Giants Beat Patriots, 21-17

Tom Brady has minute to win it, but New England Patriots can't pull it off
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 5, 2012 6:10 PM CST
Updated Feb 5, 2012 9:01 PM CST
Giants Up 9-0 at End of 1st Quarter
New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck sacks New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for a safety during the first half of NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, in Indianapolis.    (Michael Conroy)

Eli Manning and the Giants one-upped Tom Brady and the Patriots again, coming back with a last-minute score to beat New England 21-17 for New York's fourth Super Bowl title. It was a rematch of the 2008 NFL championship, when Manning led New York past New England to ruin the Patriots' bid for a perfect season. This was the first Super Bowl with two starting quarterbacks who previously won the big game's MVP award—and they took turns being brilliant.

Manning became the first QB to open a Super Bowl with nine consecutive completions. Later, Brady put together a run of 16 completions in a row, breaking another Super Bowl mark. But in the end, it was Manning—who was selected as the MVP—who directed the nine-play, 88-yard drive that put New York ahead. Ahmad Bradshaw capped the winning drive with a 6-yard run up the middle. He wanted to stop at the 1-yard line but fell backward into the end zone. Less than a minute later it came down to one last play, when Brady's long heave into the end zone fell incomplete among a maze of players. Click for more. (Read more Super Bowl XLVI stories.)

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