Deja Blue: Complete Day-After Coverage Of The Giants' Second Triumph Over The Pats

The New York Giants are Super Bowl 46 Champions after downing the New England Patriots, 21-17. Eli Manning was named the MVP after completing 30-of-40 passes for 296 yards and a touchdown.

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President Obama Congratulates Giants On Super Bowl XLVI Victory

With the New York Giants winning Super Bowl XLVI, they get all of the perks that come with it. One of those perks includes Giants head coach Tom Coughlin getting a personal phone call from the President of the United States Of America, Barack Obama. No big deal.

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According to Pat Hanlon of Giants.com, the President sent his regards to Eli Manning, Victor Cruz, Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul and everyone else. He also asked the "road warriors" to make a visit to the White House in Washington, D.C. in the spring time.

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Patriots Press Conference: Bill Belichick, Robert Kraft Reflect On The Season

The top two men in the New England Patriots organization, owner Robert Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick, met with the media on Monday afternoon, less than 24 hours after their Super Bowl XLVI loss to the New York Giants.

Kraft started things off thanking their fans for their efforts all season, something Belichick noted with the fans that lined up outside the stadium when they returned home earlier on Monday. Kraft said that with 32 teams you have a six percent chance of making the Super Bowl and a three percent chance of winning it, putting into perspective what the Patriots were able to accomplish this year. He said they've only had two losing seasons since he owned the team which means the expectations levels are high. He said he was proud of Belichick and the rest of the team.

Belichick was pretty quiet throughout the press conferene, as he was after the game on Sunday night. He didn't reflect much on the season but did mention the Steelers and Jets games during the season as critical points for the team.

Asked about Brian Waters and other players who could consider retirement or moving on, Belichick said it's best not to make life-altering decisions less than 24 hours after a game like that. He said it's important that everyone takes a step back and collects their thoughts.

Beiichick briefly addressed the decision to let Ahmad Bradshaw score with the Giants inside the 10-yard line as time winded down past the one minute mark. Belichick said he thought the Giants had a tremendous likelihood of making a field goal there if they didn't let them score. He said he preferred to have the ball last in the game, rather than let the Giants kicker decide it from a distance he was likely to make it.

But, even if this loss stings, the Patriots future is very bright with two first round picks and two second round picks in April's draft. As usual, you can expect the Patriots to re-load moving into next season.

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VIDEO: Giants Celebrate Super Bowl On Plane Ride Home

As cynical as we've all become about professional sports, there's something at least mildly refreshing to be reminded that athletes still really enjoy winning. As this video shows, the New York Giants can bask in unbridled joy that is not all that different from any group of amateurs who has just one their sport's biggest prize.


The guy leading the cheers is apparently Andre Brown, a running back who didn't factor into Sunday's win over the New England Patriots and really hasn't been a particularly large part of this team. Brown has spent time in five different organizations after being a fourth-round pick by the Giants in 2009.

It's safe to say this Super Bowl victory is and probably will be the pinnacle of his NFL career, so you'll have to bear with Brown as he enjoys this. It maybe shouldn't be all that surprising to see that this video has already received 14 "dislikes" on YouTube out of the first 279 votes cast. We can assume upset Patriots fans are mostly to blame for that.

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Super Bowl XLVI Sets Viewership Record; Madonna's Halftime Show Most Watched Ever

More people watched the 2012 Super Bowl than any other show in American television history. Richard Deitsch of SI.com reports the total number of viewers from the New York Giants beating the New England Patriots was 111.3 million, which is up slightly from last year's number of 111 million.

This means that Super Bowl XLVI was the most watched program in American TV history.

The Vegas over/under on the number of viewers was 117 million so this is actually slightly lower than some expected. Despite that, it's incredible that so many people tune into one game.

Madonna's halftime show was viewed by an average of 114 million viewers, which makes it the most watched Super Bowl halftime show ever. The game itself peaked between 9:30-9:58 p.m. (ET) with an average of 117.7 million viewers.

The TV ratings were down slightly from last year but still in the top three highest ever.

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

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Brian Waters Will Consider Retirement After Super Bowl Loss

Fresh of his first Super Bowl appearance, New England Patriots guard Brian Waters is apparently considering retirement. The six-time Pro Bowler will make a decision sometime in the next 2-3 weeks, according to Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe.

If Waters were to walk away, he'd be doing so after at the top of his game. He's currently due to make $1.5 million next year and is coming off a season in which he started all 16 regular-season games and was a major reason that Tom Brady was able to enjoy the best passing year of his career.

