Super Bowl XLVI: Giants vs Patriots

That’s the Super Bowl over and done with for another year. Super Bowl XLVI is the crescendo of the National Football League season and is the biggest single day sporting event in the North American calendar. After months of banging heads, catching pig skins and time outs it came down to the New York Giants and the New England Patriots to decide who would take home the Vince Lombardi Trophy. In the end the New York Giants won by 4 points. Oh, and some woman named Madonna give away a whirlwind halftime show without singing a note live. [68 photos total]

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The Vince Lombardi Trophy is shown between a New England Patriots and New York Giants helmets at the head coaches press conference before the Super Bowl XLVI NFL football game in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 3, 2012. Super Bowl XLVI is set for play on February 5. (REUTERS/Mike Segar) #
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Wilson footballs await packaging at the Wilson Sporting Good dedicated football factory in Ada, Ohio January 25, 2012. Wilson Sporting Goods will ship 108 footballs to each team for Super Bowl XLVI played on February 5. (REUTERS/Matt Sullivan) #
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New England Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady warms up during a practice for the NFL Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis February 2, 2012. The New York Giants will play the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl on February 5. (REUTERS/Jim Young) #
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New York Giants wide receiver Mario Manningham (82) catches a pass during practice for the NFL Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis February 2, 2012. The New York Giants will play the New England Patriots on February 5. (REUTERS/Jeff Haynes) #
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New York Giants free safety Antrel Rolle (26) stretches during practice for the NFL Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis February 2, 2012. The New York Giants will play the New England Patriots on February 5. (REUTERS/Jeff Haynes) #
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New York Giants teammates Rocky Bernard (95), Eli Manning (10), and Chris Canty (99) watch practice for the NFL Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis, February 4, 2012. The Giants will play the New England Patriots on February 5. (REUTERS/Jeff Haynes) #
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A football fan dresses up during the Super Bowl XLVI festivities in Indianapolis, Indiana, January 30, 2012. The New England Patriots will play the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI on February 5. (REUTERS/Jim Young) #
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New York Giants fans wear an oversized jersey of player Jim Cordle ahead of the NFL's Super Bowl XLVI football game against the New England Patriots in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Mike Segar) #
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New England Patriots fan Ed Lasater shows off his hat before the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game between the Patriots and the New York Giants in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Mike Segar) #
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A New York Giants fan enjoys himself inside Lucas Oil Stadium before the start of the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game against the New England Patriots in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Jeff Haynes) #
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A New England Patriots fan shows off his body paint outside the venue before the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game against the New York Giants in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/John Sommers II) #
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A fan wears a hat resembling a Superbowl ring before the New England Patriots play the New York Giants in the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Jim Young) #
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A New York Giants fan gets his game face on before the start of the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game between the New England Patriots and the Giants in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Jim Young) #
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The New England Patriots warm-up in front of the the New York Giants (background) prior to the start of the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Pierre Ducharme) #
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New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford sneaks into the referees' team picture prior to the start of the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game against the New England Patriots in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Pierre Ducharme) #
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New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski takes the field before the start of the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game against the New York Giants in Indianapolis , Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Gary Hershorn) #
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Kelly Clarkson (C) sings the U.S. National Anthem prior to the start of the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Jeff Haynes) #
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An overall view of Lucas Oil Stadium at the start of the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/John Sommers Ii) #
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New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw (L) pushes off New England Patriots middle linebacker Jerod Mayo during the first quarter in the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Mike Segar) #
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New England Patriots cornerback Antwaun Molden grabs the jersey of New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (L) in the first quarter of the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Jeff Haynes) #
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) is called for a safety as he throws the ball away under pressure by the New York Giants defense in the first quarter of the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Pierre Ducharme) #
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning throws the ball in the first quarter of the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game against the New England Patriots in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Matt Sullivan) #
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New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz catches a touchdown pass past New England Patriots strong safety James Ihedigbo in the first quarter of the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Jim Young) #
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New England Patriots defensive end Mark Anderson celebrates after sacking New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning during the first quarter in the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson) #
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New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz celebrates his touchdown with teammate Hakeem Nicks (R) as New England Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty (L) watches during the first quarter in the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Gary Hershorn) #
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New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw (R) runs with the ball as New England Patriots outside linebacker Tracy White tries to tackle him in the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Brent Smith) #
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (R) audibles at the line of scrimage against the New York Giants during the second quarter in the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Mike Segar) #
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New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw (R) runs with the ball after getting away from New England Patriots free safety Patrick Chung in the first quarter of the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Brent Smith) #
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady throws the ball away form the end zone during the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game against the New York Giants in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Matt Sullivan) #
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady leaves the field after a series against the New York Giants during the second quarter in the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game between the Patriots and the New York Giants in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson) #
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New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford celebrates his punt to put the New England Patriots at the 4 yard line in the second quarter with teammate cornerback Aaron Ross in the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Pierre Ducharme) #
