Feb. 6, 2008
As the clock ran down in Super Bowl XLII on Sunday night, that was former Brown standout Zak DeOssie '07 you saw helping to slam the door on the New York Giants' thrilling 17-14 victory. A key player on special teams for the NFL Champions all season long, DeOssie had a tackle in the game's final minute, and was an important part of the Giants' success in the battle for field position all game long.
On the kickoff following the clinching New York touchdown with 35 seconds remaining in the game, DeOssie and teammate Chase Blackburn combined to stop New England kick returner Laurence Maroney after just 17 yards, forcing the Patriots to begin their final drive on their own 26-yard-line. That drive would prove futile, as the Patriots actually lost 10 yards before turning the ball over on downs.
DeOssie also long-snapped on the four New York punts during the game, as punter Jeff Feagles and the Giants' special teams held New England to an average starting point of their own 18-yard-line on their four ensuing drives. The Giants' superior field position when starting drives was a key factor in the game, as the Giants started on their own 32 on average, whereas the average Patriots drive started on their own 23.