The New England Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime and claim a fifth Super Bowl title in the most dramatic of circumstances.
The Patriots trailed by 25 points in the third quarter but recovered to level at 28-28 and force the extra period – the first in Super Bowl history.
Quarterback Tom Brady, 39, led the recovery, finishing with a record 466 yards en route to being named the Super Bowl’s Most Valuable Player for a fourth time.
The turnaround was completed when James White scored on a two-yard run – taking his personal haul for the game to 20 points.
The previous biggest deficit overcome by an eventual Super Bowl champion was 10 points, a record emphatically shattered by the Patriots on a quite incredible night at Houston’s NRG Stadium, which also featured a spectacular half-time show by Lady Gaga.
The singer opened her set with Woody Guthrie’s civil rights anthem This Land Is Your Land, “a gentle but pointed rebuke to the Trump administration”.
Tom Brady admitted afterwards that the outcome could have been very different had any part of the Patriots team not done its job.
A key moment came with the Patriots trailing 28-20 with 2:28 remaining in the final quarter when Julian Edelman made a miraculous catch for a first down, somehow grabbing the ball under pressure from three opponents after it was tipped into the air by Falcons cornerback Robert Alford.
During the on-field celebrations right after New York Giants won the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots, linebacker Greg Jones got down on bended knee and proposed to his girlfriend Amanda Piechowski amid the confetti and the rapturous screaming and cheering from fans.
Greg Jones’ girlfriend, who he refers to as Mandy, said yes and immediately started crying.
Speaking to the New Jersey Star-Ledger, Greg Jones said: “She was bawling. I was like, <<I don’t know how long she’s going to keep crying>>.
“She definitely knows how I feel. A speech wasn’t even needed.
“Just everything we’ve been through together. She’s been here since day one and she knew me long before everything else.”
During the on-field celebrations right after New York Giants won the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots, linebacker Greg Jones got down on bended knee and proposed to his girlfriend Amanda Piechowski
Greg Jones said if his team had lost, he would have proposed another time.
The linebacker and Amanda Piechowki met three years ago at Michigan State but only started dating a year ago.
Amanda Piechowski is a former Spartans basketball player and model.
The joyous moment – captured on camera – was reminiscent of Boise State’s Ian Johnson getting engaged after the Fiesta Bowl a few years ago.
Greg Jones, a sixth-round pick, began the season as a starter on defense and has been a contributor on special teams.
Maria Menounos had to strip down in Times Square after she lost her bet on the New England Patriots at the Super Bowl.
If the Patriots lost, Maria Menounos would “bare all“, said the bet. The correspondent A.J. Calloway, Giants fan, would have to wear a Patriots cheerleader outfit, if they won.
In a cold weather Maria hosted an entire broadcast of her show “Extra” in a red, blue and white bikini and a pair of warm, furry, black Ugg boots. It was around 50 degrees (10° C) in New York yesterday.
A. J. Calloway, co-host Mario Lopez, and a group of Giants fans admired her toned figure.
Two weeks ago Mario Lopez also stripped down to his underwear on Ellen DeGeneres’ show.
After she lost a Super Bowl bet on her beloved Patriots, Maria Menounos hosted the entire "Extra" show wearing NY Giants bikini and a pair of Uggs.
“I hate bets. I’m never doing this again,” said Maria Menounos taking off her white robe.
“God is a Giants fan!” A. J. Calloway exclaimed.
“My girl @mariamenounos lost a Super Bowl bet & had to wear a NY Giants bikini! Big props..Look great,” Lopez wrote on Twitter.
Maria posted a picture of herself wearing the white robe with the comment: “Ready to face the music.“
She had to leave Indianapolis to arrive in Times Square and wrote on her Twitter’s page:
“Flying to ny now…today is gonna stink. At least it’s not bitter cold there. Should be 50 degrees I hear.“
Maria Menounos was born in Massachusetts and she is a longtime fan of the New England Patriots.
“Sorry, but you know what – I love the Pats for fighting to the bitter end. #PATRIOTpride,” Die-Hard Patriots fan wrote on Twitter.
Last weekend, Maria Menounos attended ESPN’s Super Bowl party and had a ball with celebs in Indianapolis Saturday night, including tebowing with Denver Broncos’ quarterback Tim Tebow. It was the first time he had ever done his signature knee drop with someone else, Tebow said.
