After knocking off the New England Patriots with a 17-14 upset win in Super Bowl XLII, history repeated itself as the Giants once again downed the Pats, 21-17, to capture the Super XLVI title, rewarding bettors by covering as three-point underdogs.
Little was expected from the Giants at the outset of the 2011 NFL season, as they opened with middling 40/1 odds to win the Super Bowl. But the Giants proved to be an early season surprise, winning six of their first eight, before faltering in the second half.
The G-Men finished the season with a 9-7 record, good for first in the weak NFC East, and a date with the Atlanta Falcons on Wild Card Weekend. The Giants dominated the Falcons, shutting down their offense en route to a 24-2 win.
New York followed up with a stunning 37-20 upset of the defending champion Green Bay Packers in the Divisional Playoffs, covering as 8.5-point road dogs in a win fueled by a 330-yard, three TD performance by QB Eli Manning, a postseason personal best for the Giants pivot.
The Giants earned their fifth trip to the Super Bowl with a 20-17 win over the San Francisco 49ers in a see-saw NFC Championship Game battle that included four lead changes.
The Patriots capped a strong regular season with eight straight wins to finish with an AFC-best 13-3 record. New England carried their dominant play into their Divisional Playoff matchup with Denver, routing the Tim Tebow-led Broncos 45-10 and easily covering a 14-point spread.
New England needed a late one-yard TD run from QB Tom Brady to top the Baltimore Ravens 23-20 in the AFC Championship Game to earn their chance at a Super Bowl rematch with the Giants.
It looked like Brady and the Pats might exact their Super Bowl revenge as they carried a 17-15 lead into the fourth quarter. But after an 11-play Patriots drive stalled at midfield midway through the quarter, opportunity knocked for the Giants.
Taking control at the New York 12-yard line, Manning marched the Giants offense downfield on five passes into the Patriots' red zone before RB Ahmad Bradshaw punched into the end zone on a six-yard run with less than a minute to go to seal the G-Men’s 21-17 win.
Manning, who tallied 296 passing yards and one TD, was named Super Bowl MVP for a second time while the point total, set at 53.5 by the sportsbooks, finished as an UNDER.
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