2. Eli Manning’s first time vs Patriots was no fluke
Game: 2011 Super Bowl
Score: Giants 21, Patriots 17
Patriots fans are still shaking their heads after what took place a few years prior to this. Somehow, the New York Giants sauntered onto the field in Glendale, Arizona, and did the unthinkable by ruining New England’s undefeated season in the Super Bowl. It was the sort of loss that will forever eat at Patriots fans.
But, fast forward four years later, and Brady and Belichick had the opportunity to even the score.
Just like their first contest, the Patriots were expected to walk away with the victory, at least in the eyes of the betting market. Yet, in spite of the built-up frustration they had over the years, it was the Giants who came out and took the first swing. Eli Manning led his side to a lead of 9-0 before Brady marched down the field twice to snag a one-point lead heading into halftime.
Everything appeared to be right in the world as the Patriots carried a close two-point lead going into the fourth. That, of course, wouldn’t hold up. Manning, like he did the first time around, led the Giants on two scoring drives, giving them the lead for good.
For as great as Brady normally is in the clutch, he simply didn’t have enough time to answer. As a result, Brady and Belichick were forced to walk off the field with their head held down while confetti rained upon Manning and the Giants all over again.