The New York Giants emerged victorious over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI, outlasting Tom Brady and company with another Eli Manning engineered fourth quarter game clinching scoring drive.
With a little over three minutes remaining Eli marched his offense down the field, aided by the longest play of the game, when he hit receiver Mario Manningham for a highlight reel 38-yard receptions down the sideline between two defenders.
That play set the Giants up nicely around center field, and with control of the ball and the clock, ultimately it became the Giants game to lose.
Eli completed a few more passes, and running back Ahmad Bradshaw a few more runs, that put the teams into scoring range.
With time expiring and little else the Patriots could do, the defense literally let Ahmad Bradshaw walk into the end zone for the winning touchdown.
The prevailing thinking was that New England could get the ball back into the hands of Tom Brady with enough time to attempt a touchdown of their own.
Brady and the Patriots moved the ball well, but in the end a last second heave into the end zone towards receiver Deion Branch, tight end Aaron Hernandez, and receiver Wes Welker was batted down harmlessly to the turf.
The New York Giants became the Super Bowl Champions for the second time in four years, and head coach Tom Coughlin the oldest coach in NFL history at 66 to ever win a Super Bowl.
Ironically the Giants beat the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, once again added by a spectacular catch, just from David Tyree that time and not Mario Manningham.
Coughlin may have punched his ticket as a Hall of Fame coach with the win, but his popularity as the New York Giants head coach wasn’t always this high.
Midway through the season the Giants went on a five game losing streak that included a 49-24 blowout loss at the hands of the New Orleans Saints.