New England Patriots (2007)
This was the year when New England should have become the first NFL Team to go 19-0. The Patriots had a phenomenal unbeaten season as they ran through their rivals. They made it to the Super Bowl as the overwhelming favorites against Eli Manning’s New York Giants.
New York’s defense led by coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and star defensive end Michael Strahan left its mark on Tom Brady as they sacked him five times. He was unable to inspire the league’s best offense and they fell to a shocking 17-14 defeat. Few people if anyone expected this but the Giants stayed calm and pulled off the upset with ‘The Helmet Catch’ by backup wide receiver David Tyree. Brady and the Pats went back to Foxborough with broken hearts (via Giants.com).