After a hard-fought battle reminiscent of their clash at Super Bowl XLIII four years ago, the New York Giants narrowly defeated the New England Patriots by a score of 21-17 at Super Bowl XLVI tonight (Sun., Feb. 5, 2012) at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana, to become world champions.
It was an unbelievable game that featured the usual storyline that played out this year in Giants games. They played solid, at times spectacular, football while getting every bounce to go their way.
It's better to be lucky than good. The G-Men were both.
Ahmad Bradshaw fumbled but had it bounce straight to one of his teammates. Hakeem Nicks did the same but got the Patriots were flagged for too many men on the field. Chase Blackburn, a mostly clumsy linebacker was able to beat out Rob Gronkowski downfield on a deep ball thanks to an underthrow from Tom Brady.
It was just that kind of game.
Eli Manning went from a damn good quarterback in his brother Peyton's shadown to a future Hall of Famer and multiple time Super Bowl champion. He also won his second Super Bowl MVP award thanks to a near flawless performance. He was 30/40 for 296 yards and a touchdown on the night. His clutch throw to Mario Manningham down the sideline on the final Giants drive of the game to clinch it will become the stuff of legend, no different than the throw to David Tyree back in 2008.
It was an amazing game between two incredibly talented teams that will go down as one of the better Super Bowl games. And for the second time in four years, the New York Giants have defeated the New England Patriots in the most important game of the season.