http://www.theonion.com/content/news/giants_we_almost_beat_the_patriots Giants: 'We Almost Beat The Patriots Once, We Can Almost Beat Them Again' January 24, 2008 | Onion Sports Giants NEW YORKâ€”As they come closer to their Super Bowl clash with the formidable Patriotsâ€”the team they nearly defeated in late Decemberâ€”the Giants are confident that they can come close to beating the undefeated AFC champions on football's biggest stage. "This team has already tasted victory against the Patriots," head coach Tom Coughlin said Monday. "By which I mean we were so close to victory that we could taste it. True, we did not actually experience that victory, but we came as close to beating them as anyone else has this season. That's the kind of team we believe we are, and I think the Super Bowl will prove that." Couglin and his assistant coaches have been painstakingly breaking down game films from their Week 17 meeting with New England, analyzing every vital, near-victorious second for anything that might help them come that tantalizingly close to winning for the second time in as many months. They acknowledge that the Patriots are very good indeed, but the Giants believe they can draw on the experience of that near-victory, the confidence they discovered in barely losing to undefeated New England, and the lessons learned in forcing Bill Belichick's juggernaut to come from 12 points behind and beat them in the final minutes.