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    Giants vs. Patriots, final

    Recap of the Giants’ victory over the Patriots

    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 05: Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants celebrates with Justin Tuck #91 after defeating the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots 21-17. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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    Eli Manning and Justin Tuck celebrated a Super Bowl win for the second time in five seasons.

    The Giants closed out a 21-17 Super Bowl XLVI win over the Patriots with a dramatic come-from-behind effort in the final quarter.

    It was the Patriots’ second Super Bowl loss to the Giants in five seasons. Tom Brady’s final-second toss to the end zone fell incomplete, just out of the reach of a diving Rob Gronkowski.

    Eli Manning was named Super Bowl MVP again after going 30-for-40 for 296 yards and a touchdown pass. Manning led the Giants to 12 unanswered second-half points to close out the game.

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    Tom Brady walked off the field a Super Bowl loser for the second time in his career.


    “This was one of the greatest football games I’ve ever seen,” Giants co-owner Steve Tisch said.

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    Manning hoisted his second Lombardi Trophy. He now has one more championship than his brother Peyton, a four-time league MVP.

    See how the game played out below with the Boston Globe’s in-game updates.


    9:53 p.m.: Tom Brady’s final-second heave for the end zone fell incomplete, and the Giants completed a dramatic come-from-behind win.


    9:47 p.m.: The Giants’ kickoff was a touchback. Tom Brady will have to lead the Patriots 80 yards over the final 57 seconds.

    9:44 p.m.: Ahmad Bradshaw scored on a 6-yard touchdown run to give the Giants the lead with less than a minute to play. Giants 21, Patriots 17

    9:38 p.m.: At the 2-minute warning, the Giants had driven down to the Patriots’ 18-yard line. The key play was a 38-yard connection to the 50-yard line from Eli Manning to Mario Manningham along the sideline. It was confirmed after a review.

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    Mario Manningham made a key catch along the sideline late in the fourth quarter.

    9:32 p.m.: The Patriots were forced to punt after their drive stalled at midfield. Wes Welker couldn’t corral a catch deep downfield. The Giants took over at their own 12 with 3:46 left to play.

    9:19 p.m.: The Giants punted to the Patriots’ 8-yard line after their drive stalled at midfield. New York burned two time outs on the drive and turned the ball back to the Patriots with 9:24 left.


    9:14 p.m.: Trainers tended to Giants tight end Jake Ballard on the sideline. Ballard caught the game-winning pass against the Patriots in November. The Giants are already without tight end Travis Beckum.

    9:04 p.m.: Tom Brady threw an interception to Giants linebacker Chase Blackburn at the New York 8-yard line. Brady escaped a sack on the play and was aiming for Rob Gronkowski deep down the field. It was the game’s first turnover.

    8:59 p.m.: The third quarter ended with the Patriots driving to their own 38 yard live.

    8:56 p.m.: Lawrence Tynes booted a 33- yard field goal, his second of the quarter, to pull the Giants closer. Eli Manning was sacked on third down to halt the Giants’ drive. Patriots 17, Giants 15

    8:52 p.m.: Hakeem Nicks lost a fumble after a 17-yard catch to the Patriots’ 30, but Giants fullback Henry Hynoski fell on the ball at the 34.

    8:48 p.m.: Justin Tuck sacked Tom Brady -- the first takedown of the Patriots quarterback -- to force a punt after a three-and-out. Zoltan Mesko’s punt from his own 15-yard line was returned to the New England 48.

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    Lawrence Tynes nailed a 38-yard field goal for the Giants in the third quarter.

    8:46 p.m.: Trainers tended to Giants pass rusher Jason Pierre-Paul after a stop of BenJarvus Green-Ellis, but he jogged off the field.

    8:38 p.m.: Lawrence Tynes drilled a 38-yard field goal to close the gap after the Giants’ drive stalled. Patriots 17, Giants 12

    8:34 p.m.: Giants tight end Travis Beckum will be out for the remainder of the game. He suffered a torn ACL in the second quarter.

    8:32 p.m.: The Patriots’ decision to defer possession until after halftime has paid off tonight. They have scored touchdowns on consecutive drives bookending halftime to turn a 9-3 deficit into a 17-9 lead.

    8:29 p.m.: Tom Brady connected with Aaron Hernandez for a 12-yard touchdown pass to extend the lead. It completed a 79-yard drive on which Brady was 5-for-5 for 54 yards passing. Patriots 17, Giants 9

    8:26 p.m.: With a 5-yard pass to Wes Welker, Brady set a new Super Bowl record with his 14th straight completion. (Brady later extended the mark, formerly held by Joe Montana, to 16 straight completions.)

    8:25 p.m.: Julian Edelman returned the kickoff to the 21 after the half. On the first play from scrimmage, Tom Brady connected with Chad Ochocinco for a 21-yard strike to their own 42.

    8:18 p.m.: The Patriots’ offensive line, a problem area in Super Bowl XLII, has proved strong through two quarters. Tom Brady was not sacked in the first half. He was sacked five times by the Giants in Super Bowl XLII and twice in the teams’ November meeting.

    8:15 p.m.: It’s an extra long halftime break for the Patriots. But coach Bill Belichick installed an intermission of about 30 minutes during a practice last week so that the team would simulate the long layoff before the second half.

