Simply The Best

The Best Super Bowl Ever

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Catch XLII: David Tyree’s heroics spark Giants past Patriots.

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Alan Ameche scores in overtime to beat Giants for 1958 NFL title.

It was 50 years ago this December that the Baltimore Colts beat the New York Giants 23-17 in overtime for the NFL championship in what is often referred to as “The Greatest Game Ever Played.” That is until Sunday, when the New York Giants rallied to defeat the previously unbeaten New England Patriots 17-14 and win Super Bowl XLII.

I know, take it easy, it’s a bit early to start ranking and labeling the historic classic that was Super Bowl XLII. Give it some time, let it breathe. Like a fine wine.

Here are 10 reasons why XLII may one day be considered the best game ever…or at least the best Super Bowl ever

10 Reasons Why…..

The Greatest Super Bowl Ever

1. The undefeated team, the 18-0 Patriots, in the imperfect ending

2. The Giants, road warriors, but merely a 10-6 team entering the playoffs

3. The 12-point spread, making this one of the biggest upsets in SB history

4. The game-winning 83-yard drive, making the Giants only the second team to come from behind to win in the final minute of a SB

5. Last Manning Standing, the family saga, Archie, Peyton and Eli

6. Eli escapes, hits Tyree with the helmet catch, one of the great plays in SB history…ESPN is already calling this the greatest play in Super Bowl history

7. The fierce pass-rush on record-setting QB and MVP Tom Brady….defense still wins championships

8. The Plax guarantee — this legend is guaranteed to grow over time — and then he catches the winning TD.

9. The New York-Boston rivalry redux…it doesn’t make up for Yankees-Red Sox and the Choke, but it sure helps

The way you all treated the Rockies during the Series makes me think that you got the ass-whipping you haughty punks deserved. Enjoy the taste of New York exhaust as it drives back down to the Number One City, with the Vince Lombardi, and all of your silly egos, with it. …boston.com blog

10. It was the most-watched Super Bowl ever with 97.5 million viewers, the second most watched TV show in history behind only the last M*A*S*H.

And for extra points…..

11. Belichick and Spygate

I guess it’s not as easy to coach when you don’t know the other team’s plays in advance…..boston.com blog

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3 Comments on “Simply The Best”

  1. Troy says:

    Maybe the greatest 4th quarter in SB History. The first three quarters were a bore for every non-Giants/Patriots fan.

    By the way, you forgot to mention Brady’s nonchalant attitude integrated into press conferences before the game, “Oh, he [Plax] thinks we’re only going to score 17 points? Wow.” Can’t blame him for saying that, but what’s bad about poking fun at Brady? Everybody loves it, seeing the “purdy boy” get popped.

    I took solace in the fact that this game was played six years to the exact day the Pats upset my Rams in one of the most, if not the most awry-officiated game ever. The Pats ‘beat’ my Rams by 3 — six years later, the Pats lose by 3. I love irony.

  2. sportslifer says:

    I love those hard-hitting defensive muscle tussles, kinda like a pitcher’s duel. But I can understand how 7-3 after three quarters could be seen as boring.

    Brady was heroic in defeat. I do believe the ankle was bothering him more than he let on, but he did his job with the fourth quarter touchdown drive. (I’m partial to TB, he was my fantasy league QB this year). đŸ™‚

    Not enough has been made of Plax’s guarantee IMHO. Heck he even picked the score, Joe Willie didn’t do that. Then he catches the winning touchdown to boot.

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