Well the game lived up to the hype and went down to the last pass. With a hailmary at the end of the game, Brady couldn’t pick up the victory as the ball dropped underneath a diving Gronkowski and hit the ground. For the third time in a row, Eli would top Tom Terrific.
The game started off slow with both teams not soaring on offense, but on the first play from scrimmage for the Patriots, the great Tom Brady would make a costly mistake as he threw the ball out of the endzone to a receiver who simply wasn’t there. The closest receiver to the ball would be 15 yards away and the refs would penalize Brady for intentional grounding which resulted in a safety. The Giants and Eli Manning would come out strong and put it in the endzone on their next drive with a pass from Manning to Victor Cruz.
With the score 9-0 the Patriots would rebound and quickly turn the game around and make it 10-9 before halftime. As the Patriots received the halftime kick they would once again drive down the field and score another touchdown making it 17-9 and leaving it on the shoulders of Manning to bring his team back once again. Eli proved up to the challenge as he drove his team down to kick two field goals bringing the score to 17-15 in favor of the Patriots. With a big defensive stop from the Giants Eli would have to march down the length of the field with under four minutes to go to once again reach Super Bowl glory.
The last drive for the Giants made the fans stand in their seats as Mario Manningham made the catch of the game on the sideline. The Patriots would challenge the catch, however it would be confirmed by the refs as a catch and it was all Giants from there. Eli would hand the ball off to Ahmad Bradshaw in which the Patriots let him score so they would get the ball back in their Pro Bowl quarterbacks hands. After a failed two point conversion the scored stood at 21-17 in favor of the Giants.
Brady got the ball back and the Giants forced him to complete a fourth down play after Brady’s receivers dropped two straight passes and he took a sack. Brady would convert the fourth down pass and eventually throw the ball 50 yards to try the hailmary, but would come up just short to the former Ole Miss Rebels star quarterback Eli Manning.
Manning was named the Super Bowl’s MVP and would once again raise the Lombardi Trophy high above his head. The scene here in Oxford, Mississippi couldn’t be more proud as the atmosphere was lifted. The Rebels football and basketball teams aren’t giving the fans what they need right now, but to see their former quarterback not only beat Brady and the Patriots again but also win his second MVP honor in the Super Bowl gives this town so much joy. Way to go Eli, we at Ole Miss are all proud of you. Hotty Toddy.