Super Bowl XLII

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Super Bowl XLII
Super Bowl XLII logo
1 2 3 4th total
New England Patriots 0 7th 0 7th 14th
New York Giants 3 0 0 14th 17th
date February 3, 2008
Stadion University of Phoenix Stadium
city Glendale
MVP Eli Manning
favourite Patriots with 12 over / under 54
National anthem Jordin Sparks
coin toss Ronnie Lott , Jerry Rice , Steve Young and Craig Walsh
Referee Mike Carey
Halftime show Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
Number of visitors 72,000
Television broadcast
Network FOX
Germany The first
Commentators Joe Buck and Troy Aikman
Commentators (Germany) Andreas Witte and Dirk Froberg
Nielsen Ratings 44.7
Market share 66
Audience rating (Germany) 540,000 (11.7% market share)
(14 to 49 year olds)
400,000 (14.7% market share)
Commercial price 2.7 million dollars (1.8 million euros )
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The Super Bowl XLII was the 42nd Super Bowl , the final of the 2007 season of the National Football League (NFL) in American football . After the regular season , the champions of the National Football Conference (NFC), the New York Giants , and the champions of the American Football Conference (AFC), the New England Patriots , faced each other on February 3, 2008 at the University of Phoenix Stadium ( Glendale, Arizona ) opposite.

The New England Patriots had the chance to become the second team in NFL history to play a perfect season after the Miami Dolphins ( 1972 season and Super Bowl VII ) .

The Patriots started the race as favorites with a rating of twelve points, but still lost the Super Bowl with 14:17. For Super Bowl MVP was quarterback of the Giants, Eli Manning , selected.


See also main article: National Football League 2007

New England Patriots

The Patriots experienced a season of superlatives. Coach Bill Belichick's team won all 16 games of the season and set several NFL records: most points (589), most touchdowns (75) and best point difference (+315). The heart of the team was quarterback Tom Brady , who won the NFL Most Valuable Player Award with career highs of 4,806 yards and 50 touchdowns thrown . He was supported by a duo of strong wide receivers , Randy Moss (98 passes caught, 23 touchdowns caught (NFL record)) and newcomer Wes Welker , who caught 112 throws (season best), both of whom were voted into the Pro Bowl . With reserve wide receiver Donté Stallworth and tight end Benjamin Watson , they had reliable third and fourth options. Running backs Laurence Maroney , Sammy Morris and Kevin Faulk scored ten touchdowns in the running game . The throwing and running game was protected by a strong offensive line with three pro bowlers (Guard Logan Mankins , Tackle Matt Light , Center Dan Koppen ). On the defensive, nose tackle Vince Wilfork and linebacker Mike Vrabel made it into the Pro Bowl, supplemented by an experienced linebacker corps with Adalius Thomas , Juniour Seau and Tedy Bruschi . In the defensive backs , Pro Bowl cornerback Asante Samuel stood out with six interceptions , and Safety Rodney Harrison . In the play-offs , the Jacksonville Jaguars were defeated with 31-20 and then the San Diego Chargers with 21-12.

Graduation after the regular season:

AFC East
New England Patriots 16 0 0 1,000 589 274 W-16
Buffalo Bills 7th 9 0 0.438 252 354 L-3
New York Jets 4th 12 0 0.250 268 355 W-1
Miami Dolphins 1 15th 0 0.063 267 437 L-2

New York Giants

The New York Giants Coach Tom Coughlin won Although ten season games, but were in their division only second to the Dallas Cowboys . The team suffered from the departure of long-time running back Tiki Barber and from the inconsistent play of their quarterback Eli Manning . Tight end Jeremy Shockey and defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka were also out. The offense about Manning, the wide receivers Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer and running back Brandon Jacobs was considered unspectacular (373 points, 14th place). The defense around the only pro bowler (defensive end Osi Umenyiora ), the other defensive ends Michael Strahan and Justin Tuck was similarly mediocre (351 opponent points, 17th place), but was known for their considerable number of quarterback sacks : they tore 53 in total -time the opposing quarterback to (place 1). In the play-offs they always had to play away games as the lowest-seeded team, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (24-14), the Dallas Cowboys (20-17) and the Green Bay Packers (23-20) were defeated one after the other .

In order to crack the Patriots' offensive line peppered with pro-bowlers , behind which Patriots quarterback Tom Brady often got a lot of time to throw, the Giants devised a defensive line strategy focused on speed, which was dubbed " NASCAR ". Contrary to the usual formation with two physically strong defensive tackles in the center and two agile defensive ends on the outside, they often set up three or all four defensive ends (Kiwanuka, Strahan, Tuck and Umenyiora). In theory, their speed should overwhelm the New England offensive line, and get to quarterback Sacks versus Brady. For this a physical inferiority was accepted.

