SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS! 4 TITLES! Incredible. Winning is all that counts! Nailbiter to the end! Eli Manning has ice water in his veins. Two Q4 Super Bowl drives for TWO TITLES. Words do not do this celebration justice.
I have a few thoughts to put on this post and to let everyone comment and celebrate this title together.
LUCK! You need to have luck to win titles. We talked about the breaks the Giants got 4 years ago, like dropped balls by the Cowboys and the Flozell Adams injury. Well, this Super Bowl victory came complete with AT LEAST SIX HUGE LUCKY BREAKS FOR THE GIANTS THAT I CAN COUNT, probably more:
1) The 12 man on the field penalty by the Pats negates a Cruz TURNOVER. Two plays later the Giants score 7 on a Cruz TD! That is incredibly good fortune.
2) The Nicks fumble is recovered by a Giant. Disaster averted.
3) The Bradshaw fumble is recovered by a Giant. Disaster averted.
4) Welker drops a sure reception right in his hands. After the game, he took the blame: "It’s a play I never drop, I always make." The drive is stopped and the Giants get the ball back in the hands of Eli to go ahead and win it.
5) The Hail Mary goes the Giants' way when the Pats can't get the tipped ball before it hits the ground.
6) ROB GRONKOWSKI WAS INEFFECTIVE. Thank you Pollard.
Karma? GRATITUDE!! The Giants were better than the Pats in so many ways, but they couldn't show it on the scoreboard until the end. The Patriots were worthy opponents who simply fell short. One bad bounce of the ball and we are downcast. Someone had to lose, and Eli made sure we won!
Tom Coughlin and his staff get all the props enabling the Gmen to win a title! We have to give so much credit to Perry Fewell for changing and making this Super Bowl run happen. The Giants kept Rodgers to 20. The Giants kept Brady to 17. DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS.
Let's respect every ounce of effort from both sides. The Giants were also screwed on a few penalties, particularly the Q2 dagger of the Boothe call which set the entire tempo in reverse, turning a potential 16-3 game into a 10-9 deficit with nothing to show for the first half. That chicken sh*t call was the kind of stuff that Bill Walsh quantifies as the 20% of the game you cannot control. It is fantastic that we never have to think about that call again, the way we still remember the holding call on Keith Hamilton in Supe XXXV. This is why you need breaks. So that you can forget about the garbage that can cost you a title.
If you are a Patriot fan, you are reliving a nightmare from 4 years ago. Frankly, I for one and am so grateful for the Giants to be on the winning side of this game.
We'll have all week and the rest of our lives to celebrate this win and every single tremendous achievement: Super Mario's 38 yard reception was sweet music. Chase Blackburn's INT. The quiet great work of our corners, Aaron Ross and Corey Webster. The OL for keeping Eli clean when it counted. Hynoski and Snee on the fumble recoveries. The Tuck Sacks. The JPP menacing, with batted balls and ubiqitous impact. The Tuck Safety that makes this a TD margin (for Pats at end) instead of a FG margin. Great WR catches all day long by Cruz, Nicks and Mario. All the small ball guys (Hynoski!) underneath. Linval Joseph for a solid game. Keep adding to this list. (Weatherford great punting, physical Jacobs, Boley 9 tackles..)
NY GIANTS SUPER BOWL XLVI CHAMPIONS!!!!!!!
ELI MANNING- YOU ARE GOING UP ON THE BANNER FOR THE 4TH TITLE! Super Bowl MVP AGAIN!
It's too bad most people didn't see some pretty crucial plays thanks to family members pulling pranks like this! haha http://bit.ly/AwuZ76 Kimmel has some people pull some crazy things on their family members! haha
Welker is taking way too much blame for the non-catch. Yes, it his his hands, but he was wide open and Brady threw a bad ball. Considering how open the receiver was, that's a pass that every qb in the NFL should hit, however many would not given the tension of the moment. YOU KNOW THAT ELI WOULD HAVE HIT WELKER IN THE NUMBERS ON THAT PLAY!!
I watched the game again and Baas had a decent day, hopes for the future.
You gotta wonder how much $$$ this catch's gonna get Manningham in the FA. I don't think we'll be able to pay him.
Giants fans have never had it so good. I was in third grade when the Giants beat Denver, and that was special because it was our first Super Bowl. It was special when we beat the juggernaut Bills with our back-up quarterback. I'm guessing if you lived through the previous two decades of total futility then the Parcells championships meant even more. But these last two championships have been epic, franchise-defining victories. Game-winning touchdown drives in the final minute against the most dominant player and coach of the current era are just way more impressive than watching a field goal sail wide right.
