By Joel Nethery
Husky Herald Sportswriter
On Sunday, 111.3 million people watched the Giants defeat the Patriots in the 46th Super Bowl. Surprisingly, there are still people that don’t know that the Giants were victorious. This New Yorker, for example, thinks the Jets won. Rob Gronkowski is another example. You would think that a player on the losing team would realize that his team didn’t win, but this video says otherwise. A night of “dancing” on stage with LMFAO seems more like a celebration. Normally, the losing team does not celebrate. Yet, in that same celebration of second place, Patriots offensive lineman Matt Light also “danced” on stage, but he was shirtless. You know what they always say; it isn’t a celebration until Matt Light takes off his shirt. If you are in the same group as Light, Gronkowski and the oblivious New York girl, you missed an amazing game.
To be honest, the whole game wasn’t amazing. Except for the Giants scoring a safety on the Patriots first possession, the first half of the game was pretty uneventful. But there was nothing better than the final four minutes. With three minutes and 46 seconds left in the game, Eli Manning and the Giants offense took the field at their own 12-yard line. Down by two, the Giants had less than four minutes to score a touchdown or kick a field goal to take the lead. It wasn’t a matter of being able to score, as no one doubted they would at least get the field goal. But with the NFL’s second ranked pass offense on the sideline, the Giants needed to worry about giving Tom Brady too much time to orchestrate a game-winning drive.
Manning connected with Manningham for 38 yards on the first play of the drive, moving their offense to midfield. Six plays later, the Giants had the ball seven yards from the goal line. With one minute and nine seconds left, the Giants were going to score and take the lead. On the next play, Ahmad Bradshaw carried the ball up the middle for one yard and the Patriots called their second timeout, leaving them with just one for the remainder of the game. Coming out of the timeout, Patriots coach Bill Belichick made a gutsy call. The gutsiest call in Super Bowl history. He told his defense to let the Giants score. Bradshaw took the handoff again, but this time no one tried to tackle him as he ran six yards before falling across the goal line. While some will criticize Belichick’s allowing the other team to take the lead that late in the game, that isn’t the real problem with the call. The real problem is that Belichick’s call was one play too late. Had the Patriots allowed Bradshaw to score on the previous play, they would have been left with five extra seconds and a crucial second timeout. But instead, with one minute and four seconds remaining on the clock, Tom Brady only had one timeout for his attempt at a comeback drive.
An attempt is all that you can call Brady’s comeback drive. Plagued with dropped passes and a failed Hail Mary that fell just out of reach of Gronkowski, the Patriots lost. If Brady had more time, the Patriots may have won. If Wes Welker had held on to the ball on second and 11 earlier in the game, the Patriots may have won. But they didn’t.
Congratulations to the New York Giants on their second Super Bowl victory in the past four years. Congratulations for becoming the first team since the NFL expanded to a 16-game season to win the Super Bowl after winning only 9 games in the regular season. And congratulations to this guy for being crazy enough to bet $1,000 that the first score of the game would be a safety.