Completion status after the regular season:

NFC East
Dallas Cowboys 13 3 0 0.813 455 325 L-1
New York Giants 10 6th 0 0.625 373 351 L-1
Washington Redskins 9 7th 0 0.563 334 310 W-4
Philadelphia Eagles 8th 8th 0 0.500 336 300 W-3


Wild Card Round Divisional Round Conference Championships Super bowl
January 5th - Heinz Field January 12th - Gillette Stadium
1 New England 31
4th Pittsburgh 27 January 20 - Gillette Stadium
5 Jacksonville 20th
5 Jacksonville 31
January 13th - RCA Dome
1 New England 21st
3 San Diego 12
January 6 - Qualcomm Stadium
AFC Championship
2 Indianapolis 24
3 San Diego 17th February 3 - University of Phoenix Stadium
3 San Diego 28
6th Tennessee 6th
January 12th - Lambeau Field
January 5th - Qwest Field A1 New England 14th
N5 New York Giants 17th
Super Bowl XLII
2 Green Bay 42
3 Seattle 35 January 20 - Lambeau Field
3 Seattle 20th
6th Washington 14th
January 13 - Texas Stadium
2 Green Bay 20th
5 New York Giants 23 1
January 6th - Raymond James Stadium
NFC Championship
1 Dallas 17th
4th Tampa Bay 14th
5 New York Giants 21st
5 New York Giants 24

  • 1 after extension
  • The team with the lower seeding number has home rights and is named here first, in contrast to the practice in the USA where the visiting team is named first.

Super Bowl foreplay

During the last week of the regular season , the Patriots played against the Giants . The Patriots won the game 38-35, continuing their winning streak.


Starting grid

NY Giants position New England
Plaxico Burress WR Wes Welker
David Diehl LT Matt Light
Rich Seubert LG Logan Mankins
Shaun O'Hara C. Dan Koppen
Chris Snee RG Stephen Neal
Kareem McKenzie RT Nick Kaczur
Kevin Boss TE Benjamin Watson
Amani Toomer WR Randy Moss !
Eli Manning QB Tom Brady
Brandon Jacobs RB Laurence Maroney
Madison Hedgecock FB Heath Evans
Michael Strahan ! LE Ty Warren
Barry Cofield LDT / NT Vince Wilfork
Fred Robbins RDT / RE Richard Seymour
Osi Umenyiora RE / LOLB Mike Vrabel
Reggie Torbor LOLB / MLB Tedy Bruschi
Antonio Pierce MLB / ROLB Adalius Thomas
Kawika Mitchell ROLB / DB Brandon Meriweather
Aaron Ross LCB Asante Samuel
Corey Webster RCB Ellis Hobbs
James Butler SS Rodney Harrison
Gibreel Wilson FS James Sanders


! = later Hall of Famer

Match report

The Giants began the longest series of attacks the Super Bowl history at (9:59 minutes) and went through kicker Lawrence Tynes per field goal lead (NYG 3: NE 0). In return, the Patriots' running back, Lawrence Maroney , led New England to the Giants 1-yard line with two big plays and his quarterback Tom Brady with three successful throws, whereupon Maroney ran into the end zone for a touchdown (extra point kick from Stephen Gostkowski successful, NE 7: NYG 3). Although only two drives had been played, 15:03 minutes had already passed. In the following period, both teams neutralized each other, and it went 7: 3 into the half-time break.

In the third quarter, New England came to the Giants' 32-yard line. But instead of trying a 49-yard field goal in the 4th down and 13 yards or nailing the Giants to their end zone with a targeted punt , Patriots coach Bill Belichick decided that quarterback Tom Brady would get the 13 missing yards with a throw should. One reason was that at that time Kicker had only met Gostkowski once in his career from this distance. When Brady's throw went wrong, New York got football back as a turnover on the downs . In the fourth quarter, Giants quarterback Eli Manning managed a pass to tight end Kevin Boss (45 yards), and a little later Manning threw his first touchdown from five yards to wide receiver David Tyree (extra point Tynes successful, NYG 10: NE 7 ). In return, the Patriots' quarterback, Tom Brady, struck back with several successful throws at wide receiver Wes Welker , and a little later the other wide receiver, Randy Moss , caught a 6-yard pass to renew the lead (extra point Gostkowski successful, NE 14 : NYG 10). With 2:39 minutes remaining, the Giants started on their own 17-yard line. Quarterback Manning led a drive that the Giants kept alive with luck and skill: once Giants running back Brandon Jacobs prevented a forced ball loss in the fourth down and one yard ("4th-and-1") with a 2-yard run (“Turnover on Downs”), who would have decided the game, a little later Patriots cornerback Asante Samuel slipped a potentially game-deciding interception through his fingers. In midfield, Manning was almost sacked by Patriots defensive lineman Richard Seymour , but broke loose and threw a long pass at David Tyree. In a dive, Tyree managed to press the football to his helmet so that the pass counted as "caught", and a little later Manning completed a 13-yard pass to wide receiver Plaxico Burress (extra point Tynes successful, NYG 17: NE 14 ). With 29 seconds remaining, Brady tried several long passes ( Hail Mary ) on Randy Moss, but none of them were caught.

