18-1 ... THE MOST MEMORABLE RECORD OF ALL
Your champions of the 2007 NFL football season and the 2008 Super Bowl are the New York Football Giants.
Who would've thought?
The New England Patriots came into the game 18-0, hoping to cap a historic unblemished season with a Super Bowl victory. Tom Coughlin, New York Giants head coach, fired up his team with the mantra "No one remembers who loses the Super Bowl. " Though his team, through a heroic performace from quarterback Eli Manning and a tight end who made a catch that will live in Giants lore can claim the victory, the rest of us are left wondering how the perfect '07 Patriots could screw up their legacy.
From this unbiased fan and journalist, congrats to Coughlin and his bunch on their first Super Bowl win. Who would've thought that the mighty Patriots would stumble in the most important game of their season? That 18-1 would suddenly seem so ... bad? For the record, what the Giants accomplished, winning on the road at Dallas, Green Bay and in the Super Bowl, is magnificent. In recent memory, only the dreaded Pittsburgh Steelers in 2005 have accomplisted such a feat. But Bill Belichick's Patriots showed their mortality tonight. Tom Brady showed that he is not Superman and that he, on occasion, will make bad passes when pressured. Despite a great drive to take a 14-10 lead, the Patriots could not turn back a destined Eli Manning.
The Manning brothers have now won two Super Bowls, and Brady, Bill Belichick and Co. is stuck on three. Boo hoo. Forgive me for hoping that Eli's champion Giants face Peyton's Colts next year. The brother vs. brother story is about the only thing that can top what we witnessed tonight.