Maria Menounos wears bikini in Times Square during her show “Extra” (video):
The New York Giants beat the New England Patriots 21-17 with a dramatic last-minute touchdown in a thrilling Super Bowl XLVI at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
NEW YORK GIANTS 21
• Touchdowns: Cruz, Bradshaw
• Field Goals: Tynes (2)
• Safety: Awarded against Brady
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 17
• Touchdowns: Woodhead, Hernandez
• Field Goal: Gostkowski
Giants quarterback Eli Manning, who destroyed New England in the Super Bowl four years ago, repeated the trick to set up Ahmad Bradshaw’s six-yard run.
There were still 57 seconds for Tom Brady to respond, though, but the Patriots quarterback fell just short.
As in Super Bowl XLII, Manning picked up the Most Valuable Player award.
Manning, who this season led his team to six victories after being in losing positions before the Super Bowl, kept his composure at the end of a keenly contested encounter to mount the winning drive.
He was helped enormously though by a stunning catch by Mario Manningham, which will be remembered for years to come.
It came on the first play of their final drive. Manning, on his own 12-yard line with less than four minutes remaining, signalled his intent by firing a long pass down the left sideline. Manningham defied gravity to produce a superb catch as he fell, somehow getting both feet down in bounds and holding on to the ball.
It provided the Giants – who began the game well, taking an early 9-0 lead – with fresh impetus after they wilted under some relentless pressure from the Brady-inspired Patriots.
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning poses with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the Giants defeated the New England Patriots by a score of 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium
Eight plays later, and in surreal circumstances, Bradshaw fell into the endzone, completely untouched by the New England defence, who were prepared to concede the touchdown because it would have allowed Brady enough time for one final chance.
Were Bradshaw to have fallen at the one-yard line, Scottish-American kicker Lawrence Tynes would have had an easy field goal attempt to win the game as time expired.
Giants running back Bradshaw, who impressed throughout with 72 rushing yards from 17 attempts, could not stop himself from scoring, setting up a nailbiting final minute in which Brady – who completed a Super Bowl record 16 passes in a row during the game – did his utmost to snatch victory for New England.
But, with the last play of the game, his Hail Mary pass was batted to the ground by the Giants’ relieved defence.
It was cruel on Brady, playing in his fifth Super Bowl, who recovered superbly from conceding a safety with his first possession to complete 27 of 41 passes for 276 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
The Giants capitalized on Brady’s mistake to take a 9-0 lead when Victor Cruz snagged Manning’s perfectly thrown two-yard pass.
New England responded, hitting back with a well-measured drive before ultimately being stopped by the Giants’ defence. Kicker Stephen Gostkowski made no mistake from 29 yards though to get them on the scoreboard.
Danny Woodhead’s catch in the endzone then capped a masterful 14-play drive from Tom Brady, which saw the Patriots march 96 yards down the field at the end of the first half – tying the Super Bowl record for the longest drive.
Brady picked up where he left off at the start of the third quarter with another controlled drive before ultimately finding Aaron Hernandez with a short pass. The tight end fought off Deon Grant’s despairing tackle to run into the endzone to make it 17-9.
The Patriots defence, with a reputation for giving up a lot of yards but not so many points, then took inspiration from their offence. Some fearful hitting and tackling restricted the Giants, but nonetheless they got three more points onto the board courtesy of a 38-yard Tynes field goal.
New England failed to respond, but were unlucky soon afterwards when they failed to recover the Giants’ wide receiver Hakeem Nicks’s fumble.
New York failed to fully capitalise on their stroke of good luck and were forced to settle for another Tynes field goal, this time from33 yards, at the end of the third quarter to bring them back within two points at 17-15.
Brady’s trademark composure slipped at the start of the fourth quarter when, after successfully evading two tackles, his long bomb down the field was intercepted by Chase Blackburn.
Bradshaw then nearly gave the ball straight back to New England but again the Giants got lucky when Chris Snee recovered the fumble.
The Patriots then aimed to run down the clock in the knowledge that the Giants had already blown two of their three timeouts.
But, after punting the ball back, Manning – who completed 30 of 40 throws for 296 yards – was able to weave his magic and set up yet another fairytale ending for the Giants.