Super Bowl XLII, Giants 17, Patriots 14, was, to my way of thinking, the best Super Bowl ever. There, I've said it! I spent many hours on a torturously delayed flight from Phoenix to Newark ranking all of them and reviving old memories. I will list them all for you, according to grade categories, then I'll give you, in order, the eight I've selected for grades in the A class. Remember, these are strictly personal choices, many of them reflecting not so much the quality of the game but my own relationship to it.
There was brilliance on both sides of the ball on Super Sunday. My MVP vote would have gone to... sorry, Giant fans... the Patriots'
Unbelievable plays made by unlikely people.
And besides, I find that when contests with a lot riding on them start off dull, they invariably become thrilling at the end. The Steelers' Immaculate Reception game, for instance, was deadly dull for more than three quarters. Then all hell broke loose. Practically the entire fourth quarter of Giants-Patriots was played under excruciating pressure, right up to the time when
For me the game had everything, courage, incredible effort, sustained level of pressure by the Giant defense. Football doesn't get much better.