The Patriots, after starting the year 5-3, went on an eight game winning streak before entering the playoffs as the conference’s number one seed. In the first game, the team dismantled the Denver Broncos before facing the Baltimore Ravens in the Divisional Round.
They have won six consecutive playoff games away from their home stadium, dating back to their victory over theTampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2007 Wild Card round. That includes their Super Bowl XLII victory over these same Patriots, although that game was played at a neutral site (and the Giants were the designated “away” team for the game). The 2011 Giants are the first team in NFL history to reach the Super Bowl after having been outscored by their opponents in the regular season . The Giants capped off an 88-yard drive with running back Ahmad Bradshaw’s 6-yard game-winning touchdown with 57 seconds left in Super Bowl XLVI, then stopped quarterback Tom Brady and the Patriots offense from mounting a comeback of their own in the waning seconds.
Green and Shelton are both judges on the NBC TV series The Voice, which the network broadcast after the game. An advertisement forPriceline.com killed off the “Priceline Negotiator,” ending William Shatner’s role as spokesman for the company, a role he has held for over a decade, to make way for a new campaign that will premiere during the game.
However, advertisers are usually offered discounted rates below the official one. Fox broadcast Super Bowl XLII as part of an annual cycle between the three main broadcast television partners of the NFL. Fox aired nine hours of pre-game programming, which began with a special episode of Fox News Sunday, as well as a two-hour special hosted by Fox News Channel anchor Shepard Smith, which previewed the Super Tuesday primaries for the 2008 presidential election. The Fox NFL Sunday panel hosted the main pre-game show, led by Curt Menefee, joined by Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, and Jimmy Johnson.
- Another Super Bowl triumph should earn him a little bit more breathing room the next time the Giants get off the a rocky start.
- CB COREY GRAHAM became 4th Raven to register 2 interceptions in playoff game vs. Den.
- The Patriots won their sixth Super Bowl championship, tying the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most overall.
- Coaches, players, reporters, and fans crowded the field as if the game had ended.
- Jillian Reynolds served as Weather and entertainment reporter, Frank Caliendo appeared in various comedic skits, and American Idol host Ryan Seacrest provided coverage of celebrity arrivals to the game site.
Locally, the game was broadcast by the New York Giants Radio Network flagship and the New England Patriots Radio Network flagship (WBZ-FM). Bob Papa called the game for the Giants with Carl Banks as his analyst and Howard Cross as sideline reporter, while Gil Santos was at the microphone for the Patriots with Gino Cappelletti as analyst and Scott Zolak as sideline reporter. The Giants then faced the No. 2 seeded San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game. Both teams continued to struggle on offense, until New York linebacker Jacquian Williams stripped the ball from San Francisco wide receiver Kyle Williams after a punt return. The Giants recovered the ball at the 49ers 24-yard line, setting up a 31-yard field goal attempt by Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes. Unlike Cundiff earlier that day, Tynes’ kick was successful, giving the Giants a 20–17 victory. Their main rusher was BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who rushed for 667 yards and 11 touchdowns.
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After beating the fourth-seeded Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24–14, the Giants upset the top-seeded Dallas Cowboys 21–17, when McQuarters intercepted a pass from Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo in the end zone as time expired. The field goal was the longest by a visiting kicker in Lambeau Field postseason history. Brady’s first two passes fell incomplete and then he was sacked by Tuck on third down, leaving the Patriots 16 yards from a first down and forcing them to use their final timeout. Facing heavy pressure in the pocket, Brady eluded linebacker Michael Boley and then threw a bullet to Deion Branch. Branch caught the ball and ran out of bounds at the 33-yard line for a first down.
They found success at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Feb. 6, 2011, wrapping up their season with a bang. The Packers entered as favorites, having won 12 league championships in their history, the most of any franchise.
Outside North America, Super Bowl XLII was distributed by the NFL and NFL International. Overall, the game was available to an estimated potential audience of one billion viewers within 223 countries and territories. However, viewing figures outside North America rose only marginally on previous years with an estimated 10 million people tuning in from outside the USA, Canada and Mexico for an overall global audience in the region of 114 million. Dick Stockton and Sterling Sharpe were the announcers for the International broadcast. As Super Bowl XLII fell only two days before Super Tuesday, critics and politicians foresaw the possibility that presidential candidates could attempt to buy time during the Super Bowl.
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M.I.A. came under controversy for giving the middle finger during the performance of “Give Me All Your Luvin'”, which was caught by the broadcast feed. The gesture was given when she appeared to sing “I don’t give a shit”, although it was hard to hear clearly if the expletive was said, stopped short, or cut off, as the censor unsuccessfully tried to blur the screen to cover the gesture. Green and Shelton (who sang “America the Beautiful” as part of the pregame show) are both judges on the NBC TV series The Voice, which the network broadcast after the game. It broke the record for the most viewed Super Bowl halftime show ever, defeating Michael Jackson’s previous record, with 114 million viewers throughout the world. Super Bowl XLVI was carried nationwide on radio over the Dial Global radio network, with Kevin Harlan as play-by-play announcer, Boomer Esiason as color analyst, and James Lofton and Mark Malone as sideline reporters.
Also helping out on NBC’s broadcast were reporters Alex Flanagan and Randy Moss and NFL insiders Mike Florio and Peter King. The Giants and Patriots became the 3rd and 4th teams to appear in Super Bowls in four different decades and the first two to appear in Super Bowls in four consecutive decades. The Giants became the first team in Super Bowl history to win Super Bowls in four different decades . The Patriots became the first team in Super Bowl history to lose Super Bowls in four different decades . Belichick tied Tom Landry for second most appearances as a head coach in the Super Bowl, behind only Don Shula’s six. The broadcast of the game on NBC broke the record for the most-watched program in American television history, previously set during the previous year’s Super Bowl. Super Bowl XLVI was watched by an estimated average audience of 111.3 million US viewers and an estimated total audience of 166.8 million, according to Nielsen, meaning that over half of the American population watched at least some of the initial broadcast.
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Blackburn, who had been cut by the Giants earlier in the season before being re-signed, had 6 total tackles and an interception. For New England, Brady completed 27 of 41 passes for 276 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception, becoming the first quarterback to throw a touchdown pass in five separate Super Bowls. His top target was Tight End/H-Back Aaron Hernandez, performing in a role similar to the one he played at Florida, catching 8 passes for 67 yards and one score. A th-Round selection, Hernandez’s stellar performance in the game would only add to the tragedy when his career was cut short by a self-destructive spiral into crime, resulting in his conviction in 2013 for the murder of Odin Lloyd. Fellow second-year TE Rob Gronkowski, who came into Super Bowl XLVI battling a severe ankle injury, tallied 2 catches for 26 yards and Welker, despite the infamous drop, finished with 7 receptions for 60 yards and two carries for 21. Defensively, linebackers Jerod Mayo and Brandon Spikes each had 8 solo tackles, 3 assists, and a forced fumble.
With seven career regular season starts, would have 3rd fewest career regular season starts for a starting quarterback in the Super Bowl. Can be the fourth quarterback to start Super Bowl in the same season as his first NFL start . lay action pass, but a heavy rush from Giants defensive lineman Justin Tuckforced a deep throw into the middle of the field, with no receiver anywhere near it. Brady was flagged for intentional grounding, and since he was in the end zone when he threw the pass the play resulted in a safety, giving New York a 2–0 lead.
Technically, the game had little significance, since both teams had already clinched their respective spots in the playoffs. But due to the Patriots’ quest for an undefeated season, this game was one of the most heavily watched games in league history. NFL Network was originally scheduled to air the game as part of their Saturday Night Football coverage, with WCVB and WWOR carrying the game locally in Boston and New York. Shortly before the game was scheduled to air, CBS and NBC bought broadcast rights to the game and NFL Network’s broadcast was carried by both networks, marking the first time in NFL history that an NFL game was carried on three broadcast networks at the same time. The game was also the first NFL game to be simulcast on a national level since Super Bowl I. As they were favored to do, the Patriots won the game to finish the regular season undefeated.
