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For the final week of the 2007 NFL regular season, the New England Patriots arrived at Giants Stadium in New Jersey to face the New York Giants. The game earned worldwide coverage and attention to a degree never seen in a regular season game before - to where it was simulcast over multiple US television networks, a task not seen since the very first Superbowl in January 1967. The reason for the attention was the quest of the Patriots for a perfect season. The Patriots had won all fifteen of their previous games and were on the brink of becoming the first team to sweep a sixteen-game regular season and only the fourth team in NFL history to sweep the entirety of their regular season, a feat not accomplished since the 1972 Miami Dolphins won their fourteen-game schedule of 1972 en route to a perfect playoff sweep and championship - in an irony not lost on many, the Patriots had defeated the present-day Miami Dolphins 28-7 the previous week.
The Patriots also had two offensive records to ...
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This was the first career meeting between Eli Manning and the Patriots; Eli thus became the third member of the Manning family to face off against the Patriots. His father Archie Manning quarterbacked the New Orleans Saints in two career match-ups with the Patriots in 1972 and 1980, both Patriots wins - Archie missed a December 1976 meeting with New England. Eli's older brother Peyton Manning's showdowns with the Patriots (who to that point held an 11-5 record against him after a 24-20 defeat of Peyton earlier that season) as quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts had by then become one of the all-time most famous rivalries in sports. See more