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How the Giants Pulled Off An Epic Upset

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Monday, February 4, 2008

Few people gave New York a chance to beat the Patriots, but here's how the Giants did it:

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Trailing by four with 2 minutes 42 seconds to play, New York began at its 17-yard line, and QB Eli Manning drove the Giants to the winning touchdown with 35 seconds to play. Here were a few key plays:

1:34 {vbar} 4 and 1 at NYG 37: Brandon Jacobs 2-yard run

1:15 {vbar} 3 and 5 at NYG 44: Manning 32-yard pass to David Tyree

:45 {vbar} 3 and 11 at NE 25: Manning 12-yard pass to Steve Smith

:39 {vbar} 1 and 10 at NE 13: Manning 13-yard pass to Plaxico Burress (below)


The Giants dominated time of possession in the first half, including a drive that used 9:59, a Super Bowl record. The Giants' shortest scoring possession came on their final series, when they needed 2:07 for the winning points.

Time of possession from yesterday's game:



New York entered the game intent on pressuring the Patriots quarterback and keeping the two-time Super Bowl MVP from getting comfortable in the pocket. The Giants' defensive performance yesterday:




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