- The Washington Times - Monday, February 4, 2008

The New York Giants’ victory over the previously undefeated New England Patriots ranks among the greatest upsets in Super Bowl history:

III: N.Y. Jets 16, Colts 7

 No one outside of the Jets’ locker room gave the youthful champions of the lightly regarded AFL any chance of beating the mighty Colts. But behind cocky quarterback Joe Namath, physical running back Matt Snell and an opportunistic defense, the Jets jumped ahead 13-0 in the third quarter and cruised to victory and history.

IV: Kansas City 23, Minnesota 7

 The Jets’ great upset of the Colts didn’t change many minds about the AFL. The NFL champion Vikings were heavily favored in Super Bowl IV, but the Chiefs of coach Hank Stram dominated from the start. The Chiefs’ fierce defense harassed Vikings quarterback Joe Kapp, and Kansas City’s Len Dawson shined in the final premerger game.

XXXVI: New England 20, St. Louis 17

 A year removed from the AFC East cellar, the Patriots and new quarterback Tom Brady took on the Rams, champions from two years earlier. Patriots coach Bill Belichick kept “The Greatest Show on Turf” under control, and Adam Vinatieri won it with a last-second, 48-yard field goal.

XXV: N.Y. Giants 20, Buffalo 19

 The Bills had a high-flying offense led by quarterback Jim Kelly and running back Thurman Thomas. The Giants countered with career backup quarterback Jeff Hostetler and aging running back O.J. Anderson. The Giants’ ferocious 3-4 defense prevailed but only after Bills kicker Scott Norwood missed a last-second 47-yard field goal.

XXXII: Denver 31, Green Bay 24

 The Packers were the defending champs. The Broncos, who had endured their usual playoff heartache the previous year, had to beat the Chiefs and Steelers on the road just to reach the Super Bowl. But Terrell Davis ran for 157 yards to give the Broncos and quarterback John Elway their first Super Bowl victory.

David Elfin

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