Giants’ Website Malfunction Names Franchise Super Bowl Champs Before Game

The New York Giants had a website malfunction prematurely naming them Super Bowl winners yesterday, on the eve of the National Football League championship game against the New England Patriots.

The Giants.com page was headlined “The Giants are Super Bowl champions!” and directed viewers to the availability of the team’s championship gear, according to ESPN.

The NFL said the website was prepared for release at the end of today’s game if the Giants are victorious at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

“It is common practice for both teams to create web pages in advance of the conference championship games and Super Bowl,” the NFL said in a statement obtained by Bloomberg. “In this case, the hidden URL for the page was inadvertently available for a brief period of time while it was being positioned on the NFL server for possible post tomorrow night.”

New York started the season with 25-1 odds to win the championship. The Giants are a 2 1/2-point underdog today against the Patriots.

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