By Will James – Staff Writer
The Patriots had a chance to prove that the 2007 Super bowl was a fluke, and they did not succeed. The Giants were able to defeat Tom Brady and the Patriots once again with a score of 21-17. Going into this game many people, including Bill Belichick and his team, believed that the Patriots would win. When asked about his mindset going into the game Zach McCoy, a senior at Centennial, said “This game was really just a competition between an elite quarterback and Payton Manning’s little brother”. The Patriots ended their regular season with a record of 13-3 and the Giants with a record of 9-7, clearly the Giants were the underdogs in this game.
Super Bowl XLVI began with the Patriots giving up the first score of the game by giving the Giants a safety but that did not keep them down for long. The Patriots entered the fourth quarter leading by two with a score of 17-15 but the Giants’ focus and drive to win would not run out. Eli Manning was able to keep his team in the game by not turning over the football which helped them scrap their way back to win it in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter. With a critical catch by Mario Manningham in the last 3 minutes the Giants were able to march their way down the field and score. This Giants win was a shocker to most but to some Giants fans this is just what they expected.
“I never doubted my Giants. I knew that if the Giants could beat the Packers in the NFC championship then they could definitely beat the Patriots and so this Super Bowl win was exactly what I expected.” said Justin Webb, a junior here at Centennial.
This year’s halftime show was just as exciting as the game itself. It starred Madonna and featured Nicki Minaj, M.I.A., and Cee Lo Green. It was energetic and involved great back-up dancers. When asked about his opinion of the Super Bowl halftime show Eddie Rodzen, a senior here at Centennial High School, had this to say “I appreciated the excitement of the show but the actual songs were not that good and that’s just what I expected.” M.I.A.’s little obscene hand gesture might have shocked a couple families but besides that this year’s halftime show was exactly what we all expected from the performers.
Overall, Super Bowl XLVI was one of the most exciting Super Bowls in NFL history. It had everyone on the edge of their seats and lasted all the way until the last second. Many people entered the Super Bowl with questions about just how good Eli Manning and the Giants really were and after this game one thing’s for sure and that is that the New York Giants are the 2012 Super Bowl Champs.