Giants Win Super Bowl!
The New York Giants won the Super Bowl last night, 21-17, against the New England Patriots in a nail-biter to the very last second … and with a lot of history between them.
Both teams had three Super Bowl victories going into last night’s championship game played in Indianapolis.
And both teams’ quarterbacks — Eli Manning for the Giants and Tom Brady for the Patriots — had been previously named Super Bowl MVP (Most Valuable Player).
Eli Manning’s older brother Peyton is also a Super Bowl champion and MVP. Many felt Eli Manning had a lot to live up to, especially when the humble but confident younger brother made a controversial statement believing he was an elite player. Some weren’t so sure. But he silenced his doubters last night and now there’s even talk he’ll end up in the Hall of Fame one day.
The Giants now have four Super Bowl victories to the Patriots’ three, and Eli Manning has one more Super Bowl victory than his legendary quarterback big brother. The younger Manning was also named MVP again as he was four years ago.
NBC Sports’ video re-cap is below:
This Super Bowl was a rematch from four years ago when the Giants and Patriots first played against each other in the Super Bowl. The Patriots were expected to win then — as they were last night — but in both instances and in dramatic fashion, the Giants came back to win in the final minute of the game.
Last night, it was with one of the strangest touchdowns ever!
With the Patriots ahead 17-15 — the Patriots LET the Giants score a touchdown … on purpose! More amazingly, the Giants didn’t want to score it … and tried hard not to! But the Giants’ Ahmad Bradshaw had so much momentum running with the ball toward the end zone, with no one trying to block him, that when he tried to stop himself he couldn’t … and fell on his behind into the end zone. That gave the Giants seven points, the lead, and ultimately the victory!
So then what was that all about?
The Patriots realized that rather than spending that precious final minute trying to prevent the Giants from scoring, which seemed likely to happen, the Patriots thought they’d be better off letting the Giants score quickly so the Patriots could get the ball back and start working toward their own touchdown with as much time left on the clock as possible. A minute can really stretch out in football.
But the Patriots weren’t able to move the ball up the field enough in their final minute to have a good chance to score, so in the final seconds of play the Patriots’ Tom Brady threw a “Hail Mary” pass — a super long throw into the end zone in the hopes that one of his team mates would catch it for the win … and the Super Bowl championship. It was a dramatic throw that was knocked to the ground just past the arms of an outstretched Patriots’ receiver.
Ultimately, neither the Patriots’ nerve-wracking final pass nor the Giants’ undefended touchdown were the play of the game.
That came a few minutes earlier when Manning threw the longest successful pass of the game to his similarly named wide-receiver, Mario Manningham. Manningham made an amazing catch while managing to keep both his feet on the ground inside the boundary … with the ball hurtling at him from 38-yards away … and with two Patriots desperately trying to knock it away from him. Manningham joked afterward (as reported in Time magazine) about his size 11 feet saying that, “If I would have had 11-and-a-halves I would have been out.”
And though it was too early to celebrate at that point he added, “After I caught that ball, I thought we were going to win the game.” And they did, in style.
Next up, a ticker tape parade, massive jeweled rings, and a trip to the White House!