- Super Bowl XLII
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Super Bowl XLII featured the
National Football Conference(NFC) champion New York Giantsand the American Football Conference(AFC) champion New England Patriotsin an American footballgame to decide the National Football League(NFL) champion for the 2007 season. In one of the most significant upsets in Super Bowlhistory, [ cite web
url=http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5hHC1Iz-LbkPgwJ0e2CRnT8tFtxagD8UJ8QPG0| title=Fox Wins With Super Bowl Upset| date=
2008-02-03| publisher=Associated Press| accessdate=2008-02-04] the Giants (14–6) won 17–14, preventing the Patriots (18–1) from becoming the first undefeated team since the 1972 Miami Dolphins went 17–0. In doing so, the Giants became the first NFC wild card team to win a Super Bowl. They also became the fifth wild card seed from either conference, and the fourth in eleven years, to earn an NFL championship. The victory marked the franchise's seventh NFL championship and third Super Bowl win—New York's first title since Super Bowl XXVin January 1991. The Giants head coach was Tom Coughlin. The Patriots were coached by Bill Belichick. The tagline for Super Bowl XLII was "Who Wants It More?"
The game, held on February 3, 2008 at
University of Phoenix Stadiumin Glendale, Arizona, [http://www.azsuperbowl.com/game_day.aspx AZ Super Bowl: Game Day Information ] ] was a rematch of the final game of the regular season. In that contest, the Patriots won 38–35 to complete the first perfect regular season since the aforementioned 1972 Dolphins team, and the first one since the league expanded to a 16-game regular season schedule in 1978. Thus, New England entered Super Bowl XLII as 12-point favorites.cite web | url=http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/playoffs07/news/story?id=3206173 | title=Pats' historic season earns large point spread in Super Bowl | publisher = ESPN.com| date = 2008-01-20| accessdate = 2008-01-20]
The first three quarters of Super Bowl XLII were largely a defensive battle, as both teams combined for only 10 points, with the Patriots leading 7–3 entering into the final quarter. New York finally scored their first touchdown with 11:05 left in the game to take a 10–7 lead. New England eventually responded with a touchdown of their own to take a 14–10 lead with 2:42 left. Then came the defining play of the game: faced with third down and five yards to go from their own 44-yard line with 1:15 remaining, Giants
quarterback Eli Manningavoided what looked like a sack and completed a 32-yard pass to wide receiver David Tyree, who made a leaping catch by pinning the ball on his helmet which put them at New England's 24-yard-line. Four plays later, New York wide receiver Plaxico Burresscaught the winning touchdown with 0:35 left.cite web|url=http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/recap?game_id=29526&displayPage=tab_recap&season=2007&week=POST21&override=true|title=NFL Game Center: Post Game - New York Giants at New England Patriots - 2007 Super Bowl|author=|publisher=NFL.com|accessdate=2008-02-04|date= 2008-02-03] Manning, who threw both of his touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, was named the Most Valuable Player.
The telecast was the most-watched Super Bowl of all time, with an average of 97.5 million viewers in the
United Statesand 148.3 million total viewers watching some part of the game. The broadcast achieved the highest Nielsen ratings(43.3) for the game since Super Bowl XXXIV. It was also the second most-watched TV program of all time in the United States. [cite news | title=Record 97.5 million watched Super Bowl | url=http://www.dailynews.com/sports/ci_8164645
first=David | last=Bauder | publisher="
Los Angeles Daily News" | date= 2008-02-04| accessdate=2008-02-04]
Host selection process
As is always the case, the league considered several other cities before settling on the Phoenix area. In this case, the process was of special interest because the league considered holding Super Bowl XLII in
New York Cityor Washington, D.C.as a symbol of the recovery from the September 11, 2001 attacks. [cite news | title=D.C.'s so unSuper in winter
accessdate=2005-09-10] New York City's bid did not go far. Aside from the obvious climatic concerns, there were issues with finding a suitable stadium. Proposed renovations to the 1970s-vintage
Giants Stadiumwere still being disputed amongst the various parties. (Giants Stadium lacked a roof, as did both of New York City's baseball stadia.) Also, the City of New York and the New York Jetsfailed to make a deal to build a new West Side Stadium(which, according to the initial plans, would have been built with a roof.) [cite news | title=N.Y./N.J. Super Bowl in 2008 may not come to pass
accessdate=2005-09-10] During the years since the Super Bowl XLII bid fell through, work has begun on a
New Meadowlands Stadium, which in its current configuration lacks a roof.
Washington DC's bid proved to be more viable. The DC area had a relatively new (albeit roofless) stadium,
FedEx Field, and DC's winter weather (although still potentially problematic) is milder than New York's.
In the end, the process boiled down to three finalists: Washington, DC, Phoenix and Tampa. NFL owners finally chose what is now known as
University of Phoenix Stadiumin Glendale, Arizonaas the site for Super Bowl XLII during their October 2003 meeting in Chicago, Illinois. [cite news | title=Arizona awarded 2008 Super Bowl
accessdate=2007-02-08] In subsequent years,
Raymond James Stadiumin Tampa was chosen as the site for Super Bowl XLIIIand the West Side Stadiumwas briefly designated as the venue for Super Bowl XLIV. (However, Super Bowl XLIV was moved to Miami when it became clear that the new stadium in New York City would not be built in time for the February 2010 game.)
