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People watched Giants' thrilling victory in record numbers

Updated: February 4, 2008, 10:37 PM ET
By John Helyar | ESPN.com

The New England Patriots got upset by the New York Giants and lost their perfect season. But the NFL got perfect conditions to draw a record Super Bowl TV audience.

The Giants' 17-14 upset win drew an average of 97.5 million viewers, according to A.C. Nielsen, topping the old record average of 94.1 million. That was set in Super Bowl XXX in 1996, when Dallas beat Pittsburgh 27-17.

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