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The Giants slay Tom Brady and the Patriots for a second time on the Super Bowl stage.

Super Bowl XLVI would see 111.35 million viewers tune in to see Eli Manning and the New York Giants take down Tom Brady and New England Patriots for the second time in four years. Those numbers were a slight increase from the 2011 matchup, one featuring two of the game’s more storied franchises, the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers. That one brought in 111.01 million.

It didn’t look too good for New York early as they found themselves down 17-9 with 11:20 remaining in the third quarter.

The Giants would finally start to get things together. Kicker Lawrence Tynes would hit back-to-back field goals to slice the lead to 17-12 to close the quarter. Only 15 minutes were remaining.

In the fourth quarter, the Eagles’ bitter rivals would outgain New England by a 137-77 yards margin.

The final points of the game would come from Giants’ running back Ahmad Bradshaw, whose six-yard touchdown run helped seal a 21-17 Super Bowl victory over the Patriots.

Eli Manning earned Super Bowl MVP honors. He completed 30 of his 40 passes for 296 yards with one touchdown. The halftime show for this matchup was Madonna who brought LMFAO, Nicki Minaj, M.I.A., and CeeLo Green with her. Talk about ratings, huh? That will most certainly do the trick!