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As always, the league considered several potential host cities before choosing the Phoenix area.
In this case, the process drew special interest because the league considered holding Super Bowl XLII in New York City or Washington, D. as a symbol of the recovery from the September 11 attacks. Aside from the obvious climatic concerns, it was also difficult to find a suitable stadium.
The game is regarded as one of the biggest upsets in the history of professional sports, The Patriots entered the game as 12-point favorites after becoming the first team to complete a perfect regular season since the 1972 Miami Dolphins, and the only one since the league expanded to a 16-game regular season schedule in 1978.
For "Jockey" the Coca-Cola-owned brand tapped Super Bowl regular Shaquille O'Neal, who chooses Vitaminwater as his drink of choice after making history as a horse jockey. O'Neal, reportedly an investor in the sports drink label, originated the idea to be a jockey in a Super Bowl "after hearing that Glaceau founder Mike Repole owned horses," USA Today reported at the time. "I'm a big fan of Super Bowl, and I'm a bigger fan of the commercials," O'Neal told USA Today. The Patriots then responded with running back Laurence Maroney's 1-yard touchdown run on the first play of the second quarter.After a scoreless third quarter, the fourth quarter saw a Super Bowl record three lead changes, including New England wide receiver Randy Moss making a 6-yard touchdown reception with left to play before New York's game-winning drive.