Originally Posted by GloryDaysRBack
If you think that NE team was anything short of great you're foolish.
Do you have any clue as to how NY won that game?
Here's a hit. They had a matchup advantage vs NE that we never could have matched.
Here's another hint for you. Pats barely walked out of the regular season undefeated after week 17 in Ny.
The pats stomped Dallas in Dallas that year.
Learn the game. This league is about matchups. There's a reason NY has beaten NE 3x straight and 2x in the SB. They matchup well vs them.
In 2007-we didn't.
That team was spectacular for the first 10 weeks but the Pats offense started petering out later that season. They were on the way down similar to the Cowboys but didn't fall off nearly as bad. Brady's game had cooled down considerably in the playoffs compared to what it was during the regular season that year. He passed for well over 300 yards in 8 games during the regular season but not once during the playoffs and SB. In the AFC title game vs San Diego Brady had one of his worst games of the season passing for only 209 yards and had 3 int's. His passer rating was 66.4 which was the second lowest passer rating he had all season.
That wasn't the same NE team that rolled over the Cowboys and everyone else during the first 10 weeks of the 07 season. Up until week 10 that NE team was head and shoulders the most dominant NFL team I had ever seen. That team had a 5 game span from week 6 to week 11 where they scored 48, 49, 52, 24 and 56 points. They looked like they were playing college teams.
They scored over 30 points in 12 of their 16 regular season games including the first 8 games of the season. NE never scored fewer than 34 points in their first 8 games. Brady's numbers were staggering he tossed 50 TD's that season compared to only 8 int's but he only tossed 5 TD's the last 3 games of the regular season. Like the Cowboys NE was on the way down and the Giants were on the way up. The fewest points NE scored during the regular season was 20 points and they could only manage 14 points in the SB.
I knew going into that game the Giants had a great chance to win because NE and Brady had clearly come back to earth you could see it in their final 3 regular season games and during the playoffs. During the regular season Brady had 12 games with a passer rating of over 100.0 but only had one game with a passer rating of over 100.0 during the playoffs and SB. In Brady's last 6 games regular season/playoffs of the 07 season he had 4 games with a passer rating of under 100.0.