Thursday, January 24, 2008
Behind The Scoreboard
Plaudits to Eli, Giants
The team with the most history in the history of the NFL is returning to the Super Bowl. The team with the most TDs in a single season, most yardage in a single season, most games won in a single season, most prolific quarterback in a single season. This could be titled “entirely appropriate,” the best team in biggest game.
If there were emotions about losing after the Patriots fell behind in the first quarter, they were so deeply hidden that they were not discernible on the faces of the New England players.
As has come to be expected, they made the big game altering plays when they had to. Their head coach, Bill Belichick’s, demeanor was as stoic as the Sphinx.
Belichick has stated all along that his goal was to get back to the Super Bowl. His goal was not to have a perfect team or perfect season. He just wanted another shot at the Big Game. He accomplished that all on Sunday afternoon.
Should the Pats prevail in SBXLII, they will pick up their fourth piece of jewelry in seven years and get their quarterback on the same plateau with John Elway and Terry Bradshaw as Super Bowl winners.
Yours truly has already conceded the title to them.
Credit should always be given where credit is due. And certainly a lot of credit and plaudits have to go to the New York Giants and Eli Manning. Detractors aside. Eli has come of age. Ma and Pa Manning will have the pleasure of witnessing another son in a consecutive Super Bowl.
Eli and company faced another foe at Lambeau other than the Packers – the sub zero temp. The Giants are no stranger to icy gridirons. Verily, they are used to them.
Not only did they handle the weather, but they used an overtime to return to the SB after an eight-year gap. They also had spectacular play from super individuals. The franchise earned the return trip.
This was not the coldest game on record but it ranked third.
Anyway the next one is out in the sunny desert. They may need to leave the hand warmers and take lotion.
P.S. Sorry about the ’Pack, Sister Diane. Heck, I was even pulling for Brett when it went into overtime.
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