Super Bowl XLVI (46)
New York Giants:
New England Patriots:
Half Time Show
Lucas Oil Stadium
Date: August 21, 1970
New York Giants
Super Bowl XLVI was an American football game played between the American Football Conference (AFC) champion New England Patriots and the National Football Conference (NFC) champion New York Giants to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 2011 season. The New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots 21-17 in a tightly contested battle. The game was broadcast by NBC. The NFL is the best attended professional domestic sports league in the world measured by average attendance per game. Super Bowl XLVI was the 46th annual championship game of the modern-era NFL and was played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Super Bowl XLVI Kickoff time was approximately 6:30 p.m. EST (23:30 UTC) on Sunday, February 5, 2012. Super Bowl XLVI was the first Super Bowl to be played in Indianapolis, and the first time in the history of the game that the Super Bowl was played in consecutive years in a retractable roof stadium. This was also only the fourth time that the Super Bowl has been played in a cold-weather city, after Detroit's hosting of XVI and XL as well as Minneapolis's hosting of XXVI.
Downtown Indianapolis, the home of Lucas Oil Stadium, featured an outdoor Super Bowl Village and other programs at the Indiana Convention Center. Fans, players and NFL analyst were all pleased by the event the City Indianapolis put on and commented on the nice tight nit feel with all the Super Bowl venues being within walking distance of each other.
The NFL Experience at the Super Bowl Village and Indianapolis Convention Center set an all-time attendance record for the event with just over 265,000 people visiting the festivities over nine days
Per convention as an even-numbered Super Bowl, the Patriots as the AFC representatives had the home team designation. Super Bowl XLVI was the sixth Super Bowl in which the two teams had competed in a previous Super Bowl matchup, as the Giants and Patriots had previously met in Super Bowl XLII. Both head coaches (Tom Coughlin and Bill Belichick) and both starting quarterbacks (Eli Manning and Tom Brady) returned from Super Bowl XLII.
The New York Giants won the Super Bowl XLVI with a score of 21-17 on the strength of a last minute touchdown orchestrated by Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning.
New York took opened the game with a drive to the Patriots 33-yard line. But after giving up a 19-yard reception by Hakeem Nicks, New England's defense stepped up to prevent a score. First, linebacker Brandon Deaderick sacked Eli Manning for a 2-yard loss. Then Ahmad Bradshaw tried a run to the outside, but Kyle Arrington came in on a blitz to tackle him behind the line of scrimmage. On third down, Manning was sacked again, this time by Mark Anderson, pushing the Giants out of field goal range and forcing the punt.
However, New York got a boost from punter Steve Weatherford, whose 36-yard kick pinned the Pats back at their own 6-yard line. On the Patriots first play, Tom Brady attempted a play action pass, but a heavy rush from defensive lineman Justin Tuck forced him to hurl the ball deep down the middle of the field, with no receiver anywhere near it. As a result, Brady was flagged for intentional grounding in the end zone, giving New York a 2-0 lead and the first safety in a championship game since Super Bowl XXV. After taking the free kick, New York drove 78 yards in 9 plays, featuring a 24-yard run by Brandon Jacobs, and increased their lead to 9-0 on Manning's 2-yard touchdown pass to Victor Cruz.
Brady struck back on the Patriots ensuing drive, hitting BenJarvus Green-Ellis for 7 yards, Deion Branch for 15, and Wes Welker for 19, moving the ball to the Giants 31-yard line. New York managed to halt the drive on the 11, but Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 29-yard field goal to put New England on the board early in the second quarter. Later on, Weatherford's 51-yard punt sent the ball out of bounds at the Patriots 4-yard line. But Brady showed he was up to the challenge, completing 8 consecutive passes for 71 yards and scoring with a 4-yard touchdown pass to running back Danny Woodhead, giving the Patriots a 10-9 halftime lead. The drive went for 14 plays and covered 96 yards, tying the record for the longest drive in Super Bowl history.
New England took the second half kickoff and started out strong. First, Brady completed a 21-yard pass to Chad Ochocinco (his first reception of the postseason). Then two rushes by Green-Ellis gained 25 yards to the New York 33-yard line. Eventually, Brady finished the 8-play, 79-yard drive with a 12-yard scoring pass to tight end Aaron Hernandez, increasing New England's lead to 17-9. New York's Jerrel Jernigan returned the kickoff 34 yards to his own 35-yard line. From there, New York responded with a drive to the Patriots 20-yard line where Lawrence Tynes made a 38-yard field goal, cutting the score to 17-12. Then they forced a three-and-out, including Tuck's sack of Brady on third down, and Will Blackmon returned Zoltan Mesko's 43-yard punt 10 yards to the Patriots 48. New York subsequently drove back into scoring range on a drive that utilized several different players, including a 12-yard reception by seldom used tight end Bear Pascoe at the New England 9-yard line. But they could go no further, and on their down, a sack by Anderson and Rob Ninkovich forced them to settle for another field goal from Tynes, making the score 17-15 with 35 seconds left in the third quarter.
On the second play of the fourth quarter, the first turnover of the game occured when Giants linebacker Chad Blackburn picked off a deep pass from Brady on his own 8-yard line. New York then drove to the Patriots 43-yard line, but were stopped there and had to punt. New England took the ball back and drove to the Giants 44-yard line before they too were forced to punt.
Mesko's 36-yard kick gave the Giants the ball on their own 12-yard line with 3:46 left in the game and only one timeout. On the first play, Manning completed a deep pass along the left sideline to receiver Mario Manningham for a 38-yard gain to midfield. New England coach Bill Bellicheck challenged the catch, but call on the field stood and it cost him his team's first timeout. Two more completions from Manning to Manningham gained another 18 yards. Then Manning completed a 14-yard pass to Nicks on the New England 18-yard line at the two minute warning. Two plays later, New England called their second timeout with 1:03 left after Bradshaw's 1-yard run gave New York a 2nd down and goal on the 6-yard line. Rather then try to stop them any further and risk the game a short field goal attempt from Tynes, New England allowed Bradshaw to run into the end zone on the next play unobstructed. Bradshaw attempted to pull up and stop on the 1, but his forward momentum caused him to fall across the goal line, giving New York a 21-17 lead and New England 58 seconds and a timeout for their final drive. New York attempted a 2-point conversion to make their lead 6 points, but Bradshaw was tackled behind the line on their attempt.
After a touchback, two consecutive dropped passes and a 6-yard sack by Tuck forced New England to use their last timeout facing fourth down and 16 on their own 14-yard line. But Brady kept the drive going with a 19-yard completion to Branch. Then his 11-yard completion to Hernandez advanced the ball to the Pats 44, followed up by a 12-men on the field penalty against the Giants, which moved the ball to the 49 with 9 seconds left. Brady's next pass was incomplete. On the game's final play, Brady thew a Hail Mary Pass intended for Hernandez in the end zone, but the ball was deflected away and hit the ground just out of the reach of tight Rob Gronkowski, giving New York their fourth Super Bowl win in franchise history.