“They had some lucky bounces, they had a headphone jack”: Tom Brady is clearly still sore from the loss of Super Bowl XLII, but gave the Giants and Eli Manning credit for coming out
For all the success he’s had, Tom Brady has already lost one of the most iconic moments in NFL history. 13 years after the infamous’ headphone jack ‘, the Bucs’ QB was still upset by the 2008 Super Bowl loss.
The legendary 1972 Miami Dolphins, led by Don Shula, seemed untouchable. They were the only NFL team to go undefeated for an entire season and win the Super Bowl.
It’s an incredible achievement in itself, but it seemed so unbeatable because the 72-year-old Dolphins only had to go through a shorter 14-game regular season. With the season extending to 16 games, and now to 17, no one thought another team would reach the level that Shula and Co. did.
However, in New England in 2007, something was germinating. The Patriots, with Tom Brady at center and Bill Belichick at the helm, were building something special. Week after week, they dismantled their opponents on their way to a perfect regular season record, 16-0.
As expected, they made it to Super Bowl XLII, where they faced the Giants whom they already beat in Week 17. One game, 60 minutes, 4 quarterbacks before the greatest NFL season of all time. .
And then, you probably know what happens next. Down 14-10 in the 4th quarter, Eli Manning kept the drive alive with a 32-yard goal for David Tyree, who miraculously caught the ball by pinning it to his helmet. New York would score, sealing the game with a final score of 17-10.
The moment, dubbed the “Helmet Catch”, was the difference between 19-0 and 18-1. He kept the 72 Dolphins immortalized as the only undefeated season, a record that will likely never be broken.
Tom Brady on Super XLII Loss: “They had some lucky bounces, a headphone jack”
13 years after that painful night, Tom Brady sat down with Tony Romo for a CBS segment before Super Bowl 2021. “This 2007 team, we beat amazing teams, we beat you guys [Romo’s Cowboys]Brady explained of the heartbreak of the 2008 Super Bowl.
“We beat the Giants at home last week of the year, but it wasn’t until the end, you know, the game that mattered the most, we failed. But really, I give the Giants a lot of credit because they earned it.
“Eli did some clutch play. They had a few lucky bounces, they had a headphone jack, ”he said with a smirk on his face. “But give them credit. Reluctantly, I will give them credit.
If you watch the video around 5:50 pm, you’ll see that Brady still wishes he could get that game back. In fact, recently, he even claimed that his favorite team to beat was none other than the New York Giants, for obvious reasons.
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