New England Patriots defeat New York Giants, 38-35

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Here's how you know you're destined to go down in history as something special.

You call your dream play - Randy Moss streaking down the right side of the football field while Tom Brady cocks his golden arm and throws it just about as far as he can - and the ball is just a little bit short, and Moss has to come back to it, and incredibly, unbelievably, drops it at the 18-yard line, with no one between him and the end zone.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - In a fitting finish to Boston's magical year in sports, the New England Patriots - Bill Belichick's History Boys - last night recovered from a 12-point, second-half deficit and defeated the New York Giants, 38-35, to complete the first 16-0 regular season in the history of the National Football League.

Tom Brady set the record for touchdown passes in a season (50), Randy Moss set the record for touchdown catches (23), and the Patriots set the sea...

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Highlight-reel 65-yard touchdown passes like the Tom Brady-to-Randy Moss connection that changed the complexion of last night's game aren't possible without star players at both ends of the connection, but don't overlook another key aspect of the play: the time in which Brady had to throw.

If there was a signature play for the Patriots' offensive line, the fourth-quarter bomb to Moss down the right sideline was it. On a night in which the linemen...

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Patriots started their season with a 38-14 victory at Giants Stadium Sept. 9. Last night, 112 days later, they ended it with a win at Giants Stadium, perfect symmetry for a perfect regular season.

By dispatching the New York Giants, 38-35, the Patriots produced the first 16-0 regular season in NFL history - the league switched to 16 games in 1978 - and became just the fourth team in league history to go through the regular season undefeated, ...