So I guess the Patriots aren't among the best teams of all-time.
The Giants took care of that Sunday night, making the Patriots nothing more than a footnote in history - a team that went 16-0 in the regular season and didn't win the big one.
Was it a good season for the Patriots? Sure.
But the lack of a championship guarantees that they can't be discussed with the best of all-time.
The Giants beat the Patriots by putting an obscene amount of pressure on Tom Brady. They hit him. They hurried him. They sacked him.
And the New England offensive line was exposed for being not all that it had been cracked up to be.
Was Brady's ankle a factor? Probably. He certainly didn't look as confident or mobile as he had been earlier this season.
The Giants blitzed at times, but just as often, they got to Brady with a four-man rush.
And that's what you need to do to beat Brady. You can't blitz every play, because when it's picked up, you're in trouble. But if you can mix it up and get there whether you send six or send four, now you're in business because it becomes a chess game.
There's some fire in the smoke coming out about the recent news that the Patriots filmed the Rams in a walkthrough before the Super Bowl in 2001.
If there's proof, Bill Belichick could go down for a long time.