- The Washington Times - Monday, February 4, 2008

SCOREBOARD

TUNING OUT: DOWN

Who could be blamed for turning off a dreadfully dull game after three quarters? As it turned out, the only good part was yet to come.

BILL BELICHICK: DOWN

That postgame interview with Chris Myers was the stuff of legends — if legends are made of repeated surly, four-word answers.

SPECTACLE: DOWN

Whatever you do, Troy Aikman, please don’t say this is what it’s all about. If so, it’s not about much.

BY THE NUMBERS

5

Wild card teams to win a Super Bowl. The Giants joined Oakland (XV), Denver (XXXII), Baltimore (XXXV) and Pittsburgh (XL) as the only nondivision winners to capture a Super Bowl.

3

Teams to rally from an 0-2 start to win a Super Bowl. The Cowboys (in 1993) and Patriots (in 2002) did it before the Giants pulled it off last night.

6

Straight games with a touchdown for New England running back Laurence Maroney. The second-year player scored just twice in the first 14 weeks of the season.

4

Ads and in-game promos for last night’s new episode of “House” between 6 p.m. and the end of the game. Of course, Hugh Laurie’s misanthropic physician is typically more entertaining than a Super Bowl, so there’s no reason to complain about the overkill.

PLAY OF THE GAME

When: Fourth quarter, 1:15 left.

Situation: Third-and-5, