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Tuesday, 05 February 2008

Perhaps Monday's headlines summing up Super Bowl XLII said it best, with New York's newspapers proudly trumpeting what the Giants had achieved and Boston's lamenting what the Patriots had not.


Giants quarterback Eli Manning completed 19 of 34 passes, with two touchdowns and one interception.

  .excludIng the Big Apple, the tone was jubilant. Papers heralded the Giants' unexpected victory with words like "shocker" and "stun." According to some oddsmakers, the Giants were predicted to lose by as many as 12 points, a hefty spread for the Super Bowl.

Newspapers in Boston relied on similar words, but Monday's stories were about how the vaunted New England Patriots went undefeated for 18 games this season only to lose the one game that mattered.

"Eighteen-and-one! Eighteen-and-one!" Giants' fans chanted after Sunday's game, a taunt at the nearly perfect Patriots season that had been hyped on sports-talk shows and in newspaper columns for weeks preceding the Super Bowl.

"Patriots' dream year left with Giant hole," read one Boston Herald headline. "Patriot nation in shock," read another. Headlines in The Boston Globe pronounced, "History derailed" and "Giants ruin Pats' perfect quest."

New York's headlines were decidedly more upbeat. "Giants stun Patriots in Super Bowl XLII," read The New York Times. "Champs! Giants shock the world," bannered the Daily News. And in the New York Post, "Big Blue authors biggest of upsets."

The city is planning to revel in their team's unlikely victory Tuesday. A ticker tape parade is planned on Broadway beginning at 11 a.m., followed by a ceremony at City Hall Plaza.

The route, known as the "Canyon of Heroes," has been used for parades honoring astronaut John Glenn, aviator Charles Lindbergh, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Pope John Paul II and South African President Nelson Mandela.

The Giants won Sunday's game with a last-minute touchdown, scratching the Patriots' hopes of becoming the first team since the 1972 Miami Dolphins to complete a National Football League season undefeated.

"It was good enough for 18 wins. It's just the most important one we ended up losing," said Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who twice previously has taken Super Bowl MVP honors. "I'm sure we're all going to wake up tomorrow more disappointed."

The Giants' 17-14 victory gave New York its first NFL title since 1991.

Giants quarterback Eli Manning was named the game's Most Valuable Player, a year after his brother, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, took the same honor.

''There's something about this team,'' Eli Manning told The Associated Press. ''The way we win games and performed in the playoffs in the stretch, we had total confidence in ourselves. The players believed in each other." Video Watch Giants players elated, Pats players deflated »

The Giants drew first blood with a first-quarter field goal. New England came back with a one-yard touchdown run by Laurence Maroney early in the second quarter and led 7-3 at halftime.

After a scoreless third quarter, the Giants reached the end zone early in the fourth to make it 10-7. A 6-yard touchdown pass from Brady to wide receiver Randy Moss with 2:42 left put the Patriots back on top -- and the pressure on Manning.

With less than a minute remaining, Manning wriggled free of what looked like a certain sack to unleash a 32-yard strike to David Tyree, putting the Giants on New England's 24-yard line.

Four plays later, Manning connected with wide receiver Plaxico Burress on a 13-yard pass to reclaim the lead and win the game.

''It's the greatest feeling in professional sports,'' Burress said after the game as he was overcome by emotion. Video Watch New York fans take to the streets »

Giants wide receiver Amani Toomer, who had six catches for 84 yards, attributed the win to his team's physical play.

"They tried to just bully us around," Toomer said. "We're a more physical team than them, and it showed today. We punched them in the mouth, and they didn't want anymore."

Last year's Super Bowl was the highest-rated TV show in the U.S. for 2007, with more than 93 million people tuning in, according to Nielsen. This year, with two teams from huge markets competing down to the wire, that number might have been surpassed.

Companies spent millions of dollars to get their marketing message to this massive audience.

The average cost for a 30-second spot during this year's Super Bowl was $2.7 million, according to Fox, the News Corp.-owned network that broadcast the game. That's up slightly from last year, when the going rate was $2.6 million, and more than double the 1997 price of $1.2 million.



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