Report: Tom Brady’s ‘Arrogance’ Fueled Giants In Super Bowl XLII

NEW YORK (WFAN) — Hey, who are you scoffing at?

That was the feeling four years ago among a handful of Giants defenders when Tom Brady pooh-poohed Plaxico Burress’ Super Bowl XLII prediction.

Justin Tuck told the New York Post that when Brady disrespected Burress’ 23-17 pick in favor of the Giants, the whole room “turned red.”

“I remember the arrogance of the whole way he scoffed,” defensive end Osi Umenyiora told the paper. “I remember that making us particularly angry.”

Osi added: “We just knew then that we were gonna take his head off. We just knew that right then. I mean, come on, man. There’s levels of arrogance, you understand what I mean? In the interview, like psssshhh, ‘We’re only gonna score 17 points?’ ”

The Giants, of course, went on to beat the then-undefeated Patriots 17-14 thanks to “The Catch” from Eli Manning to David Tyree — and excellent play on defense.

This season, the Patriots have won 10 in a row (two in the playoffs on top of eight in the regular season). With another win on Feb. 5 in Indianapolis, Brady and company would give New England their fourth Lombardi Trophy.

Beware, Giants. This time it’ll be Brady out for revenge.

“I still can’t watch highlights of that (Super Bowl XLII) game, I think that’s just the way it is,” Brady told Boston’s WEEI radio on Monday. “You get to the end, and we had a great opportunity there and really squandered it because we didn’t play our very best.”

The key might be to rattle the Patriots quarterback.

According to the New York Daily News, one assistant coach in the NFL found a glaring weakness when dissecting game tape from last year’s Jets playoff win over New England.

“There’s not a doubt in my mind that they rattled him. He started seeing things that weren’t even there,” the unnamed coach told the paper. “He’s human. He literally ducked down one time and there was no one there. Nobody was close to him. He thought he saw something and it wasn’t there. He literally ducked. We were literally like, ‘Did you see that? Is that really Tom Brady?’ ”

Will Brady get his revenge next Sunday, or will the Giants make it 2 for 2 in the Super Bowl against the quarterback? Sound off below…

  • Tom Travisano

    Eli was under tremendous pressure all day vs the 49ers. He took six sacks but never cracked, never gave up the ball. Instead, the 9ers made the fatal mistakes and lost the game. Against the Packers, Eli faced less pressure and scored 37 points. If the Giants can rattle Brady with pressure and give Eli some time to throw, the G-men should win. Even if both QBs face heavy pressure, the G-men have a chance.

  • Robert Leonardo

    Giants win this game and it really won’t be that close 34-20. Pats are a paper tiger, and Tom Brady cant beat anyone lying down on the job–a place he will be most of the game.

  • chris d.

    For All U Patriot fans, here is the real deal… The G-Men laid out the blueprint starting with the last game of the 2007 season on how to Beat up, confuse, and rattle Tom Brady and all u Patriot fans know it. The Giants will Put constant pressure on him thus confusing him. The Giants offense will have a field day in the passing game using their 3 stud recievers.

  • Tommy C

    The Giants already know Gronkowski is out with ligament damaged . The cheaters, as always are hiding it . I can’t wait to see Brady ducking , diving doing whatever he needs to do to get away from JPP,OSI,CANTY and of course TUCK which one are you going to double team cause you can’t double them all. Its going to be fun watching Brady running for his life You can’t spell ELITE w/o ELI who will win his 2nd Super Bowl MVP ………………….LIKE I SAID ……….CAN’T WAIT !!!!!!!

  • John Koz

    The Giants are talking about Tom Brady’s arrogance? That’s funny since the Giants are the most arrogant team in the league.

    • Gary L.

      Most arrogant thet gets no respect. You must be a Patriot fan or Ny Giant hater.

  • Nostradamus Rex

    I expect the underrated Pats D-line to outshine the G-man line. The Pats reliance on the vertical passing game is no longer there, The law firm is a much better than Moroney those factors should minimize the strength of the Giants (pass rush). I expect both teams to score in the high twenties and the team with the ball last wins. It’s going to be a stressful football day!

  • nygfan4life10-80-88

    Also if Grponkowski doesn’t p[lay, that’s a huge loss for them. That’s one less weapon, and a vital part of that offense!

  • nygfan4life1080

    If we can consistently get to Brady I like our chances. Like the article says, he’s human, prone to start pressing and forcing the issue. Any time you get a QB to start getting what I call Hot Feet, you have a chance. We have a two game winning streak against this team and that accounts for something!!! It just might be that we have their number. I think Brady is a great QB but he’s not unbeatable!!!!

  • martinmunson

    Come on Patriots fans living in New York! Let’s all help heal Gronk’s ankle by GRONKING some footballs! Watch Gronking videos or submit your own!

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