Got this from CHFF
New England has only allowed a game-losing touchdown in the last minute 5 times since 2001; all 5 have come at the hands of Peyton (2) and Eli Manning (3)
Of the 10 fourth quarter comebacks the Patriots have allowed since 2001, 5 of them have been by Peyton (2) and Eli Manning (3).
Of the 12 game-winning drives the Patriots have allowed since 2001, 6 of them have been by Peyton (3) and Eli Manning (3).
Peyton Manning led the largest comeback in Championship Game history (18 points) to deny the 2006 Patriots another Super Bowl.
Eli Manning led the greatest drive in NFL history to prevent the 2007 Patriots from completing the perfect 19-0 season in Super Bowl XLII.
In Week 9 this season, Eli’s fourth quarter comeback was the only the Patriots have allowed at home since 2001, and it ended a 31-game winning streak at home in the regular season by Tom Brady.
The Patriots won 10 straight games after that, but lost again to Eli’s Giants in Super Bowl XLVI after another fourth quarter comeback.
Since 2001, only three teams have been able to pull off a season sweep of the Patriots. The 2005 Denver Broncos did it, followed by the Manning brothers and their teams: 2006 Colts, 2011 Giants.
Amazing. How many of us held our collective breath on that grounding call on Brady because we thought it was going to be roughing the passer on Tuck and set the tone for a "protect the Brady" at all costs game? How many of us cringed at Gilbride's calling runs consistently on 2nd and long? How many of us saw down linemen on the team's strength, the front 4, dropping into coverage? how many of us no longer need the answers to any of those questions and more because the Giants are Super Bowl 46 winner and champions of the football world???!!! AMAZING!!!!
Great win and excellent blog, this is my first year reading. Does anyone know how far Eli's pass to Manningham carried in the air? it was a 38 yard completion and he threw it just a few yards "left" of midfield and probably was about 8 yards back from the line of scrimmage. Just curious the actual yardage in the air?
How many QBs can make that throw? certainly not Rex Ryan's boy.
What an amazing game and terrific SB run! Can't say enough about everyone from the owners on down. Hynoski! Nice fumble recovery, and good short receptions early on. So much that could be said, but what can I say that hasn't been said already here or elsewhere. For now I just want to give a big thanks to Andy and everyone else running this great blog. I learn something new almost every day I read it, and after every game I can wait to read what ultimatenyg has to say. Well done.
I am overjoyed at this victory!! But I also can't help myself, so here it goes: why is JPP dropping into coverage with a 3 man rush in the red zone? That's a Bill Sheridan-type move. Two wasted time-outs on non-scoring 4Q drive. Ugh. Tynes FG off the upright! That one made me cringe, and I'm so glad Bradshaw scored the TD and didn't go down. Tynes has made his share of clutch kicks, sure, but given the choice I'd rather put it on the shoulders of our defense than Tynes' foot. As Coughlin said after the game, look what happened to Baltimore. A minute more on the clock and I'd go the other way, but in that situation, take the TD.
Congratulations from Philly to G-Men and their Fans !!
Great win. And props to all the Giants Fans who held steady through the rough patches in 2011... they were rewarded with one of the greatest runs of the table of all time...
Just a great team victory. Eli is the MVCP (most valuable clutch performer).
Shout out to a tremendously courageous Jake Ballard who tried to give it a go on the sideline only to crumple with what surely is a serious knee injury. True Giant!
Hakeem Nicks deserves more credit for this victory than he's been getting. His several catches in traffic, not least on the last drive, we're huge. With Eli under some pressure, the short routes were the cog of our offense, and also what kept the defense honest thus enabling a better running game than I expected.
This is awesome. Lets give credit to others like Accorsi who may have been the only one to believe in Eli in 2004 and Mara for staying the course with Coughlin.
I know it is the rules but on 12 man penalty for the Giants on the Pats last drive helped the Giants. The Giants had the advantage of an extra player and it took about 8 or so seconds off the clock and that can't be put back on. I think that took the clock from 17 seconds to 9. The Pats only recieved 5 yards. I thought that was a killer. Again, its the rules.
I might be wrong here, but I think lucky play #7 was the Defensive Pass Interference non-call on the Patriots' final drive. That would have put the ball on about the 7 yard line(?) with I think somewhere between 10 and 20 seconds left in the game. I know the Giants were hosed on a few terrible pass interference non-calls, but that one was especially egregious, was it not?
