Hero Manning as Giants take home Vince Lombardi Trophy

Eli Manning
Eli Manning
Manning's accidental touchdown won the Giants the game

Sunday night’s 46th Super Bowl at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis: what a game! If you didn’t catch it, you must have already heard: the New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots 21-17 to win the Lumbadi trophy, thanks to second-time Most Valuable Player Eli Manning, making them the first 9-7 team in NFL history to win a Super Bowl.

The Giants were the first to lead with a safety as Tom Brady was called for intentional grounding, but it wasn’t all plain sailing for the New Yorkers. Manning found Victor Cruz with a two-yarder before Scotsman Lawrence Tynes added the extra point from the boot, making it 9-0.

However, the Patriots bit back in the second quarter when Stephen Gostkowski’s field goal made it 9-3. Patriots looked all set to turn the game around when Danny Woodhead got on the end of one from Brady for a four-yard touchdown and Gostkowski added the extra to go into half-time 10-9 up.

Patriots looked set to steal the game after the early deficit when they finished a 79-yard drive with Brady finding Aaron Hernandez on the seven-yard line as he drove it in and Gostkowski again kicked to make it 17-9.

New York managed to get the game back to within two points, marking the start of a Giants come back. It all changed when Bradshaw scored an accidental touchdown, falling backwards over the line to make it 17-21. The kick went too wide to earn the Giants any extra points but it was enough to win them their fourth Super Bowl trophy – defeating the Patriots for the title twice in the last five seasons.

Super Bowl recap

Sportsbooks were allegedly pulling for the Patriots to cover the spread – obviously that wasn’t the case. It wasn’t as bad as 2007, though, but some shaky books might feel the pinch.

Reports online reveal that a lucky bettor in Vegas bet $1,000 at 50/1 that the first score of the Giants-Patriots Super Bowl would be a safety. That lucky son of a gun made himself $50,000 profit thanks to the intentional grounding.

In other, not-so lucky circumstances, reports state that rapper Birdman may owe sportsbook giant BetOnline.com $5 million after taking him up on his Super Bowl bet on the New England Patriots. No-one has yet confirmed, let’s hope for Birdman’s sake it’s merely hearsay.

Seems like the majority of you guys were wrong too, in our online poll that demonstrated 37% of our readers predicted a victory by the Patriots.

Did you bet on Super Bowl? Did Patriots empty your wallet? Let us know!