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Can the Giants Actually Beat the Patriots?

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In a post I wrote earlier this week, I talked about the New England Patriots back in 2002. The Patriots squeaked their way into Super Bowl XXXVI with the infamous “tuck rule” game against the Oakland Traitors in the snow of Foxborough and barely surviving the Steelers in the AFC Championship game. First-year starting quarterback Tom Brady was hurt in the game against the Steelers forcing veteran Drew Bledsoe off the bench to lead the Pats to victory.

They were set to go against the dominant St. Louis Rams, the greatest show on turf, which led the league in scoring in 2001 with 503 points. They also led the league in passing offense, overall offense and were ranked fifth in rushing offense. Their defense wasn’t half bad either ranked seventh overall, 11th against the pass and third against the rush.

That was the reason the Rams were 14-point favorites over the Patriots.

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That week I started telling people at work that the Patriots would eke out a win. Granted I said this mostly because of my unbridled hatred towards the Rams, but even as I tried to objectively look at the game I did feel an upset brewing.

Then the Super Bowl happened. The Patriots kept it close throughout the game allowing Brady to take the team down the field with less than two minutes to go in the game to allow Adam Vinatieri to kick the game winning field goal. This despite the protests of John Madden who was announcing the game who kept saying the Patriots should take the game to overtime.

But there it was: the Patriots upset the Rams 20-17.