endzone no matter the coverage -- and he was luckily not intercepted on at least one other play, when the WR stopped his route and Eli thought he would continue (the Pats' CB couldn't believe he missed catching that ball). Bottom line, he kept his cool, his receivers usually made the plays (and that Tyree helmet catch, WOW!), and one great team beat another great team in a well-played, exciting game.
D E Faro

Grand Blanc, MI

#17 Feb 4, 2008
Great reporting. One question: What was the deal with Belichick's challenge flag when no penalty had been called on the Giants for 12 men on the field? Belichick talked the refs into the review, and then the ref threw the flag when he was giving the results of the review. I didn't get just seemed like the refs were being used.
Pfluger the Union Monkey

Needham, MA

#18 Feb 4, 2008
Here's what a loser writer in the Boston Herald is saying today:

"The Pats had the game - and then they gave it away to a lesser team. That just doesnÂ’t happen."

Bunch of whining losers. I'll take my "lesser team" winning the Superbowl over your prissy cheaters every time.
D E Faro

Grand Blanc, MI

#19 Feb 4, 2008
Not to get wordy, but how were the Giants 12 point underdogs, after only losing by three in the regular season to the Pats? And if it weren't for the inept coaching staff of the Ravens, the Pats never would have been undefeated going into the SB. Remember that game? The Ravens had it won with 44 seconds left on the clock, and they called the timeout just a nanosecond before the snap, the play went forward, and the Ravens stopped the Pats on 4th down, only to have the ref enforce the time out, replay the 4th down, call a penalty on the Ravens, and give the Pats a first down. Brian Billig should have been fired on the spot!

Colonia, NJ

#20 Feb 4, 2008
18-0 without a supebowl win now means absolutley nothing.To bad.
Go Jets

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