New York Whoops Boston
I have no balls.
After talking about the New England Patriot’s upset win against the St. Louis Rams six years ago, I said in this webspace, “Somehow I get a similar feeling with this Sunday’s game.” But I quickly dismissed it.
In the end I picked the Patriots to win the game 34-27, and I was flat wrong and Bill Plaschke was right. And you don’t know how hard it is for me to admit that Plaschke was right.
This was an amazing game, among the best Super Bowl games ever played. The two big stories to come out of this game was the Giants defense eating up the Patriot’s offensive line, and Eli Manning somehow channeling Fran Tarkenton on the Giant’s last drive.
The Giants absolutely mauled the Patriot’s offensive line, getting to Tom Brady all night. Brady was sacked a season high five times and had no time to make any deep passes. By the end of the game his receivers were running routes of no more than 20 yards.
And what happened to the Patriot’s running game? Laurence Maroney had only 14 carries for 36 yards. Kevin Faulk and Heath Evans rounded out the Patriots running
attack poke combining for two carries for nine yards. In the second half the Patriots all but abandoned the running game. Without even attempting to run the game, the Patriots had no way of making the Giants defense stay on their heels. Instead the offensive line led by Michael Strahan and Osi Umenyiora spent most of the game in the Patriots back field.
The result: the Patriots scoring a season low 14 points. Not the best time to score a season low, It’s amusing to note that when Giant’s receiver Plaxico Burress made an audacious prediction of victory earlier this week, he said the Patriots would score only 17 points. Tom Brady with bemusement dripping from his words thanked Burress for credit for scoring 17 points. I guess Brady wishes that his team could have scored 17 points.