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Patriots relive Super Bowl heartbreak in Giants loss

It was more of the same for New England and its fans today.

It was nearly four years ago when Randy Moss caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady with 2:42 left in Super Bowl XLII, all but ensuring a Patriots perfect season.

We all know how that one ended.

New England today had its shot at redemption against the very same Giants team that denied them a title.

The Pats lost. And — as if to crush New England fans even more — the ending was almost exactly the same as the Super Bowl.

The only difference? There were a few more points scored in today's 24-20 decision.

In 2008, New York quarterback Eli Manning threw to Plaxico Burress from the Patriots 13 with 35 seconds on the clock. Burress made an athletic grab, and the Giants coasted in with a 17-14 victory, snatched from the jaws of a 14-10 deficit.

Yesterday, Brady hit Rob Gronkowski for a 14-yard TD with 1:36 to play, giving New England a 20-17 lead.

But again, Manning was man enough. He marched the Giants 80 yards in 1:24, and capped the comeback with a 1-yard scoring pass to Jake Ballard.

Somewhere, David Tyree was smiling.

 
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