By Christopher L. Gasper Globe Staff / December 30, 2007
"EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Patriots started their season with a 38-14 victory at Giants Stadium Sept. 9. Last night, 112 days later, they ended it with a win at Giants Stadium, perfect symmetry for a perfect regular season.
By dispatching the New York Giants, 38-35, the Patriots produced the first 16-0 regular season in NFL history - the league switched to 16 games in 1978 - and became just the fourth team in league history to go through the regular season undefeated, joining the 1972 Miami Dolphins and the 1934 and 1942 Chicago Bears.
History met destiny in New Jersey, as the Patriots set numerous records on their way to 16-0.
Tom Brady (32 of 42 for 356 yards) threw two touchdown passes, both to Randy Moss, to set the NFL record for touchdown passes in a season with 50. Moss's two TD receptions gave him an NFL-record 23, topping the mark of Jerry Rice, who had 22 in 12 games in the 1987 strike-shortened season.
The Patriots scored 589 points in the season, surpassing the 1998 Minnesota Vikings record of 556."
Best of luck on the road to the Super Bowl.
Last Edit: Dec 30, 2007 18:39:40 GMT -5 by lapayin
I am very sad that the Patriots were unable to complete their undefeated season (well not all that sad it's only a game). That said I would like to congratulate the New York Giants for a job well done. They are a good team. If the Pats weren't in the Super Bowl, I would have cheered for the Giants (I love an underdog).
I also want to congratulate the Pats for a wonderful season. They are one of the greatest teams in football history. And with all the records they broke this year they have nothing to be sorry for. I can remember a time when Patriot season ticket holders would wear brown paper bags over their heads, at the games, because the Pats were that bad and the fans were that embarassed!!! They have come a long way and I could not be more proud of them.
Post by achebeautiful on Feb 4, 2008 18:50:36 GMT -5
They had more to lose by losing than win by winning, and now they will have to live with it forever.
I am not all that excited about the New York Giants winning even though I rooted for them because I do not like Eli Manning for what he did in the draft. That said, I really think Bill Belicheck needs to learn how to accept defeat a little more graciously and show some sportsmanship. The guy is an arrogant prick, for crying out loud.
But I do think the Patriots had an incredible season, and their fans have much to be proud of.