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Bet on the NFLAfter a wild, up-and-down year, the New York Giants gave us one of the most wild, up-and-down Super Bowls in history. There were so many “firsts” and records broken during the game against the New England Patriots that it is difficult to know where to begin a recap of the game. But once the Giants finally got hot, their momentum carried them all the way to a Super Bowl victory.

The Giants struggled during the mid-season, beginning the year hot then falling to an unremarkable 7-7 record. Eli Manning had to struggle with having a number of starters out and injured, but got them back right when the Giants needed them. The team finished the season 9-7 and became the first Super Bowl champs to win seven postseason games all away from their home field.

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This was the second time Manning has defeated the Patriots in the Super Bowl, and it was a thrilling battle of the two start quarterbacks on the field. Manning began the game by setting a new Super Bowl record of nine straight completions, and finished 30-for-40 with 296 yards and one touchdown. Down the stretch, his final drive in the fourth quarter was remarkably similar to the one he led in the Giants' 2008 win over the Patriots.

But the Patriots were led by an elite QB of their own, Tom Brady, who set his own Super Bowl record by completing 16 straight over the second and third quarters of the game. Brady ended the losing effort 27-for-41 with 276 yards. Despite throwing one interception, he also had two touchdowns.

The outcome of the low-scoring game was in doubt until Brady's final throw into the end zone was missed by tight end Rob Gronkowski. Manning led his team during the final quarter to take back the lead, and the Giants could not convert on their final play, going down to defeat 21-17.


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