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Super Bowl XLII
Super Bowl XLII
1 2 3 4 Total
NYG 3 0 0 7 10
NE 0 7 0 7 14
Date February 3, 2008
Stadium University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona[1]
MVP Tom Brady, Quarterback[2]
Favorite Patriots by 12[3][4]
Referee Mike Carey[5]
Attendance 71,101[6]
Future Hall of Famers
Giants: Michael Strahan.

Patriots: Junior Seau.

National anthem Jordin Sparks[7]
Coin toss Ronnie Lott, Jerry Rice, Steve Young, along with Bill Walsh's children, Craig and Elizabeth.[8]
Halftime show Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
TV in the United States
Network Fox
Announcers Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver andChris Myers[9]
Nielsen ratings 43.3

(est. 97.5 million viewers)[10]

Market share 65 (national)

81 (Boston)
67 (New York)[10]

Cost of 30-second commercial US$2.7 million[11]
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Super Bowl XLII was an American football game between the National Football Conference (NFC) champion New York Giants and the American Football Conference (AFC) champion New England Patriots to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 2007 season. The Patriots defeated the Giants by the score of 14-10. The game was played on February 3, 2008, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

The Patriots entered the game as 12-point favorites after becoming the first team to complete a perfect regular season since the 1972 Miami Dolphins, and the only one since the league expanded to a 16-game regular season schedule in 1978. The Giants, who finished the regular season with a 10–6 record, were seeking to become the first NFC wild card team to win a Super Bowl, and were also looking for their third Super Bowl victory and first since they won Super Bowl XXV seventeen years earlier. This Super Bowl was also a rematch of the final game of the regular season, in which New England won, 38–35.

The game is best remembered by the Patriots game winning drive. After consecutive three-and-outs by the Patriots and Giants, New England got the ball at its own 20 with 7:54 to play. Brady then completed a 5-yard pass to Wes Welker and a 10-yard pass to Moss, followed by a 9-yard run by Maroney to give the Patriots a first down at their own 44. Brady followed with a 13-yard pass to Welker, a four-yard completion to Kevin Faulk, and then a 10-yard pass to Welker for a first down at the Giants' 29. After that, Brady found Moss for an 11-yard completion and Faulk for a 12-yard completion and New England now had 1st-and-goal from the Giants' 6. Following two incomplete passes, New York cornerback Corey Webster slipped while backing into coverage, leaving Moss wide open in the end zone where Brady found him for a touchdown to give New England a 14–10 lead with 2:42 left in the game.

Down 14–10, New York got the ball on their own 17-yard line with 2:39 left and were marching down the field. On a 3rd Down and 5, Giants Quarterback Eli Manning broke away from Patriot defenders, threw it down the field for David Tyree and Rodney Harrison was able to knock the ball out of Tyree's hands. On 4th Down, Eli Manning was unable to find Plaxico Burress in the endzone and the Patriots would go on to knee the ball and win the game.

The telecast of the game on Fox broke the then-record for the most watched Super Bowl in history with an average of 97.5 million viewers in the United States.[10]

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