It broke the record for the most viewed Super Bowl halftime show ever, defeating Michael Jackson's previous record, with 114 million viewers throughout the world. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images), GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 03: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots walks on…, GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 03: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots walks on the field in the second quarter of Super Bowl XLII against the New York Giants on February 3, 2008 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. [43], This year's Super Bowl entertainment had many connections to Fox's series American Idol. [43] An ad for Old Milwaukee beer featuring Will Ferrell aired a single time on only 1 station in Nebraska. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images), GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 03: Ahmad Bradshaw #44 of the New York Giants is tackled by…, GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 03: Ahmad Bradshaw #44 of the New York Giants is tackled by Ty Warren #94 of the New England Patriots during Super Bowl XLII on February 3, 2008 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. [5] Carey also officiated the last game between the Giants and Patriots. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images), GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 03: (L-R) Quarterbacks Matt Cassel #16, Tom Brady #12 and Matt Gutierrez…, GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 03: (L-R) Quarterbacks Matt Cassel #16, Tom Brady #12 and Matt Gutierrez #7 of the New England Patriots take the field for warm-ups before taking on the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII on February 3, 2008 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The Giants had a defensive line that was led by defensive ends Osi Umenyiora (the lone Pro Bowl representative on the team, the fewest a Super Bowl team has ever had), Michael Strahan, and Justin Tuck. [62] American Sign Language translation for both songs was performed by Rachel Mazique, the currently reigning Miss Deaf America. The Patriots became the first team in Super Bowl history to lose Super Bowls in four different decades (1985, 1996, 2007, 2011). One of the key plays in the game was a Hail Mary pass by Manning to Hakeem Nicks, giving New York a 20–10 lead at the end of the first half. Crowds of elated New Yorkers, surprised by their team's unexpected victory, packed Second Avenue in Manhattan, stalling traffic around Manhattan. Locally, Gil Santos and Gino Cappelletti called the game for the Patriots on WBCN radio, and Bob Papa, Dick Lynch, and Carl Banks called the Giants' radio broadcast on WFAN-AM.

[29] It was also streamed live online, both to computers (via NFL.com and NBCSports.com) and mobile devices (via Verizon Wireless's NFL Mobile app), the first legal online streaming of a Super Bowl telecast in the USA. The FCC ruled against Terry on February 3, two days before the game, when NBC owned-and-operated WMAQ-TV in Chicago refused to air the ad, citing the same equal-time statutes and the fact that Terry did not appear to be a bona fide candidate. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images), GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 03: Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants warms up…, GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 03: Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants warms up before Super Bowl XLII against the New England Patriots on February 3, 2008 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

[45] Both Chrysler chief marketing officer Olivier François and Chrysler Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne denied that the ad was intended as a politically oriented message. Proposed renovations to the 1970s-vintage Giants Stadium were still being disputed amongst the various parties. The songs "American Girl", "I Won't Back Down", "Free Fallin'", and "Runnin' Down a Dream" were performed by the band to kick off their 2008 world tour. Technically, the game had little significance, since both teams had already clinched their respective spots in the playoffs. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images), GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 03: Lawrence Tynes #9 of the New York Giants celebrates after he…, GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 03: Lawrence Tynes #9 of the New York Giants celebrates after he successfully kicks a 32-yard field goal attempt with Chris Snee #76 to give the Giants a 3-0 lead in the first quarter against the New England Patriots during Super Bowl XLII on February 3, 2008 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Eli Manning became (and still remains) the only quarterback to throw for more than 4,900 yards and win a Super Bowl in the same season.

This early departure was later criticized by some sportswriters, but other reporters defended Belichick by noting that he did not snub Coughlin (which would have been surprising anyway because the two coaches were friends from their days working together for Bill Parcells) and that the outcome of the game had been decided.

The room shortage and high prices caused some attendees to plan to stay in Chicago, 180 miles away, and ride buses to events. [65] The Patriots won the toss, the first AFC team to do so in the Super Bowl in 15 years. New York's defensive line was led by defensive ends Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul and Osi Umenyiora.

(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images), GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 28: Members of the grounds crew prepare the field in preparation of…, GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 28: Members of the grounds crew prepare the field in preparation of Super Bowl XLII at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 28, 2008 in Glendale, Arizona. This streak came to an end in the 2016–17 NFL playoffs, where the Giants were defeated 38-13 by the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field in the Wild Card round. Then, on December 2, 2007, it was officially announced that the halftime entertainment would be provided by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. It was a 5 disc set that featured the full broadcasts of the last game of the regular season and all four playoff games. Adalius Thomas, an off-season signing from the Ravens, recorded six sacks. Eli Manning was awarded the Pete Rozelle Trophy for being named MVP,[2][53] and also received the keys to a 2009 Cadillac Escalade hybrid SUV. After recording just one interception in his first three years, Arrington picked off 7 passes in 2011 to lead the NFL in that category, while also making 88 tackles.

1 – Dates in the list denote the season, not necessarily the calendar year in which the championship game was played. Should the Giants claim EDGE Takk McKinley? [58][59] After their Super Bowl XXV championship in 1991, then-owner Wellington Mara chose not to hold any celebrations due to the Gulf War. Other major contributors to the Patriots' passing game included Donté Stallworth, who added 697 yards and three touchdowns, and tight end Benjamin Watson, whose 36 receptions totaled 389 yards and six touchdowns.

[49], According to Rolling Stone, the engagement was actually offered to the Eagles by the NFL, but the offer was turned down.[50]. Sky Sports broadcast the game in both standard and high definition using Fox's feed and announcers. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images), GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 03: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots lays on…, GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 03: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots lays on the ground after being sacked by defensive end Michael Strahan #92 of the New York Giants during the third quarter of Super Bowl XLII on February 3, 2008 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

The Giants took 9:59 seconds off the clock and a 3-0 lead after being stopped on 3rd and 11. By the 2007 season, many sports writers were starting to question if Eli would ever live up to the expectations that accompanied being selected with the first overall pick in a draft.[24].

Two plays later, New England called their second timeout with 1:03 left after Bradshaw's one-yard run gave New York a 2nd down and goal on the six-yard line.