- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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Returning to New Orleans for the Super Bowl has conjured up some old feelings. Just a few days before Super Bowl XLVII, we have two former players going at it from teams not associated with this year's title game.
On one side you have Hall of Fame tailback Marshall Faulk, who says he's still upset about his St. Louis Rams being "cheated" out of a Super Bowl 11 years ago in New Orleans due to the New England Patriots' "Spygate" scandal. On the other side, you have former Patriots Pro Bowl defensive end Willie McGinest responding to Faulk by defending New England's first of three championships.
"If we had any extra information, then that game wouldn't have been as dramatic as it was, coming down to a field goal," McGinest told Comcast Sports Net in New England. "Trust me. It would have been a blowout."
The Patriots won the game, 20-17, with an Adam Vinatieri field goal in the final seconds, which jumpstarted New England's dynasty. The "Spygate" scandal broke years later, and it's clear that doesn't sit well with some former players like Faulk.
But beyond that, this looks like two retired players arguing over a game from more than a decade ago. The final score still stands in the record books and that's not going to change. It's time for everyone to move on.