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New York Giants Defeat New England Patriots, 21-17, to Win Super Bowl 46

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- The New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots, 21-17, Sunday night to win Super Bowl 46, the second time in four years that the Giants have beaten New England to win football’s Vince Lombardi Trophy. For the Giants, it was their fourth Super Bowl championship.

It was a nail-biter right down to the end of the game in Indianapolis as the Giants pulled off a long drive to move ahead of the Patriots with just under a minute left in the game.

Giants quarterback Eli Manning was the architect of the 88-yard march down the field with his team down 17-15 at the time.

With 57 seconds left, Pats quarterback Tom Brady tried to pull off a miracle comeback deep in New England territory but a Hail Mary pass with no ticks on the clock missed its mark in the end zone, securing the victory for New York.

For his efforts, Manning was named the Super Bowl's Most Valuable Player, an award he captured in 2008 when the Giants beat the Patriots, again on a last minute drive, 17-14.

Manning opened the game with nine straight completions, a Super Bowl record. Not to be undone, Brady, one of the NFL's elite quarterbacks for years, fired 16 consecutive completions of his own, another record for the big game.

The Patriots led at half-time, 10-9, and scored another touchdown in the third quarter to make it 17-9, forcing the Giants' defense to buckle down and keep their nemisis off the scoreboard the rest of the way. It was good enough to enable the Giants to chip away at the lead until Manning worked his magic.

When they get home, the Giants will be saluted with a ticker tape parade Tuesday in New York City's vaunted Canyon of Heroes, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced late Sunday night.

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Is Obama Rooting for the Patriots or Giants?

ABC News(LAS VEGAS) -- President Obama picked a Super Bowl winner two years ago in an ABC News interview, but the president on Thursday refused to weigh in this year, saying that he’ll get into trouble if he makes predictions.

“I can’t call it.  I can’t call it,” Obama told ABC News’ Diane Sawyer in an exclusive interview.  “When the [Chicago] Bears are not involved, I can’t make predictions because I will get into trouble.  But both are great teams.  Brady obviously one of the best quarterbacks we’ve ever seen.  Eli Manning playing as well as he’s ever played, and it’s going to be a fun Super Bowl.”

When asked if in his daydreams, he is either Manning or Brady, Obama replied: “I can’t throw a spiral as well as either of those two guys, so you know, but I’m a huge fan of both teams.  I’m a little frustrated that my Bears who were pretty hot got hurt. Cutler, our quarterback, got hurt, then Matt Forte, our best running back got hurt. So, we were on a good trend there. Next year.”

Two years ago, Obama told Sawyer he was rooting for the New Orleans Saints “as the underdog.”  They ended up winning.

“You know to say I tell you, I love Drew Brees,” Obama said Thursday, referring to the Saints’ quarterback.  “I love what that team has meant to New Orleans, obviously recovering from Katrina and they are consistently an outstanding team.  I’m sure they’re gonna get another chance.”

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New England Patriots Offensive Coordinator to Replace Joe Paterno

Elsa/Getty Images(STATE COLLEGE, Penn.) -- New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien has agreed to replace embattled veteran football legend Joe Paterno as the head coach at Penn State University.

The Penn State Nittany Lions plan to make the replacement official with an announcement on Saturday, sources have told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.  O’Brien interviewed with the team on Thursday, according to his agent Joe Linta.  Terms of his deal with Penn State are still unknown.

O’Brien will reportedly continue to serve as the Patriots’ offensive coordinator for the remainder of this season.

After spending 14 seasons on the collegiate level, including coaching stints at Duke, Maryland and Georgia Tech, O’Brien joined New England in 2007.  He spent 2008 coaching receivers, and has worked with Patriots’ star quarterback Tom Brady since 2009.

Paterno, Division I’s winningest coach in history, was ousted as head coach of Penn State’s Nittany Lions amid an onslaught of child sex abuse allegations leveled at his retired defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.  By the time he was fired on Nov. 9, Paterno, affectionately nicknamed “Joe Pa” by fans, had a total of 409 victories.

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