Super Bowl XLVI
New England Patriots (13-3)
New York Giants (9-7)
Lucas Oil Stadium
6:29 P.M. EST
"The best revenge is massive success." - Frank Sinatra
It will surely have been a good night for the New York Giants if Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York" is blaring from the public address system at Lucas Oil Stadium at the conclusion of Super Bowl XLVI. On the other hand, the New England Patriots are the team angling to live out the Chairman of the Board's famous quote about revenge.
Don't let anything that Tom Brady, Bill Belichick or anyone in a Patriots uniform says disabuse you of the notion that Super Bowl XLII loomed large in the psyches of both teams leading up to Sunday. Well, there is one exception. Believe Rob Gronkowski. He probably wasn't thinking about it much.
Of course, that this is Round II of one of the most compelling NFL games of all time is merely one of several interesting subplots. After all, who would have thought at the beginning of the 2011 season that Eli Manning would have a chance to surpass his older brother Peyton -- perhaps permanently -- in Super Bowl championships? Who would have thought that defensive mastermind Bill Belichick would take his Patriots to another Super Bowl with one of the worst defenses in the league? Meanwhile, Tom Brady has a chance to win his fourth Super Bowl, tying him with Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw for most all time.
And, don't forget that we'll be treated to another barrage of Super Bowl commercials.
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Brady drops back in the shotgun, launches a pass to the end zone but it falls INCOMPLETE AND THE NEW YORK GIANTS DO IT AGAIN. THEY'RE SUPER CHAMPS!
Brady looks for Branch on the left side again but he catches it out of bounds so it's ruled incomplete. 5 SECONDS LEFT!
Brady looks deep for the end zone but the ball falls incomplete. Giants are flagged for too many men on the field. 5-yard penalty and now there are 9 SECONDS LEFT!
Brady hits Hernandez in the middle of the field at the 44 and then they have to spike it! 17 seconds left.
Brady escapes from the pressure, goes from the right side to the left and hits Branch on the left side and out of boudns. Stops the clock. Ball on the 33.
Brady gets SACKED AT THE 13-YARD LINE. Patriots are forced to call their second timeout!
ANOTHER DROP! Brady looks for Hernandez on a crossing route but the tight end dropped it! 3rd and 10 coming.
Brady steps up in the pocket and launches a deep pass to Branch, but the pass is behind him and the ball goes off his hands. Branch had so much space to run!
Edelman downs it in the end zone for a touchdown. Brady has 80 yards to win it.
The Patriots let Bradshaw run into the end zone for the touchdown! Bradshaw was about to stop and sit on the 1-yard line but he couldn't stop his momentum. Now the Pats will get a chance to win it with a minute left!
Bradshaw gets stopped after a gain of 1 and the Patriots call a timeout. 2nd and goal coming from the 6.
Eli throws another screen pass to Nicks on the left, and even thought it got tipped, Nicks still came up with the catch and powered his way for the first down. But he went out of bounds allowing the Pats to save a timeout.
Bradshaw rushes up the middle for 7 yards. 1:30 left to go!
Eli throws a quick strike to Hakeem Nicks on a quick slant on the left side. Giants gain 14 yards and they now have the ball on the 18 wih TWO MINUTES LEFT!
Eli finds Manningham on the left side with a quick screen pass. It goes for 2 yards. Ball is on the NE 32.
Eli hits a wide open Manningham on the right side again for a seemingly easy 16-yard gain. Giants are in field goal range.
Eli throws an incomplete pass intended for Manningham deep down the right sideline.
|@ richeisen : Manningham appears to make up for his missed foot-drag. Belichick has no choice but to challenge, but that's a catch.|
|@ SI_PeterKing : Can't overturn that.|
|@ YahooForde : Studly catch, Manningham. Huge.|
|@ LarryFitzgerald : Great throw & catch!!!|
Eli throws a perfect pass over the top to Mario Manningham, who caught it over his left shoulder, appeared to get both feet in and fell out of bounds at the 40. WOW. What. A. Catch. It looks like a catch but Bill Belichick will challenge.
Brady had plenty of time in the backfield and threw one deep to Branch, but the receiver took a huge hit from Webster and the ball fell incomplete. Pats have to punt and now Eli will start this drive at the NYG 12-yard line. HERE WE GO AGAIN. 3:45 left to go.
Brady finds Welker on 2nd and 11 wide open deep down the field, but Welker had to turn around and just couldn't bring it in for the catch. Horrible drop by Welker. It stops the clock with 4 minutes left. 3rd and 11.
Green-Ellis gets the rush but immediately gets stuffed at the line of scrimmage.
Brady finds Hernandez for a huge third down conversion. The tight end ran a flat route and broke to the outside on the left. Easy first down right there.
Brady hits Gronkowski for a 7-yard gain.
Danny Woodhead gets the handoff but can't find any room and gets stopped at the line of scrimmage.