The venue and supporting casts may have changed but the outcome did not. The New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots on Sunday to win their fourth Super Bowl. Like in 2008 the two teams treated fans to a great game that came right down to the wire but the Pats again came up just short.
After two weeks of build up and hype the two teams took the field in Indianapolis and the Giants defiance wasted no time getting after Tom Brady forcing a safety on their first play of the game. The Giants offense then marched down the field with help from some New England penalties to take a 9-0 lead in a first quarter that flew by quickly.
The game slowed down in the second quarter and the Patriots found their rhythm starting with a 29 yard field goal fallowed by a last minute touchdown catch by Danny Woodhead giving them a 10-9 lead going into half.
Aaron Hernandez then continued the scoring for New England with a 12 yard touchdown reception extending the lead to eight. The Patriots defense which was a big question leading into the game were able to stop New York forcing the Giants to settle for two field goals late in the third quarter.
Throughout the course of the game there is any number of plays that looking back would have drastically changed the outcome of a game but for this game the big was a key drop by Wes Welker. With four minutes left in a defensively minded fourth quarter Brady threw a 30 yard pass to the hands of an open Welker at the 20 yard line which he dropped. The Patriots then had to give the ball back to the Giants with just under 4 minutes left.
Eli Manning then took the Giants offense onto the field and led them on a clock burring drive that was capped off by an Ahmad Bradshaw touchdown run with 57 seconds left. Brady tried to muster some magic moving the Pats to mid field where with five seconds to play they attempted a Hail Mary pass that fell to the ground before a receiver could catch it. The Giants rushed the field to celebrate another Super Bowl victory over the Patriots.
They might not be the most likeable teams from an outside fans perspective but after another exciting and close Super Bowl finish I have to tip my hat to both teams because when a game is talked about as much as a Super Bowl is it’s hard to live up to the hype, but these teams did it, twice.
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