Super Bowl XLVI was unlike any other spectacle I have witnessed. Not only was this Super Bowl held in our very own city of Indianapolis, but the game itself came down to the final “Hail Mary”, courtesy of Tom Brady, that fell only a few feet away from being caught in the end zone. However, Eli Manning and the New York Giants once again came out on top, much like the Super Bowl in 2008, when the Giants defeated the Patriots, 17-14, ruining their shot at perfection.
My prediction for the outcome of the game was the Patriots winning by a score of 28-17. Not that I like the Patriots better, I thought they had enough experience with the coaching staff and players to pull out a win. Although, the Giants had been a roll coming into the Super Bowl and in any game, any team can be beaten.
The game got off to a slow start, with Tom Brady getting called for intentional grounding while throwing from the end zone. As a result, the Giants picked up two points for the safety and it looked liked they were on their way to a dominating performance. The Giants outscored the opposing Patriots by a score of 9-0 in the first quarter.
The second quarter was a different story as Brady led his team on a 14-play, 96-yard drive, where he completed 10 straight passes to end the first half and to give his team a 10-9 edge over the Giants. It looked like this game would come down to who made the right plays at the right time and who wanted it more.
In the third quarter, Brady picked up where he left off in the first half, leading his team to on an eight-play drive that resulted in a 12-yard touchdown by Aaron Hernandez. The score was now 17-9 in favor of the Patriots. The Pats held on to a 17-15 lead as Brady dropped back to pass and had Wes Welker in the open field. The ball sailed right through both hands of the sure-handed Welker and the drive ended. Such a rare chance that was not executed by the Pats, and the Giants looked for a game-winning drive starting at their own 12-yard line.
With less than four minutes to play, Manning dropped back and looked downfield for Mario Manningham and let it fly. The Giants receiver reeled in the 38-yard pass and had enough awareness to keep both feet inbounds. The play of the game and possibly one of the best catches in Super Bowl history allowed the Giants to finish the drive off with what seemed to be a gift touchdown by the Pats.
Ahmad Bradshaw went untouched into the end zone trying to stop on the 1-yard line to run out the clock, but was unable to keep his momentum from stopping him. The Giants took the lead after this touchdown and gave Brady time for one last drive.
We’ve seen it many times before, where the great Tom Brady has led a game-winning drive and sealed a win. The Pats managed to get to midfield with the game coming down to the last play. Brady heaved the ball downfield only to find it come up short of the hands of Rob Gronkowski. Brady and Belichick will have to wait for another time to capture their fourth Super Bowl ring, as Eli and Tom Coughlin picked up their second in four years.
The game was a vision of déjà vu from the 2008 Super Bowl match between both these teams. Once again the underdog New York Giants rallied behind Eli Manning and took down what would have been the fourth Super Bowl ring for Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.
All in all, Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis left the city being regarded as one of the best Super Bowl hosts of all-time. Fans and fellow natives from the city packed the streets of downtown Indy and showed just how great a Super Bowl should be.