INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The New York Giants won the National Football League's Super Bowl championship Sunday night after a come-from-behind victory in the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots.
For the second time in four years, the Giants beat the Patriots for the NFL championship.
The New York team put points on the scoreboard first with a safety created by defensive end Justin Tuck. This was followed by a touchdown by wide reciever Victor Cruz, which gave the Giants a 9-0 lead.
At the top of the second quarter, the Patriots had to settle for a 29-yard field goal. But with 15 seconds left in the half, Quarterback Tom Brady in his fifth Super Bowl appearance, connected to running back Dany Woodhead for four yards and a touchdown, sending the Patriots into the half on top 10-9.
When the teams came back from the half, Brady and Patriots seemed to be on fire. Brady connected with tight end Aaron Hernandez on a pass for 12 yards and a touchdown, making the score 17-9.
The Giants tried to answer quickly but had to settle on closing the Patriots gap to within two points, 17-15. But when Brady tried to make a deep pass to tight end Ron Gronkowski, it was intercepted by New York's Chase Blackburn.
It didn't lead to a score, but it did cause a shift in momentum. With 1:04 left in the game and after an 88-yard drive, the Giants Running Back Ahmad Bradshaw rushed in, paused, and fell over the goal line for a touchdown and a 21-17 lead.
"Eli was saying, 'Don't score. Don't score.' And I tried to declare myself down. My momentum carried me into the endzone," Bradshaw explained after the game about his six-yard run that's destined to go down as one of the most amazing moments in Super Bowl history.
With only seconds left in the game, the Patriots couldn't score and the Giants won the Super Bowl with a final score of 21-17.
"There were so many mistake made across the board on the field. So many missed opportunities that we didn't capitalize on, that they gave us," Patriots Wide Receiver Deion Brach said.
"It's just great toughness. Great faith by our guys just believing. Some bigtime plays by a number of guys. We took what they gave us. And a number of our guys played big time today," Giants Quarterback Eli Manning told CBN News.
"This is what I dreamed of. This is what I visualized and it feels good fo it to come true," Hakeem Nicks, a wide receiver for the Giants, said.
"Its been an incredible journey, an incredible ride. I wouldn't want to spent it nobody else. No other teammates. No other team. No other city. I'm just happy to be here," New York's Cruz said.
"I had a great four years at Notre Dame. You know Indiana and Notre Dame have been good to me, so its definitely special," Tuck explained.
"To win one is a blessing. To win two is a blessing beyond measure. And I can't help but just be thankful and feel overjoyed with this feeling of wining a second Super Bowl win," Giants Right Tackle Kareem McKenzie told CBN News. "But it really hasn't set in yet. I think it'll be a couple of day before it does,"