Posted by Ryan on December 30, 2007
Until now it’s never been done in NFL regular season history, but it became a reality Saturday night as the New England Patriots defeated the New York Giants 38-35 in probably the most exciting “meaningless” game I’ve ever seen. Both teams had their playoff seeds locked up, but they both played their starters for the whole game and gave it their all. The Pats were down by 12 (16-28) in the second half, then scored 22 unanswered points (making it 38-28) to bury the Giants in dramatic, come-from-behind fashion. The Giants scored a late touchdown, but lost the onside kick try. The Pats knelt on the ball to run out the clock and run into NFL history:
First 16-0 regular season ever; fourth undefeated season in NFL history
Most TD passes for a quarterback in a single season (50 by Tom Brady)
Most TD receptions for a wide receiver in a single season (23 by Randy Moss)
Most points scored by a team in a single season (589 points)
Most touchdowns scored in a single season (75)
Most consecutive regular season wins (19 in a row from last season)
So what now? A bye-week and potentially two home playoff games before a prospective Super Bowl. Many believe that if they don’t win the whole thing, then the season isn’t complete or as awesome. Maybe. I feel that they must win their last three playoff games to make the 2007 Patriots a team for the ages. Plus, all teams aim for winning the Super Bowl, even those that didn’t win all their games. So, they’ve reached the first plateau, but the climb isn’t finished yet. For now, however, I’m quite pleased (the Giants fans at work would have nagged me for years if the Pats lost!).
NFL promotion photo.