Super shock

Defending Super Bowl champions and erstwhile favourites for a repeat on February 1, the New York Giants, were unceremoniously dumped out of the play-offs by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Donovan McNabb produced all the big plays for the visitors who closed out the game 23-11, but was subsequently powerless to prevent outsiders the Arizona Cardinals from triumphing 32-25 in last Sunday’s NFC title clash.

Waiting in Sunday night’s grand Tampa Bay finale will be the Pittsburgh Steelers who overcame bitter divisional rivals the Baltimore Ravens 23-14 and are favourites to make their seventh Super Bowl appearance a winning one.