New England Patriots Stadium
January 23, 2012 by staff
New England Patriots Stadium, THE New England Patriots and New York Giants booked a rematch of their dramatic 2008 Super Bowl showdown with tense playoff triumphs to reach next month’s NFL championship spectacle.
Lawrence Tynes kicked a 31-yard field goal after 7:54 of over-time to give the Giants a 20-17 triumph over the San Francisco 49ers in the National Conference final and a berth in Super Bowl 46 on February 5 at Indianapolis.
“It’s amazing,” Tynes said. “I had dreams about this last night. I was so nervous before this game. I knew I was going to have to make a big kick.”
In New England, the Patriots overcame three turnovers and a sub-par performance from quarterback Tom Brady to edge the Baltimore Ravens 23-20 in the American Conference final and advance to their seventh Super Bowl.
“We’re going to try to go out and kick some butt in a couple of weeks,” said Brady.
Brady scored the winning points on a one-yard run with 11:29 remaining but the outcome was not settled until Baltimore kicker Billy Cundiff missed wide left on a 32-yard field goal attempt with 11 seconds remaining.
In the 2008 title game, the Giants edged the Patriots 17-14 to deny New England an unbeaten run to the crown.
“They are a great team,” Giants quarterback Eli Manning said. “We just have to go to Indy and play our best football.”
The Giants are 3-1 all-time in Super Bowls, having won in 1987 and 1991 as well as 2008 while losing to Baltimore in 2001.
New England have won the Super Bowl three times, all under Brady’s direction, in 2002, 2004 and 2005. The Patriots lost the championship spectacle in 1986 and 1997 as well as to the Giants four years ago.
The Giants, who lost 27-20 to the 49ers in a regular-season game last November, had the benefit of two botched punt returns by San Francisco’s Kyle Williams in taking the triumph.
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