I want to thank Anthony from Hog Heaven and Tom Jackson of Eagle Eye for rooting in their NFC East brethren. Thanks to all my Jets friends for rooting us in. No dig at the Jets, but I am reminded of the line by Francesa we'll probably hear again today: "The Giants get titles and the Jets buy curtains to cover them up."
Eli you freak, 30-40 for 296 yd, 1 TD, 0 INTs. 9 TDs and 1 INT in the playoffs. SICK! You carried this team all year, you were the most consistent player on an inconsistent team, you made this year happen.
Wow. This team is incredible. We knew they had the talent, but goddamn, the way they do things. Wow.
What a wonderful victory. I thought the Giants were the better team, but somehow they couldn't seem to finish their drives. I felt Gilbride was stupid and unaggressive. When the Giants had a first and ten at pat 12 in the fourth qtr and the first two plays were runs I was ready to kick the TV. It seemed like they were trying to run over the Pats which is not our strength. I don't understand why we did not attack them more with dink and dunks?
The refs were calling nothing except for the phantom hold! Anyway we won so all is forgotten. Do you all realize that the game was a microcosm of the whole season. Fast start, lull in the middle and strong finish at the end. Who would've thunk we'd be champs, especially after the second Redskins game.
"Deja Blue" indeed. Right on about the breaks vs garbage, Andy; those two missed pass interference calls...hoo boy. But that's all to be forgotten. Another lifetime free pass on the site for Eli? :)
Andy, thanks a ton to you and the rest for taking us through another thrilling year!
I love the Giants, really, I do. I'm just waiting to see which Eli shows up on the banner: http://www.sportspickle.com/opinion/9821/the-many-faces-and-emotions-of-eli-manning...
Real Sweet! Coughlin deserves the credit! He had his team ready. And a good game plan. Watching the Giants since 78, many times the Giants would not breaks. Calls would not go their way. Ie phantom PI on Sheldon White in Flipper Anderson playoff game. The Fumble Game. I am glad Welker dropped the pass. This play was the turning point. Then Eli took over. He has become an offensive LT!
@west coast blue Welker isn't used to get the ball over his shoulder 20y downfield, that's another factor.
If you look at number, Welker caught balls more than 20y downfield this season (all 19 games) on 12 targets, that's 40% (75% between 0 and 19y). He also had 2 drops over 20y (17% rate, he's 0.7% overall).
So really this drop shouldn't come as a surprise.
@Arthuro Yes, amazing the job he and Boothe (penalties on the latter notwithstanding) did on Wilfork and company.
@bikeupright In a lot fewer words, the 80s Jints won by taking the air out of the ball. And they didn't always win, so there was some frustration wondering if we could play with a real offense too, especially when the Eagles, Redskins, Cowboys or 49ers (or Rams or Jets to knock us out in 88, 89) passed their way around or through us.
Nobody would describe Eli/Gilbride as taking the air out of the ball. But nobody would mistake our current D for that one, even though our D line now is better. PIck your poison.
The Giants in those eras had a different identity and Eli and Co. have re-defined the style of success as led by a dynamic downfield passing attack. This has never happened for them before, except maybe for a little bit with Fassel/Collins. The 70s were noncompetitive, the best players were the NT (Mendenhall), TE (Tucker), LB (Van Pelt) and P (Jennings). In the 80s, Simms was very good starting in 84 but the offenses under Parcells/Erhardt were not geared to pass to WRs and could be very frustrating to watch. The leading WR in 86 was Manuel and in 90 was Ingram. When they won they did so with an outstanding D let by the best LB corps ever and very good secondary and pretty good D line. The offense moved the ball by running it and passing as needed, especially in the playoffs.
The problem was the competitors offenses had advanced beyond leather helmets by the 80s. SF started the west coast offense and moved the ball at will Washington, Dallas, Miami, SD, Cin, Hou also had solid aerial games with good or excellent QBs so they could score points in bunches and score 2 minute TDs. Even the Jets with Toon and Walker. Elway could move the ball by himself. Simms could run a 2 minute drill but I don’t remember the Giants ever scoring a TD in the last 2 minutes to win a playoff game during this era. Yet for a team with probably the best defense in the league for 1984-1991 (except for 84, 85 Bears) and a very good running game and O line, they never emerged as the best team except in 86. You're right, even though we knew it could be better we were mostly happy about having a solid, tough, competitive team, especially after they won that 86-87 SB because it sucked to be so mediocre for all those years especially when Dallas was so good.