Arrowhead Pride, who knows Waters well after he spent most of his career with the Kansas City Chiefs, seems to think Waters will give it at least one more year.

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PHOTOS: Giants Return Home After Super Bowl Victory

The New York Giants spent Sunday night beating the New England Patriots and by Monday afternoon they were returning home as Super Bowl champions. The Giants left Indianapolis on Monday morning and returned home to a throng of fans cheering their arrival.

The parade is set for Tuesday, you can see details about that here. For now, here are a couple of shots of their arrival, courtesy of Giants PR man Pat Hanlon:

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Tom Brady's Safety Won Someone $50,000

As anyone who pays attention to sports betting can tell you, proposition bets are where many sports books make a significant amount of money. Las Vegas usually loves the idea of some poor soul putting down $1,000 on a the 50/1 odds of a safety being the first score during a Super Bowl. This year, of course, that highly unlikely scenario played out when Tom Brady threw the ball away while planted in the endzone.

At least one person placed that exact bet at the MGM Grand this year and is now $50,000 richer (via National Football Post). As counter-intuitive as it may seem, though, this is probably not particularly bad news for the casino. Sure, no one likes to come out on the wrong end of a bet like that, but that's like saying casino's get upset every time someone makes a lucky pull on a slot machine and hits the jackpot.

The reality is that whatever money the MGM Grand loses on this little bet, they may very well have made up for with the countless other props that didn't hit. Plus, you need something like this to happen every now and again to remind the betting public that these things can pay off. For the rest of us, though, it's worth remembering that Las Vegas was not built on the backs of winners.

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Some 2013 Super Bowl Odds Have Packers As Favorites

Being as we're almost exactly one year away from Super Bowl XLVII, it probably shouldn't come as a huge shock that there's something less than universal agreement on who the favorite to win it is. That said, there does seem to be a growing consensus who it won't be: the defending champion New York Giants.

Bovada has the Giants all the way down at 15/1, behind seven other teams. Among the teams that are currently going off at lower odds are the Houston Texans (12/1), the Philadelphia Eagles (12/1) and the Baltimore Ravens (14/1). MGM Grand's book had the Giants at 8/1.

Bovada's number crunchers consider the Green Bay Packers to be the favorite at 6/1. That probably shouldn't be a huge surprise, as they finished this year's regular season with the best record. Coming in right behind them are the New England Patriots at 7/1. The New Orleans Saints are at 8/1. Based on that grouping, it would seem Bovada is a big fan of offense, or at least believes bettors are.

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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Rob Gronkowski Says Injury Wasn't A Factor Despite Just Two Catches

One of the keys entering Super Bowl XLVI was Rob Gronkowski and how effective he would be on his injured ankle. The New York Giants beat the New England Patriots and one of the reasons was Gronkowski was unable to get anything going with the Patriots offense.

He was invisible for most of the game and finished with just two receptions for 26 yards. So was the ankle bothering him?

He told reporters that he was 100 percent but his performance suggests otherwise. Gronkowski wasn't even on the field for the start of the Patriots final drive but did come back in on the final hail mary. He didn't seem to have as much burst as he usually does and didn't come off his blocks as explosively as he usually does.

He was clearly affected by the injury but in typical Patriots style he said the injury had nothing to do with his performance.

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

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Super Bowl XLVI: Eli Manning And The Meaning Of 'Elite'

Eli Manning and the New York Giants are Super Bowl champions again, and after a year of questions about what it means to be "elite," Manning finally gave everyone an answer on Sunday night.

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Super Bowl 2012: From Wes Welker's Drop To Mario Manningham's Catch

From Wes Welker's drop to Mario Manningham's catch, there were more than a few memorable moments in Super Bowl XLVI. We take a look at 10 things of note to come out of the Giants' second title game victory over the Pats.

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Giants, Patriots Leaving Indianapolis After Super Bowl XLVI

The New York Giants and New England Patriots have been the star attraction in Indianapolis over the last week but after the Giants Super Bowl XLVI victory over the Patriots, it's time to head home. Both the Giants and Patriots are packing their bags and heading back.

The Patriots are scheduled to arrive back home around 3:30 p.m. (ET) on Monday afternoon.

The Giants are hopping on the plane as we type and they'll be greeted by their fans back in New York. But after they get home, the Giants still have some business to take care of -- like the Super Bowl parade. Here's a look at your Super Bowl champion Giants boarding their victory plane:

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The Giants Super Bowl parade will be held on Tuesday, February 7. Here are the details of the Giants parade.

