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Giants to get second shot at Patriots

Jan 30, 2008 - 7:30 PM NY Giants (13-6) at New England (18-0) 6:18 pm EST

GLENDALE, Arizona (Ticker) - Do not try and convince the New York Giants that nothing good comes out of a loss.

A narrow 38-35 defeat to the New England Patriots in the regular-season finale may have been the best thing to happen to the Giants - even if the game was essentially meaningless to them.

Not only did it show New York that it could compete with the league's best team, the loss served to spark a slumbering offense that had produced more than 21 points just once in the previous eight games.

Armed with a renewed confidence, the fifth-seeded Giants ripped off three consecutive road victories, including revenge games against the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers, to earn a most improbable berth in Super Bowl XLII.

Their opponent, appropriately enough, is the Patriots, who capped off the first 16-0 regular season by overtaking the Giants, rallying from their largest deficit of the season (28-16) in the second half to do so.

"I don't really think there is such a thing as a moral victory," veteran Giants receiver Amani Toomer said. "I think we played them tough and they know we played them tough."

Indeed the Giants' demeanor is decidely upbeat this week - to the point where wide receiver Plaxico Burress predicted a 23-17 victory for New York and did not back down from the statement when pressed on it at Media Day.

"Are predictions guarantees?" Burress asked. "We want to win the game. It's OK to want to win, think big, and dream. We're going to take this thing back to New York."

Quarterback Eli Manning, however, was quick to caution that as well as the Giants played in the regular-season finale, the final outcome still resulted in a loss.

"We were able to put up a good bit of points and move the ball at times against them," Manning said. "Even as well as we played, we didn't win. That tells us if we expect to win this game, were going to have to play even better than that and play a near-perfect game.

Manning has been steely efficient in the postseason, throwing four touchdowns and zero interceptions - a marked turnaround from the regular season in which he threw 23 scoring passes and was picked off a career-high 20 times.

Ironically, had the Patriots not been trying to etch their names in the record books with the first unbeaten regular season since the 1972 Miami Dolphins, Manning likely would have viewed the game from the sideline.

Locked in as the No. 5 seed, the Giants had nothing to play for but coach Tom Coughlin elected not to rest his players in a game of such magnitude.

"When we were preparing to play the Patriots the first time, the idea was that we were going to play to the best of our ability," Coughlin said. "It was all going to be positive, we had nothing to lose, we were going to go do the very best that we can, we were going to have some fun with it, and looking back on that it became a continuous theme with this group of people; of playing as hard as we can, having fun with it, and letting the athletic ability of our players step to the front."

Now the question is, do the Giants have it in them to take that next step and take down the undefeated Patriots to capture their first Super Bowl championship in 17 years.

Giants defensive end Justin Tuck said his team learned a simple but valuable lesson from that game: "The Patriots are pretty good."

Patriots guru Bill Belichick, who is seeking to become the second coach in history to win four Super Bowls - all since 2001 - shares a similar sentiment about the Giants, particularly after seeing their play in the last month.

"It was a very competitive game. We knew when we played the Giants down there they had a very physical football team," Belichick said. "We felt they were as good as any team we had played and they have gone on to play even better than that in the playoffs and I clearly feel now they are the best team we have played all year."

The challenge presented by New York would be greater if the ankle injury of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is worse than the team is letting on.

Already a two-time Super Bowl Most Valuable Player, Brady was spotted wearing a medical walking boot in New York City on Monday, setting off a media frenzy in the Northeast.

When Brady failed to show up either in the locker room or at portions of practice which the media was allowed to view on Thursday and Friday, the furor escalated - everywhere but in New England's locker room.

Brady put such concerns at ease Tuesday when he said the ankle felt great one day after going through a light practice.

"It's doing good. I'm feeling better each day," Brady said. "I'm glad we had the week off and I had the chance to rest a little bit. I really feel that by the game it's going to feel great, and there will be no issues.

"Not that I can run anyway, but hopefully I'll be able to skirt around some of those guys who are trying to tear my head off."

Brady, who has made 126 consecutive starts, is coming off his finest season, setting the league's touchdown mark with 50 scoring passes and throwing just two interceptions.

The youngest quarterback to ever win a Super Bowl at 24 years, 184 days old in January 2002, Brady owns a stellar 14-2 record in the postseason.

"We expect the Tom Brady to come out that was the MVP of the league, that put up one of the best seasons all-time for a quarterback this year, and that is what we expect," Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce said. "We are not looking at that whole hoopla that was about that boot. We expect the best from Tom Brady."

The Giants also must be concerned with containing Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss, who broke an NFL record with 23 touchdown passes in the regular season but has been limited to just two catches in the playoffs.

Still, although Brady threw for 356 yards and two TDs to Moss in the first meeting, the Giants since have bottled up three Pro Bowl quarterbacks in Jeff Garcia, Tony Romo and Brett Favre.

They will hope to do the same in the Super Bowl by applying constant pressure on Brady and then controlling the clock with the two-pronged running attack of Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw.

