Giants come from behind, beat Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI

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Rallying from behind to score the game-winning touchdown with less than a minute remaining, the New York Giants have won Super Bowl XLVI.

After a hard-fought 60 minutes of football, the Giants came out on top, beating the Patriots, 21-17.

It was a back-and-forth battle that saw the Giants jump out to an early 9-0 lead, only to have the Patriots storm back late in the second quarter to go up 10-9 at halftime. New England extended its lead to 17-9 in the third quarter and appeared poised to take control.

But the Giants wouldn’t go down without a fight. Two third-quarter field goals from Lawrence Tynes made the score 17-15 New England, and then both teams’ defenses stiffened: There was no more scoring until Ahmad Bradshaw ran in from six yards out with 57 seconds left.

The Patriots let Bradshaw score that touchdown because they wouldn’t have been able to stop the Giants from simply running out the clock and kicking the game-winning field goal as time expired. Some coaches would have decided to take a knee there, and some running backs would have gone down at the 1-yard line, but Tom Coughlin and Bradshaw decided to punch it in.

That left Tom Brady and the Patriots’ offense 57 seconds to win it, and they did their best. Brady converted on a fourth-and-16 pass and marched the Patriots down the field into a spot where he had a shot to win the Super Bowl with a Hail Mary pass in the end zone on the game’s final play. But the Patriots’ desperation pass fell incomplete, and the Giants are the champions of the football world.

168 responses to “Giants come from behind, beat Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI

  1. That was one hell of a game.I was thinking about not watching this superbowl,but it was well worth watching it.I am an Eagles fan and congrats to Giants.

  2. Congrulations Giants, hanging in here and Eli showing that he has made that step. Great job Patriots, you have a great team and played well. GO GIANTS SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS!!

  3. To be fair (not that it matters now), but Tom Coughlin did not decide to punch it in. Bradshaw just couldn’t stop his momentum.

  4. Hell of a game. Who said the NFC East was dead?

    And do the Skins get a share of this SB win since they whooped the Giants butt twice this past year? I think they should.

  5. Congrats to the Giants, they simply beat New England in a close, solid game.

    Manning made zero bone-head plays, they deserved this one.

    Pats had a great season, seem to just be unable to beat Coughlin & Eli.

  6. Congrats Giants. It must be nice to have a clutch QB, Unlike the choking pretty boy the Pats have.

  7. I’ve been saying it for two years, Brady, Belichick and Kraft will never win another SuperBowl together. The Jets big brother backed up the talk of their Fat Drunk Uncle Rex. Now Pats fans, thumbs down me…..LoL.

  8. Also, now can people say that being con fident and talking confident ISN’T BULLETIN BOARD MATERIAL?

  9. LIFE IS GOOD!

    And the Patriots STILL don’t have a legitimate championship.

    Belichik a Genius??? Hell no.
    Coughlin is a Genius and he OWNS Belicheat!!!!

    Eli OWNS Tom Fraidy.

    Coughlin 2
    Belicheat 0

    Eli 2
    Tom Fraidy 0

    Shutting up the moronic, mouthy , classless bandwagon Cheatriot fans…………..PRICELESS

    Patriots can’t win without cheating, it has now been clearly proven.
    LIFE IS GOOD

  10. WoooooooHooooooooo!!! I was on ESPN jumping behind the commentators in Scottsdale a few years back!! I love this!!!

  11. Kinda weird the patriots haven’t won a super bowl since spate!! Coincidence??? GO RAIDERS!!!

  12. First there was the “Curse of the Bambino”.

    Now, there’s the “Curse of Spygate”.

    I wonder if that means Boston won’t celebrate
    another championship (in football, that is) for 86 years?

    I’m sure all us Boston haters hope that’s true…

  13. Boy, what a lousy game: Dropped passes, 12 men on the field, a guy who scores a TD when he wasn’t supposed to: And those guys are supposed to be the best in the NFL?

  14. Does Tom Brady now tie for the most super bowl losses? Just wondering about the best player in football history..

  15. Luckiest team ever—two fumbles bounced right back to them and welker drops a pass that would have sealed it. Asante Samuel had a pick in his hand to end the last one too—-sorry Giants fans but you probably should be 2-3 in Super Bowls.