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Giants' Greg Jones Proposes On Field After Super Bowl Victory

So you win the Super Bowl and you're on top of the world celebrating Super Bowl XLVI on the field of Lucas Oil Stadium. What do you do next?

If you're New York Giants linebacker Greg Jones, you propose to your girlfriend.

Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich broke the news on Twitter on Monday morning. Jones had practice squad tight end Christian Hopkins hold the ring during the game and after the Giants won he dropped to a knee and proposed.

But what if the Giants had lost?

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Tom Coughlin Won't Retire After Super Bowl; Coach Plans To Return To Giants In 2012

The New York Giants beat the New England Patriots winning Super Bowl XLVI and their coach, Tom Coughlin, becomes the oldest coach (65) in NFL history to win a Super Bowl title. Coughlin is the oldest coach in the league but he's now won two Super Bowls in the last four years.

So will Coughlin ride off into the sunset after this Super Bowl win, a la John Elway?

Nope.

Coughlin told reporters at his post-Super Bowl press conference on Monday morning that he plans to return to the team in 2012. And, really, why wouldn't he? The Giants are still a relatively young team, they'll get a lot of injured players back and Eli Manning is only 31 years old. It's not exactly far-fetched anymore to think the Giants could win another one.

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2013 Super Bowl Odds Start With Patriots, Packers, Steelers, Eagles And Then Giants

Despite winning Super Bowl XLVI over the New England Patriots 21-17, the New York Giants are not the favorite to win the 2013 Super Bowl.

Who is? The team they beat.

According to the MGM Grand's sports book, the New England Patriots are the favorite to win Super Bowl XLVII with 5/1 odds. The Patriots were the preseason favorites entering the 2011 NFL season at 9/2 while the Giants started with 25/1 odds. Not only are the team the Giants beat the 2013 favorites to win, but there are also three other teams with better odds than the Giants current 8/1.

The Philadelphia Eagles, who didn't even make the playoffs in 2011, have better odds at the 2013 Super Bowl than the 2012 Super Bowl champion New York Giants with 6/1, tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers as the third favorite in the early betting lines. The Green Bay Packers are the third team with better odds than the champions, coming in with the second best odds at the 2013 game at 11/2.

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 TV Ratings For Giants-Patriots Are Close To Record

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said on Monday morning that Super Bowl XLVI was "on par of ahead of" the 2011 Super Bowl in terms of TV ratings. Media reporters John Ourand (Sports Business Journal) and Richard Sandomir(New York Times) have the details on the early ratings released.

According to the overnight numbers, the TV ratings were slightly down from last year's game -- about a tenth of a point. Last year's was a 47.9 and early returns say this year's was a 47.8, which means last year's game between the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers still holds the ratings record. This year's Super Bowl is the third highest rating.

Here's the top five highest overnight ratings in Super Bowl history:

T1. 47.9/71 - Super Bowl XLV, Packers 31-Steelers 25, Fox
T1. 47.9/68 - Super Bowl XXI, Giants 39-Broncos 20, CBS
3. 47.8/71 - Super Bowl XLVI, Giants 21-Patriots 17, NBC
4. 47.4/NA - Super Bowl XIV, Steelers 31-Rams 19, CBS
5. 46.9/70 - Super Bowl XX, Bears 46-Patriots 10, NBC

There's still no information on the total number of viewers. The record set last year was 111 million viewers so this game may come very close to that number.

In New York, the game drew a 49.7 rating, which is the second highest ever in that market behind the Giants first Super Bowl. Boston had a 56.7 rating. Madonna was a little more popular than the game itself as the Super Bowl halftime show drew a 48.3 overnight, slightly ahead of the 47.8 for the game.

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 MVP Eli Manning: 'This Isn't About Bragging Rights'

Following his second Super Bowl win over the New England Patriots, Giants QB Eli Manning said the victory wasn't about bragging rights:

It's unfortunate Manning thinks the victory and his second Super Bowl MVP isn't about bragging rights, because he's got plenty. He beat Tom Brady twice in the Super Bowl, Brady's only two losses in the Super Bowl. He also now has more Super Bowl rings and MVP's than his older brother Peyton Manning. Not only that, but Eli picked up his second Super Bowl in his big brother's house in Indianapolis, IN.

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How Not To Criticize Tom Brady For The Patriots' Super Bowl XLVI Loss

Tom Brady's legacy may take a hit after Super Bowl XLVI. But Eric Wilbur of the Boston Globe didn't do a great job of explaining why.

