Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 2/5/12
The New York Giants completed an unbelievable season by defeating the New England Patriots 21-17 to capture their 4thSuper Bowl Title. Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning (30-40/296 yards and 1 TD) 4thquarter drive with the Giants trailing 17-15 with 3:46 remaining in the game, was the icing on the cake on an unforgettable season in which Eli had 6 comeback victories  and 15 TDS in the 4thquarter. The Giants took a 9-0 lead at the end of the 1stquarter on a safety by Justin Tuck and a TD pass from Manning to Cruz. The Patriots quickly responded with 10 consecutive points (last drive before the half went for 14 plays and 96 yards) to end the 1sthalf and a 10-9 lead.

As the 2ndHalf began, the Patriots started strong as Brady (27-41 276 yards 2 TDS) connects with Woodard for a 4 yard TD to give New England a 17-9 lead. Eli and the Giants never surrendered as the Giants narrowed the score to 17-15 on a pair of Field Goals by Lawrence Tynes as the 4thquarter began. Both defenses were controlling the game as the Patriots and Giants struggled to maintain drives. On the Giants final drive of the game and trailing 17-15, the key moment for the Giants came when Manning found Mario Manningham for 38 yards circus catch down the sidelines to keep the Giants drive and season alive.

Manning continued to find his receivers, connecting with Nicks (10/109 yards) and Manningham (5/73 yards) inside the Patriots 10 yard line. With the clock being the Giants nemesis, Manning turned the ball over to Bradshaw, who battled his way into the end zone to give the Giants a 21-17 lead with: 57 seconds remaining. Brady and the Patriots battled their way just inside Giants territory and with only 5 seconds remaining, tried a Hail Mary pass into the end zone without success.

This game had some records set as Manning set a Super Bowl record by completing 9 consecutive passes to start a Super Bowl game. Brady also set a Super Bowl record by completing 16 consecutive passes during the game.  As I pointed out in my Super Bowl preview article, I wrote that the Giants needed to win Time of Possession, limit the turnovers and run the ball if they had any chance to win. Well, the Giants didn’t disappoint me as they won the Time of Possession 37:05 to 22:55, committed no turnovers (had 1 interception) and totaled 114 yards on the ground to the Patriots 83 yards. Eli Manning has now placed himself alongside the likes of Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees as one of the Elite Quarterbacks in the NFL and the Giants proved that anything could happen if you believe in yourself.


 

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