  16. Top quarterbacks in the NFL now.

    Rodgers
    Brees
    Eli
    Brady

    In that order. Eli is real, he’s a winner, he’s clutch. His brother can prove his position next year.

  17. Bradshaw’s TD came as a relief to this fan. (Ask the Ravens how much of a “sure thing” those last-second field goals are.)

    That the Patriots were able to get off a scary Hail Mary pass is a tribute to their tenacity and never-say-die mentality.

    Congratulations to both teams for one heck of a game.

  18. For 5 weeks, I’ve been hearing from every team’s fans that we’ve faced saying that they are overconfident and will be crushed and every single week the Giants have shut those fans up. And all I have to say to the haters is, The GIANTS ARE SUPERBOWL CHAMPIONS SUCKERS!!

    What a hell of a game!!!

  19. I am not going to lie the Pats fans these past couple of weeks swarmed these boards, any how everyone knew the hot team that was rolling through in the playoffs. Congrats Giants.

  20. The following question will be debated for years….What was worse, the game or the halftime show?

    Bad football tonight. I guess that is what happens when you have the runner ups play in the big game. Yawn…….

  21. Memo to Andy Reid: Exhibit A on how to actually get it done. Another championship in the NFC East as the Eagles continue to fail. Disgusting.

  22. Number of meaningful games Belicheat and all the coaches on his coaching tree have won since they were told to stop cheating:

    zero.

  23. While a game like this will cue the obnoxious haters and ignorants, it boils down to execution.

    New England fizzled in the second half. Their make-shift defense put them in a position to win the game. I think if you had said that the Giants were going to score 21 points, as a New England fan, you would you still had a shot at the game.

    A tragic loss, this is for sure. Hats off to the New York Giants for winning another title. They simply played better in the final moments of the game.

    As a die-hard New England fan, its a hard pill to swallow. But they didn’t play their best. That does not cut it in the title game.

  24. Have to agree with diversity, this game sucked, what a big disappointment. Too bad they both couldn’t lose.

  25. If you had told me Wes Welker was going to be the guy who dropped a near-game-deciding pass, I would have laughed and laughed at how stupid that is.

    Manningham, Cruz and Nicks should all be CO-MVPs of this game, but it was extremely well played by Manning.

  26. Great game. Manningham catch and Welker drop was the difference. Shocked that Giants didn’t wall off Gronkowski or Welker on last jump ball as they had a chance for the rebound after the tip.

  27. all you pats fans who said you knew the pats would win- well they lost! the pats were outplayed and outcoached. screw yourselves pats fans

  28. Congrats Giants and their fans, you deserve it. And to my fellow Eagles fans that after the Super Bowl in 2007 were sayin that that game showed that Donovan was inferior to Eli and we need a real QB, man up and say the same thing about Vick. He is so inferior to Eli it’s not even funny.

  29. I love the fact that patriots haven’t won a superbowl since they got exposed for what they really are with spygate!

  30. I can take solace knowing that the Patriots have been eliminated from the playoffs by NY Giants this year and the NY Jets last year.

    Giants are the Pats daddy.

  31. The least entertaining Super Bowl I have ever seen. Kind of the trend. Missed-opportunity-bowl/wait-for-the-other-guy-to-screw-up-bowl

  32. As a Redskins fan I have to say congrats to the Giants. This season Eli has really shown me he is a stud, probably more clutch than his brother ( who I don’t want on my team).

  33. Had Gronkowski been able to latch onto the deflection in the end zone, we’d be reading about the “Hail Myra” miracle for decades to come.

  34. Belichick still has not won squat since caught cheating. The sweetest part is the Patriot fans left scratching their heads on why their team can’t win a big game when they don’t have the oppositions playbook.

    Justice continues to be served.

  35. Hey kiefs85, sour just a bit? Wins are wins. Trying to deny what the Giants accomplished tonight just makes you out to be one giant puzzy. Quit being a whiner. Your team got beat. Fair and square.

    Great game. Both QBs played stellar. Eli truly is elite. His last seven games have been out of this world.

    And someone should tell Steve Mara he is a multi millionaire and can get his teeth fixed.

  36. I have no bias in this game, but that was boring as all hell until the last 4 minutes and the commercials sucked. The VW one was the only decent attempt at a good production.