The kickoff for the game was at 4:32 p.m. MST (23:32 UTC). This was the first time a
Super Bowlwas played on a retractable natural-grass field surface; the University of Phoenix Stadium's removable surface is unique among American sports venues. [ cite press release
title=Cards stadium rolls field into place for 1st time
This was the second Super Bowl played in a retractable-roof stadium (designed by
Peter Eisenmanand HOK Sport). During the regular season, the home team decides 90 minutes before kickoff whether the roof would be open or closed, and an open roof must remain open unless weather conditions get worse. However, as a neutral site, the NFL controls the option to open or close without any restrictions. The first time this was employed was in Super Bowl XXXVIIIat Reliant Stadium; the roof was open for pregame and halftime shows and closed during the game. [cite web |url=http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2004/football/nfl/specials/playoffs/2003/02/01/bc.fbn.superbowl.roof.ap/index.html
title=Open and shut case
accessdate=2008-02-06] Because there was rain in the forecast for Super Bowl XLII, the roof was closed for the entire day's activities.
During a February 6, 2007 ceremony with Arizona Governor
Janet Napolitano, the NFL and the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee unveiled the slogan "Who Wants It More?" along with its mascot "Spike the Super Ball" (an anthropomorphized football with sunglasses and sneakers) and a large "Super Bowl XLII Countdown Clock" at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.cite web | title=Governor Napolitano and Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee Unveil Countdown Clock, Official Super Bowl Logo, Statewide Outreach Program, and Mascot
url = http://www.azsuperbowl.com/news_detail.aspx?id=545
publisher=Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee
accessdate=2007-02-07] The Super Bowl XLII logo was also unveiled, featuring the shape of the state of
Arizonain red. The two horizontal white stripes in the middle represent the vertical lines on the University of Phoenix Stadium. The turquoise Roman numerals represent the Native American culture of Arizona. The red star represents the AFC and the blue star represents the NFC.
New England Patriots
By the time the Patriots arrived at Super Bowl XLII, competing in their fourth Super Bowl since the 2001 season, they were already billed as one of the greatest teams in NFL history. They compiled a perfect 16-0 record (the first team to go undefeated in a 16 game regular season - the NFL expanded the regular season to 16 games in 1978), and set NFL records with 589 points scored (an average of 36.8 points per game), 75 total touchdowns, and a net differential of +315 points (they gave up 274 points, fourth best in the league). Some experts have suggested that the Patriots' 16-0 record is the culmination of a larger trend towards better records for top NFL teams since the league realignment in 2002. [cite web | url=http://www.thefount.info/16-0isthenew15-1.html | title=16-0: The Myth of Perfection | publisher=The Fount | accessdate=2008-02-06] The team was led by quarterback
Tom Bradywho won his first NFL MVP & NFL Offensive MVP award, throwing for a career high 4,806 yards and an NFL record 50 touchdowns (which was 22 more than his previous best season), and just eight interceptions. His passer rating of 117.2 was the second-highest season rating in NFL history. One often-cited reason for Brady's improved numbers was the acquisition of receivers Randy Mossand Wes Welker.http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22687674/ Brady demands perfection, and gets it] The Patriots acquired Moss, a nine-year veteran, from the Oakland Raidersfor a fourth-round pick in the 2007 NFL Draftafter Moss had, statistically, the worst year of his career (with 42 receptions for 553 yards and three touchdowns). With the Patriots, though, Moss caught 98 receptions for 1,493 yards and an NFL record 23 touchdowns, and was selected a first-team All Pro. The Patriots also gave the Miami Dolphinssecond- and seventh-round picks for Welker; Welker tied for the league lead with 112 receptions for 1,175 yards and 8 touchdowns and was named a second-team All Pro. Welker and Moss both earned votes for Offensive Player of the Year. Other major contributors to the Patriots' passing game included Donté Stallworth, who added 697 yards and three touchdowns, and tight end Benjamin Watson, whose 36 receptions totaled 389 yards and six touchdowns.
Laurence Maroneywas the Patriots' top rusher with 835 yards and six touchdowns, while Sammy Morrisadded 385 yards & 3 TDs, while Kevin Faulkhad 265 yards. (Morris ended up on injured reserve midway through the season, and thus could not play in the Super Bowl.) Faulk was also a reliable receiver out of the backfield, catching 47 passes for 383 yards and a touchdown. The Patriots also had an offensive line that featured three players selected to the Pro Bowl, guard Logan Mankins, tackle Matt Light, and center Dan Koppen. The Patriots defensive line was led by nose tackle Vince Wilfork, who was selected to his first Pro Bowl, he was also fined four times during the season, for unnecessary roughness. [http://www.nfl.com/news/story?id=09000d5d8064845d&template=without-video&confirm=true NFL fines Wilfork for unnecessary roughness] . Associated Press. January 27, 2008.] The Patriots also had a set of veteran linebackers who had a combined 16 Pro Bowl selections. Outside linebacker Mike Vrabelhad, statistically, the best season of his career to date. He led the team in sacks with a career high 12½ and earned his first Pro Bowl selection. Adalius Thomas, an off-season signing from the Ravens, recorded six sacks. Junior Seau, who had been selected to the Pro Bowl 12 times during his career but had never won a Super Bowl, returned for his 18th season and got 74 tackles with 3½ sacks. Tedy Bruschirecorded 92 tackles and two sacks. The Patriots secondary featured another player selected to the Pro Bowl, cornerback Asante Samuel, who led the team with six interceptions.
The Patriots' success became controversial when they were caught videotaping opponents' defensive signals in the first week of the season against the New York Jets. The incident later became known as "
Spygate". Head coach Bill Belichick was fined $500,000, while the team was fined $750,000 and lost their first-round selection for the 2008 NFL Draft.