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New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw gets away from New England Patriots free safety Patrick Chung on a second quarter run in the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Pierre Ducharme) #
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning passes against the New England Patriots in the first half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Matt Sullivan) #
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New England Patriots running back Danny Woodhead catches a second quarter touchdown pass past New York Giants outside linebacker Michael Boley (59) and strong safety Kenny Phillips in the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Pierre Ducharme) #
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New England Patriots running back Danny Woodhead (C) celebrates his second quarter touchdown catch against the New York Giants in the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Pierre Ducharme) #
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrates his second quarter touchdown pass against the New York Giants in the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Matt Sullivan) #
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Madonna performs during the halftime show in the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Pierre Ducharme) #
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Madonna performs during the halftime show with Redfoo, aka Stefan Kendal Gordy (R), and SkyBlu aka Skyler Husten Gordy of LMFAO, at the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Gary Hershorn) #
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Madonna performs during the halftime show in the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Jim Young) #
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New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez gets away from New York Giants strong safety Deon Grant during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Pierre Ducharme) #
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New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez (L) scores a touchdown against the New York Giants during the third quarter in the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson) #
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New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez (R) celebrates his touchdown in front of New York Giants free safety Antrel Rolle (L) during the third quarter in the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Mike Segar) #
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New England Patriots strong safety James Ihedigbo loses his helmet as he tackles New York Giants tight end Jake Ballard with teammates in the third quarter in the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Jim Young) #
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is hit by New England Patriots defensive tackle Gerard Warren and outside linebacker Rob Ninkovich (L) in the third quarter at the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Jim Young) #
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New York Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes (R) kicks a field goal against the New England Patriots with holder Steve Weatherford during the third quarter in the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Mike Segar) #
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New York Giants middle linebacker Chase Blackburn slaps hands with teammate cornerback Corey Webster (L) in the third quarter in the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Jeff Haynes) #
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New England Patriots running back Danny Woodhead (C) makes a reception between New York Giants Jacquian Williams (R) and Aaron Ross in the scond quarter of the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Brent Smith) #
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New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck bows after sacking New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (not seen) during the third quarter in the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Gary Hershorn) #
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is sacked by New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck in third quarter during the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Matt Sullivan) #
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is sacked by New England Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich in third quarter in the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Matt Sullivan) #
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New England Patriots strong safety James Ihedigbo is unable to recover a fourth quarter funble by New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw (L) at the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Jeff Haynes) #
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New York Giants middle linebacker Chase Blackburn (L) intercepts a pass intended for New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski during the third quarter in the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game in Indianapolis in the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Mike Segar) #
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New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin looks for a call from the referees in the fourth quarter in the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Pierre Ducharme) #
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady calls a play against the New York Giants during the fourth quarter in the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson) #
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The New England Patriots try for a last second touchdown pass into the New York Giants endzone in the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Jim Young) #
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning jumps onto defensive end Justin Tuck after defeating the New England Patriots in the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Jim Young) #
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New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw comes in to score the winning touchdown as New England Patriots outside linebacker Brandon Spikes (55) looks on during the fourth quarter in the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Mike Segar) #
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New York Giants defensive back Prince Amukamara celebrates his team's win in the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game at the end of the game in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Matt Sullivan) #
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New York Giants players and staff run onto the field after defeating the New England Patriots to win the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Brent Smith) #
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady leaves the field after their loss to the New York Giants in the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Gary Hershorn) #
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Confetti is blown onto the field after the New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots to win the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/John Sommers II) #
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Dylan Snee, 8, son of New York Giants player Chris Snee and head coach Tom Coughlin's grandson plays in the confetti after the New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots in the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson) #
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is surrounded by photojournalists after defeating the New England Patriots to win the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/John Sommers Ii) #
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New York Giants fans celebrate the Giants' victory over the New England Patriots at the end of their NFL Super Bowl football game, at a bar in Manhattan February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Kena Betancur) #
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Fans of the New York Giants celebrate their victory over the New England Patriots in Times Square following the Super Bowl XLVI football game in New York February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Carlo Allegri) #
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New York Giants fans celebrate their team's win at the end of the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game between the New England Patriots and the Giants in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Mike Segar) #
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the New England Patriots in the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Jeff Haynes) #
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New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy after his team defeated the New England Patriots in the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Jeff Haynes) #

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