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  • 07:21 PM ET  02.05

Eli ManningGLENDALE, Ariz. -- There must be something about the University of Phoenix Stadium. That was the first thing that crossed my mind as I stood behind the Giants end zone after they had completed one of the greatest upsets in NFL history during one of the greatest Super Bowls ever played.

A little over a year ago, I was on the field at the Fiesta Bowl when Boise State pulled of one of the greatest upsets in college football history in one of the greatest bowl games ever played. A friend of mine who was with me at the game asked which one I thought was better. I said the Super Bowl was the bigger upset (everyone was bracing themselves for those 19-0 chants, Boise State was undefeated going into their game), but the Fiesta Bowl was the better game, or at least had the better ending. There will be movies and books produced (if there aren't some already) about the final moments of that game.

Taking a page out of Mike & The Mad Dog's Super Bowl book, I watched the game from the stands as a spectator, sitting amongst a group of Giants season ticket holders. I actually ran into Mike after the game and he said watching the game in the crowd was one of the most enjoyable experiences he's ever had and I couldn't agree more. I'm not going to complain about sitting in the press box, especially during last year's Super Bowl when it was pouring on all those poor souls that had taken out a second mortgage for tickets, but there was something special about watching Super Bowl XLII in the stands with fans that had lived and breathed the Giants' roller coaster season.

I actually spent Super Bowl week covering the party scene for SI. I know, tough gig, but someone has to do it. Anyway, here's an extra little tidbit from the Giants' post-game party back in New York.

The Giants flew into Newark on Monday night and headed straight over to Chelsea hotspot Pink Elephant, which opened on a closed night quietly for the team to have their first of many victory celebrations.  The packed house of Giants went crazy when the DJ played 'Another One Bites the Dust' (the song that has been playing in Foxsboro all season) with happy fans spraying magnums of Dom Perignon on local hero David Tyree, who's amazing catch Sunday helped keep the Giants' game-winning drive alive. Among the players celebrating included Antonio Pierce, Reuben Droughns, Sam Madison, Ahmad Bradshaw, Aaron Ross, Kareem McKenzie, Mathia Kiwanuka , Geoffrey Pope, Brandon Jacobs, and Kawika Mitchell.  Even cross-town rival, New York Jet Kerry Rhodes joined the "Giant" celebration. 

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