By KRISTIAN CAMPBELL, Staff Writer
In one of the most thrilling Super Bowl finishes in recent memory, the New York Giants outlasted the New England Patriots 21-17. Eli Manning was named Super Bowl MVP for the second time in his career.
The game started off with New England’s defense shutting down the Giants and sacking Manning twice on the opening drive. But when New England took the ball after the Giants’ punt on New England’s six-yard line, things started to look odd. Tom Brady dropped back for the pass and had to throw it out of the end zone to avoid the sack by Osi Umenyiora, which resulted in a safety.
But with New England up 10-9 at halftime, they looked as though they would keep the lead. But with key drops from the likes of Wes Welker, Aaron Hernandez, and Deion Branch, and the fact that New England couldn’t keep the Giants out of the end zone on their last possession, the Patriots couldn’t pull it off.
In a season that was dedicated to the late Myra Kraft, the wife of Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft, you know that the likes of Tom Brady and Bill Belichek have to be disappointed. Especially Aaron Hernandez and Deion Branch. On the final drive they were targeted a total of seven times, and only came up with three catches. It’s not like Brady threw hard-to-catch passes, because all of them were very catchable; the receivers just dropped them.
But football is a game of what ifs: What if he caught that? What if he didn’t? What if that defender didn’t fake that injury to try and slow the Patriots’ no huddle offense? Although it was an overall good game, you know the taste in the Patriots’ mouths has to be bitter, and that taste will be there until next season.