Eli is engineering a completely new era of Giants football. Giants started passing more with Fassel/Collins but were never this good. If the D can keep up and the running game can stay in support, they can be a top team for a while. Just keep the guns away from the WRs.
What we've known for a while is now obvious to most of the sports world: that Eli's leadership on the field is responsible for a large part of the Giants success, especially against the best teams in the league. This year and four years ago he has repeatedly gone up against the league's best and pulled out difficult or improbable victories, NE, Pack, Cowgirls, SF, etc. Not to mention a regular season where he carried a struggling defense with consistent production at money time.
This year we're seeing something even greater though: Eli has had a big hand in creating the WR corps that the Giants (and he) need to compete at a top level. Since 4 years ago, Plax shot himself into prison and the Jets, Toomer retired, S. Smith (and Boss) left. He got three young wide receivers who are all talented but still working out the kinks in their game. Eli has been a major factor in their growth into one of the most, if not the most, dangerous WR trios in the league. Especially Cruz. Not to mention the attitude example Eli sets. This is the group he needed to elevate himself and Giants to the highest level - throwing the ball is a team game - and the offensive record the whole year shows it.
"One of the guys who was probably at every one of those was Victor Cruz, a guy who did a lot of spot work and making decisions and reads and just talking through things," Manning said. "Obviously, he's a guy who's had a great season."
At the time, Cruz was a second-year player who missed most of his first season because of injury and wasn't even sure he'd make the team.
"It was a tough time, but I was just focused on the moment," he said. "I understood that if I go in there and just throw with Eli and kind of build his trust a little bit and understand what the routes were, understand where he likes to put the ball, I think I'd have a great shot coming in because we'd have already built a little bit of a rapport in the offseason."
It turned into the greatest statistical season any Giants quarterback and receiver have ever had. It was the first time that Manning showed some faith in Cruz, a relationship that grew throughout the season.
The scene fit well with Manning's vision: to build a strong rapport with his hodgepodge receiving unit and return to the level of elite quarterback, where he believed he belonged. "He was tired of people talking about how many interceptions he threw last year," says his father, Archie, of a career-worst 25 picks in 2010 and a second straight year of missing the playoffs. "What he was saying was, I've been around for seven years. I know I can play this game."
The makeshift camp lasted two weeks, with participants ranging from 2009 first-rounder Hakeem Nicks to former practice squad player Victor Cruz, who had ample time a year ago to launch a clothing line on the side: Young Whales. "We were tired of paying money for designer clothes," Cruz says of his venture with former Giants defensive tackle Nate Collins, "so we decided to start our own."
@capt george Those are amazing statistics. Eli is a Patriot killer. Or if I may paraphrase big poppy, Tom Brady, Eli is yo DADDY!
@DavidCastro All smiles now. Methinks the same questions will pop up next year . . .
@flutieflakes About 50 yards. Pinpoint. Sanchez actually made a throw or 2 like that in some of their comebacks, I think against Houston. The crazy thing is that the Giants call that stuff on first down with 3:40 left. It's like they figure it's easier than a 12 yard hitch against a cover 2 to move the chains
@jpw Agreed, with all the joy there were some coaching issues that, well, we just can't help ourselves. Soft coverage on two straight long NE touchdown drives when it was clear they were being smallballed, which is the strength of their offense, especially with 87 at reduced speed. Did Fewell really have to fall behind by 8 before adjusting? The confusion in the coverage on the Brady miss/Welker drop. We saw this during the bad old 7-7 days and thought they had gotten their signals straight by the 4th Q in the Super Bowl. And the Giants two straight runs on 1st and 10 and 2d and 10 in the red zone? Those calls brought back all the capital punishment instincts for Gilbride which had been dormant during the playoffs. And it may be sacrilege now, but they didn't really need a 38 yard pinpoint bomb to start a long winning drive with 3:40 left. Maybe take a little time off the clock because the other team has a QB who can kill us. But we would hate it to look too easy, that's the Pat's way, we like the highlight reels. . . .
I thought this as well too at first, but the ball didn't hit the upright; the way it hit the net made it shade back inside causing it to appear that it hit the upright. Still woulda liked to have seen it closer to the middle, heh.
My other nitpick; for most of the Pats 1st-half-ending TD drive, JPP AND TUCK WERE BOTH ON THE BENCH??? BOTH of them?
@Tom Jackson We appreciate the support. For a lot of Giant fans, it would be hard to pull for the Birds (unless they were playing Dallas), especially in a year when we were a heavy preseason favorite but stumbled through most of the year. We like to think it says something about the character of the team when our division rivals can come on board while anyone with a history against the Pats runs the other way.
