The New England Patriots’ Super Bowl loss to the New York Giants hurts enough. But it hurts even more in the Big Town’s newspapers.
Here are just two of many examples.
From Monday’s New York Times:
Just as they did four years ago, the Giants prevailed in the final minute against the Patriots, beating New England, 21-17 and giving the franchise its fourth Super Bowl championship — one more than the Patriots — and its second in four years over this generation’s greatest coach-quarterback combination, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.
From Monday’s Jason Gay column in the Wall Street Journal:
Again they did it in the closing moments, charging from behind. Again they pushed up against the limits. It wasn’t the Cinderella shocker like it was in Arizona in 2008, but the symmetries were abundant, uncanny. A crucial drive in the final minutes. Eli Manning—the soft-spoken baby of a famous quarterback family who often looks as if he woke from a nap—playing cool and unruffled under pressure.
With the win, the Giants are permanently sealed as Boston heartbreakers, like Mookie Wilson and Bucky Dent before them. Again they delivered a final minute gut-punch to one of the most successful franchises the NFL. Five Super Bowls ago, the Giants spoiled a perfect 18-0 New England season. This one was unlikely in its own way: the 2011 Giants lost four in a row, found themselves marinating at 6-6, then 7-7, and qualified for the playoffs on the last day of the regular season.