    What a disappointing end to the season.

  37. is it really the rule that time gets to run off the clock on a 12 men on the field penalty? if so why not do that every play in that scenario u get an extra defender and when the play is obviously incomplete uve cut the time off the clock. not likely to have mattered but a terrible rule!

  38. The Giants win and didn’t cheat you have to love it. New England had atleast three interferance calls not called and two face mask no call and still couldn’t win. Heck even Bell I Cheat told the line to seperate and let a TD and it did not help. God-del and your henchman should take a good look at the TD , is this what you want in the NFL.

  39. You seriously can’t win with some fans. They don’t want a blow out passing game and then a defensive game is not good either. Why watch football then? Was the game perfect? no. There were mistakes by both teams, but it was a game that game down to the end and real football fans will appreciate that kind of game.

  40. Even though it was close, it was in many ways a dissapointing game a lot of bad plays (drops penalties, etc.) and very few spectacular plays (excluding the Manningham catch). I guess the Giants made the least bonehead plays (Welker – you are at even close to a top10 WR)

    Btw – the last penalty for 12 men on the Giants took of ten seconds and gave 5 yards…wonder if a rule change should be considered to that type of penalty?

  41. Pats O let them down. The D did pretty well.

    Logan Mankins flat out sucked those last couple drives. Turnstile.

    Cheating comments? Really? Get a life.

  42. Will this officially get Coughlin off of the hot seat finally? I sure hope so, guy hasn’t really “deserved” to be on the hot seat!

    Belicheck and Brady have won 3 together, lost 2….. Coughlin and Manning have won 2, and lost 0…. Coach’s and QB’s kinda go hand in hand… Takes a good coach and a good QB…

  43. Patriots fan here- Congrats to the Giants. They played a good game. Not making any excuses.

    Brady and Belichick have still made it to 5 Superbowls and as a Patriots fan there is still no other combo that I want running the Patriots.

    It was one hell of a ride. But they will be back.

  44. As a Steeler season ticket holder, this was my second favorite Super Bowl that the Steelers didn’t win, while I hate Brady and the Patriots for the way they have dashed our hopes over the years in AFC championships I certainly respect the team and what they have built. It was a great game, and Eli has justified what the Giants did to draft him.. this game gave evidence to why we are all fans of this game.. It was a hard fought contest between two teams that proved they were the cream of the NFL

  45. The least entertaining Super Bowl I have ever seen.
    ——————————————-
    You must be 10 years old. Otherwise, how can you forget the run of horrendous SBs we had to suffer through in the mid 80s to mid 90s

    46-10
    39-20
    42-10
    55-10
    52-17
    49-26

    for example…..

  46. So happy for all of us Giants fans, and especially for Eli Manning. He takes a lot of crap, but man, can he deliver!

  47. As a Pats fan, its an epic loss. They certainly had thier chances, but couldn’t make a key play, such as falling on one of the fumbles the Giants had, or Welker not holding on to the pass with about four minutes left. Congrats the Giants!

  48. Congratulations to the Giants on a well-earned win. But congrats, too, to the Patriots for fighting to the bitter end. Excellent game … and as a Steelers fan, I was relieved not to be among the fans on pins and needles this year.

    Okay … maybe not that relieved 😉

  49. Patriots fans here.

    I’ve already seen the inevitable “but they can’t win without cheating” comments. They can make it to Super Bowls, but hey that doesn’t count I guess.

    You win. Take the titles. I’m tired of arguing and seeing comments about it. I just want to root for my team.

  50. Congrats Giants……Sad part is the Giants fans are the ones showing class saying good game, but its the fans of teams who were not good enough to make it to the Super Bowl that are talking trash.

  51. Love reading all the jealous posts by 49er, Packer, Eagle, and Redskins fans! Keep it coming, guys!! WHOO HOO!!!!!!!

  52. Yea to bad manningham bobbled the ball so it should have been ruled incomplete…. Since when can u lose control of the ball in that situation and get away with it on national television and no one talks about it??? Watch the replay and let the tapes roll. No ifs, ands, or buts about him losing control of it. He hits the ground and it rolls all over his chest… Embarrassing. Just straight embarrassing.

