It's really a simple concept when it's all said and done. In a NFL football game between two teams who are executing well and end up down by in a tied or down by a score football game late in the 4th quarter, the easiest way to get the win, is to score last. When you can handle the pressure as a quarterback, there is no easier time to score a touchdown than in the final minutes of a football game. Not only is the defense usually at its weakest point but they too also have to deal with the same type of pressure your offense faces. That pressure gets to the defense just as much as it does to the offense and they are also at a huge disadvantage because their job is to react, not act. Both, the previous Super Bowl loss as well as the regular season loss, showed the same blueprint. Both quarterbacks are fully capable of scoring late in the game, but the one who succeeds is usually the one who gets the time and opportunity to do so. Super Bowl 2007. NY Giants vs NE Patriots: FIRST QUARTER FG 05:01 Lawrence Tynes 32 Yd 3 0 SECOND QUARTER NYG NE TD 14:57 Laurence Maroney 1 Yd Run (Stephen Gostkowski Kick) 3 7 FOURTH QUARTER NYG NE TD 11:05 David Tyree 5 Yd Pass From Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes Kick) 10 7 TD 02:42 Randy Moss 6 Yd Pass From Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick) 10 14 TD 00:35 Plaxico Burress 13 Yd Pass From Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes Kick) 17 14 The NY Giants scored first and last in that football game. It left the Patriots with only 35 seconds to try to tie or win the football game. NY Giants vs Patriots 2011: THIRD QUARTER FG 10:09 Lawrence Tynes 22 Yd 3 0 TD 09:10 Brandon Jacobs 10 Yd Run (Lawrence Tynes Kick) 10 0 FG 05:29 Stephen Gostkowski 32 Yd 10 3 FOURTH QUARTER NYG NE TD 14:28 Aaron Hernandez 5 Yd Pass From Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick) 10 10 FG 07:08 Stephen Gostkowski 45 Yd 10 13 TD 03:03 Mario Manningham 10 Yd Pass From Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes Kick) 17 13 TD 01:36 Rob Gronkowski 14 Yd Pass From Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick) 17 20 TD 00:15 Jake Ballard 1 Yd Pass From Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes Kick) 24 20 Same exact blueprint. NY Giants scored first and last leaving the Patriots with only 15 seconds this time. In both games, they were able to "sneak" in the final score right there at the end. This is why you should be classless and blow out every team given the opportunity. The Patriots left them with too much time on the clock in a one score game and the Giants were in full control of the clock to score and end the game by being on offense. Conclusion: Score first and try to be the last one with the football to score again and enough time on the clock. Don't leave the Giants in a position to score with 1 minute or more if you are up by less than 7 points. Timeouts or no timeouts. That's poor clock management. If they have an opportunity to get the ball again, especially if they have timeouts, make sure you are up by more than 1 score. You can analyze the minor stats all you want but in the end the strategy is just that simple. Easier said than done but it remains as simple a concept as ever. PS: Just because the defense defended against the Ravens successfully, doesn't mean you should put it all on them again. Defenses are always the weaker side because they suck at scoring. Give adequate time and the ball last to the side who can put up points and to your best player: Tom Brady.