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New York Giants vs. New England Patriots
The Patriots have been the most dominant NFL team of the 21st century. Since 2000, the Patriots have won the AFC Championship seven times and have won the Super Bowl five times. Tom Brady, who has been the Patriots’ quarterback since 2000, has made his way into the record books through a number of impressive feats: Brady has more career wins than any quarterback, he has the most playoff touchdown passes, and he has more Super Bowl wins than any other QB.
If the Patriots are the NFL’s super team, then the New York Giants are their Kryptonite. Tom Brady has only lost in two of his seven Super Bowl appearances, and both of his losses were to the Giants. New York has been quarterbacked by Eli Manning since 2004. The former first overall pick was the MVP in both of the Giants’ Super Bowl victories over New England. Manning and the Giants are usually contenders in the NFC East, but they seem to play on another level when they face the Patriots.
Historic Patriots vs. Giants Game
Super Bowl XLII: Ruining the Perfect Season: The Patriots were the clear favorites ahead of Super Bowl XLII after the 2007 season. New England did not lose a game in the regular season or playoffs leading up to the Super Bowl. With a win, the Patriots would have earned just the second perfect season in NFL history (and the first under the current schedule format). The Giants had a 10-6 record in the regular season and made the playoffs as a wild card team. The Patriots led late in the fourth quarter after a touchdown pass from Tom Brady to Randy Moss. The TD put the Patriots up by four. The Giants’ next drive became one of the most famous in the history of the Super Bowl. On a play that looked like it would end in a sack, Eli Manning scrambled and lobbed a pass down the field. Giants receiver David Tyree made what is known now as the Helmet Catch. He made a leaping grab for the football and brought it down against his helmet for the catch. The play set up a game winning touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress. The Giants’ win is one of the biggest upsets in all of pro sports.
Super Bowl XLVI: The Rematch: The Giants played in a weak division during the 2011 season and won the NFC East with just a 9-7 record. The Patriots, who finished the season 13-3 were again clear favorites in the matchup. The Giants took control at the beginning of the game: Tom Brady took an intentional grounding penalty in the end zone to give the Giants a safety, and then Eli Manning threw a touchdown pass on the following drive. The Patriots responded with 17 unanswered points and went on a number of long drives that took valuable time away from the Giants. In the second half, New York kicked two field goals to get the score to 17-15. In the fourth quarter, Brady threw a pass to an open Wes Welker, but Welker dropped the ball and forced the Patriots to punt. Welker’s drop set up a potential game-winning drive for the Giants. The Giants got close enough to the end zone to take time off the clock and kick a field goal, so the Patriots opted to allow Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw to score, giving Brady just under a minute to put together a game-winning touchdown drive. New England’s receivers continued to have trouble holding onto the ball, and the game ended on a Hail Mary pass, which fell incomplete. The Giants upset the Patriots for a second time and won their second Super Bowl with Eli Manning.
When do the Giants play the Patriots?
The Giants and Patriots play in opposite conferences--the Giants play in the NFC, and the Patriots play in the AFC. With the way the NFL schedule works, a team from the NFC will play against all four teams from one division in the AFC each year. The schedule rotates from year to year. This means that it can take four years to get a specific NFC vs. AFC matchup in the regular season.
Of course, the NFC and AFC also meet in the playoffs, but not until the Super Bowl. So if you’re hoping to see a playoff matchup between the Giants and Patriots, it’ll have to be another Super Bowl meeting.
The Patriots play at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts (about 30 miles from Boston and 20 miles from Providence, RI). The Giants play their home games at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. They share the stadium with their rivals from the AFC: the New York Jets. Super Bowl XLII was held at University of Phoenix stadium in Glendale Arizona. Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis hosted Super Bowl XLVI.
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Most & Least Expensive Giants vs. Patriots Games
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