  53. World champions huh? American arrogance is alive and well….American champs perhaps….I didn’t realize when you win in the US, you are automatically world champs…why not universe champs! I guess you are all born with it…the rest of the world is sick of it.

  54. Big thumbs up to the bulk of Patriots fans on here… no excuses made, congratulations handed out to the Giants and their fans. Keeping it classy, and that is much appreciated by us Giants fans that have taken a lot of noise these past 6 weeks.

  55. jaltreality says:
    Feb 5, 2012 9:56 PM
    To be fair (not that it matters now), but Tom Coughlin did not decide to punch it in. Bradshaw just couldn’t stop his momentum.
    =========================

    I glad someone posted this. I couldn’t believe that line when read it. How could any sensible human being who watched that play NOT realize that Bradshaw was trying to get his knee down and couldn’t stop his forward momentum?

    It was extremely obvious.

  56. This whole cheating gate is so stupid. They were 13-3 this year and made it to the Super Bowl and I’m sure this is coming from Patriots haters and it’s so old. As a Giants fan, who is obviously happy that my team won, I think the Pats still played a hell of a game and gave us a run and it had nothing to do with cheating or lack there of.

  57. Anyone who didn’t like that game is either a sore losing Pats fan or not a real football fan. You can’t ask for more than tonight’s classic in a Super Bowl, the game on the line with seconds left on the clock.

  58. Big Blue train kept a rollin’ all throughout the playoffs, despite the doubters, the haters, the line makers, the refs, the “better” teams – so how about them New York Football Giants Super Bowl Champs!

  59. Congrats to the Giants and their fans. You gave us Packers fans crap, and most of us deserved it. Many overlooked your talented team. First to admit it.

    But like I said before the playoffs started, and got about 2,000,000 thumbs down, winner of Packers and Giants would likely win the Super Bowl. Giants were the best match up going against the Packers, and they were the most likely team to knock us out. If the Giants beat the Packers, no one was going to stop them. They had all the momentum. They were the most complete team in the field. They were the group that could be led by their offense or defense on any given night. Much like with the Packers, the team that should have scared the Patriots was the Giants. They have a DYNAMIC pass rush and one of the most underrated qb’s playing. Perhaps now people will talk about Eli without feeling the need to bring up his brother? I believe he’s completely earned that now.

    Your Super Bowl Champions are The New York Giants…. now anyone that doubted me or gave me crap about my prognostication can EAT IT.

  60. @mrconnors …

    As Steelers fans, we deal with the same nonsense. It’s just bad sports whose teams aren’t as successful so they want to ruin it for fans of better organizations. You know what your team has accomplished. Screw everyone else.

  61. I admit I’m an Eagles fan so take this with a grain of salt, but how does Eli have 2 rings??? I just can’t comprehend it. I give the Giants credit for playing their best when it counts now and 4 years ago. But Eli? I don’t get it.

  62. I’ve said it before and I will say it again, the Giants were probably considered non-contenders during the regular season. But if there was one team people should have been concerned of in the playoffs, it is the New York Football Giants!!! Let’s Go Big Blue!!!!

  63. Fyi the reason the time keeps running off the clock in that 12 men on the field penalty is because if they complete the play for more than 5 yards they can decline that play. Rule does not need changing sorry!

  64. eagles512 says:Feb 5, 2012 10:55 PM

    I admit I’m an Eagles fan so take this with a grain of salt, but how does Eli have 2 rings??? I just can’t comprehend it. I give the Giants credit for playing their best when it counts now and 4 years ago. But Eli? I don’t get it.

    ________________________________

    Eli … extremely lucky. Plays for a good team. He has two rings and couldn’t carry his brother’s jock. And his brother only has one ring and is probably done in the NFL.

  65. jimr10 says:
    Feb 5, 2012 10:01 PM
    Does Tom Brady now tie for the most super bowl losses? Just wondering about the best player in football history..

    I wish…..
    -Jim Kelly x4

  66. Congrats to Giants for winning the most boring Super Bowl ever played. If this ushers in the era of the 5-yard out pattern, the NFL is going to lose ratings.

    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.

  67. Isn’t it time to retire, Belichick?

    Nothing less fun to have around than a pompous “genius” whose time has clearly passed. No more suckers around like Cowher and Vermeil anymore to roll over when you steal their signals. The gig is up pal – please do us all a favor and pack it in.