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Eli Manning, Tom Brady Set Super Bowl Records

Super XLVI has come and gone with the New York Giants once again besting the New England Patriots on another late game touchdown drive. The game saw both quarterbacks Eli Manning and Tom Brady have really good games with Manning winning another Super Bowl MVP. They were so good however, that the quarterbacks were setting records.

Eli has the most completions to start a Super Bowl game with nine. Brady has the most consecutive completions in Super Bowl history with 16. Brady also is the career Super Bowl leader in attempts (197), completions (127), and yards (1,277)

Aside from those records, Giants head coach Tom Coughlin becomes the oldest NFL head coach to win a Super Bowl at the age of 65. Giants punter Steve Weatherford also set a Super Bowl record by setting down three punts down inside the 10-yard line, the most in a single game.

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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Mark Herzlich Gets A Super Bowl Ring In Perhaps The Best Story Of The Game

New York Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich was not active for Super Bowl 46, but he will have a Super Bowl ring waiting for him next season. Herzlich has, perhaps, the best story of any player in the game and despite not playing in the Super Bowl, it's a great finish to the season for the young man.

It's been a wild year for Herzlich, who went undrafted, had to wait through the NFL lockout, then finally signed with the New York Giants. He even made his first NFL start in November against the Philadelphia Eagles. But the ride this year, even with the Super Bowl, doesn't come close to the struggle Herzlich faced in the past.

Herzlich was diagnosed with cancer, Ewing's Sarcoma to be specific, in 2009 while at Boston College. At the time, his draft stock was through the roof, but none of it mattered. He was fighting for his life and his chances of playing football seemed to be slim, if there were any at all.

Herzlich didn't just beat cancer, he whipped its ass. Some two years after the diagnosis, he'd not only made a recovery from it, he'd returned to the playing field, worked his way back up the ladder again and made the Giants roster as an undrafted free agent.

And then Herzlich got himself a ring as a part of a Giants squad that was basically an afterthought as the regular season wound down. The Giants were battling for the playoffs, sure, but were doing so in a terrible NFC East in a league dominated by the Packers, Saints and 49ers.

It doesn't even matter that Herzlich was inactive for the Super Bowl. He's got his health, he's cancer free and he's got a ring. The best story of the Super Bowl belongs to an inactive linebacker who somehow beat the odds, and cancer, to even make an NFL roster.

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Super Bowl 46: Bill Belichick's Coaching Errors Leave Patriots On Losing End

Bill Belichick had the chance to cement his place in conversations about the best NFL coaches of all time with a New England Patriots win in Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday. Instead, a few calls that backfired on Belichick late will leave questions about the magnitude of his genius.

The first was choosing to challenge Mario Manningham's excellent catch near the sideline late in the fourth quarter. While the reward on the challenge was great — the Giants would have been returned to their 12 for a second and 10, instead of positioned at midfield with a new set of downs and almost three minutes to go — Belichick was taking a chance on a play that was made in full view of many Patriots on their sideline and ruled a catch by an official a few yards from the play.

If Belichick thought his hand was forced, that's going to be a tough pill to swallow for Patriots fans who have come to revere him for figuring out how to get his teams to play his style of football and win; if that was a challenge because Belichick thought the play wasn't a catch, it was a mistake, plain and simple.

Similarly, Belichick choosing to let the Giants score a touchdown at the end of their final offensive drive rather than run the clock out and attempt a short field goal makes sense in a vacuum: New England's defense, though it had been stout for stretches in the postseason and in the Super Bowl, was historically poor this season, and was likely wearing down late. Giving the ball to Tom Brady with as much time as possible on the clock for a touchdown drive made a lot of sense, especially with Belichick (who cited a "90 percent" figure for field goals made from within the 10 in postgame comments) considering that field goal a fait accompli should the Giants have attempted it.

But Belichick didn't call off the dogs and allow the Giants to score on their first goal-to-go down, instead choosing to keep his charges up front on the attack. They stopped Brandon Jacobs, and then Belichick called the Patriots' second timeout of the second half. Perhaps there's a case to be made that Jacobs would have simply fallen at the 1 and allowed the Giants to run out the clock, while Bradshaw was more likely to be taken by surprise and score, but the extra down cost the Patriots a few seconds and a precious timeout. It might have helped on the Patriots' final drive, when Brady found open receivers over the middle on the first two plays, but was forced to look toward the sidelines after a sack cost New England its last timeout.

