The New York Giants started the season 0-2, the New England Patriots started 2-0. The Giants allowed 80 points in their first two games, the Patriots scored almost 80 points in their first two games. The Giants were perfect on the road through the season, the Patriots were completely perfect through the season. The Patriots have not been to a Super Bowl in two years. The Giants won the Super Bowl only two times.
The Patriots beat the Giants to go undefeated in week 17 at the Meadowlands as they beat them 38-35.
So, the Patriots should have no problem with the Giants again... right?
Not so fast.
Super Bowl XLII will go down as one of the biggest upsets in NFL, maybe even sports history as the New York Giants upset the New England Patriots 17-14.
Eli Manning's fourth quarter drive with 2:43 left included two evaded sacks, a fourth down and a long third down conversion to David Tyree, who made an incredible catch, and his game winning touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress with :39 remaining on the clock sealed the dreaded fate for the New England Patriots.
Manning finished the game going 19-34 with 255 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, giving him Super Bowl MVP honors.
"There's something about this team," Manning said. "The way we win games, and performed in the playoffs in the stretch. We had total confidence in ourselves. The players believed in each other."
And the Giants believed in each other throughout the entire season. They were the underdogs throughout the entire NFC playoffs, including being a 13 point underdog against New England going into Sunday's game.
They especially believed in their quarterback Eli Manning when nobody else would after it seemed as if Eli could do nothing right. In the very end, it payed off as they shocked the football world.
Before the week 17 game with the Giants and Patriots, NFL Network correspondent Cris Collinsworth said, "I don't know why the Giants feel as if this is a big game for them, they have nothing to win and nothing to lose tonight."
The road to a championship has to begin somewhere, right?