Super Bowl 46 is now almost 72 hours in the books, and fans from both New England and New York have departed Indianapolis and have headed home. Eli Manning has made his way to Disney World to join Mickey and Minnie Mouse in the traditional MVP parade. Gisele Bundchen, super model and wife of Tom Brady, gave several New York fans a verbal tongue lashing while waiting for an elevator after the game, but has since apologized.
It didn’t take long for a person from either club to create some controversy, and that person was Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. His dance moves are not that of the late Michael Jackson but a video taken and shown on national television, cable and video outlets, after the biggest loss of the season, he and offensive linemen Matt Light entertained many with their dance moves at a nightclub in Indianapolis.
The final act of closing the books on Super Bowl XLVI is the winner’s ticker-tape parade, which took place Tuesday in New York City. The Giants’ coaches, players and organization traveled through the Canyon of Heroes aboard floats, through the city streets among hundreds of thousands screaming and crazed Giants fans, which included kids who skipped school, adults both men and women, sanitary workers and police officers, people from every nationality and walks of life from which I could see, cheered for their beloved Super Bowl team.
Softli’s thoughts on the game
The 2011 season started without OTAs (organized team activities), mini-camps, and offseason weight-room and conditioning sessions. The lockout wiped all that away. The Patriots were picked to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl by many, and the New York Giants after losing several free agents were picked to finish 6-10, and after watching them from the sideline of the St. Louis Rams game, that Monday Night in New York, I would have said 7-9 or 8-8 at best.
Super Bowl XLVI had all the twist and turns, excitement with peaks and valleys and it came down to the final play, another Super Bowl that finished within six points or less. Giants quarterback Eli Manning went 9-for-9 on passing completions to start the game setting a Super Bowl record, to be trumped by the Patriots’ Tom Brady with 16 straight completions. Both defenses played solid, but neither was dominant.
I thought the difference in the game would come in the form of a punt or kickoff return, but instead it was the Giants’ punter that thrilled every one with his precision accuracy by dropping three punts inside the 10-yard line. Steve Weatherford was magnificent. For the second time, the first points scored in a Super Bowl came by way of a safety on Tom Brady, who was guilty of intentional grounding in the end zone.
The bottom line in a game that is extremely close, with two defenses that were comparable statistically, and had two quarterbacks with championship rings and MVP titles, is turnovers. Brady chucked and ducked and a ball deep to Gronkowski was underthrown and intercepted. For the Giants, who had zero turnovers, a Super Bowl record, despite putting the rock on the ground twice, they recovered both their fumbles.
A 9-7 team, the Giants had several fourth-quarter comebacks, and that momentum was carried into Super Bowl XLVI, defeating Atlanta, Green Bay and San Francisco in the playoffs and the New England Patriots on the big stage. In a game that will be remembered for many reasons, it won’t be Madonna’s halftime show that sticks in my mind.