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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

(Newser) – 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.

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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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