INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 03: The Vince Lombardi Trophy is displayed between a New England Patriots helmet and a New Yok Giants helmet before a news conference for the upcoming Super Bowl XLVI on February 3, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Kickoff is set for today (Sun., Feb. 5, 2012) at 6:29 p.m. ET.
The Giants come into the game having defeated the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game in an overtime thriller that saw Lawrence Tynes hit the game-winning field goal to send them to the big game for the second time in four years. The last time they were here their opponent was also the Patriots. That was the year, of course, that they spoiled New England's perfect season.
The Patriots, meanwhile, come into town having survived a close game against the Baltimore Ravens. A last second field goal attempt by Ravens' kicker Billy Cundiff sailed wide left from just 32-yards out giving the Pats a 23-20 win and yet another trip to the Super Bowl. Since 2001, they've been in this game five times now.
These two teams met earlier this year in New England. They played each other extremely close before Eli Manning drove the Giants down to score a late touchdown to win 24-20. Will today see a similar outcome?
A live blog with updates from the first quarter of Super Bowl XLVI is after the jump. Remember to refresh often and enjoy the game!
SUPER BOWL XLVI FIRST QUARTER LIVE BLOG AND UPDATES:
Time for the coin toss. The Giants call tails and it comes up heads. The Patriots choose to defer and the Giants will open the Super Bowl with the ball. That's the first time in the last 15 Super Bowl's that the AFC team won the coin toss.
And we're underway. The opening kick is returned to the 24-yard line and Eli Manning takes over.
1st and 10: Ahmad Bradshaw ran into a brick wall on first down. Patriots had solid penetration.
2nd and 10: Manning came back on second and 10 and found Bear Pascoe for a gain of just four.
3rd and 6: Eli found Victor Cruz for a first down up to the 35-yard line.
1st and 10: Manning found Pascoe again for gain of nine, close to another fresh set of downs.
2nd and 1: Bradshaw cleaned up on the next play and picked up the first down with a short run of one yard.
1st and 10: Brandon Jacobs gets in on the action with a three yard gain with his first carry.
2nd and 7: Manning found Hakeem Nicks on the outside for the first time and picked up 19 yards to get the Giants up to the New England 32-yard line.
1st and 10: The Patriots respond well and sack Manning for a loss of 2.
2nd and 12: Bradshaw tried to turn the corner but failed and lost another yard to set up third and long.
3rd and 13: Once again, the Patriots get big penetration and have the necessary coverage to back it up, getting a sack on Manning to force a punt after New York was in field goal range.
The ensuing punt by Weatherford was a beauty downed at the New England 6-yard line. That's where Tom Brady will take over.
1st and 10: New England opened with a play-action pass and had all day to throw. Tom Brady threw the ball from the end zone and had no receiver anywhere near the ball down the field, which, by rule, resulted in a safety. Our first score of the game comes on a huge mistake from Brady.
NY Giants: 2, Patriots: 0
After the safety, created by that vaunted Giants pressure, the Pats punted it down to the Giants 22-yard line, where they will begin this next drive.
1st and 10: Manning opens with play-action to the flat to the fullback, who broke a tackle and went 13-yards for a fresh set of downs up to the 35-yard line. Kyle Arrington getting burned again.
1st and 10: They set up a screen play to the outside to D.J. Ware and hit for a solid eight yards. Giants are moving and grooving here early. Manning 6/6 for 61 yards.
2nd and 2: They swing to the outside to Bradshaw and he actually manages to turn the corner this time and takes it up the sideline for a big 24-yard gain. The Giants are back in Patriots territory.
1st and 10: They toss it out to Ware again and he picks up six more.
2nd and 4: Another flat route to Bear Pascoe resulted in yet another first down up to the 18-yard line. Manning is in rhythm now and boy does this Patriots defense look ugly.
1st and 10: Jacobs got back into the game and fought forward for a gain of three to the 15-yard line. His physical style will play a big role later.
2nd and 8: Manning was nearly sacked again but got it away to Nicks for a five yard gain up to the 11.
3rd and 3: The Patriots weren't set up and the Giants ran a quick in route to Victor Cruz for what appeared to be a first down. He fumbled the ball but New England was flagged for having 12 men on the field, giving the Giants a first and goal. Wow. This Patriots team is totally out of whack right now.
1st and Goal: The Giants go with a draw to Bradshaw that gets them up to the two-yard line. They're showing shots of Bill Belicheck on the sidelines and he's pissed. Rightfully so. Who is this Pats team?
2nd and Goal: With the play clock down to zero, Manning just barely got it away and thread the needle into Victor Cruz on a slant for the TOUCHDOWN.
NY Giants: 9, Patriots: 0
The Giants have run 19 plays to just one for the Patriots and New England's one play was a safety. Unbelievable.
Danny Woodhead gave the Patriots solid field position at the 29-yard line, so at least Brady won't have to worry about giving away two points again.
1st and 10: The second play of the quarter for New England was an off tackle run from BenJarvus Green-Ellis that went nowhere. Aaron Ross made a great tackle for a loss of a yard.
2nd and 11: From the shotgun, they set up a screen to Green-Ellis, who got back the yard he lost and six more.
3rd and 4: The Patriots hurried to the line and Brady found Deion Branch for a first down up to midfield.
1st and 10: Empty back sets for New England now and Brady found Wes Welker over the middle for a big 18-yard gain. This is where the Pats are so dangerous.
1st and 10: More hurry up offense and Green-Ellis hits the hole for a gain of about four yards.
2nd and 6: They finally slow down long enough to huddle and come out with a sweet end around to Welker that went for 11 yards and a first down to end the first quarter.
NY Giants: 9, Patriots: 0