Tom Terrific! The Patriots make history what might go down as one of the best games in the history of the game. Who better to summarize than Dan Shaughnessy?
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - In a fitting finish to Boston's magical year in sports, the New England Patriots - Bill Belichick's History Boys - last night recovered from a 12-point, second-half deficit and defeated the New York Giants, 38-35, to complete the first 16-0 regular season in the history of the National Football League.And the killer quip of course:
Tom Brady set the record for touchdown passes in a season (50), Randy Moss set the record for touchdown catches (23), and the Patriots set the season scoring record (589 points). New England needs another Super Bowl trophy to make its case as the best team in football history.
"To be able to win 'em all is great," conceded the ever-stoic Belichick. "I'm happy about it . . . That was a fun way to finish the season. It's really exciting to be part of this."
Few games are likely to match the drama that unfolded before 79,110 witnesses at the Meadowlands. Meaningless in the standings, a game with no bearing on playoff seeds or home-field advantage, the Patriots and Giants played four quarters of bone-crushing, foot-to-the-floor football.
The big play came with 11 minutes 6 seconds left, when Brady connected with a wide-open Moss on a 65-yard touchdown pass. The perfect parabola put the Patriots ahead for good, while simultaneously booting Peyton Manning and Jerry Rice from the record book. Significant records. Just like 16-0.
The Patriots and Giants traded touchdowns in the final five minutes, but when Mike Vrabel snagged the Giants' onside kick in the final minute, Mercury Morris and friends went to bed with without champagne.Poor Mercury, would his 72 Dolphins had a chance against the 2007 Patriots?