Giant defeat for Pats

Published 8:17 pm Wednesday, February 6, 2008

By By Matthew Nascone
How about those Patriots? That was easily one of the best Super Bowl games, if not the best, I have ever witnessed. The whole back story was put on the back burner when the game kicked off and the two teams that scored a combined 73 points in their first meeting this year grabbed the distinction of combining for the second least points in the first half in Super Bowl history.
In the final week of the season the New York Giants gave the, at that point 15-0, Patriots their biggest scare of the season.
On Feb. 3, those same Giants finished the job. It was great because during the Super Bowl Fox flashed a stat about how the Patriots grabbed a three-point lead with 11:06 to go in the fourth quarter of their earlier meeting right after the Giants snagged a three-point lead of their own at 11:05.
At the time I remember turning to Adrienne and saying 'And the Patriots won that game.'
That is a kind of weird correlation between the two games, but the result was exactly the same. The final scores of the game did not fall in the same order, but the end result was exactly the same, a three-point win.
I love how the world works sometimes and most people would tell me that was a small detail that meant nothing, but I love paying attention to those small details.
But the game might have been boring to most, but it was a great event to me because I got to see the all mighty Patriots be exposed for what they were, a good team that got lucky two or three times.
It was also great to see Bill Belichick prove the point I was trying to explain to the host of the Super Bowl party I went to. He walked off the field and ignored the referee when he was trying to tell him there was still one second to play in the game.
He was the epitome of a sore loser after his team was denied only the second perfect season in NFL history. Thank you Bill for showing the world what I and many other people outside of Massachusetts have known for a long time.
I also heard that the Patriots players were all talking about how great the Giants did in shutting them down, but Belichick was not wanting to praise the Giants.
I can understand him not doing it with a smile on his face, but if a team manhandles you like the Giants did to the Patriots, you should at least recognize that fact.
I don't know if we would have ever heard the end of the Pats fans had they gone undefeated and Tom Brady tied Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana as the only quarterbacks with four Super Bowl rings.
Luckily, we don't have to deal with that and for that I would love to thank the New York Giants. Here is to a great game played by your team and a good butt whooping handed to the arrogant Patriots.
Matthew Nascone is the sports editor of the Atmore Advance. He can be reached at 368-2123 or online at

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