Originally posted by BayArea:
Sorry but I am going to have to respectfully disagree with you. The Giants that year had a much tougher schedule than the undefeated Patriots. The players were overly cocky and thought the superbowl was already won. They slipped and let the lucky Giants pull off a miracle. The Patriots were in hail mary territory and we were f**king 7 yards from it with 3 f**king downs. That doesn't even compare. The Patriots were also in the game and in fact winning it the whole time. We were fighting from the basement and had f**king 7 measly god forsaken yards to go to get the trophy. Nothing can be worse than that and you can't even come up with a single argument to discount that. Our loss is like having the trophy 1 inch from your grasp and the Patriots had it in their lap the entire game.
Don't even try to compare the two because it isn't close. The Patriots battled through a weak ass AFC and then blew it in crunch time. We fought back only to hand it over once again in the easiest situation.
Patriots had an easy schedule? They played 3 playoff teams from the NFC (Dallas, NYG, and Was). They beat the Colts, Chargers and Steelers in the regular season... Colts and Steelers represented the last two Super Bowl champs too...
Giants had played 6 playoff games (Dallas, Was, GB, NE).
I don't see how you can argue the Pats had an easier schedule. They play in an easier division, but the playoff teams they played in the AFC were often considered the best teams in the entire league. Steelers won the Super Bowl the next season and the Colts made it the season after, so those two teams were still in their legitimate contending runs. Chargers had the best record the season before and were arguably better in 07 despite having a worse record. I would say the Pats played more formidable opponents than the Giants during the regular season.
Now, onto the game. Patriots had a lead with 30 seconds left in it and ended up losing? How is that not a horrible way to lose? You're right, the Pats had the game in their lap the entire time and STILL managed to find a way to lose the game. SF never had the lead.
With regards to you saying the Pats were a hail Mary away and the 49ers were 7 yards from it with three downs...on the Giants final drive, Asante Samuel had a game sealing INT bounce off his hands.
And of course, the Tyree play. I don't like saying it lost the game, because it was a third down play, but our all-pro DT/DE Seymour had him in his hands. Eli escapes, and then launches a ball in the middle of the field to a no name receiver who was covered by a potential future HOFer in Harrison.
IMO, losing the game when you have a 4 point lead in the closing minute is much worse than losing it when you've been down the whole game. Both were heartbreaking ways to lose, but I don't see the comparison when you consider what was at stake.
Also, 49ers only played 5 playoff game during the regular season. Again, I don't understand how you can say the Pats had an easy schedule in '07. The AFC East was bad, but the AFC was stronger than the NFC then and the Pats beat the Chargers, Colts and Steelers who were all considered top 6 teams.