SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants passes against the San Francisco 49ers during the second half of the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
It'll be a rematch of 2007, as the New York Giants and New England Patriots will square off in Super Bowl XLVI.
Super Bowl XLVI is now set and it will be a rematch of a classic from four years ago, as the New England Patriots will square off against the New York Giants. Both teams advanced in thrilling championship-game victories, with the Patriots edging the Baltimore Ravens, 23-20, and the Giants topping the San Francisco 49ers, 20-17, in overtime.
The Patriots advanced thanks to some good fortune and miscues from the Ravens. Joe Flacco took his team down deep inside Patriots territory and was poised to at least tie the game. But his teammates let him down, as Lee Evans dropped the game-winning touchdown in the end zone, and Billy Cundiff missed a 32-yard field goal badly, allowing the Patriots to hang on.
The Giants, meanwhile, outlasted the 49ers in an overtime thriller that was also decided by a miscue. Kyle Williams, filling in as the 49ers' punt returner due to Ted Ginn Jr's injury, fumbled a punt deep inside his own territory. The Giants recovered and eventually won on a 31-yard field goal for Lawrence Tynes.