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A super ending

February 3, 2008 - Neil Rudel

Unless you're favorite team (ie: Steelers) is in the Super Bowl, you're merely rooting for a good game.

And boy did we get one in Super Bowl XLII with the Giants stunning the Patriots, 17-14.

Some observations:

*The Giants set the tone with a time-consuming first drive that gobbled nearly nine minutes. Though they settled for a field goal, the strategy of ball control and keeping Tom Brady off the field was superb.

*David Tyree's late snag of Eli Manning's desperation pass to extend the game-winning touchdown drive may go down as the greatest catch in Super Bowl history.

*Gotta feel good for the Mannings, a classy family that has produced consecutive Super Bowl MVPs.

*Nice to see former Penn State defensive tackle Jay Alford coming up with one of the game's biggest defensive plays, a late sack of Brady. Alford also capably handled the field-goal snapping.

*Speaking of Penn State connections, Ernie Accorsi, a former PSU sports information director and assistant AD, built the Giants before retiring as the team's general manager after last year.

*New England, from this view, relied too much on the pass. The Giants, conversely were more patient in sticking with the run. Once again, teams that attempt 40-plus passes usually lose.

*Wes Welker was undrafted. That's almost as incredible as Brady lasting until the sixth round.

*I'm glad Chuck Noll is still the only coach with four Super Bowl victories.

*Did I miss it or did Belichick fail to congratulate the Giants in a post-game tooth pull with Chris Myers?

*My favorite commercial was easily the Doritos ad with the aggressive mouse.

*Hope you caught the Mirror ad at the end of the third quarter.

*Kudos to Scott Franco and Frank Polito, the two Mirror sports staffers who picked the Giants.




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