Despite having the greatest offensive season in NFL history as a team, the greatest QB season ever by Tom Brady and a record setting receiving season by Randy Moss, the Patriots proved once again that cheaters never win and will go home as losers in one of the biggest upsets in Super Bowl history.
The Patriots, not to mention about 99.9% of the media members covering the game, were stunned following the 17-14 Giants victory. The most stunned may have been Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, who left the field with one second left on the clock, too stubborn and bitter to watch the Giants clinch their Super Bowl victory. Even Randy Moss, who had previously been reprimanded by the media for leaving a game early a few seasons ago, stayed on the field until the game was complete.
Even worse, when head referee Mike Carey tried to stop Belichick from going out to meet Coughlin, since there was still one second left, Belichick completely ignored the call to go back to the sideline, basically shoving Carey out of the way. If the NFL has any respect for the game and its referees, a fine should undoubtedly be heading Belichick’s way. Leaving the biggest game in all of professional sports before the final whistle is an insult to those who played the game last night and each player who previously played on that stage, which includes many of Belichick’s players.
With the loss, Belichick does not join Chuck Noll as the only coaches in NFL history to win four Super Bowls and Tom Brady does not join Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana as four-time Super Bowl winners, two statements that were said as fact by Fox and ESPN yesterday prior to the game.
The Patriots were clearly very bitter after last night’s game, even telling Mercury Morris, an outspoken member of the 1972 undefeated Dolphins team, to pop his champagne on Patriots.com because of the Giants victory. With it, the Dolphins remain the only undefeated team in NFL history.