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MANNING THROWS GAME-WINNER IN FINAL MINUTE OF SUPER BOWL XLII
Eli Manning's 13-yard touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress with 35 seconds to play was the second game-winning TD scored in the final minute of a Super Bowl. The first was a 10-yard pass from Joe Montana to John Taylor with 34 seconds to play in the 49ers' 20-16 win over the Bengals in Super Bowl XXIII.
There were three Super Bowl-winning field goals in the final minute of the fourth quarter - two by Adam Vinatieri and the other by Jim O'Brien of the Colts in Super Bowl V.
THE MANNINGS JOIN SHORT LIST OF SUPER BOWL-WINNING BROTHERS
Eli and Peyton Manning are the second pair of brothers to both start and win a Super Bowl. The other is the Fahnhorsts-Keith for the 1981 and 1984 49ers, Jim for the 1988 49ers. Two other pairs of brothers played in Super Bowl victories (but one or both did not start): Matt Bahr (1979 Steelers and 1990 Giants) and Chris Bahr (1980 and 1983 Raiders), and Bubba Smith (1970 Colts) and Tody Smith (1971 Cowboys).
TYREE'S TD ENDS LONGEST-EVER SCORING GAP
David Tyree's go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter ended a span of 33 minutes, 52 seconds without either team scoring. It was the longest scoring gap in Super Bowl history-but just barely. The Steelers and Cowboys played 33 minutes, 15 seconds without a score in Super Bowl X.
BRADSHAW, A ROOKIE, LEADS GIANTS IN RUSHING DURING PLAYOFFS
Ahmad Bradshaw led the Giants in rushing yards during the 2007 postseason (208). Over the last 20 years, only two other rookies did so for Super Bowl winners: Jamal Lewis for the 2000 Ravens and Ricky Ervins for the 1991 Redskins.
BOSS SHOWS SHOCKEY HOW IT'S DONE
Kevin Boss caught a 45-yard pass from Eli Manning to start the Giants' first touchdown drive. Boss played the postseason in place of the injured Jeremy Shockey, who has gained 45 yards or more on only two receptions in his entire NFL career (83 regular-season games and three playoff games).
A RECORD NUMBER OF 4TH-QUARTER LEAD CHANGES
There were three lead changes during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLII, the most in any Super Bowl or NFL or AFL Championship Game. The record for an NFL postseason game is four, in the Titans' Music City Miracle win over the Bills in a Wild Card game in January 2000.
GIANTS OVERCOME 0-2 START TO WIN SUPER BOWL
The Giants are the third team to win a Super Bowl after starting the season by losing their first two games. The 1993 Cowboys and 2001 Patriots also did that, but neither trailed at all in the third game of their championship season. The Giants, on the other hand, trailed the Redskins by 14 points in the third quarter before rallying for their first win of the season, 24-17.
GIANTS AVENGE THREE REGULAR-SEASON LOSSES WITH PLAYOFF WINS
The 2007 Giants won playoff games against three opponents who defeated them during the regular season: the Cowboys, Packers, and Patriots. Technically, there's another team that avenged three regular-season losses with postseason wins: the 1985 Patriots, who beat the Jets, Raiders, and Dolphins in the playoffs. But there's a big difference: New England split its two-game series that season with the Jets and Dolphins.
ANOTHER PASSING-YARDAGE LEADER FAILS IN THE SUPER BOWL
It took a historic upset to keep this trend intact, but still no player that led the league in passing yards during the regular season has played on a Super Bowl winner. Tom Brady was only the fourth to even reach the Super Bowl. The others were Dan Marino (1984 season), Kurt Warner (2001), and Rich Gannon (2002).2002
PATRIOTS SUFFER ANOTHER ATYPICAL POSTSEASON ELIMINATION
Over the last seven seasons, the Patriots have won 84 of 85 regular-season games in which they led in the fourth quarter. But New England has blown fourth-quarter leads to lose playoff games in each of the last two seasons.
IF IT'S A CLOSE SUPER BOWL, IT MUST INVOLVE THE PATS
Only six of the 42 Super Bowls have been decided by three points or less, but those six close games include four of the six in which the Patriots participated.
BRYANT OUTSCORES WIZARDS IN 1ST QUARTER
Kobe Bryant outscored the Wizards, 19-15, in the first period of the Lakers' 103-91 win at Washington on Sunday. It was the sixth time in Bryant's career that he singlehandedly outscored the opposing team in the first quarter, and the margin by which he did so on Sunday was the largest by any player in the NBA this season.
BUTLER'S FREE-THROW STREAK COMES TO AN END
Caron Butler's free throw streak ended at 73, the longest within a single season since Micheal Williams finished the 1993 season with a streak of 84 consecutive free throws. Williams made his first 13 foul shots of the 1993-1994 season, extending his streak to 97, an all-time NBA record.
MAVS MISS 16 CONSECUTIVE FIELD-GOAL ATTEMPTS
The Pistons defeated the Mavericks, 90-67, holding Dallas without a field goal on 16 consecutive attempts spanning the first and second quarters. It was the longest streak of missed field-goal attempts against the Pistons since the Nuggets endured an 0-for-19 drought on March 6, 2004. It equaled the longest streak by the Mavs since Dirk Nowitzki joined the team in 1998.