Belichick is renowned as a perfectionist, a dour soul who cares about every detail and wants every decision to be right, but his macro-level accomplishments (three Super Bowl titles in four years, and five appearances in 10 years during a very strong cycle in the AFC) are more in the past than the present, and have been overshadowed to a degree by micro-level gaffes and decisions that didn't go his way. That's the recipe for being a three-time Super Bowl champion coach and still ending up underrated in the informal accounting of legacies and legends.

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

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Gisele Upset Tom Brady's Receivers Had So Many Drops In Super Bowl XLVI

The New England Patriots lost Super Bowl XLVI to the New York Giants 21-17 on Sunday night. The Patriots were able to move the football down the field multiple times in the game, but they did have some dropped passes that killed drives, including a late drop by wide receiver Wes Welker. Admittedly, Welker's catch would have been a great one as he lept and twisted through the air, but he just couldn't hold on to the ball.

"You (have) to catch the ball when you're supposed to catch the ball," Gisele Bundchen snapped back at a fan who was heckling Tom Brady. "My husband cannot (bleeping) throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time. I can't believe they dropped the ball so many times."

Now the Patriots certainly had some drops in the game, as did the Giants, but I'm not sure it was to the point of ripping the Patriots wide receivers over. Welker did drop a critical pass, but one could argue Brady also put a bit too much air under the football.

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 TV Ratings: Giants-Patriots May Have Set New Record

Super Bowl XLVI was a thriller as the New York Giants scored with less than a minute remaining to beat the New England Patriots, 21-17. And there was a record audience watching the game. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said at his post-Super Bowl press conference that the TV numbers were "on par or ahead" of last year's game, which means this could end up being the most watched program in TV history.

Last year's Super Bowl between the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers, which was the most watched program ever, drew 111 million viewers and many expected this game to surpass that mark. The Vegas over/under on the number of people watching the game was 117 million so it'll be interesting to see how close they got to that number (or if they passed it).

The 2010 Super Bowl passed M*A*S*H* as the most watched program in history with 106.5 million viewers. The 2009 Super Bowl had 98.5 million viewers.

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

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Super Bowl XLVI, Tom Brady, And The Confusing Pantheon Of QB Greatness

Tom Brady had a chance to join the class of Joe Montana. Instead, it looks like he's behind Eli Manning. Who isn't as good as Peyton. Whom Brady dominated. Are you confused yet?

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Most Super Bowl Wins: New York Giants Pass New England Patriots To Reach Four First

With their 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI, the New York Giants passed their new arch-rival along the Acela corridor to win their fourth Super Bowl championship in franchise history.

Their four titles, with two coming under Bill Parcells and two under Tom Coughlin, puts New York in a tie for third with the Green Bay Packers, behind only the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers with five and the Pittsburgh Steelers with six.

New England, meanwhile, is still stuck on three, despite being tied for second all-time with seven appearances in the big game.

But while the Giants have made the most of their opportunities on the NFL's biggest stage, with their only loss coming in 2000 to the Baltimore Ravens, the Patriots are now tied with the Minnesota Vikings, Buffalo Bills and Denver Broncos with four Super Bowl losses.

None hurt more than 2007 and 2011, when they had a fourth-quarter leads on New York only to watch Eli Manning march his team down the field and score the winning TD in each game's final moments.

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Super Bowl Attendance: XLVI Not In Same Stratosphere As Previous Games

After Jerry Jones' mad rush to break the all-time Super Bowl attendance record in Dallas last season, which ended with hundreds of fans complaining they were sold tickets to seats that hadn't been built in time for the game, the NFL lowered its sights in 2012.

The Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, which has a normal seating capacity of 63,000, was expanded to 70,000 for the NFL's big game.

That mark was far lower than 2011, when Jones ended up stuffing 103,219 fans into the Death Star in Arlington, falling only 766 behind the NFL's all-time record for Super Bowl attendance, which was set in the Rose Bowl in the 1980 game between the Los Angeles Rams and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Nor does it seem like the league has any real interest in matching Jones' grandiosity in the near future, as the next three Super Bowl locations -- the Superdome, the Meadowlands and the University of Phoenix Stadium -- all have maximum seating capacities of around 80,000.

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2012 Super Bowl Halftime Show: MIA Gives Camera Middle Finger, NBC Apologizes

During the Super Bowl half-time show, controversial rapper/singer M.I.A. made sure to let everyone watching what she really thought of them:

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Her spontaneous gesture caught both the NFL and its broadcast partners on NBC off-guard, even after they had installed a seven-second delay to prevent a similar incident in 2004, when Justin Timberlake "accidentally" exposed Janet Jackson's breast during the halftime show.

