The 2007 Patriots averaged 37 points a game, allowed just 17, and scored 48 or more points four times. Tom Brady threw 50 touchdowns against just eight interceptions, and Randy Moss had 1,493 receiving yards to go along with 23 scores. Not surprisingly, New England went undefeated in the regular season, and were one "WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPENED?!" play away from a perfect 19-0 record.
"We had such a great team. To me, the greatest team that ever played in the NFL," Brady told the New York Daily News's Gary Myers two years ago while Myers was working on a book about Brady and Eli Manning. "We won so many games against the toughest competition that year by big margins. Wes Welker and Randy Moss in the prime of their careers at the same time along with Jabar Gaffney. We had a good running game, a great offensive line. Rodney Harrison, Tedy Bruschi, Asante Samuel -- we had incredible talent and our offense was so prolific. It was an incredible year. Then to lose -- we lost to a really good football team who played really well that particular day and it took some pretty great plays to beat us."
Like the rest of us, Brady couldn't believe David Tyree made that one-handed grab against the side of his helmet that set up the winning touchdown.
“I remember after the game I was trying to think, ‘Man, am I dreaming?’ Let me wake up and then start the day over,” Brady said. “I just didn’t think we could lose.”
They did, of course. And they lost again in Februrary 2012, when the Giants and Patriots had their Super Bowl rematch. But Brady got his fourth Super Bowl ring this February when New England outlasted Seattle.
Back to the present, two division leaders will face off when the 5-4 Giants will host the 8-0 Patriots this Sunday at 4:25 pm ET.