Take Two! Giants Beat Patriots Again in Super Bowl
MANHATTAN — It's deja vu all over again.
The Giants edged out the Patriots in a nailbiter Sunday night to win Super Bowl XLVI, their second thrilling victory over their bitter rival New England in the past four years.
Like Super Bowl XLII, this year's game in Indianapolis came down to the wire, with the Giants holding onto a 4-point lead with a spectacular defensive stand in the final seconds of the game for a final score of 21-17.
Spurred by a series of spectacular catches and big defensive plays, the Giants put up a late touchdown on the board with a minute to go and then stopped the Patriots from getting into the end zone.
The win gives quarterback Eli Manning, the game's MVP and coach Tom Coughlin their second Super Bowl wins.
The Giants came out to an early lead in the first quarter with a rare Super Bowl safety when Patriots quarterback Tom Brady tossed a ball away from his own end zone.
Star wide receiver Victor Cruz then put the team up by 9 with a touchdown grab.
Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul came up big for the Giants in the second quarter, batting down a pair of Brady's passes.
But the Pats took the lead before halftime, scoring a touchdown to go up 10-9.
The Giants were held to two field goals in the third quarter and trailed by two with less than four minutes remaining in the fourth.
But Big Blue was propelled down the field by a spectacular catch by wide receiver Mario Manningham that set up a touchdown by Ahmad Bradshaw.
While the Pats let the Giants score in order to get the ball back with around a minute left on the clock, the defense put the brakes on Brady's scoring drive.
With seconds to go, they foiled a Hail Mary pass, giving the G-Men their second straight win against New England.
In 2008, the Giants beat the undefeated Patriots to win their first Super Bowl title since 1991.