The New York Giants shocked the world by downing the undefeated New England Patriots 17-14 in Super Bowl XLII at University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona on Sunday.
New York's defense, which recorded a league-high 53 sacks during the 2007 regular season, shut down New England's No. 1-ranked scoring offense, holding the Patriots to just 274 yards and two touchdowns.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was sacked just 21 times in 16 regular season games, but the Giants defense brought him down five times and pressured him several others.
Despite their offensive inconsistencies, the Patriots took a 14-10 lead over the Giants when Brady threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Randy Moss with just 2:42 remaining in the game.
The Giants offense was the only thing standing in the way of the Patriots making history by going 19-0 and winning their fourth Super Bowl in seven seasons.
But Giants QB Eli Manning engineered an 83-yard drive that ended with his 13-yard touchdown strike to WR Plaxico Burress with just 35 seconds remaining in the Super Bowl, giving New York a 17-14 lead.
Manning completed 19-of-34 passes for 255 yards and tossed two touchdowns and one interception en route to earning Super Bowl XLII MVP honors. Last year, Eli's brother, Peyton, won the MVP of Super Bowl XLI in the Colts' win over the Bears.
The Giants, who were 12-point underdogs heading into Sunday's game, lost to the Patriots in Week 17 of the regular season, 38-35.
That proved to be the last time New York would lose a game as the Giants won three straight road games in the playoffs vs. Tampa Bay, Dallas and Green Bay, respectively, en route to and through the Super Bowl.
Winning on the road is nothing new to the Giants, though. They posted an impressive 11-1 record away from Giants Stadium this season.
The New York Giants are the first NFC team to win the Super Bowl since the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII on Jan. 26, 2003.
Three Pewter Report staff members — Jim Flynn, Hugh MacArthur and Kim Roper — picked the Giants to upset the Patriots on Sunday. As a result, Flynn and Theresa Nibi tied for first place while MacArthur and Scott Reynolds tied for second place in the Pewter Report Staff Picks contest.
The final standings for the Pewter Report Staff Picks contest can be found below.
PEWTERREPORT.COM STAFF STANDINGS
Jim Flynn 178-87
Theresa Nibi 178-87
Hugh MacArthur 175-90
Scott Reynolds 175-90
Jenna Laine 167-98
Charles Gonzalez 161-104
Kim Roper 144-121
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