At a Glance
The Washington Post
Monday, February 4, 2007; Pages E06-09
Serious Business
As the Giants ran onto the field for pregame warmups, New York quarterback Eli Manning greeted New England counterpart Tom Brady with a friendly pat. Brady gave Manning a cursory glance as Manning ran by with a wide smile. Then Brady went back to throwing the football, never once straying from his game face.
Man of the Year
Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor was the recipient of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award presented annually to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of the late Bears Hall of Famer. Taylor is active in philanthropic work with the Jason Taylor Foundation.
Honoring a Legend
The coin-flip ceremony included a tribute to former San Francisco coach Bill Walsh, who died in July. Former 49ers players Steve Young, Ronnie Lott and Jerry Rice were at midfield for the coin flip, won by the Giants, who called tails. New York punter Jeff Feagles, who waited 20 years to play in a Super Bowl, made the call.
Slowed
The Patriots' offensive onslaught during the regular season often started early; New England scored first in 13 of its 16 regular season games. That trend ended in the postseason; the Giants' first-quarter field goal Sunday meant New England failed to score first in all three of its playoff games.
By the Numbers
2: Total possessions during last night's first quarter. That was the fewest number of possessions during the first quarter of a Super Bowl.
11: Consecutive road victories for the New York Giants, including yesterday's Super Bowl. The Giants were the visitors in yesterday's game and extended their NFL record for road wins.
3: Teams that have gone 18-1 in a season. The Patriots became the third yesterday and are the only team with that record to have lost in the Super Bowl. The 1984 San Francisco 49ers and the 1985 Chicago Bears went 18-1, and both won the Super Bowl.
Wardrobe Update
Patriots Coach Bill Belichick is known for wearing a gray hoodie with the sleeves cut off during games. He changed to a more colorful red hoodie for Super Bowl XLII, and of course the sleeves were trimmed as well. His stern demeanor on the sideline, however, remained intact.
Quotable
"The greatest victory in the history of the franchise."
-- Giants president and CEO John Mara, on New York upsetting the previously unbeaten New England Patriots, 17-14, in Super Bowl XLII
Moss Well Represented
Randy Moss may have been the only player on the field honored by three replica jerseys in the crowd. Several fans were wearing Moss's No. 84 jersey from the Minnesota Vikings, and at least one had the No. 6 Patriots jersey Moss wore this preseason. Hundreds more wore Moss's standard No. 81 New England model.
Bronx Cheer
Patriots cornerback Asante Samuel earned few friends in the stands after deflecting a deep pass to Plaxico Burress in the third quarter. As Samuel trotted back upfield he waved his arms toward a seating section populated largely by Giants fans, who responded by standing and screaming at him.
Halftime Entertainment
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers played four songs at halftime, and three were from the 1989 album "Full Moon Fever." They opened with "American Girl," then performed "I Won't Back Down," "Free Fallin' " and "Running Down a Dream." The final three songs were from "Full Moon Fever," Petty's first solo effort, though it featured members of the Heartbreakers.
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