CAPTION: Feb 5, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Mario Manningham (82) makes a catch along the sideline in front of New England Patriots free safety Patrick Chung (25) during the second half of Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Giants Top Patriots In Super Bowl XLVI Behind MVP Performance From Eli Manning

Ahmad Bradshaw scored the game-winning touchdown and Tom Brady's Hail Mary hit the turf as time expired, giving the Giants a 21-17 win and a Super Bowl title.

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Super Bowl XLVI Final Score: Giants Edge Patriots In Instant Classic, 21-17

The New York Giants have won Super Bowl XLVI over the New England Patriots, 21-17, in an instant classic.


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With a minute left, the game was in Tom Brady's hands. If the Patriots' superstar quarterback could lead New England on a touchdown drive with less than a minute left in the game, he could have gotten the Patriots their fourth Super Bowl victory, and secured his third Super Bowl MVP.

And he tried. But the Giants' defensive line did just enough to stop him, with a massive sack by Justin Tuck on third down that forced the Patriots to take a timeout and enough pressure throughout the final drive to force the Patriots to try a Hail Mary on the game's final play.

It fell incomplete, just feet in front of Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots' record-breaking tight end. And for the second time in four years, the Patriots fell just short of the NFL's ultimate prize, leaving the Giants to claim it.

For more on the Patriots and their Super Bowl run, check out SB Nation's Patriots blog,Pats Pulpit as well as SB Nation Boston. For more on the Giants and their Super Bowl appearance, visit Giants blog Big Blue View and SB Nation New York. For all news and information regarding Super Bowl XLVI, please stay tuned to SB Nation's dedicated Super Bowl hub.

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Super Bowl 2012 Halftime Score: Patriots Take 10-9 Lead On Record-Tying Touchdown Drive

It was bound to happen sooner or later: the New England Patriots finally got the sort of methodical touchdown drive they've made their trademark throughout the 2011 NFL season, with Tom Brady slicing and dicing the New York Giants and finding Danny Woodhead for a touchdown to cap a 96-yard drive that tied the Super Bowl record for longest drive and gave the Patriots a 10-9 lead heading into halftime.


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After being pinned at their own 4 by a great Steve Weatherford punt and backed up their own 2 by a penalty, the Patriots clicked off a brutally efficient drive to take their first lead of the game. Brady completed 10 straight passes on the drive, and snuck a pass to Woodhead to complete it, despite Jason Pierre-Paul's best efforts.

You can see Pierre-Paul, on the left side of the Giants' line, break off his pass rush to drop into coverage. That turned out to be a bad decision.

For more on the Patriots and their Super Bowl run, check out SB Nation's Patriots blog, Pats Pulpit as well as SB Nation Boston. For more on the Giants and their Super Bowl appearance, visit Giants blog Big Blue View and SB Nation New York. For all news and information regarding Super Bowl XLVI, please stay tuned to SB Nation's dedicated Super Bowl hub.

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