It pains me immensely to admit Eli Manning’s clutch quarterbacking during the New York Giants’ game-winning drive of Super Bowl XLII easily eclipses Tony Romo’s clutch play against the Detroit Lions in the regular season. However, I must admit I found it completely exhilarating and enthralling watching the 4th quarter of what was supposed to be an historic NFL season turn historically tragic—if you’re a New England Patriots fan, that is. The other 3/4ths of the game were terrible.
It’s sad that Tom Brady and Bill Belichick could be remembered more for this single loss than their impressive assortment of wins and accolades.
Two things dawned on me at game’s end:
- The ’72 Miami Dolphins were somewhere engaged in jubilant celebration, and
- Randy Moss would one day look back at the game tape and feel like a complete jackass for his premature celebration following what was supposed to be the clenching, go-ahead touchdown, culminating in his first championship ring. Oops!