New York rejoices, New England stunned once again. The Patriots held an eight point lead heading in the third quarter, but the Giants roared back with 12 unanswered points in a 21-17 victory in Super Bowl XLVI, their second Super Bowl championship in four years and second in that time span over New England.
New York Quarterback Eli Manning was named MVP, finishing 30-for-40 for 296 yards and one touchdown, while Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady was 27 for 41 for 276 yards with two TDs and one interception.
The Giants (13-7), who stood 7-7 in mid-December, now own the football world, and Manning owns two Super Bowl MVP awards, the same number as Brady.
"It's been a wild game, a wild season," Manning said. "This isn't about one person. It's about one team, a team coming together."
"What I was concerned with was these guys making their own history," Giants coach Tom dCoughlin said. "This is such a wonderful thing, these guys carving their own history."
The Giants now rank third among all NFL franchises with eight NFL titles: four in the pre-Super Bowl era (1927, 1934, 1938, 1956) and four since the advent of the Super Bowl (Super Bowls XXI (1986), XXV (1990), XLII (2007), and XLVI (2011).
It's been a long season for the Giants. On January 8, 2012 in the first round of the playoffs the Giants defeated the Atlanta Falcons 24-2. After giving up an early safety in the first half, QB Eli Manning threw for three consecutive touchdowns. RBs Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs combined for 172 yards rushing, a season-high for the Giants. With the victory, the Giants advanced to the second round against the top-ranked Green Bay Packers. On January 15th, 2012, the Giants defeated the Green Bay Packers 37-20. Eli Manning threw for 330 yards and 3 touchdowns, two of which to wide receiver Hakeem Nicks. This earned the Giants a spot in the NFC Championship Game on January 22, 2012, against the San Francisco 49ers. They won this game 20-17, with Tynes scoring the winning field goal as he did four years earlier in the same game against the Green Bay Packers.