The start of something (cont.)
Posted: Wednesday February 6, 2008 11:29AM; Updated: Thursday February 7, 2008 3:47PM
"The Giants controlled the line of scrimmage all game on both sides of the ball and that was the difference." said Sage Rosenfels, quarterback of the Houston Texans.
"I saw one stat that said Tom Brady had been sacked twice in his three previous Super Bowl games," noted Redskins starting center Casey Rabach. "They got him three times in the first half and five times for the game."
"Brady never gets sacked like that," added Neufeld. "The Giants just took it to them."
The game shocked even the players
I was thoroughly surprised with not only the outcome of the game but also the manner in which it took place. I had the Pats winning by 14 and actually thought there was a decent chance the game could get out of hand. Having played for New England in '05 and '06, I was confident leaders like Brady and Tedy Bruschi would have their team focused and ready to play. They clearly were not. The Pats being out-coached and out-hit defied any logic.
"I had the same frame of mind as everyone else," said Rabach, "I really thought New England would have their way with the Giants."
"I certainly felt like the Patriots would win, but I thought it might be closer than some people were saying," said Buffalo Bills defensive end Ryan Denney. "I was hoping for a close game, but I still thought that New England would win like 35-24."
Added Rosenfels, "All signs pointed to them winning... game in dome, 18-0, experience in the Super Bowl, the AFC being a stronger conference. But that is the magic of the NFL. Any given Sunday!"
Anybody can win this thing
The season had been so dominated with talk of the Patriots perfect run that many players on opposing teams were almost resigned to the inevitability that they were merely a bit player in the New England championship DVD. The Giants' will and perseverance in pulling off the upset has given hope to every player and team around the league that they can, in fact, win a Super Bowl. If not next year, then certainly one day.
Rabach gained particular confidence in watching a team that his Skins had defeated in Week 15 walk off with the trophy, saying, "An unbeatable team can lose to a 10-6 team. All that matters is how you play at the end of the year. This gives everyone hope that if you can just make the playoffs, something special can happen."
"The belief the Giants had in themselves far outweighed any doubts that the football nation had about them," said Seattle Seahawks running back Alvin Pearman.
"I really think we can do it next year," said Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Justin Bannan. "You just gotta believe and win and start to get on a roll like the Giants did."
Ross Tucker played for five teams in his seven-year NFL career and recently retired after suffering a herniated disc in his neck. Send comments to email@example.com.
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