New York Giants
Unlike the Patriots, the Giants began the season with low expectations. The Giants had lost in the first round of the playoffs in each of the previous two seasons and had not won a playoff game in seven years. Quarterback
Eli Manning, the younger brother of Super Bowl XLIMVP quarterback Peyton Manning, had struggled to find consistency. In his three seasons as a starter, he had completed less than 54% of his passes with a career passer rating of 73.4. While generally regarded as a solid quarterback, he had been unable to achieve the same level of success as fellow 2004 draftees Phillip Rivers(for whom he was traded) and Ben Roethlisberger. By the 2007 season, many sports writers were starting to question if Eli would ever live up to the expectations of someone selected with the first overall pick in a draft.cite news|title=John Mara: Giants sticking with Eli Manning|publisher=New York Daily News|url=http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/2007/11/14/2007-11-14_john_mara_giants_sticking_with_eli_manni.html|date= 2007-11-04|author=Vacchiano, Ralph]
Manning's criticism intensified as the Giants lost the first two games of the regular season, before recovering with six consecutive wins and finished the year with 10 wins, despite the loss of running back
Derrick Ward, linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka, and four-time Pro Bowl tight end Jeremy Shockeyto injury. Despite the injuries, Manning led the Giants to three road playoff wins without throwing a single interception. Their three playoff wins gave them an NFL record 10 consecutive wins on the road. The Giants finished the season with a franchise-low 77 penalties, despite the fact they set a franchise record two years before with 146.
Manning finished the 2007 season with 3,336 yards, 23 touchdowns, and 20 interceptions. His main target
Plaxico Burress, caught 70 passes for 1,050 yards and 12 touchdowns. Amani Toomer, the Giants all-time leading receiver and one of only two players remaining from their last Super Bowl appearance in Super Bowl XXXV, was also a reliable target with 59 receptions for 760 yards. The Giants' ground game was led by running back Brandon Jacobs, who at 6' 4" (193 cm) and 264 pounds (118 kg), was one of the largest starting halfbacks in the NFL. He finished the season with 1,009 yards and an average of five yards per carry, while also catching 23 passes despite starting only nine games.
The Giants defense had a defensive line that was led by defensive ends
Osi Umenyiora(the lone Pro Bowlrepresentative on the team, the fewest a Super Bowl team has ever had), Michael Strahan, and Justin Tuck. Umenyiora led the defense with 13 sacks and five forced fumbles. Strahan, another veteran from the Giants last Super Bowl appearance in 2000, had nine sacks, giving him a career total of 141.5 and breaking the franchise record held by Lawrence Taylor. Tuck recorded ten sacks and 48 solo tackles. In the secondary, cornerback Sam Madisonand safety Gibril Wilsonled the team with four interceptions each. Cornerback R. W. McQuartershad no interceptions during the season, but he had been effective in the playoffs, with interceptions in each of their first three post-season games. Punter Jeff Feaglesplayed in his first Super Bowl after 20 years in the NFL. This was also the last game for Giants athletic trainer John Johnson having been with the team for 60 years. Strahan and Toomer were the only Giants remaining from the franchise's last Super Bowl appearance in Super Bowl XXXV.
The Patriots continued to set NFL records on their road to the Super Bowl. First, Brady set the NFL record for completion percentage in a single game (92.9%) with 26 of 28 completions for 268 yards and three touchdowns in their 31–20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the divisional round, while safety
Rodney Harrisontied an NFL record by recording an interception in his fourth consecutive postseason game. One week later, the Patriots defeated the San Diego Chargers 21–12. Although Brady threw three interceptions in the game, the Patriots defense forced two turnovers and limited San Diego to four field goals, while Maroney rushed for 122 yards and a touchdown for the second game in a row.
Meanwhile, the Giants became the first NFC team (third overall) ever to advance to the Super Bowl by winning three playoff games on the road. After beating the fourth-seeded Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24–14, the Giants upset the top-seeded Dallas Cowboys 21–17 when McQuarters intercepted a pass from Cowboys quarterback
Tony Romoin the end zone as time expired. They advanced to the Super Bowl with a 23–20 overtime win over the second-seeded Green Bay Packers in the third coldest game of all-time (-1°F at kickoff, -24°F wind chill) with an interception by Corey Websterthat set up Lawrence Tynes's game-winning 47-yard field goal. The field goal was the longest by a visiting kicker in Lambeau Fieldpostseason history.
New England was heavily favored to win the game and become the first NFL team to go through a 16-game season and postseason undefeated. However, others predicted that the Giants could accomplish a win. New York's record of 10 consecutive road wins included five teams favored to beat them. This included their playoff wins against the Cowboys (who had defeated New York twice in the regular season) and Packers (who had beaten them in week 2).cite news|url=http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/dr_z/01/22/superbowlxlii/index.html|publisher="
Sports Illustrated"|title=Giants' grit will overcome Pats' talent in Super Bowl|date= 2008-01-22|accessdate=2008-02-04]
The Patriots and Giants had played against each other in the last week of the regular season. Due to the Patriots' quest for an undefeated season, this game was one of the most heavily watched games in league history, and was the first game ever to be shown on three different networks (
NFL Network, CBS, and NBC). As they were favored to do, the Patriots won the game to finish the regular season undefeated, but it was a close and competitive game. New England won, 38–35, by overcoming a 12-point deficit in the third quarter, the largest deficit they had faced all season. "There is nothing but positives," Giants coach Tom Coughlinsaid after the game. "I told the players in playing this game everything would be positives, there would be no negatives and that is how I feel. I don't know any better way to be prepared for the playoffs than to go against a team that was 15–0."cite news|url=http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/recap?game_id=29435&displayPage=tab_recap&season=2007&week=REG17|accessdate=2008-02-03|publisher= Associated Press|title=The Patriots complete their perfect regular season, beat Giants|date= 2007-12-29] Interestingly enough, this would be the third time in the Giants four Super Bowl appearances that they had previously played their eventual AFC opponent during that year's regular season. The Giants have won the Super Bowl all three times this has occurred.
