Indianapolis IND- Eli Manning and the New York Giants beat Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in an East Coast battle. The game came down to a Hail Mary thrown by Brady with just seconds left while the Patriots trailed by four points. Neither quarterback had a stellar game. MVP, Manning, threw for 296 yards and had one touchdown while Brady threw for 276 yards, had two touchdowns and one costly interception.
The Giants took an early lead by obtaining a safety due to a 12-men-on-the-field penalty by New England. They continued to control most of the first half by keeping the ball out of the hard throwing Brady. The Giants had the ball 20 minutes during the half compared to the Patriots 10 minutes.
New England came back through the second and third quarters by scoring 17 unanswered points. An underthrown pass thrown by Brady was intercepted by Chase Blackburn did not lead to a score but it spark the Giants offense. The next New York drive led to an Ahmad Bradshaw rushing touchdown and gave them a 21-17 lead. There first since the second quarter.
The Patriots had the ball with 57 seconds left. Penalties and dropped passes kept New England from moving the ball, but 19-yard-fourth down pass by Brady kept the game alive. The game came down to a nail-biting final second Hail Mary pass that was ruled incomplete. After the game Giants’ coach Tom Coughlin, answered questions about his team’s 9-7 season. “We never changed our attitude about what had to be accomplished and what we had to do,” Coughlin said. “We didn’t spend time thinking backward. We were always looking forward.” This is New York’s fourth title and Manning and Coughlin’s second.