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Giants Upset Patriots In Super Bowl XLII, 17-14.

manning-and-coughlin.jpgI guess there is some justice in the world after all since the Patriots finally lost a game, the one game that meant the most no less, and the underdog Giants were the ones to do it!  In one of their incomparable defensive road performances, the Giants held Brady and the Pats to only 14 points and very average statistics while themselves making some very memorable plays along the way to a 17-14 upset victory in tonight’s Super Bowl.

I have to admit it was one of the most exciting Super Bowls to date with the Giants scoring the winning touchdown with only :35 seconds remaining in the game!  But possibly the most memorable moment for me was the Manning to Tyree completion on fourth down with just over a minute left.   The Giants’ Manning escapes the clutches of at least two Patriots’ defenders and heaves a 32-yard pass to Tyree who makes a superhuman catch outleaping Rodney Harrison for the ball.   Of course the throw-and-catch by Manning to Plaxico Burress for the touchdown was pretty good as well or the previous play wouldn’t have mattered very much. 

Wow!  The Giants actually won the Super Bowl, thanks to a very stingy defense and scoring two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.  The first a five-yard pass to WR David Tyree and the second a 13-yarder to Plaxico Burress following a six-yard Brady to Moss TD pass that had given the Patriots a 14-10 lead late in the fourth quarter.  A low scoring game was about the only way the Giants could have won this one!

In all of the commotion following the Patriots turning the ball over on downs after the Buress touchdown, the referees had a difficult time getting the players back on the field to run the final :01 second off the clock!

Now, maybe the Cowboys can begin the recovery process and get ready to win a playoff game next year. 

Speaking of the Cowboys, in other news, Cowboys TE Jason Witten was named on Fox TV as the 2007 NFL Ultimate Tough Guy earlier in the day by Fox Commentator Howie Long.  The now-famous helmet-less run in the Cowboys’ first game against Philadelphia was most likely the reason but he was also a finalist in the Walter Payton Man of the Year award.  This award is given to the most valuable player on and off the field each year in the NFL to the person who has done the most for both his team and his community. 

Long presented a $50,000 check to Witten’s hometown of Elizabethton, TN and its High School Athletic Department where Jason played high school football and his brother is now the head coach.  Congrats to Jason and family as he is truly the epitome of what every NFL player should strive to be in his career. 

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