For the third consecutive year, the arrival dates for the teams were staggered, with the Patriots arriving on Sunday, January 27 (corresponding to the traditional day that teams arrive for the game with the two-week break) and the Giants waiting to come in until Monday, January 28. A report filed by
ESPN's Rachel Nichols suggested that the Giants stayed to practice more of their game plan in their home facility before arriving at the Super Bowl. The last three teams to wait an extra day to emerge in the Super Bowl city or area have won the game: the New York Giantsbefore Super Bowl XLII, the Indianapolis Coltsbefore Super Bowl XLIand the Pittsburgh Steelersbefore Super Bowl XL.
The Patriots practiced at Sun Devil Stadium on the campus of Arizona State University, while the Giants practiced at the
Arizona Cardinals' practice facility, both of which are located in Tempe.
The game was telecast in the
United Stateson the FOX network in 720phigh definition resolution. Joe Buckand Troy Aikmancalled the game, while Pam Oliver(Giants) and Chris Myers(Patriots) were the sideline reporters.
This Super Bowl had an unprecedented nine hours of game-related coverage prior to kickoff on game day.
Fox Newsstarted the coverage on the FOX network at 9:00 a.m. ET.cite news | url =http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6523339.html | title =Fox Sets Shepard Smith Super Bowl Special
publisher =broadcastingandcable.com| date =
accessdate = 2007-01-27] .
Official pre-game coverage began at 2:00 p.m. ET, and was handled by the "
FOX NFL Sunday" pregame show team led by Curt Menefee, joined by Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, and Jimmy Johnson. In addition Frank Caliendoappeared in various comedic skits and Ryan Seacrestprovided coverage of celebrity arrivals to the game site. This was the first FOX Super Bowl not to be hosted by James Brown, who had returned to CBS after the 2005 season.
The official game broadcast began at 6:00 p.m. ET, with kickoff at 6:32 PM EST. [cite press release
title=Primetime Listings: Sunday, February 3
publisher=Fox Broadcasting Company
NFL Networkhad extensive post-game coverage.
Outside North America, Super Bowl XLII was distributed by the NFL and NFL International. Overall, the game was available to an estimated potential audience of one billion viewers within 223 countries and territories.cite news
url=http://www6.lexisnexis.com/publisher/EndUser?Action=UserDisplayFullDocument&orgId=574&topicId=100021158&docId=l:734531662&isRss=true |title=Super Bowl XLII TV and Radio Facts and Figures |publisher = LexisNexis |date=2008-01-25 |accessdate=2008-01-31] However viewing figures outside North America rose only marginally on previous years with an estimated 10 million people tuning in from outside the USA, Canada and Mexico for an overall global audience in the region of 114 million.
Dick Stocktonand Sterling Sharpewere the announcers for the International broadcast. [cite news
title =Super Bowl XLII: The luck of London? (101)
accessdate = 2008-02-20]
BBCacquired the rights in the United Kingdom. The game aired live on BBC Two, carrying the NFL International feed,cite news
title =BBC Sport to broadcast Super Bowl for first time
accessdate = 2007-12-18] cite news
title =BBC win rights to show Super Bowl
accessdate = 2007-12-18] cite news
title =BBC win rights to show Super Bowl
accessdate = 2007-12-18] ending
ITV Sport's coverage which began in 2005. The game was also subsequently available on the BBC's on demand service, iPlayer. Sky Sportsbroadcast the game in both standard and high definition using Fox's feed and announcers.
Internet broadcast streams
television station KTVKbroadcast a live video stream from a Webcamlocated outside of the University of Phoenix Stadium. The camera provided millions of Internet usersfrom around the world a chance to peer in on pre- and post-game activities, watching thousands of spectators file into and out of the stadium on Sunday, February 3. The Stadium Cam broadcast from Friday, February 1 to Monday, February 4, 2008 on the station's website.
NFL.com's " [http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/live NFL.com/live] " carried its own coverage of Super Bowl events leading up to and after the game, mostly simulcasting
On radio, Westwood One had the national broadcast rights to the game in the United States and Canada;
Marv Albertand Boomer Esiasonserved as the announcing team for that network. The game was carried on BBC Radio 5 Livein the United Kingdomwith Arlo Whitecommentating. Sirius Satellite Radiocarried twelve feeds in eight languages in the United States. The following language feeds were offered:
*Westwood One (American English)
Univision Radio/United Stations (Mexican Spanish, U.S.)
*New England Patriots Radio Network
*New York Giants Radio Network
BBC Radio 5 Live(British English)
*SMG (Mandarin Chinese)
FieldPass, the subscription Internet radio service provided by the league at "NFL.com," carried most of these feeds, with select international feeds for free.
Gil Santosand Gino Cappelletticalled the game for the Patriots on WBCN-FMradio, and Bob Papa, Dick Lynch, and Carl Bankscalled the Giants' radio broadcast on WFAN-AM. By NFL rules, only WBCN, WFAN, Sirius and FieldPass carried the teams' local broadcasts, and affiliate stations instead carried the Westwood One feed. WBCN, WFAN, and Westwood One are all owned by CBS Radio.
The official DVD of the Super Bowl was released on February 26, 2008. The DVD covered the entire
2007 New York Giants season, as well as special features including the NFL Networkpostgame commentary, the halftime showin its entirety, the Media Day highlights, the and highlights, profiles on Mathias Kiwanukaand Tom Coughlin, and features on Eli Manningand Michael Strahan. A Postseason Collector's Edition was also released. It is a 5 disc set that featured the last game of the regular season and all four playoff games.
