• Manning and Giants make it two for two in Super Bowl XLVI

    February 06, 2012 No comments

    The New York Giants have again taken a Super Bowl victory away from New England.

    Ahmad Bradshaw fell into the end zone with a six-yard touchdown run to give New York a 21-17 lead in the final minute and the Giants held on through a tipped Hail Mary pass on the final play to win Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium.

    Giants quarterback Eli Manning was named Super Bowl MVP for the second time in his career. He completed 30 of 40 passes for 296 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s win.

    Manning also was the MVP in 2008, when he threw a scoring pass in the final minute to help New York upset New England and ruin the Patriots’ bid for a perfect season.

    Manning now is one of only five players in NFL history with multiple Super Bowl MVP awards.

    Tom Brady threw for 276 yards and two touchdowns, but had a deep pass intercepted by Giants’ lineman Chase Blackburn early in the fourth quarter.

    Manning drove the Giants into Patriots’ territory with the opening drive of the game, but was sacked on third-and-13, and were forced to punt. On the first play from scrimmage for New England, Tom Brady threw incomplete from his own end zone. After an officials’ conference, referee John Parry threw a flag for intentional grounding and a 2-0 New York lead.

    The safety was the first in a Super Bowl since Super Bowl XXV, when Buffalo Bills’ lineman Bruce Smith sacked Giants’ quarterback Jeff Hostetler in the end zone.

    On the ensuing possession, Manning completed a pass to Victor Cruz, who appeared to have the ball stripped and recovered by the Patriots, but New England had 12 men on the field, giving the Giants a first down. Two plays later, Manning connected with Cruz in the end zone for a 9-0 lead.

    Steven Gostkowski put the Patriots on the board early in the second quarter, capping a 60-yard drive with a 29-yard field goal, making it 9-3 New York.

    After Terre Haute native Steve Weatherford pinned New England on their own four-yard line with a punt, Tom Brady drove the Patriots 96 yards, taking a 10-9 lead with a four-yard touchdown pass to Danny Woodhead with eight seconds left in the half.

    After receiving the second half kickoff, Brady marched the Patriots 79 yards in 3:40, extending the lead to 17-9 with a 12-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Hernandez.

    Lawrence Tynes, who kicked the Giants into the Super Bowl in overtime of the NFC Championship Game against San Francisco, converted a 38-yard field goal to bring New York back within 17-12.

    A second Tynes field goal made it 17-15 New England with 35 seconds left in the third quarter.

    Ahmad Bradshaw scored on a six-yard run with 57 seconds remaining to give New York a 21-17 lead. His teammates tried to get him to stop to spend more clock, but he lost his balance and fell backwards over the goal line.

    Manning said, “I was yelling to him, `Don’t score, don’t score. He tried to stop, but he fell into the end zone.”

    Manning led six comeback victories during the season and set an NFL record with 15 fourth-quarter touchdown passes. He showed that brilliance in the clutch on the winning drive. He completed five passes, including a sensational 38-yard sideline catch by Mario Manningham to open the drive.

    Brady took a sack on the final drive that burned New England’s final timeout, but still completed two passes to set up the desperation heave that was nearly tipped into the outstretched hands of tight end Rob Gronkowski.

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