The New York Giants did it. Again. And for the last time until the fall, we present to you the final NFL Recap of the 2011-2012 season. The Buffalo Bills looked legit at one point; then they realized Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, Andre Reed and Bruce Smith weren’t walking through the proverbial front door anytime soon. The Packers looked unbeatable for damn near the entire season. Jason Garrett iced his own kicker while Tebowmania reached an all-time high. Needless to say, it’s been one hell of a ride, folks.
1. Karma’s a bitch. In one of the more WTF moments of the weekend, the Patriots cut Tiquan Underwood the day before the game guaranteeing the mysterious cloak around Bill Belichick became even darker.
2. Tiki Barber must be the loneliest man in the world right now.
4. There was a lot of back and forth on social media, but the halftime show was entertaining. A lot of lip-syncing, but I’d be damned if Madonna didn’t hold my attention. M.I.A. giving the entire world the one-finger salute gave me a laugh from a good, hearty place, too.
5. Outside of the opening minutes of the game, the Patriots’ coverage on Victor Cruz was more than impressive as he only ended with 25 yards on four receptions. Mario Manningham had “the catch.” Hakeem Nicks though? Based off what the victory meant for history and legacies, his impact on the game (10 catches for 109 yards) probably will never receive the just due it rightfully should.
6. Honest question. Just based off the past year, is Eli Manning – and here comes that word again – the most “clutch” player in sports? He’s won EVERY big game he’s had to and looked eerily calm doing so. And yes, I know I’m setting myself up with this one.
7. Birdman lost $5M. And I doubt he even cares.
8. Wes Welker’s drop will be replayed until the NFL files for bankruptcy 250 years from now. That one play changed the entire game. If he catches that, the Giants maybe never get the ball back.
9. It’s going to be mighty interesting to see how the history books, columnists, Skip Bayless and Twitter write the legacy of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. Two of the best ever at the respective positions, indeed, but two heartbreaking losses to the same team in basically the same fashion just…You know what, nevermind.
10. The ball is officially in Peyton’s court.