With the New England Patriots heading to their sixth Super Bowl under head coach Bill Belichick, the team will be hoping to get their head man a fourth championship ring. New England and the Seattle Seahawks will endure through Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Arizona – the same site where the 2007 Patriots suffered their first and only loss on the season, and postseason combined, at the hands of the New York Giants.
Ever since the upset happened, many have just assumed that the Giants lucked out by coming across a Patriots team that had their one and only “bad” game. While the 2007 Giants were nowhere near the juggernaut coming into Super Bowl XLII, the team had simply came together at the right time with a running game that helped beat a top defense notable for its fierce pass-rush.
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Former Patriots linebacker and current ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi admitted that the Giants were the better team, at least for that day but the admission is telling nonetheless.
"“I can’t think of a game in Super Bowl history with more on the line than there was that day,” Bruschi said Monday in a phone interview. “This was THE SUPER BOWL, all caps. The one that would trump all the others. A chance to go 19-0, be the only team that ever did that, call ourselves the greatest team of all time? No question about it. But the better team won. They were definitely the better team.”(Dan Graziano, ESPN)"
Former safety Rodney Harrison, through this day, shrugs and still believes that the better team lost that game. However, being on the bad end of the famous David Tyree-helmet catch certainly does not create any fine memories. Super Bowl XLII was filled with the expectation that the Patriots would remain perfect and become the first 19-0 team in NFL-history but a streaking Giants team denied that opportunity to come to fruition.