The New York Giants and New England Patriots both surprised me. Not only in their performance last night at Super Bowl XLVI, but their overall performance coming into the post season. Neither of these teams looked the way they did in the regular season. Granted, the Giants weren't playing at full strength for much of the year and they came off some very tough losses, with a notable sweep by the Washington Redskins, but the point is, they didn't look anything like potential champions. Same for the Patriots despite their 13-3 record, with such a porous defense that a primitive quarterback like Tim Tebow was able to light them up badly in their regular season meeting. On their way into the post-season, I believed both teams were on their way towards being ousted. Needless to say, they proved me wrong entering completely at the ready, and outside the Giants dismantling of Atlanta, and the Patriots obliteration of the Broncos, they narrowly made it to the grandest stage.
The Super Bowl is an event that features the two very best teams of their respected conferences, and last night, I believe that's exactly what the fans were given, the absolute best. Both of these teams came to win, and they played pretty much flawless during the first half. As suspected, this was going to be a close game as the first half ended with a 10-9 Patriots lead. Both QB's played very well, and both offensive and defensive lines played very well. But as some had predicted, it came down to who would make the worse mistakes and who would capitalize off of them the best. The Giants would later close in 17-15, and it was an amazing 38 yard catch from Eli Manning to Mario Manningham, with little time remaining that changed the momentum of the game. The Patriots knew how crucial that play was as they would predictably challenge it. From here, although it still felt as if it was anyone's game, it became apparent that the Giants were going to win.
As everyone knows, the Giants did go on to win 21-17, but this was a game that even in defeat, the Patriots can still hold their heads up high. They didn't fold, they never gave up, they didn't get blown out, and it was indeed a nail biter until the final seconds counted down. These guys can indeed say they played their best because these two teams were equals. They squeaked out points and they did great jobs controlling the clock. Personally, I think this was their grittiest performance all season.
The crowd was heavily into this game as well. They were every bit a part of this game as the players. I enjoyed the chants for Manning, and my favorite was for Victor Cruuuuuuuuuuuz! It was just electric.
The game was splendid, and the half time show would have been fantastic if not for M.I.A. attempting to steal the show for herself with an obscene finger gesture that has indeed worked in her favor, because it has everyone talking and I'm sure that's exactly what she was after. Well, she won't be getting my attention after this. I never bought any of her albums before, and I sure as hell won't be buying them now or later. On a positive note, the show was entertaining and even at the age of 53, I think Madonna delivered a nice performance. I heard some of the "relic" comments, and even some other unnecessary things from folks who appear to be much older than she is. I have great hearing and I did not hear her knees cracking. Perhaps those folks heard their own brittle bones breaking.
Overall, Super Bowl XLVI was indeed a great game that went down the wire. It was very competitive and suspenseful. The Giants once again proved that best records and home field advantage mean very little as they overcame the odds again. Looking forward to next season.
The Giants did it again. They beat the Patriots for the second time in recent history with this 2012 Superbowl win. Eli Manning won the MVP predictably. The award was well earned after spectacular performances tonight and during the playoff season. Eli played better tonight. He took more risks by throwing the ball for longer passes and more completions. Mario Manningham #88 made a spectacular game changing catch … more
Great game from beginning to end. I knew this was going to be a close game and it definitely was, but as good as this game was, it's not as great as the Giants miracle run. New York Giants - Super Bowl Champs. Yeah!
I definitely didn't see this coming, because I thought both teams were getting bumped and they some how managed to slip by their toughest competition. I'm really looking forward to this rematch and I hope the Giants pull off another miracle run. Go Giants!
This game was a real nail-biter, even if it was a little bit sloppy at times. I don't know how there were calls on each team for too many men on the field. I think too many people are talking about Mario Manningham's big catch - yeah, it was awesome, but big catches like that happen virtually weekly in the NFL. Tom Brady lost, but he did play a very good game.