Willie Nelsonperformed for a NFL-sponsored pre-game tailgate party, singing a duet with Sara Evansof his song " Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys" as part of FOX's pre-game show.cite news
title =On the Road Again Tour Schedule
publisher =All Access Today
accessdate = 2007-12-18]
This year's Super Bowl entertainment had many connections to FOX's series "
American Idol". On August 16, both the NFL and FOX confirmed that "Idol" host Seacrest would serve as emcee for the pre-game show, with Alicia Keysas the primary performer; as she sung a medley of her songs, including... "Go Ahead", Fallin', If I Ain't Got You, Teenage Love Affair, and No Oneas the final performance. "Idol" Season Six winner Jordin Sparks, herself a native of Glendale and daughter of former New York Giants cornerback Phillippi Sparks, performed the National Anthem,cite news
title ='Idol' Jordin Sparks to sing anthem at Super Bowl XLII
publisher =The Arizona Republic
date = 2007-12-14
accessdate = 2007-12-18] while
Phoenix Collegeprofessor and theatrical interpreter A Dreamer interpreted it into American Sign Language. [cite news
url = http://www.azcentral.com/sports/superbowl/ent/articles/0129sb-dreamer0129-ON.html
title = Living the dream: Prof to sign anthem for deaf
author = Wong, Scott
publisher =The Arizona Republic
date = 2008-01-29
accessdate = 2008-01-30] The anthem was followed by a flyover from the U.S. Navy precision flying team, the
Blue Angels.http://www.blueangels.navy.mil/ Blue Angels web site January 27, 2008] In addition, judge Paula Abdulpremiered her first music video in over a decade, " Dance Like There's No Tomorrow", which she made with fellow judge Randy Jacksonas part of FOX's pregame coverage to kickoff her official comeback.cite news
title =Paula Abdul to debut new music video during Super Bowl pregame
date = 2008-01-14
accessdate = 2008-01-15]
coin tossceremony posthumously honored Pro Football Hall of Famehead coach Bill Walsh, who died on July 30, 2007. His former players Ronnie Lott, Jerry Riceand Steve Young joined Walsh's children, Craig and Elizabeth, at the ceremony.
As is always the case, several big names were mentioned as possible performers for the halftime show before a final choice (i.e.,
Tom Petty) was announced. The halftime entertainer selection process in late 2007 was not unusual: however, since the site selection process four years earlier was of special interest, it is necessary to also mention some of the acts who might have performed, but did not do so.
According to the entertainment publication "Variety", a wish list of potential halftime performers was developed by the NFL. Among those on the wish list were
Bruce Springsteen, Norah Jonesand the Eagles. [cite web |url=http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/0228B1-talker0228.html |title=NFL not naming wish list for Super Bowl halftime |author=The Arizona Republic |publisher=azcentral.com |date= 2007-02-28|accessdate=2007-03-01] In addition, interest in the slot was expressed by Bon Jovi, who had planned to open the U.S. leg of their Lost Highway Tourwith a performance during the halftime show.cite web|url=http://www.stuff.co.nz/4242429a4500.html|title=Bon Jovi to play one-off Christchurch show|accessdate=2007-10-22|publisher=Stuff.co.nz]
Rolling Stone Magazine, the engagement was actually offered to the Eagles by the NFL, but the offer was turned down. [http://www.contactmusic.com/news.nsf/article/eagles%20turned%20down%20super%20bowl%20offer_1054250 Tom Petty: Eagles turned down Super Bowl offer] . Contact Music via Rolling Stone. December 20, 2007.]
Then, on December 2, 2007, it was officially announced that the halftime entertainment would be provided by
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. The songs “American Girl,” “ I Won't Back Down,” “ Free Fallin',” and “ Runnin' Down a Dream” were performed by the band to kick off their 2008 world tour. Bridgestone served as the halftime show sponsor.cite news
title =Tom Petty to Play Super Bowl Halftime Show
accessdate = 2007-12-04] The halftime show itself, produced by
Don Mischerand White Cherry Productions in association with NFL Network, was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2008.
Former Redskins quarterback Doug Williams, MVP in
Super Bowl XXII, commemorating the twentieth anniversary of becoming the first African Americanquarterback to lead a team to victory in the Super Bowl, took part in the Vince Lombardi Trophypresentation ceremony after the game. [cite news|url=http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3219782|title=Super Bowl to honor Williams during trophy presentation XLI|publisher=ESPN.com|date=2008-01-29|accessdate=2008-02-02]
Eli Manning was awarded the
Pete Rozelle Trophyfor being named MVP, and also received the keys to a 2009 CadillacEscalade hybrid SUV. [cite news|url=http://www.imperialvalleynews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=781&Itemid=2|title=New England Patriots vs New York Giants—Superbowl Preview|publisher=Imperial Valley News|date=2008-02-03|accessdate=2008-02-03] Though not the only brothers to play in a Super Bowl, Eli Manning and Peyton Manning( Super Bowl XLI) are the first brothers to be named Super Bowl MVPs (doing so in successive years).
After the game,
New York Cityerupted in celebration, with the sounds of cheers and honking horns echoing through city streets. Crowds of elated New Yorkers, many shocked by their team's victory, packed Second Avenue in Manhattan, literally stopping traffic, honking horns and cheering. [ [http://www.ny1.com/ny1/content/index.jsp?stid=1&aid=78132 "Hero's Welcome: City Preps For Giants' Victory Parade After Historic Super Bowl Win"] on "New York 1," 4 Feb 2008.] Times Squarewas swarmed with celebrating Giants fans well past midnight. [Associated Press, [http://www.kttc.com/News/index.php?ID=22296 "Fans Celebrate After Giants Win"] on "KTTC-TV," 3 Feb 2008.] Similar celebrations could be found throughout Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, Staten Island, Long Island, Westchester County, Fairfield County, and Northern New Jersey, where the Giants play their home games [Associated Press, [http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22984633/ "New Jerseyans, New Yorkers revel in Giant win"] on "MSNBC.com," 3 Feb 2008.] New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, witnessing the first New York sports team championship victory as mayor, praised the hometown team's upset victory, saying; "New York has come back many times in the past, and Big Blue proved tonight that you should never, ever, count us out." Many New Yorkers consider the Giants' win to be among the greatest championship victories in New York sports history. [Jim Baumbach, [http://www.newsday.com/sports/football/giants/ny-spjim0205,0,5722530.column "Giants' win ranks among NY's best"] from "Newsday," 4 Feb 2008.] It was also the first New York sports team championship since the city was attacked on September 11, 2001.
