The game didn’t change my belief that the Giants are clearly a better team than the Patriots. I did think the Pats did a great job of staying in the game early though, buying time for Brady to get hot. Then the Pats went up 17-9 and seemed to be in control, but there were some big stops by the Giants in the second half. In the end, it was all about Eli and those receivers taking it down the field, but they wouldn’t have had the chance without their defense stepping up, making big plays.
The Hail Mary at the end was even closer than it looked at first. The Pats executed it perfectly, getting their tall tight end in the middle of a jump ball, and having not one, but two players trailing the play to catch a tipped ball. If the ball had gotten just a little more air on it after the tip, it would have been caught by either Gronk or Welker.