Game of the Week Analysis Football

FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2008, file photo, New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan, rear, sacks New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during the Super Bowl XLII football game at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. Few gave the Giants much of a chance in the NFL championship game in Glendale, except the Men in Black who walked off their charter flight in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

2011: The Super Bowl in Indianapolis, played in February 2012. Same story as the first title game. The defense made things miserable for Brady. There was another late miracle catch and the Giants got their second Super Bowl title under Coughlin and fourth in franchise history. Brady gave New England a 17-9 lead with TD passes to Danny Woodhead and the late Aaron Hernandez. Lawrence Tynes kicked two field goals to close gap to 17-15. Manning led a late nine-play, 88-yard touchdown drive. Mario Manningham made a spectacular over-the-shoulder catch in front of the Patriots bench and kept his feet inbounds. Ahmad Bradshaw scored on 6-yard run with 57 seconds left in the 21-17 win. The defense knocked down Brady's desperation pass on the final play.

2007: The first meeting to finish out the 2007 regular-season schedule.  The Patriots looked to finish off the first 16-0 regular season in NFL history and the Giants nearly ruined it, building a 28-16 lead in the third quarter on Manning's third of four TD passes. Laurence Maroney ran for two TDs and Brady had a go-ahead tally with his 50th TD pass of the season, a 65-yarder to Randy Moss. Manning hit Burress to close the gap to 38-35 with 1:04 to play but Mike Vrabel recovered the onside kick to ice it.

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2011: Like '07, the teams also met in the regular season. The Giants denied the Patriots another form of perfection. Manning threw two touchdowns in the final 3:03, with a 1-yard winner to tight end Jake Ballard with 15 seconds left. The 24-20 final score on Nov. 6 in Gillette Stadium ended the Patriots' 20-game regular-season home winning streak. Brady and New England had taken the lead with a 14-yard TD pass to tight end Rob Gronkowski with 1:36 left.

1990: The Giants closed out a 13-3 regular season with Jeff Hostetler again starting for the injured Phil Simms. He threw a touchdown pass to Dave Meggett, and Matt Bahr kicked two field goals for a 13-10 halftime lead. There was no second-half scoring. The Patriots finished 1-15, losing their final 14. The Giants beat Buffalo 20-19 in the (wide right) Super Bowl. Coach Bill Parcells resigned after winning his second title. Ray Handley replaced him.

1996: Parcells returned to Giants Stadium on Dec. 31 as Patriots coach. New York took a 22-0 halftime lead, with the last points on Jason Sehorn's interception return. The Patriots scored the final 23, with Drew Bledsoe throwing a 13-yard fourth-down pass to Ben Coates with 1:23 to play. It would be Dan Reeves' final game as Giants coach. New England defeated Coughlin's Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC championship game. Green Bay won the Super Bowl 35-21.

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