An ad for Old Milwaukee beer featuring Will Ferrell aired a single time on only 1 station in Nebraska. The Patriots, as the designated home team, had a choice of wearing their home navy blue jerseys or their white away jerseys. Briefly, there was speculation that the Patriots might wear the white away jerseys in order to switch the jerseys from Super Bowl XLII, where the Patriots wore dark blue and the Giants wore white. Also, the Giants were 4–0 in playoff games in their white away jerseys since the 2007 season. However, the Patriots announced on the Monday following the Conference Championship Games that they would be wearing their customary navy blue home jerseys as the home team in Super Bowl XLVI.
WR MICHAEL CRABTREE had career-high 85 catches, 1,105 yards and 9 touchdowns. In playoffs, Crabtree has generated 15 receptions for 176 yards and two touchdowns. In his past five games (incl. playoffs), Crabtree has 34 catches for 520 yards and 6 touchdowns. The Baltimore Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers to wrap up the 2012 season on Feb. 3, 2013. The game, which was held at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, was nicknamed the Harbaugh Bowl, as the two teams were led by brothers and coaches Jim and John Harbaugh for the 49ers and Ravens, respectively. The 49ers entered the championship game with a regular season record of , while the Ravens had earned a 10-6 record in the regular season. Super Bowl LIII was the first one played at the stadium and third held in Atlanta.
Cornerback R. W. McQuarters had no interceptions during the season, but played effectively in the playoffs, with interceptions in each of the Giants first three postseason games. Punter Jeff Feagles played in his first Super Bowl after 20 years in the NFL. This was also the last game for Giants athletic trainer John Johnson who had been with the team for 60 years. The Giants secondary was led by Corey Webster, who intercepted a career-high 6 passes.
The Steelers had completed the 2010 regular season with a record of 12-4, while the Packers had finished the regular season with a 10-6 record. After an exciting game of back and forth leads, the Packers overtook the Steelers with a 23-yard field goal with just two minutes left in the game. After scoring a combined 73 points in their regular season meeting, the teams scored a mere 10 points by the end of the third quarter, with the Patriots leading 7–3. The Patriots’ record-setting offense gave up five sacks and one lost fumble, while the Giants’ offense managed only five first downs in the second and third quarters. Yet in the fourth quarter, quarterback Eli Manning threw two touchdown passes, including the winning drive that culminated with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress with 35 seconds remaining. The Giants became the first NFC team to advance to the Super Bowl by winning three playoff games on the road.
The Giants and Patriots became the 3rd and 4th teams to appear in Super Bowls in four different decades and the second and third to appear in Super Bowls in four consecutive decades . The Giants became the first team to have won Super Bowl games broadcast on all four U.S. national networks . Husband-and-wife country musicians Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert performed “America the Beautiful” as part of the ceremonies. Chrysler aired a two-minute half time advertisement titled “Half Time in America”, produced by the Wieden+Kennedy agency and narrated by Clint Eastwood. The ad drew the criticism of several leading U.S. conservatives, who suggested that its messaging implied that President Obama deserved a second term and, as such, was political payback for Obama’s support for the federal bailout of the company. Both Chrysler chief marketing officer Olivier François and Chrysler Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne denied that the ad was intended as a politically oriented message.
Prior to this run, last time the Giants were defeated in a game away from the Meadowlands was in 2006, when they were defeated by the Philadelphia Eagles in the Wild Card round. This streak came to an end in the 2016–17 NFL playoffs, where the Giants were defeated by the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field in the Wild Card round. Two of the Giants’ road playoff victories during this streak occurred at Lambeau. Finally back to full strength, the Giants entered their week 17 matchup with the Dallas Cowboys with both teams tied for the division lead with 8–7 records. TE VERNON DAVIS has 16 catches for 442 yards (110.5 per game) and five touchdowns in four career playoff games. In three of four career playoff games, Davis has 100-plus yards and at least one touchdown. The Seattle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos 43-8 to conclude the 2013 season with a sweeping victory.