Both companies, eager to avoid a possible six-digit fine from the FCC, were quick to apologize for the incident:

"We apologize for the inappropriate gesture that aired during halftime," NBC spokesman Christopher McCloskey said. "It was a spontaneous gesture that our delay system caught late."

"The obscene gesture in the performance was completely inappropriate, very disappointing, and we apologize to our fans," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said.

However, it remains to be seen whether the children of Ameria will be able to recover from witnessing such a disturbing image.

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Super Bowl XLVI: Wes Welker, Patriots Receivers Plagued By Drops Late

Little mistakes abounded on Sunday night for the New England Patriots, but Wes Welker's drop in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLVI will sting the worst for the Pats. SB Nation's Andrew Sharp called Welker's drop "the moment the Patriots lost the Super Bowl."

It wasn't an easy catch, as this GIF shows, with Welker twisting in mid-air to turn and face the slightly overthrown ball:

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That didn't stop Welker from blaming himself after the game. The diminutive receiver was red-eyed after the game as he described his feelings on failing to make a play on what he called the "biggest moment of my life,"

"That's a play I make a thousand times," he said. "I just didn't make it."

When asked if he was expecting the ball to be thrown over his other shoulder, Welker answered, "The ball was right there. I've got to make that play. It's a play I've made a thousand times, and at the biggest moment of my life I don't come up with it."

But Welker's drop wasn't the only one by the Patriots in the fourth quarter. Deion Branch couldn't make a tough catch on the play immediately after Welker's drop, and didn't pull in a catch on a deep pass that might have gotten the Patriots into Giants on the final drive of the night. Aaron Hernandez, who led New England with eight catches for 67 yards and a touchdown, dropped a first down catch on that same final drive.

To be sure, Tom Brady shares some of the blame for those missed opportunities: none of those four plays featured great throws from Brady, and only Welker and Hernandez got two hands on their respective targets. But Brady will be thinking about putting passes feet and inches closer to his receivers for months to come; those receivers, and Welker in particular, will be wondering if they let the Super Bowl slip through their hands.

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

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Super Bowl 2012: Eli Manning's Legacy Grows

As you might have heard a few times over the last two weeks, the New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI championship gives Eli Manning his second Super Bowl ring, putting him in select company among the NFL's fraternity of great QB's and giving him one more than his older brother Peyton.

Eli, one of nine QB's to win multiple NFL championships, now trails only four signal-callers -- Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw with four, Tom Brady and Troy Aikman with three -- on the all-time list.

Jim Plunkett, who won two titles with the Oakland Raiders in the early 1980's, is the only retired member of that list not enshrined in the NFL Hall of Fame.

After eight seasons in the modern pass-happy NFL, Manning's stats don't necessarily scream all-time greatness: he's completed 58.4% of his passes for 27,579 yards, 185 TD's and 129 INT's.

However, in a country where "if you ain't first, you last", he now has the only two things that seem to matter to Hall of Fame voters.

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2012 Super Bowl: Tom Brady's Legacy Still Missing Fourth Title

Seven years ago to the day, on February 6, 2005, Tom Brady had just won his third Super Bowl over the Philadelphia Eagles. At 27, with the two-time defending NFL champions at his command, Brady appeared poised to tie Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw for most Super Bowl rings won by a quarterback or obliterate their records while establishing the NFL's most dominant dynasty in the modern era. Today, Tom Brady still has three Super Bowl rings — but he has two losses to go with them, after the New England Patriots' 21-17 defeat at the hands of the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI.

Brady's performance in his last two Super Bowls runs counter to the narrative he helped cobble together in his first three. In those three games, he got better and better, improving his quarterback rating from 86.2 against the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI to 100.5 against the Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII to a superb 110.2 against the Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX. But against the Giants in Super Bowl XLII, he managed just an 82.5, and on Sunday, his 91.1 belied a second half that was all about missed opportunities.

His receivers weren't fantastic, especially late, when drops by Wes Welker, Deion Branch, and Aaron Hernandez helped scuttle the Patriots' chances of winning, and Rob Gronkowski's ankle injury limited him significantly. But Brady didn't have great receivers in his Super Bowl victories — Mike Vrabel has caught two of Brady's nine career Super Bowl touchdown passes. And Brady never made a mistake as grievous as his heave downfield to Gronkowski in the fourth quarter in any of his four previous Super Bowls.

Of course, Brady didn't break Joe Montana's record for consecutive completions in a Super Bowl in any of those Super Bowls, either, nor did he put together two consecutive drives of the caliber of the record-tying 96-yard possession to end the first half and the 79-yarder to begin the second. Brady was both good and bad on the night, and, after being hit hard enough to briefly get backup Brian Hoyer warming up on the sideline, may have had some mitigating injury factors, too.

