Patriots Achieve Perfection
Giants put up fight but can't stop New England's sweet 16
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 29, 2007 11:51 PM CST
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, right, chats with wide receiver Randy Moss (81) during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the New York Giants at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Giants didn't get the memo that their matchup with unbeaten New England was meaningless, as they put up a commendable fight in a 38-35 loss, reports The New York Times. The Patriots became the first team to finish the regular season undefeated since 1972, and also set several records in the process, including most points scored in one season.

And in one long play, Tom Brady and Randy Moss set individual single-season records for TD passes (50) and TD receptions (23) respectively, and put their team ahead to stay after a 12-point deficit in the second half. "I'm proud of the way this team responded," said the unflappable quarterback. Next up: complete the road to 19-0 and best ever.