"Most definitely," Jacobs said. "That's any offense. If their offense is not on the field, then they don't have any opportunity to score points."






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  • anorexicivan what made me laugh about the whole post game interview of the hoody was that they had to find him cowaring in the locker room bathroom stalles where he was undoubtablly sitting on the pot bitching and sniffling about how they were supposed to win and how it is not fair at all they were the best and we should have won. props to elijia and his team and i was voting like crazy for justin tuck to get MVP throughout the third and fourth quarter but eli deserved what he got.

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  • Creasy79 One of the best games ive seen in a along time. GIANTS FTW ~ ~ ! !

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  • peanut f the pats, the dynasty is over. GO BILLS!!!!

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  • goCapsRavens Yeah great game that's the reason to own a DVR (ok, that and House after the game)

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  • OICU812 yes i have to agree with ya

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  • goCapsRavens Haha 580 roots, I guess I'll say it- I was wrong :'(

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  • anorexicivan overall i could have cared less because i really cannot stand the giants and i i loathe the tom brady train. But i enjoyed the pass rush and watching the pats not be able to move the ball. My girlfriend (JEMURRAY) and i were watching the game and she kept asking am i nervous because she was and she hates the pats as well. We both went nuts when Plexiglass caught the ball and after Moss didn't come up with the last catch. Now after the last play and there was a second left in the game and it was a turn over the hoody should have known the game was not over and not shown up his whole team, owner and region by walking off. I could care less when he didn't really shake mangini's hand or with his stupid press conferences but this is the sports biggest stage and where the league wants to show the world how the sport is to be played. What does this say to the world and all the little kids staying up past their bedtime about sportsmanship and about being mature. I know my friend ekabrazi will say he marches to the beat of a different drum and that we should cut him some slack beacuse him and his team have worked so hard and they lost and he was full of emotion but come on F that be a man for yourself and for your family at least. You get the big take a seat award for the year from me. Those of you that know the howard simon show in buffalo will get what i am saying.

    I would not be happier if the hoody retires after this game and never coaches again and if the media has anything to do about it tom brady will coach and play and win at least eight more super bowls.


    bravo nfl great game and the coverage ( minus seacrest and paula ) was wonderful enjoyable eight hours..... n ext up MLB MLB lets go RED SOX!!!!!!

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  • bones what an unbelievable game! (just finished watching this on a movie screen theater in a Canadian hotel)

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  • mark seriously, how often is the last game of the year in any sport the best game? pats/ravens was my favorite before this one, but this was amazing.

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  • alamowx Man that was awesome...

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  • mark belichick can't even be bothered to stay for the last play? classless.

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    AT GLENDALE AZ
    NFL SUPER BOWL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
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    NY GIANTS 3 0 0 14 17
    NEW ENGLAND 0 7 0 7 14 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: NYG - FG, LAWRENCE TYNES 32 YD, 8:48. Drive:
    16 plays, 68 yards in 9:59. Key
    plays: Manning 14-yard pass to
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  • senorpepr This is just fantastic...

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  • mark yeah, it's been low-scoring but this game has been awesome.

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    NFL SUPER BOWL
    END, 3RD QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
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    NY GIANTS 3 0 0 3
    NEW ENGLAND 0 7 0 7 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: NYG - FG, LAWRENCE TYNES 32 YD, 8:48. Drive:
    16 plays, 68 yards in 9:59. Key
    plays: Manning 14-yard pass to
    Burress on 3rd-and-5 to New York
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    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: NYG - FG, LAWRENCE TYNES 32 YD, 8:48. Drive:
    16 plays, 68 yards in 9:59. Key
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    1ST QUARTER: NYG - FG, LAWRENCE TYNES 32 YD, 8:48. Drive:
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  • goCapsRavens My first pick in months, this is a lock. But I think the Giants will make it a good game.

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  • Erayx1 Just wanted to let everyone know that when the Patriots win some of your local New England SPORTS AUTHORITY stores will be opening right after the game for your Championship Merchandise and will also open at 6 am the following day. Please call your local store for times.

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  • Scott Pats win this game, guaranteed. Eli was at the top of his game last time and couldn't get it done. Brady will prove to the world today that he is indeed the best QB of all time. Pats 34 giants 24

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  • sparticis wow...severe already and the game hasnt even started


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  • Elephande Last decade? Giants win, and it'll be one of the biggest upsets in history.

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  • DallasGerman Go Patriots!!!!!!! 19-0

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  • travtufts Should be a good one. The regular season match up was a tight one!

    Not sure why you think the boot is some way to "trick" NY. You really think they'll plan for Matt Cassel because of a boot?

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  • anorexicivan yet another cheap ploy by the cheap dirty pats.... to go along with the dirtiest players in the league AKA harrison, seau, light and wilfork. Brady in a boot is a joke when did he get hurt he was never limping it is all bull and i think everyone with a mind will see that for what it is. Hoody is trying to get headlines and if the giants are morons they will believe it.

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