But shortly after Sunday's game, he was trudging to the showers, "catatonic," while Eli Manning celebrated his second Super Bowl win and Super Bowl MVP award. Seven years after his last Super Bowl victory, on this Monday, February 6, 2012, Tom Brady still has three Super Bowl rings. And the time to burnish his legend and bolster his legacy is getting scarce.

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

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Giants Parade: Full Details For New York Super Bowl Celebration

The New York Giants will parade through the Canyon of Heroes on Tuesday morning, a reward for winning Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday night. The Giants score late in the fourth-quarter to take a 21-17 lead, then hung on for dear life as Tom Brady's last-second Hail Mary hit the turf. This next week will surely be full of celebrations for the Giants, with the parade being the biggest and most public.


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The New York City mayor's office sent out a press release following the game, detailing the route and schedule.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced tonight that New York City will host a ticker-tape parade in honor of the Super Bowl XLVI Champions New York Giants on Tuesday, February 7th, 2012. The parade will begin at Battery Place and Washington Street at 11:00 AM and continue northbound up the Canyon of Heroes to Worth Street. The parade will be followed by a ceremony at City Hall Plaza, at which the Mayor will present the NY Giants with Keys to the City.

Tickets are available for the City Hall ceremony, but on a limited basis. A public giveaway begins at 9 a.m. on Monday at City Hall, on the city's website, through Mayor Bloomberg's Twitter feed and on the city's 311 line. Details for those that are interested can be found in the press release.

More: Best and worst of this year's Super Bowl ads.

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Super Bowl 46: Does The New York Giants Championship Devalue The Regular Season?

Ever since the introduction of the Wild Card in 1995, the MLB playoffs have become as much about catching lightning in a bottle as determining the best team in the sport that season:

The point is that now, you don’t have to be a great team to win the World Series. You only have to be one of the best 25% or so to get into the playoffs. You only need a break or two, you only need to get hot for a little while, you only need to have things come together at the right time …

Now, with the New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI victory, the NFL has crowned a champion who didn't exactly tear up the sport during the regular season:

First team to finish 32nd in rushing and win SB. First 9-7 team to win SB. First with negative point differential in reg. season to win SB. @sportswatch via Twitter

Over the course of 16 regular season games, the Giants scored fewer points than their opponents.

On one hand, their regular season performance seems to contradict the NFL's mantra that "every game matters", as New York ended up overcoming the fact they were a below-average team over the course of 16 games.

On the other, if Jason Pierre-Paul had not blocked a kick in the last moments of New York's 35-32 victory over the Dallas Cowboys in Week 14, Eli Manning doesn't get his second championship and Tom Coughlin is probably fired at the end of the year.

If a team with a negative point differential on the season can win a Super Bowl, than even a sloppy game between two mediocre NFC East teams in December can have a long-lasting impact not only on this season but the course of NFL history.

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Super Bowl Winners: How Many More Chances Will Eli Manning And Tom Brady Have?

In 2008, Eli Manning's New York Giants used a late fourth-quarter touchdown drive to defeat Tom Brady's favored New England Patriots, who came up short on a last-second Hail Mary.

Now, after the two put together an all-too-familiar sequel in 2012, the question becomes whether the next four years could play out like the last four did.

While winning a Super Bowl used to be a young man's game, the increasing sophistication of the modern passing game as well as the emphasis on QB safety has allowed much older QB's to play on the NFL's brightest stage.

The oldest QB to play and win a Super Bowl was John Elway at 38 in 1999, while Rich Gannon (37) and Kurt Warner (37) both came up short in the last decade.

In 2016, Brady will be 38 while Manning will be 35.

Of course, a million things could derail either's career over the next four years, from injury to the upcoming Mayan apocalypse, but fans of the other 30 NFL teams shouldn't think either will be in a TV booth anytime soon.

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UMass Students 'Riot' Following Patriots Super Bowl Loss

I hesitate to call this a riot, considering some of the violence we've seen after big sporting events in the past. Nevertheless, UMass-Amherst students gathered in the streets following the New England Patriots' loss in Super Bowl XLVI, resulting in a brief altercation with police. And it was, by all accounts, fairly brief.

Police quickly swooped in following the game, issued an order to disperse, and fired tear gas into the crowd a short time later, according to a MassLive report.