hooting incident avoided
After the game, federal authorities revealed Kurt William Havelock, a would-be bar owner angry at being denied a liquor license, had threatened to shoot people at the Super Bowl and drove to within sight of the stadium. Havelock had sent letters to the media, vowing to "shed the blood of the innocent." After buying an
AR-15rifle and 200 rounds of ammo, he drove to the stadium and then changed his mind. After calling some family members, Havelock turned himself in to the police. [cite news| url=http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/football/nfl/02/07/superbowl.gunfire.ap/index.html?cnn=yes | title=Super Bowl evades mass shooting | publisher=Sports Illustrated | date= 2008-02-07| accessdate=2008-02-16]
After scoring a combined 73 points in their regular season meeting, the teams scored a mere 10 points by the end of the third quarter, with the Patriots leading 7 to 3. The Patriots' record-setting offense gave up five sacks and one lost fumble, while the Giants' offense managed only five first downs in the second and third quarters. Yet in the fourth quarter, quarterback
Eli Manningthrew two touchdown passes, including the winning drive that culminated with a 17-yard touchdown to Plaxico Burresswith 39 seconds remaining. The game marked the first time that a previously undefeated team had lost in a National Football Leaguechampionship game since the 1942 Chicago Bearsas the Patriots fell shy of their bid for a 19–0 campaign.
After calling tails to win the coin toss, the Giants started the game with the longest opening drive in Super Bowl history, [cite web
url=http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic.php?t=346770| title=Giants prevent perfect season, beat Patriots| date=2008-02-08| publisher=
Sporting News| accessdate=2008-02-08] a 16-play, 77-yard march that consumed 9 minutes, 59 seconds and featured four third-down conversions, the most ever on a Super Bowl opening drive. But New England halted the drive at their own 14-yard line, forcing the Giants to settle for a 32-yard field goal from Lawrence Tynesthat gave New York a 3–0 lead.
New England then responded with its own scoring drive as
Laurence Maroneyreturned the kickoff 43 yards to the Patriots' 44-yard line, after which he rushed twice for 15 yards. Quarterback Tom Bradythen completed three passes for 23 yards, but after two incomplete passes, New England was faced with 3rd-and-10 on the Giants' 17. However, on that play, New York linebacker Antonio Piercecommitted pass interference by striking the helmet of tight end Benjamin Watsonin the end zone, giving New England 1st-and-goal at the 1. This set up a Maroney 1-yard touchdown run two plays later, the first play of the second quarter, for a 7–3 lead. The two teams each only had one drive in the entire opening quarter, a Super Bowl record.
On the Giants first drive of the second quarter, on 3rd-and-7, receiver
Amani Toomercaught in a deep pass from Manning along the left sideline while dragging his feet in-bounds for a 38-yard gain, moving the ball to the Patriots' 19. But three plays later, Manning threw a pass that bounced out of the arms of rookie receiver Steve Smith and into the hands of cornerback Ellis Hobbsfor an interception.
The Patriots' ensuing drive resulted in a three-and-out as on 3rd-and-1 James Butler and
Michael Strahantackled Maroney for a two-yard loss and New England was forced to punt.
Then on the Giants' next drive, rookie running back
Ahmad Bradshawfumbled a Manning hand-off and it looked as though Patriots' linebacker Pierre Woodshad recovered the ball at the Giants' 30. But after the officials picked through the pile, it was determined that Bradshaw had made the recovery. The Giants maintained possession and wound up punting. New England's next drive ended with consecutive Giants' sacks, the first by linebacker Kawika Mitchell, the second by tackle Justin Tuck.
On the Giants' following drive, New York moved the ball to the New England 25, but linebacker
Adalius Thomassacked Manning and forced a fumble. Smith recovered the ball, however Bradshaw was penalized for illegally batting the ball forward before the recovery. The penalty pushed the Giants out of field goal range, and following an incompletion, they were forced to punt.
After the punt, two 18-yard receptions by Moss and
Donté Stallworthmoved the ball to the Giants' 44. But with 22 seconds left before halftime, Brady fumbled while being sacked by Tuck and defensive end Osi Umenyiorarecovered the ball. The game then went to halftime with the Patriots leading 7-3.
On the first drive of the second half, New England had a 4th-and-2 and chose to punt. However, after the play had been run, Patriots' head coach
Bill Belichickchallenged that New York had too many players on the field and replay confirmed that was the case as Giants linebacker Chase Blackburnwas unable to get to the sidelines as the ball was being snapped. Therefore, referee Mike Careyreversed the play, and the Giants were penalized 5 yards for having too many players on the field, giving the Patriots a first down. The Patriots then drove to the Giants' 25, but Strahan sacked Brady for a 6-yard loss on third down. Then on 4th-and-13, with the ball on the Giants' 31, Belichick decided against a long field goal attempt by Stephen Gostkowskiand tried to pick up a first down instead. Brady's pass to Jabar Gaffneywas incomplete as it went out of the back of the end zone and the Giants took over on downs.
On the Giants' first drive of the fourth quarter, Manning completed a 45-yard pass to rookie tight end
Kevin Boss. Following three runs by Bradshaw and a 17-yard reception by Smith on third down, Manning finished the 7-play, 80-yard drive with a 5-yard touchdown pass to David Tyree, giving New York a 10-7 lead with 11:10 left in the game.
