The Curse of Eli
The New York Giants and their quarterback Eli Manning came back to haunt Belichick twice. New England’s most painful moment came in Super Bowl XLII in a tight defensive battle. The Patriots were heavy favorites after an amazing, unbeaten 2007 season that saw them go 16-0 (via SBNation).
However, David Tyree’s iconic helmet catch saw the Giants win the game. He crushed New England’s dream of a perfect season in one satisfying moment. ‘Big Blue’ beat the Patriots again in 2011 in another painful defeat. Eli Manning had the edge when it counted against Belichick and Tom Brady.