It’s been 40 years since Vince Lombardi and the Green Bay Packers won the Super Bowl, but one of his great sayings still holds true today. Football is a game of blocking and tackling. If you out block and out tackle your opponent, you win. Simple as that.
That’s what the New York Giants did to the New England Patriots. The Patriots couldn’t block the Giants front four, and as a result they rendered Tom Brady and his weapons useless. The Giants hit and harassed Brady all night long; he had no chance for big plays. Gee, without seven seconds to throw, he looked more like Kyle Boller than Joe Montana.
Offensively, the Giants did just enough to beat New England. When they ran, they ran hard and physical and gave Eli Manning just enough time to find his receivers. Why did the last touchdown happen? Because New England came with an all out blitz and the Giants picked it up. One-on-one few people can stay with Plaxico Burress.
Simply put this was a game that was won up front, and the Giants whipped the Patriots at the line of scrimmage. Congratulate the winners. They deserve it; this was no fluke. Ten straight wins on the road to get the Super Bowl. Are you kidding? This team is for real.
Somewhere upstairs, Lombardi, a former Giants assistant, is smiling. His way does still work. The old adage still applies even in this high tech, computerized era of football