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Good grief. My sympathies to hardcore Patriots fans, who invested far more in this team than I did. The Pats — and especially the offensive linemen — were thoroughly outplayed from beginning to end. What a game. It really looked like it was over at 14-10, didn’t it? You never know.

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  1. Steve

    Oh it hoits. Not as bad as the ’86 WS, but worse than any other Pats loss.

  2. Adam Tirney-Eliot

    Your sympathies are appreciated Dan. I think the wife and I are going to sit here in the dark for a while…

  3. Anonymous

    Ha! Perfect, my lilly white a**!!!!

  4. Joel Monka

    Telegram for a Mister Tom Brady: It’s over. The rest of your career will be spent looking at Manning taillights. It might be one Manning, it might be the other- but from now on, you’re fighting for second place.

  5. Peter Porcupine

    Did you know it’s a penalty to grab a quaterback by the head and drag him to the ground while he’s still throwing the ball?Apparently Mike Carey didn’t either.This was some of the worst officiating I have ever seen.

  6. DJS

    I feel for Pats fans, too.Tonight’s game reminded me of that 1951 broadcast when Russ Hodges gave the play-by-play as another team of N.Y. Giants won a championship with the ‘shot heard ’round the world:'”Brooklyn leads it, 4-2. Hartung down the line at third, not taking any chances. Lockman without too big of a lead at second, but he’ll be running like the wind if Thomson hits one. Branca throws. There’s a long drive. It’s gonna be, I believe — The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant! Bobby Thomson hits into the lower deck of the left-field stands! The Giants win the pennant! And they’re going crazy! They’re going crazy! Oh-ho!”How many weeks ’til opening day?Doug

  7. paul

    Amazing game. Despite the offensive line being thoroughly beaten, the Pats nearly pulled this out (and probably should have). That insane pass from Manning to Tyree after slipping out of what looked like a certain sack was very Bradyesque.

  8. Cheese

    Ha! 18-1. Your season will forever be known as the choke as opposed to the impossible.How does 14-6 and Super Bowl Champs sound?

  9. Anonymous

    PP: That’s how we felt in 2000, Florida…

  10. Anonymous

    Peter Porcupine feels that that the liberal officiating won’t give his (her?) boys a fair shake.Even though the Super Bowl was on Fox!Bob in Peabody

  11. Howard Owens

    I would have liked to see the Pats win.As a die-hard Chargers fan, I hold more animus for Eli Manning than the Pats.And you just hate to see the Pats fall one game short of something truly historical.But the Giants won. Manning got the job done. It’s pretty much that simple.And it was a hell of a finish — if my wife (who knows very little about football) is jumping out of her chair screaming, it’s an exciting game. And isn’t that what the Super Bowl should be?

  12. Anonymous

    18-1. Perfect. Just Perfect. This was God’s reward to Bill Belacheat for playing fast and loose with the Jet, Rams and whoever else.

  13. Punter

    Damned shame, but to this fan the lack of a better game plan was perplexing. It’s not like they had no time to prepare, or did not know their opposition.It would be nice to barter away 3 of the regular season games for a victory last night.

  14. Peter Porcupine

    Anon 8:32 and 9:31 – this isn’t politics. There are no liberal or conservative refs, just fair and blind. What network a game is on. That’s irrelevant.This isn’t politics, this is FOOTBALL. And I refuse to say which is more important to me.And Howard – Yes, after some of the snoozefests (Buffalo comes to mind…), it was great to have an exciting and hard fought game.

  15. Anonymous

    Belichick was certainly in rare form last night. First he leaves the field before the game’s over, then he agrees to a round of interviews he clearly shouldn’t have. Namath’s pass at Suzy Kolber was more comfortable to watch. It’s never easy to lose Bill, but you’ve got too many rings not to suck it up.

  16. Anonymous

    The reason the PATsies lost is cause they could NOT videotape the Giants before hand!! Or was it Brady’s leg injury!!! BIG BLUE RULES!!The D, made Brady Pee..and Eli Simms! Scrambled the PATS’ eggs!!All hail Nostrodamas Buress!!