  68. @ kiefs85

    OK, what do you mean luck? You mean every Super Bowl win besides Denver was lucky?

    So Buffalo having a career low 60s percentage kicker on 40+ yard field goals missing a 47 yard field goal on the right hash marks, the pressure of a last second long field goal. He misses, and that was luck?

    Super Bowl 42, Remember that Pierce was called for PI in the endzone, instead of turning around to catch the int. Smith dropped a pass inside Patriots redzone and it was picked off, pointts off the board right there. Webster did fall on Moss’ td catch too.

    For this one, Welker dropped that pass, but that isn’t his strength catching these high passes. He catches these short passes and kill teams on YAC. Don’t forget the bad no calls they missed on holding and PI’s.

    Face it, Giants won, they deserved to win each one. They made the plays when needed, and they made the clutch plays when needed.

  69. Hahahahahaha!!

    Where are all the Patsy r@tards that kept claiming that Belicrap was the greatest and Brady was the greatest??
    We’ve had to listen to Patsy cr@p for 10 years.
    Where are you losers @ihatetheeffingjets, @grpatriot, @rushmatic, @patriotinvasion?

    As expect they are not here.

    And those “gracious” Pats fans can stuff it. They were here all of last two weeks spouting trash.
    Their franchise sucks.
    We had to suffer through two weeks of MHK motivation.
    These Pats guys have been more obnoxious and overbearing than anyone except Cowboys fans.

    Cya Tom Fraidy.

  70. what’s up with all these sad sack anti ny haters slamming eli? everyone – EVERYONE – who knows anything about football praises and extols his talent but the morons on here criticize. how about accomplishing something of positive note in your own personal lives instead of hiding behind a keyboard? i am sick and tired of losers slamming eli, big ben, brady, etc.

    what a bunch of losers.

  71. We should have blown them out, Vegas gets involved to keep it close.

    Whatever.

    The Patriots showed moxie, but Eli has been otherworldly in 4th quarters. Clutchest QB in the NFL.

    Yawn.

  72. I dont wanna hear anymore of this “Giants are lucky” nonsense. They won their division fair and square. They whooped Atlanta in the wild card round (Falcon fan here). They went to Green Bay and beat the 15-1 Packers. They went to San Francisco and beat the 13-3 49ers. Then they go to a neutral site and beat the 13-3 Patriots.

    Those were the best teams in the NFL during the regular season and playoffs. Pretty sure you are the best when you beat the best. Congrats to the Giants and their fans, you earned it.

  73. golonger says:
    Feb 5, 2012 10:02 PM
    Worst Super Bowl ever……….worst team to win a SB….what a lame end to an otherwise interesting season!!!!!!!

    ========================

    Whatever. that arena bowl , run up the score crap got shown the door (courtesy of the S.F. 49ers, and N.Y. Giants)

    Blue collar football. Stop playing Madden and actually play the game outside yourself.

  74. greenandgoldgirl says:
    Feb 5, 2012 10:03 PM
    Have to agree with diversity, this game sucked, what a big disappointment. Too bad they both couldn’t lose.
    =======================

    I know, I’d be upset too if the Giants punked me in Lambeau as well.

    Discount double-check!

  75. msclemons67 says:
    Feb 5, 2012 10:08 PM
    A 9-7 super bowl winner.

    Sad.
    ==================================

    Sad, the other teams with better records GAGGED in the playoffs.

    “Fix your FACE!!”
    -50 Cent

  76. Deb says:
    Feb 5, 2012 10:54 PM
    @mrconnors …

    As Steelers fans, we deal with the same nonsense. It’s just bad sports whose teams aren’t as successful so they want to ruin it for fans of better organizations. You know what your team has accomplished. Screw everyone else.

    ====================

    translation; “I can’t believe an option QB bounced us out of the first round”

    “what is going on with this league with the “officiating”?

    Only you can run your mouth all over these blogs, but whine when another team wins and stomps you out on the boards. “ruining it” is a fans responsibility. That’s why its called a “rivalry” – it doesn’t matter what you did last year – what’d you do THIS YEAR?