Nicks play was outstading especially after the big hit he took in the first half, he was resilient. In looking at the Welker miss 2 Giants are in posiiton to make a hit and jar the ball loose if he comes down with it. Obviously not right on top of him but if he is in an awkward position a hit there could have set it free.
@vblasi67 Nick's catch on the last drive was huge. It was slightly behind him but he pulled it in for a big first down. On the Pats final drive, Branch also had a opportunity for a big play on a pass behind him over the middle. If he caught it, he would have had at least 25 yards and if he kept his feet more than 30 into Giants territory, on the first play, a la Jermichael Finley in the final drive in the regular season GB game. Huge connection for Manning/Nicks that Brady/Branch couldn't make.
Ditto for the Manningham catch and Welker miss. Both huge plays, Eli pinpoint perfect and Manningham great catch when Brady and Welker couldn't connect. Those 4 plays on the last 3 drives largely decided the game. The Giant QB-WR combos were better and wanted it more
@dgvertzWhat PI non call? I don't recall something like that (and I'm generally pretty objective judging that type of stuff, so I usually don't gloss over possible missed calls regardless of who they favor).
I don't have a problem with "letting them play", so even though they PROBABLY should have called at least one of those PI's (nicks, manningham), I'm okay with it... IF they don't call the chickensh*t hold on Boothe. Let'em play, but go both ways with it.
@dgvertz Besides the chicken shit hold on Boothe, the refs did a good job. Unless guys were mugged, these refs swallowed their whistles. They let them play. There was contact on MM play with Chung. In regular season. a PI would have been called.
@ultimatenyg Personally, I hate the Jets, but I will thank both Rexes. Rex Ryan because I truly believe all his fat mouth trash talking lit a fire in the Giants that put them over the top to make the run. Also, like to thank Rex Grossman cause he sucks so bad and still torched our defense. This also embarrassed them badly enough (and few ell) to change their ways and put complete efforts out there each game.
These were two happenings that were paramount to the Giants super bowl run!!
Thanks. They saw something they liked because they tried a similar play earlier in the quarter (the one where Collinsworth critcizes Manningham for the route he ran). Gutsy call and the difference maker, Patriots D was on their heels after that.
@CommanderShepard@dgvertz On the Patriots' final drive, it was the same play where the Giants got called for 12 men on the field. I only saw it once (and if they replayed it during the broadcast, I was too distracted to notice), but it looked like on that play, Brady heaves the ball downfield to a receiver (Branch, maybe) covered by a linebacker. The linebacker pretty much tackles the receiver prior to the ball getting there. This was not called. Has anyone seen a replay of it? I was talking to my brother on the phone as it happened, and he and I both assumed that was what the flag was for (when really it was the 12 men on the field call).
@UltimateNYGGlenn I agree, the refs did a good job. And throwing that intentional grounding on Brady on his first snap in a SB required some stones.
@CommanderShepard@vblasi67 Actually, score a big one for the DBs, that may have been the defensive play of the game, along with the Blackburn int. Collingsworth called the sack two plays later the defensive play of the game, and it was big, but it just buried the Pats further into 4th down, which they would get out of. The Phillips tip of Brady-Branch changed everything. Branch was wide open and if the pass hits him he would have been in Giant territory with about 50 seconds left. It's easy to envision Brady getting the Pats to the Giant 20 with 30 or so seconds left. At that point it looks like the opposite of SB 42 instead of a replay. Maybe a better ending for the 100 million viewers but probably not for us. Hats off to Phillips; Eli, Bradshaw and Gilbride owe him one.
Heh, I wasn't expecting a PI call here in real time, nor after watching the replay. I also never was worried that they'd call the first Pats throw roughing the passer instead of grounding as someone said they were.
I guess though that it's understandable that some of us fans would get a bit of a persecution complex and expect the worst, judging by what happened in some other games this year (both GB games, first Pats game, etc)..
@dgvertz@CommanderShepard Hernandez being covered by Grant. There was a bit of jostling but didn't look like it deserved a call. Hernandez went down because he dove for the overthrow. Proper no call, and IMO a flag would have been robbery.
I thought the call against Boothe was a lot closer than it says here. He had his left hand outside of the DT's (Wilfork's?) right shoulder which twisted forward. Even if he wasn't tugging it, it's an understandable call at the point of attack.
Haven't seen a replay. I recorded the game, so I'll check it out when I get home later.