By Arthur Hobbs
The rematch of the 2007 Super Bowl did anything but become a disappointment. Similar to Super Bowl XLVI, when Eli Manning and the New York Giants pulled out a unbelievable play, this game also came down to the very end.
The game started off as some would say sloppy for the New England Patriots, and the Giants good defense forced a call on Tom Brady for intentional grounding while throwing from his own end zone. The safety resulted in two points, and the Giants quickly added to that 2-0 lead when Manning found the speedy receiver Victor Cruz for a touchdown.
Tom Brady, keeping cool, got the Patriots on the scoreboard with a field goal with about 13 minutes left in the second quarter. After regaining possession on the 4-yard line, the Patriots then put together a 14-play, 96-yard drive and scored to go ahead 10-9 at half.
On their first possession of the second half, Tom Brady put together an 8-play, 79-yard drive for a touchdown; they led 17-9 and looked to take control of the game. Brady was on a roll completing 16 straight passes, and the Patriots looked to be in good hands.
The Giants didn’t quit. Even with their best receiver Victor Cruz hassled and double-teamed on almost every play, the Giants still managed to drive down the field and put a field goal through the uprights. 17-15.
Fourth quarter. This is where things get good.
Good defense pays off, holding the Patriots to three and out with about four minutes left was just what the Giants needed. On the very first play on the assuming possession, Eli Manning threw a bomb for 38 yards down the left sideline to Mario Manningham for a spectacular catch putting the Giants at the 50-yard line.
Defense then did what they needed to do, and after getting to the 10-yard line, the Patriots let them score in hope of having enough time for Brady to work his fourth quarter magic.
The Patriots put together a really great effort but fell short when a Hail Mary to the end zone bounced off hands and hit the turf making the Giants Super Bowl XLVI champions. Eli Manning was named MVP.
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