  77. So glad it was Giants/Patriots, Manning/Brady. Those potent offenses led by “elite” QBs. Man! they really lit up the scoreboard! Couldn’t imagine if it was 49ers vs Ravens, they would probably put up 21 pts at most……………..oops.

  78. kiefs85 says:
    Feb 5, 2012 10:01 PM
    Luckiest team ever—two fumbles bounced right back to them and welker drops a pass that would have sealed it. Asante Samuel had a pick in his hand to end the last one too—-sorry Giants fans but you probably should be 2-3 in Super Bowls.

    ___
    The Pats should be 0-7.

    GTHO, queefs85.

    Somebody call the Waaahmbulance for this loser Pats fan.

  79. bloodybean74 says:
    Feb 5, 2012 10:13 PM
    congrats to the giants and their fans. Good game. And to hell with all the fans that can’t take a win and ahow any class

    __
    You mean like the hordes of New England sports fans that post on the Internet?

    Most classless fan base in all of sport.

  80. Fan of neither homeboy—just an NFL fan calling it like it is. Samuel and Welker were not under duress in either situation. These were simple catches that are made 99 times out of 100 by pro bowl players. They both allowed the Giants to get a second life. Norwood’s missed kick might as well be thrown in there as well. If the Giants had done something to cause those drops I wouldn’t even mention it. Enjoy the win.

  81. Pats fan here, just wanted to stop in and say Congrats to the Giants. When it came down to it your playmakers, specifically the WR’s made plays, and the Patriots’ didnt.

    No excuses, you won. Enjoy your victory.

    I had been saying for two weeks that I thought the Giants would win, but when it was 17-9 I got my hopes up. Its still a little raw now, but I wanted to make it in to say congrats to the Giants and their fans.

  82. @tatum64 …

    What on earth are you rambling about, you silly fool? The guy was talking about people saying their Super Bowl wins aren’t legit, and I said we get the same BS. What does that have to do with our loss to Denver and when did Denver become a Steelers rivalry? I congratulated the Broncos all over the place when they won. You’re just looking for a reason to attack me. Feel better, little man? 🙄

    @trentofgilead …

    Boredom is in the eye of the beholder.

    ROLL TIDE ROLL!!!! 😀

  83. thatobnoxiousguy says:Feb 5, 2012 9:58 PM
    “Shutting up the moronic, mouthy , classless bandwagon Cheatriot fans…………..PRICELESS”

    considering there were nearly zero giants fans here trash talking for the whole season until they beat the packers, now all of a sudden “Eli is elite!”, “coughlin > lombardi!” … smh

    “Patriots can’t win without cheating, it has now been clearly proven.
    LIFE IS GOOD”

    still blaming spygate? what are you, five years old or something? … Replacing Richard Seymour/Asante Samuel/Tim Brown/Rodney Harrison/Tedy Bruschi/Moss is kind of a tough thing to do.

  84. still blaming spygate? what are you, five years old or something? … Replacing Richard Seymour/Asante Samuel/Tim Brown/Rodney Harrison/Tedy Bruschi/Moss is kind of a tough thing to do.
    —————————————————————-
    But replacing Tyree and Plexiglass with Manningham, Nicks and Cruz was quite easy for the Giants.

  85. homelanddefense says:
    Feb 6, 2012 1:50 PM
    Pats fan here, just wanted to stop in and say Congrats to the Giants. When it came down to it your playmakers, specifically the WR’s made plays, and the Patriots’ didnt.

    No excuses, you won. Enjoy your victory.

    I had been saying for two weeks that I thought the Giants would win, but when it was 17-9 I got my hopes up. Its still a little raw now, but I wanted to make it in to say congrats to the Giants and their fans.
    ============

    Ditto on that. Good game, better team won. Enjoy, Giants fans!

  86. its crazy looking back at all the posts just absolutely hating against the giants and their fans. From the gb game on all people talked about weere how obnoxious and arrogant we are, and how the giants were gong to get throttled in the upcoming game. it was disturbing to see how these boards were flooded with anti NY sentiments. well look at us now. standing at the top like this city usually does. giants are a mirror image of what this area represents, keep doubting and hating us. just more fuel for our fire. we’ve earned the right to talk now and it feels sooooooooo good. so deal with it and take it on the chin. always great to have another year where the eagles are irrelevant. even better when we beat a new england based team on our way to our destination.

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