It is what it is.... Eli Manning led a fourth-quarter touchdown drive and won his second Super Bowl MVP on Sunday night, leading the New York Giants to a 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots in an exciting finish to an NFL season that started with turmoil and a lockout.
"It's been a wild game," said Manning, who now has one more Super Bowl title than his older brother. "It's been a wild season." The wild finish was certainly fitting to the Giant's season. The Giants (13-7) almost didn't make the playoffs, needing a lot of help at 7-7 with two games left. Their defense finally came together, and Manning gave them a chance in every game with his penchant for comebacks — a league-record 15 touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
Manning went 30 for 40 for 296 yards, with one touchdown pass and zero interceptions. Besides Manning's cool and calm closing drive for the go ahead touchdown - the Giants wide receivers, including Puerto Rican standout Victor Cruz, were the difference in this game. Cruz, who set a single-season team record with 1,536 yards receiving, had four catches for 25 yards, including a short touchdown. Hakeem Nicks, who led the Giants' receivers in the postseason, had a team-high 10 catches for 109 yards.
"I feel good, man," Nicks said. "Blessed to be part of this team, blessed to be in this situation." But it was the most unlikely of receivers - Mario Manningham that had the catch of the season....