Lets just say I had a few drinks the night of the Superbowl and the outcome was so depressing I can just now finally talk about it. I must be a glutton for punishment but I re-watched the final Giant drive last night, man was that painful. The defense actually didn't play that bad on the drive, say what you want about the game plan from BB and the performance of the offensive line but when push came to shove BB has the team in position to win, the players just could not make the plays. For the playoffs the defense had a 16.7 PPG game average (slightly better than the season average of 17.1) they also had a 9 quarter streak with no touchdowns. The offense on the other hand averaged 22 PPG, over 15 points lower than there season average. There were about 8 plays in the last drive that would have left the Patriots in the discussion as one of the best teams of all time. In the end the defense needed a playmaker, and it is pretty obvious why Samuel, Harrison and Merriweather play in the secondary instead of on offense, they cannot catch. Killer drops my Harrison, Samuel and Merriweather (worst hands ever). 1) 1st-10, NYG17 2:39 E. Manning passed to A. Toomer to the right for 11 yard gain - first play of drive, pass on right side to Toomer, Samuel moves away from Toomer up towards the player in the flat, if he stays back he could easily have jump that route 2) 2nd-10, NYG28 2:04 E. Manning incomplete pass to the left - ball goes through Harrison hands, tough play but still could have been made 3) 4th-1, NYG37 1:34 B. Jacobs rushed up the middle for 2 yard gain - Moore falls down, if he gets his fat butt up sooner Jacobs has no where to go, the Pats blew up there offensive line but one guy didn't do his jump and the Giants scrapped out a first down 4) 1st-10, NYG39 1:28 E. Manning rushed to the right for 5 yard gain - Thomas played his best game all year, what a burst he had, at the end of the play he almost caused a strip sack.. almost... Vrabel looked like he was banged up because he was no where to be found, with the rush Thomas was getting Vrabel just had to set the edge and Manning would have no where to go 5) 2nd-5, NYG44 1:20 E. Manning incomplete pass to the right - I still don't know how Samuel dropped this, there was no receiver anywhere near him, Toomer stopped but Manning thought he was going deep, unbelievable 6) E. Manning passed to D. Tyree down the middle for 32 yard gain - we all know this one, again Thomas gets a good rush and forces Manning to step up, Green and Seymour just could not get him down, almost looked like a couple Patriots thought it was going to be a sack and gave up on the play 7) 1st-10, NE24 0:59 E. Manning sacked by A. Thomas - another opportunity for a strip 8) 2nd-11, NE25 0:51 E. Manning incomplete pass to the left - Manning throws a floater to his left that goes right through Merriweather's "hands", #31 has to go to hands school, he is far from a playmaker, I can't believe was a first round pick So there it is 8 kicks at the cat and no play makers to be found. The pressure was decent in most cases, Manning threw most of his passes of his back foot but in the end the Patriots couldn't close the deal.