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Super Bowl XLVI: Six talking points as Giants give Patriots a case of déjà vu

New York Giants 21 New England Patriots 17

There was something of a sense of déjà vu about last night’s Super Bowl XLVI, as the underdog New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots in the NFL’s championship game, just as they had four years previously. As in Super Bowl XLII, Eli Manning led the Giants downfield to the winning score inside the final minute of the game.

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The week in numbers: w/e 5/2/12

Angelo Dundee, 1921-2012. RIP (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

90 – Age of legendary boxing trainer Angelo Dundee, who reportedly had a heart attack after being taken to hospital with a blood clot. Dundee worked alongside former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali for 20 years.

2 – The New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI in the early hours of this morning. It was the second time in the past five seasons the Giants have beaten the Patriots in the NFL title game. On both occasions they have scored the winning touchdown inside the final minute. (You can find more statistically-related observations over on my Super Bowl in numbers post.)

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Super Bowl XLVI in numbers

New York Giants 21 New England Patrioits 17

Here is a quick summary of last night’s Super Bowl XLVI, which saw the New York Giants repeat their victory of four years ago over the New England Patriots, again thanks to a touchdown scored inside the final minute of the game.

46 – This was the 46th Super Bowl, but the first to be held in Indianapolis.

4 – The New York Giants won their fourth Super Bowl in five attempts. (They also won Super Bowls XXI, XXV and XLII, and lost XXXV.)

3 – Three of the past six Super Bowls have been won by a team led by a quarterback named Manning. The Giants’ Eli also won Super Bowl XLII, the year after his brother Peyton led the Indianapolis Colts to victory.

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