This Day In Sports History (December 29th) – New England Patriots
It was on this day in 2007 that the New England Patriots defeated the New York Giants 38-35 in a game played at Giants Stadium. The win meant that the Patriots became the first team in NFL history to finish the regular season at 16-0.
The Patriots made major upgrades at the wide receiver position in the off-season by acquiring Pro Bowl receiver Randy Moss from the Raiders and restricted free-agent Wes Welker from the Miami Dolphins. These acquisitions finally gave quarterback Tom Brady some weapons at receiver and he took advantage of them as he finished the year with 50 touchdown passes, breaking Peyton Manning’s record of 49 set in 2004. Twenty-three of those touchdowns went to Randy Moss which was also a new record and the Patriots scored a record breaking 589 points in the regular season. Despite all of their success in the regular season, New England would fall short of their ultimate goal.
The Patriots dismantled teams throughout the 2007 season, but the one team that came closest to knocking them off would turn out to be their opponent in the Super Bowl. The Patriots entered the game at 18-0 and as heavy favorites, but were upset by the Giants 17-14.
Here is a tribute to the 2007 New England Patriots.
Devon White: MLB – Born December 29th 1962 (age 48) in Kingston, Jamaica
Jay Fiedler: NFL – Born December 29th 1971 (age 39) in Oceanside, New York
Richie Sexson: MLB – Born December 29th 1974 (age 36) in Portland, Oregon