In 2007-2008, the New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots 17-14 in Super Bowl XLII, costing quarterback Tom Brady & Co. a chance at perfection. In 2011-2012, Big Blue again defeated the Patriots, this time 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI, costing them a chance at redemption. It's created some additional bitterness between the cities of New York and Boston and helped mold an interesting rivalry between the non-conference opponents. It's also caused Brady some sleepless nights.
"We play them every year in the preseason. Geographically, we're very close, so yeah, there's something to losing to them twice in the Super Bowl in the most meaningful game of the year and the most meaningful game of our lives," Brady told SI. "You think about some bad memories from games you lose and there's that blue uniform with white numbers. That's what you think about it."
In Brady's case, it would actually be a white uniform with red numbers, but the torturous thoughts are probably just the same. The two biggest losses of his career have both come at the hands of Eli Manning and the New York Football Giants, and even more than his disdain for the New York Jets, Big Blue has become an ever-lasting thorn in his side and subconscious. After all, he now refers to the Giants as the "bad guys."
"I threw it and when I let it go, I knew we were gonna have a chance. The ball got batted up in the air and I saw it tip 60 yards away from me," Brady said of the final pass of Super Bowl XLVI. "But then I got knocked down, so I fell to the ground and I saw the ball get deflected. Unfortunately, though, I looked over and saw the bad guys running on the field."
That was enough Giants talk for Brady, however. The next time they were mentioned during the Sports Illustrated interview, he snapped back with "Is that all you want to talk about? The Giants?"
The Giants sure are a sore spot for ole' Tom, and after two Super Bowl losses at their hands, it's undoubtedly something that will linger for the rest of his life. But perhaps that's what he deserves for laughing them off in both 2007 and then again in 2011.
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