    8:13 p.m.: Madonna has wrapped up her halftime performance. She mixed in some classic songs like “Vogue” and “Like a Prayer” (on a collaboration with Cee Lo Green) with some newer music.

    7:58 p.m.: Some halftime statistics: Tom Brady was 15-for-18 for 147 yards and a touchdown pass. Aaron Hernandez had a team-high five catches for 40 yards, while Wes Welker led the Patriots with 52 yards from scrimmage. Giants quarterback Eli Manning went 13-for-17 for 120 yards with a touchdown. Hakeem Nicks led New York with three catches for 42 yards.

    7:51 p.m.: Halftime arrived after the Giants took a knee on the final play of the second quarter. The Patriots will receive the kickoff to start the second half.

    7:48 p.m.: The Patriots took the lead on a Danny Woodhead touchdown reception with 8 seconds left in the half. It capped a 96-yard drive (on 14 plays), which tied for the longest in Super Bowl history. Patriots 10, Giants 9

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    Danny Woodhead (39) hauled in this 4-yard pass for the Patriots’ only touchdown of the first half.

    7:35 p.m.: Rob Gronkowski caught his first pass of the game with about 2:50 left in the half. It was a 20-yard strike to the Patriots’ 35.

    7:30 p.m.: The Giants punted after a holding penalty negated a first-down run by Brandon Jacobs. Steve Weatherford’s punt went out of bounds at the 4.

    7:26 p.m.: Key stat thus far: Giants have 11 first downs. Patriots have just three (as of the last change in possession).

    7:25 p.m.: The Patriots punted on fourth-and-short at the 29 after a three-and-out. Wes Welker fell just short of a first down on a third-down catch. (The ball was spotted at just about the same line where Patriots coach Bill Belichick called an infamous doomed fourth-down try in a 2009 loss to the Colts.)

    7:19 p.m.: The Patriots forced a Giants punt, which rolled into the end zone for a touchback.

    7:13 p.m.: Eli Manning completed his first nine passes of the game until missing on his first two tries on this second-quarter drive.

    7:04 p.m.: Stephen Gostkowski put the Patriots on the board with a field goal. The Patriots’ offense began to show signs of life during the drive. Deion Branch (15 yards) and Wes Welker (19 yards) both had key catches. Giants 9, Patriots 3

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    Victor Cruz hauled in the game’s first touchdown.

    7 p.m.: End of the first quarter. Patriots in possession and moving the ball down the field, but facing a 9-point deficit heading into the second quarter. Giants 9, Patriots 0

    6:58: The Patriots offense is finally getting some momentum, with Tom Brady hitting Deion Branch for a first down.

    6:51 p.m.: Victor Cruz caught a 2-yard touchdown pass to extend the lead. The Patriots had stripped Cruz of a fumble on third down at the 7. But a flag for 12 men on the field nullified the turnover. Giants 9, Patriots 0

    6:41 p.m.: The Giants struck first with a 2-0 lead. Officials flagged Tom Brady for intentional grounding in the end zone. Brady tossed the ball deep downfield, but with no receivers in the area officials called the penalty. Because it occurred in the end zone, it’s an automatic safety. Giants 2, Patriots 0

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    Referee John Parry flagged Tom Brady for intentional grounding in the end zone.

    6:38 p.m.: The Patriots defense stood strong on the Giants’ first drive. Two sacks of Eli Manning forced New York to punt. The Giants pinned the Patriots down at their own 6-yard line for their opening drive.

    6:31 p.m.: The Giants returned the Patriots’ opening kick to the 24-yard line.

    6:27 p.m.: Eli Manning spoke to NBC just before kickoff. Said Manning, “We’re all playing for each other.” He said Giants coach Tom Coughlin told the team to “go take this.”

    6:26 p.m.: The Patriots won the toss and elected to defer. The Giants called tails. Referee John Parry, in his first Super Bowl in that role, is the lead official tonight. The newly elected members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, included former Patriots running back Curtis Martin, participated in the coin toss.

    6:19 p.m.: The pregame songs are over. Kelly Clarkson sang the national anthem. Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton sang “America the Beautiful.”

    6:10 p.m.: The Patriots and Giants both took the field as groups. Individual introductions of the starters were done on TV by NBC.

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    Bill Belichick walked onto the field before kickoff.

    5:54 p.m.: Rob Gronkowski was running through warmups and catching passes without a noticeable limp. Gronkowski was officially listed as questionable after suffering a high-ankle sprain in the AFC title game. His left ankle was heavily taped.

    5:51 p.m.: The Patriots and Giants have begun leaving the field for the locker rooms and the final wait before kickoff.

    5:47 p.m.: The Patriots’ defenders, led by Patrick Chung and Brandon Spikes were “extremely animated” on the field as they ran through their final warmups, Globe writer Chad Finn reported.

    5:15 p.m.: Players from both teams have taken the field for warmups. Patriots coach Bill Belichick is wearing his customary gray hoodie. Belichick broke from departure in Super Bowl XLII with a red sweatshirt.

    5:00 p.m.: The Patriots left their longest-tenured player, Kevin Faulk, inactive for the game. But tight end Rob Gronkowski and newly signed defensive lineman Alex Silvestro were both active. The Giants left linebacker Mark Herzlich, whose comeback from cancer was well-chronicled in Super Bowl week, among their inactives.