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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.
*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.