After consecutive three-and-outs by the Patriots and Giants, New England got the ball at its own 20 with 7:54 to play. Brady then completed a 5-yard pass to
Wes Welkerand a 10-yard pass to Moss, followed by a 9-yard run by Maroney to give the Patriots a first down at their own 44. Brady followed with a 13-yard pass to Welker, a four-yard completion to Kevin Faulk, and then a 10-yard pass to Welker for a first down at the Giants' 29. After that, Brady found Moss for an 11-yard completion and Faulk for a 12-yard completion and New England now had 1st-and-goal from the Giants' 6. Following two incomplete passes, New York cornerback Corey Websterslipped while backing into coverage, leaving Moss wide open in the end zone where Brady found him for a touchdown to give New England a 14-10 lead with 2:42 left in the game.
On the ensuing kickoff,
Raymond Ventronetackled Domenik Hixonafter a 14-yard return, giving New York the ball on their own 17 with 2:39 left and three timeouts remaining. Following two receptions by Toomer for 20 yards, Brandon Jacobskept the drive going with a 2-yard run on 4th-and-1. On the next series of downs, Patriots' cornerback Asante Samuelnearly caught a possibly game-ending interception on a ball intended for Tyree, but the ball slipped through his fingertips. On the next play, the Giants faced 3rd-and-5 from their own 44 with 1:15 remaining. Manning spun out of the grasp of lineman Jarvis Green, righted himself, and threw a 32-yard completion to Tyree, who made a leaping catch while covered by Rodney Harrisonand maintained possession by pinning the ball against his helmet with one hand as he fell to the ground. Two plays later, on 3rd-and-11, Manning found a wide-open Smith for a 12-yard gain to the New England 13. On the next play, the Giants sent four receivers into the pattern while the Patriots sent six pass rushers after Manning and flipped four pass defenders to the right side of the field—resulting in Patriots' cornerback Ellis Hobbsbeing isolated on the left side to cover Giants' wide receiver Plaxico Burressone-on-one. Hobbs bit on a fake slant inside (a "slant-and-go" or "SluGo" route) and Manning lofted a pass to the end zone where Burress caught the ball for a touchdown to complete the 12-play, 83-yard drive and give the Giants a 17-14 lead with 35 seconds left.
New England began its next possession on its own 26 with 29 seconds remaining and three timeouts, but the Giants' defense didn't allow a single yard—forcing an incompletion on first down, a 10-yard sack by rookie lineman
Jay Alfordon second down, and then two deep incomplete attempts to Moss, the first that was broken up by Webster, and the second of which, on 4th-and-20, was broken up by Giants' safety Gibril Wilsonand caused a turnover on downs with one second remaining. After the incompletion, the game clock briefly read zero (one second was re-added), [cite web |url=http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/peter_king/02/05/giants/index.html?eref=fannation | title=What it's all about, Giants' title a reminder of why we watch sports | date=2008-02-05 | publisher=SI.com | accessdate=2008-02-10] and coaches, players, reporters, and fans crowded the field as if the game had ended. Belichick hugged Giants' Coach Tom Coughlinat midfield, then an official explained to both coaches that the final second had to be run. The Patriots' defense took the field, and Belichick left for the locker room, not staying for the final play. This early departure was later criticized by some sportswriters. [cite web
url=http://myespn.go.com/blogs/hashmarks/0-5-366/Belichick-has-left-the-building---a-second-early.html| title=Belichick has left the building...a second early | date=2008-02-04| publisher=
ESPN.com| accessdate=2008-02-13] [cite web
url=http://www.newsday.com/sports/columnists/ny-spwally055565082feb05,0,2316915.column| title=Belichick Shows He Has No Class| date=2008-02-05| publisher="Newsday"| accessdate=2008-10-11]
The officials cleared the field, and restarted the clock. Manning took a knee, allowing the clock to expire, and consequently sealed the historic Super Bowl XLII championship for the Giants, while also ending the Patriots' prospects of a 19-0 season.
Lawrence Tynes32-yard field goal, 5:01. "Giants 3-0." Drive: 16 plays, 63 yards, 9:59.
Laurence Maroney1-yard run ( Stephen Gostkowskikick), 14:57. "Patriots 7-3." Drive: 12 plays, 56 yards, 5:04
David Tyree5-yard pass from Eli Manning(Lawrence Tynes kick), 11:05. "Giants 10-7" Drive: 6 plays, 80 yards, 3:47
Randy Moss6-yard pass from Tom Brady(Stephen Gostkowski kick), 2:42. "Patriots 14-10" Drive: 12 plays, 80 yards in 5:15
Plaxico Burress13-yard pass from Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes kick), 0:35. "Giants 17-14" Drive: 12 plays, 83 yards in 2:07
Manning completed 19 of his 34 passes for 255 yards, including a mark of 9-of-14 for 152 yards and two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, to be named the game's Most Valuable Player. Manning also joined
Joe Montanaas only the second quarterback to throw two go-ahead touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Toomer was the Giants' leading receiver with 6 catches for 84 yards and Bradshaw and Jacobs rushed for 45 and 42 yards, respectively. Burress had 2 receptions for 27 yards. The Patriots' offense recorded 274 total yards to the Giants' 338. While not scoring, Welker tied a Super Bowl record with 11 receptions for 109 yards. Moss had five catches for 62 yards and a touchdown and Maroney rushed for 36 yards and a TD. Brady completed 29 of his 48 passes for 266 yards and a touchdown. Brady's 29 completions gave him a career total of 100 in his four Super Bowls, surpassing the previous record for Super Bowl completions that was held by Montana at 83. Tuck and Thomas were the top defensive performers for the Giants and Patriots, respectively, as each recorded five solo tackles, two sacks, and one forced fumble.