  17. will

    all this talk about 18-1 makes me think … as a boy i watched a team go 18-1, and the important game (against the patriots, no less) was one of the 18 … two teams in history have gone 18-1, but only one won the superbowl … ‘shuffle’ that into your discussions ….

  18. Peter Porcupine

    Anon 11:01 – for the last five minutes, I watched the clock zither up and down like the Nikkei stock index – finally settling at 0:01. The players didn’t know there was one seond left either. So Bill leaving the field early is understandable. When they begin to fire off the confetti cannons, you kinda think it’s done, ya know?Again – from a time and officiating standpoint, this ws the worst run Superbowl ever.

  19. Anonymous

    PP: Don’t worry, your fair-haired boy(s) will live to fight another day.

  20. Anonymous

    as a COLTS FAN wanting to see the pats obliterated, i was surprised there wasn’t a call when brady’s arm was pulled, but…guess the pats have used up all their free passes

  21. ThereOughtaBeALaw

    My grandson asks puzzled, “Why does it take so long for so many to win 19 games? Josh Beckett wins more in a summer.” (A child’s perspective.)

  22. Anonymous

    I hope that it comes out the Pats cheated on more than they originally said. BeliCheat is a classless clown. Brady and his fake boot should rot. I really dislike NY sports but I was rooting for them last night.Oh and Roger Goodell, you are a clown too.

  23. Anonymous

    PP you must realy be hurting by this lost b/c you have to resort to crybaby antics. Are you kidding me about the refing of this game. They let the players play the game for once. Just like all the other NE fans quit crying please. Remember this 18-1*

  24. Anonymous

    PP blah blah blah

  25. Anonymous

    PP, the only thing your observation justifies is running onto the field to shake hands early. Once everyone realized they needed to make one more play, Coughlin, the Giants, and the Patriots all returned to the sidelines. Only Belichick slithered off to the tunnel like a petulant child. A low class moment from a guy who should have known better.

  26. Anonymous

    I lost any respect for the Colts organization the night they crept out of Baltimore, under cover of darkness and a snowstorm.

  27. Amusedbutinformedobserver

    So did you notice that the Boston Herald sports department seems to be piling on with criticism of the Patsies, rather than adopt the “aw shucks, it wasn’t meant to be” approach of others? Do you think that maybe, perhaps, possibly, it’s a sign the Herald newsroom knows Tomase’s story about the 2002 cheating is well-sourced and there’s another shoe to drop which would make sycophantic writing about the Pats at this stage look stupid in the not-to-distance future?And why does Belichick get a free pass and liberal administration of excuses while Clemens is vilified on the basis of hearsay, when Belichick’s actions, if proved, gave him inside information about the other team, information which is illegal to possess; while Clemens actions, if proved, simply allowed him to work harder and achieve greater results from his work? What’s a bigger crime, taking something that increases the benefits of physical exertion, or spying to discover an opponents plans? Media coverage of the two scandals is a remarkable case of selective ethics.

  28. Anonymous

    Weird how even after cheating they were not able to close the deal. Cheaters never win!

  29. brian

    Hey, Peter Porcupine…take much of a cue from the Seahawks? Maybe they were hurt by the officiating was it two years ago?But your boys were outplayed…need a tissue? Need to lay your head on your desk?There was nothing wrong with the clock or with the officiating.Bill Belicheat should have waited…period.Stop your cryin’…these are happy times.

  30. Anonymous

    TOTAL DOUBLE STANDARD. Patriots fans downplay SpyGate saying it was nothing and everyone in the league does it. Then they whine about the “ON-FIELD” rules not being enforced and call the SuperBowl the worst officiated Championship game ever?? C’mon, I’m a Lions fan and even I think you guys are whiners. Try accepting your loses like men – instead of like broken hearted highschool cheerleaders.

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