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The Giants were 5th in passing, dead last in rushing offense, 27th in yards allowed, and 25th in points allowed so I dont find this too convincing. They were just as one dimensional on offense as NE and had a below average D. The thing they did do well was rush the passer (T-3rd in sacks) and pick people off (T-6th).
I think that the SB was a few favorable NE bounces away from going the other way.
The NFL doesn't make up rules to protect a big market team, Patriots lose.
Belicheck isn't a cheater, Patriots might lose. Vinny isn't one of the most clutch kickers in history, Patriots lose.
That's the margin of error that got Brady three Superbowl rings and keeps him from being Marino redux.
Clearly Montana, Bradshaw Aikman or either Manning would have thrown a decent pass there. Clearly.
Its five o'clock somewhere.
Someone's got his bitter-shaded glasses on too tight to see clearly.
Someone agrees with you...
The question of Tom Brady’s and Bill Belichick’s collective legacy gets tricky, even for two men certain to reach the Hall of Fame, after a second straight Super Bowl loss to the Giants.
Well now I'm not so sure. I went back and watched it on youtube. The pass wasn't that poorly thrown. Did Welker turn the wrong way? After re-watching, I'm thinking he really should have made that catch. I wonder though if Welker was supposed to simply turned to the outside. I'm not sure what the route was supposed to be.
Patriots were the best team in a mediocre conference with flaws. No deep threat and a mediocre running game on offense and a defense that allowed a ton of yards but stiffened in the red zone.
The Giants got hot again at the right time and played better in the last few weeks of the season and the playoffs than they did for most of the regular season.
The Giants got lucky bounces on 2 fumbles and the one fumble the Patriots did recover which would have prevented 7 points, the Pats ended up with 12 on the field. The throw to Manningham was perfect. Lead slightly more, thrown a little shorter, thrown into the field of play slightly more or of course to the outside slightly more and its either a pass break up or incomplete. There were many minor plays that go slightly different and change the outcome. Welker's "drop" being a perfect example as well. Hell, if Mayo turns around on the first Giant TD he has a pick and a return, doubtful its a pick six but a return for favorable field position.
I don't see how this game would tarnish the legacies of either Belichick or Brady. As a Pats fan at the beginning of the season I did not expect them to be in a position to win a Super Bowl. As a Pats fan the loss in the previous Super Bowl to prevent the perfect season tarnished them much more than this loss did. I have always felt they changed their game plan that worked to perfection for 18 games that season and played way too close to the vest and much too conservative in that game.
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