With this game, the Giants also established an unprecedented 11 consecutive victories away from home in a single season. Ten of those victories were in actual road games (official road record: 10-1). The Giants' matchup in in London was also an official Giants road game because it was originally scheduled to be played at
Dolphin Stadium. The Giants were also officially classified as the "road" team for Super Bowl XLII based on the annual Super Bowl rotation where the NFC champions serve as the away team in even-numbered years. [cite web | title=Which jerseys will Bears wear in Super Bowl? | url=http://www.chicagobears.com/news/ChalkTalkStory.asp?story_id=2961 | quote=The home team alternates every Super Bowl with the NFC representative serving as the home team in odd-numbered years and the away team in even-numbered years. | date=2007-01-22 | accessdate=2008-04-12] [cite web | title=XLII facts about Super Bowl XLII | url=http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/story?id=09000d5d8062bc41&template=with-video&confirm=true | quote=The AFC is the home team in this year's Super Bowl [Super Bowl XLII] . | date=2008-01-22 | accessdate=2008-04-12]
Jeff Feaglesbecame the oldest player in NFL history to play in and win a Super Bowl, at age 41. [ [http://www.kansascity.com/491/story/486755.html] ]
Wes Welkertied the record for most catches in a Super Bowl, with 11, during the Patriots' scoring drive in the fourth quarter. Welker was the fourth player to record 11 receptions in a Super Bowl, following Dan Ross ( Super Bowl XVI), Jerry Rice( Super Bowl XXIII), and Deion Branch( Super Bowl XXXIX).
The Giants opening drive consumed 9 minutes and 59 seconds, making it the longest drive in Super Bowl history. The previous record was from
Super Bowl XXV, where the Giants mounted a 6 minute-15 second drive against the heavily favored and offensively explosive Buffalo Billsin the 3rd quarter.
Due to the length of the Giants' opening drive (which itself contained a record 4 third-down conversions), the first quarter featured only two possessions, a record for an opening quarter. [cite web|url=http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/recap?gameId=280203017|title=Eli, monster defense power Giants to shocking Super Bowl victory|publisher=
The three lead changes in the fourth quarter were also a Super Bowl record. [cite web|url=http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/elias?date=20080203
Mike Carey was chosen to be the head referee for this game, marking the first time that an *Referee: Mike Carey Commercials The scheduled date for Super Bowl XLII was two days before One of sixty-three thirty-second spots among thirty-seven different advertisers cost an estimated $2.7 million (excluding production costs), up from $2.6 million in 2007. However, advertisers are usually offered discounted rates below the official one. Five automobile companies advertised during Super Bowl XLII: Throughout the Following up on its Super Bowl XLI ad, which was one of several fan-created ads that year, the They joined Super Bowl regulars such as The winners of the 20th annual Users of The NFL itself ran an ad following the third quarter's completion, featuring the winner of a fan vote in an online contest. The idea was to emphasize the personalities of NFL players. The winning ad featured The commercials aired during Super Bowl XLII were made available online after the game on Eels attempted to run [ [http://www.nme.com/news/eels/33707 Eels gatecrash Super Bowl] ] a one-second edit [ [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SATySzBwKXM The one-second spot] ] of their seven-second ad [ [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJVRAV9zjv8 The seven-second spot] ] to promote the compilation ee also *"Manning to Tyree" References External links * [http://www.superbowl.com/ Official site]
*Umpire: Tony Michalek
*Head Linesman: Gary Slaughter
*Line Judge: Carl Johnson
*Field Judge: Boris Cheek
*Side Judge: Larry Rose
*Back Judge: Scott Helverson
*Replay Official: Ken Baker
*Video Operator: Jim Grant
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date=] However, Fox Television nixed the prospect of any political ads, citing
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# The Budweiser Clydesdale training montage.
# SoBe's aforementioned "Thrillilicious" ad.
# The Bridgestone screaming animals.
In the end we were told that the NFL would have to find 29 other advertisers to buy 1 second spots to fill a standard 30 second advertising slot and that they do not sell advertising time by the second. They also noted that a rapid fire 30 second segment of thirty 1 second commercials could cause people with certain medical conditions to have seizures and that it was against network regulations. [ [http://eelstheband.com/main.php Eels' homepage] accessed 2008-02-02]
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*Referee: Mike Carey
The scheduled date for Super Bowl XLII was two days before
One of sixty-three thirty-second spots among thirty-seven different advertisers cost an estimated $2.7 million (excluding production costs), up from $2.6 million in 2007. However, advertisers are usually offered discounted rates below the official one.
Five automobile companies advertised during Super Bowl XLII: Throughout the Following up on its Super Bowl XLI ad, which was one of several fan-created ads that year, the They joined Super Bowl regulars such as The winners of the 20th annual Users of The NFL itself ran an ad following the third quarter's completion, featuring the winner of a fan vote in an online contest. The idea was to emphasize the personalities of NFL players. The winning ad featured The commercials aired during Super Bowl XLII were made available online after the game on Eels attempted to run [ [http://www.nme.com/news/eels/33707 Eels gatecrash Super Bowl] ] a one-second edit [ [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SATySzBwKXM The one-second spot] ] of their seven-second ad [ [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJVRAV9zjv8 The seven-second spot] ] to promote the compilation ee also *"Manning to Tyree" References External links * [http://www.superbowl.com/ Official site]
Following up on its Super Bowl XLI ad, which was one of several fan-created ads that year, the
They joined Super Bowl regulars such as
The winners of the 20th annual
The NFL itself ran an ad following the third quarter's completion, featuring the winner of a fan vote in an online contest. The idea was to emphasize the personalities of NFL players. The winning ad featured
The commercials aired during Super Bowl XLII were made available online after the game on
Eels attempted to run [ [http://www.nme.com/news/eels/33707 Eels gatecrash Super Bowl] ] a one-second edit [ [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SATySzBwKXM The one-second spot] ] of their seven-second ad [ [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJVRAV9zjv8 The seven-second spot] ] to promote the compilation
*"Manning to Tyree"
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