Eli Manning was named the Super Bowl MVP . The Giants, who had gone into the game as blatant outsiders, won the Super Bowl for the third time in the club's history. The Patriots, undefeated throughout the regular season, missed the second perfect season for an NFL team since the Miami Dolphins (1972). This corresponded to the course of the game: the Giants gained more space (338 yards - 274 yards) and had longer possession of the ball (30:29 minutes - 29:33 minutes). Eli Manning, who was rated rather inconspicuous before the Super Bowl, gained almost as much space as his opponent Tom Brady (255 - 266), who was elected season MVP . It was noticeable that the Giants almost completely eliminated New England's historically strong offense (589 points, 75 touchdowns, +315 point difference: all new NFL records): the 14 Patriots points mean the season low, the Patriots running game only scored 45 Yards of space gained throughout the game, and the Giants - also because of their "NASCAR" defensive line tactics - sank Brady five times .


  • 1st quarter
    • NYG - Lawrence Tynes 32 yard field goal, 5:01. Giants 3-0. Drive: 16 plays, 63 yards, 9:59 minutes
  • 2nd quarter
  • 3rd Quarter
    • No point gain.
  • 4th Quarter
    • NYG - David Tyree 5 yard pass by Eli Manning (Kick Lawrence Tynes), 11:05. Giants 10-7 Drive: 6 plays, 80 yards, 3:47 minutes
    • NE - Randy Moss 6 yard pass by Tom Brady (kick Stephen Gostkowski), 2:42. Patriots 14-10 Drive: 12 plays, 80 yards, 5:15 minutes
    • NYG - Plaxico Burress 13 yard pass by Eli Manning (Kick Lawrence Tynes), 0:35. Giants 17-14 Drive: 12 plays, 83 yards, 2:10 minutes

Television broadcast

The University of Phoenix Stadium

In the USA

In the USA the game was broadcast by FOX . The game could be seen there in 720p HDTV . The game was commentated by Joe Buck and Troy Aikman . The broadcast with preliminary coverage took nine hours.

The game was the most watched of all Super Bowls shown up to that point.

Since the Super Bowl is the best lead-in program for a television event, the series scored Dr. House also received her best audience response to date after the game.

In German-speaking countries

Free TV


Das Erste broadcast the game on German free TV from 0:10. The broadcast ended at 4.30 CET ( two-channel stereo).


In Austria, the ORF broadcast the game live, the preliminary reporting began at 11:40 p.m. ( two-channel sound German / English).

Pay TV

The broadcaster NASN broadcast with English commentary from midnight.

On the Internet

KTVK broadcast match reports before and after worldwide on the Internet.


During the game, FOX showed 63 commercials for a total of $ 260 million in advertising . A 30-second commercial cost approximately $ 2.7 million. Many commercials were shot specifically for the Super Bowl. After the game, the spots were made available online on MySpace and the official NFL site.

Web links

Commons : Super Bowl XLII  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Live Betting Lines and Odds (English)
  2. 'Idol' Jordin Sparks to sing anthem at Super Bowl XLII (English)
  3. Super Bowl XLII to honor Bill Walsh  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as broken. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (English)@1@ 2Template: Dead Link /  
  4. ESPN [1] (English)
  5. : "Super Bowl" only a hit with the boys
  6. Pats' historic season earns large point spread in Super Bowl (English)
  7. a b Giants' unique pass rush focuses on Tom Brady , Denver Post
  8. NFL .com: Play-by-Play - New York Giants at New England Patriots - 2007 21 ( Memento from February 6, 2008 in the Internet Archive ) (English)
  9. FoxFlash: Primetime Listings ( Memento from February 2, 2008 in the Internet Archive ) (English)
  10. : "Super Bowl" -Sunday brings "House" record ratings
  11. TV feature film : TV program
  12. : Superbowl: Commercials bring in up to 260 million dollars
  13. Between advertising millions and sports hysteria ( archive)
  14. Super Bowl XLII on Myspace (English)