Riot squads on hand well before the end of the game, issued a dispersal order at approximately 10 p.m. and used flashbang and smoke grenades to disperse the crowd approximately 10 minutes later. Riot squads and horseback officers marched through the crowd minutes after that.

By the time riot squads intervened firecrackers had been set off, glass bottles smashed, one building scaled by one student, and at least one fight had broken out in the middle of a large mass of rowdy rioters. At least one student was restrained by a group of three officers in riot gear.

Here's video that was supposedly shot at the scene, as well.

Hopefully that's the extent of the riots on Sunday night. Elsewhere, all seems to be quiet, with no significant reports of crowd gatherings or violence.

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Super Bowl Rings: The 'Three D's' That Put Them On The Market

For every player that put on a New York Giants jersey this season, the Super Bowl ring they just won is the culmination of a life-long dream.

But all dreams come to an end, and if past experience is any guide, a fair number of them will one day be hawking those rings on the open market:

Tim Robins runs championship-rings.net, a California-based website that sells college and pro sports rings. He’s seen business explode in the past decade. Last year alone, he received nearly 1,900 championship rings, 350 of them from the Super Bowl.

According to most re-sellers, the reasoning behind selling a Super Bowl ring comes down to the "Three D's" -- death, divorce and drugs.

And while the idea of a player selling a championship ring usually conjures up the image of a down-on-his-luck addict pawning his most treasured accomplishment for one more hit, the reality is usually far more banal.

NFL players spend the first part of their lives preparing for a career that, on average, lasts 3.5 years. According to an extensive report from Sports Illustrated, 78% of former NFL players are either bankrupt or under severe financial distress two years after they leave the league.

The biggest contributing factor is the eye-popping divorce rate of marriages involving professional athletes, commonly estimated to be somewhere between 60-80%.

It seems that if Giants players lose their wedding rings, their Super Bowl ring might soon follow.

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Giants Parade: Canyon Of Heroes Route Set For Tuesday Feb. 7

As has become customary, New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg announced that the parade celebrating the New York Giants 21-17 Super Bowl XLVI victory over the New England Patriots would be held along the Canyon of Heroes in lower Manhattan:

The section of lower Broadway located in the Financial District, the Canyon of Heroes got its name because it's become the customary location for the city to throw ticker-tape parades honoring everything from the end of World War II to the New York Yankee's latest World Series celebration in 2009.

There are more than 200 granite black strips embedded in the street's sidewalks, one for each of the celebrations that have occurred there.

And with Giants fans undoubtedly celebrating until late Sunday night throughout Manhattan, a Tuesday morning parade date sets up a four-day weekend many will never forget, as long as they can still remember it Wednesday morning.

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Super Bowl 2012 Postgame: Wes Welker, Tom Brady Among Crestfallen Patriots

The New York Giants got a spectacular triumph in Super Bowl XLVI. The New England Patriots, on the other hand, must deal with another heartbreaking failure in a Super Bowl against the Giants.


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It's hard to imagine a Patriot taking the loss harder than Wes Welker. The waterbug wideout had a late and possibly game-sealing catch hit his hands and fall incomplete, and he was reportedly broken up about it in the Pats' locker room.

Wes Welker really broken up about the missed big play. "it's one I'll have to live with," he said, fighting back tears.

Tom Brady, whose throw to Welker wasn't as accurate as it could have been, and who spent much of the second half trying to find rhythm in the face of a ferocious Giants pass rush, is similarly distraught, with one reporter tweeting that he looked "completely catatonic" on his walk to the showers.

The Patriots played the 2011 NFL season with an "MHK" patch on their jerseys, a tribute to Myra Kraft, the late wife of Patriots owner Robert Kraft. Her portrait hanging in the New England locker room has no doubt contributed to the reportedly somber atmosphere.

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 XLVI MVP: Eli Manning Wins Second Super Bowl MVP

Super Bowl XLVI, as most people had predicted, was a close contest. The New York Giants and New England Patriots went at one another just as fiercely as in their 2008 matchup. Through the first three quarters, it appeared as though Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was well on his way to capturing his third Super Bowl MVP.

It was not to be, however, as the Giants came from behind for the 21-17 victory and their second Super Bowl win over the Pats in the last five years. Eli Manning was named the Super Bowl MVP, his second time winning the award in his two trips to the Super Bowl.

Manning finished the game going 30-for-40 with 296 passing yards and a touchdown.


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With the award and the Super Bowl win, Manning should now put any arguments behind him about whether he belongs in the same conversation as his brother, Peyton Manning. His two Super Bowl titles and two Super Bowl MVP awards now trump Peyton's.

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 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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