The “Biggest Gut-Punch Loss” in Patriots History? SI Has One Everyone Can Recall


Sports Illustrated has put out a piece on the “Biggest gut-punch loss” for each and every franchise, the Pats included.

The game that the author the piece, Doug Farrar, picked one that everyone still remembers to this day – the team losing their chance at perfection as they lost to the Giants in Super Bowl XLII.

New England Patriots: Feb. 3, 2008, Super Bowl XLII—Giants 17, Patriots 14

This wasn’t supposed to be a game. It was supposed to be a coronation. The Patriots were coming into the Super Bowl with an 18–0 record, and had been beating the daylights out of nearly every team they faced through the 2007 season. But the Giants, who held New England to a close win in the regular-season finale, dialed up an excellent game plan that had multiple defensive linemen putting pressure on Tom Brady right in his face, and the team that set the single-season scoring mark was held to two touchdowns. When David Tyree made his famed helmet catch, the outcome seemed to be ordained from on high. In truth, the team that won out-coached the team that lost, which is always a threat to happen, no matter how great one of those teams or coaches may be.

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One Response to “The “Biggest Gut-Punch Loss” in Patriots History? SI Has One Everyone Can Recall”

  1. Dan B says:

    The coaching did not make as much difference as the officiating. Yeah, I know the old rule is to never blame the refs. But in this case, they had a direct hand in the outcome of Super Bowl XLII by not calling offensive pass interference against the Giants on the opening drive of the game. The Giants receivers were clearly shown on replay pushing off the Patriots defensive backs to stay open and catch the passes. This directly contributed to an outrageous opening drive time of nearly 10 minutes, so the officials helped keep the high-powered Patriots offense off the field early in the game when it could have made the biggest difference. Also, on the helmet-catch play, the officials did not call holding on the Giants offensive lineman which would have negated the play. There’s been a lot of talk about how the Patriots cheat and “get away with murder”, but that’s exactly what the NFL did to the Patriots when they conspired to rob the Patriots of a 19-0 season. Many other veteran Patriots fans besides myself know this to be true and that’s just one of the reasons why we go around with a chip on our shoulders.

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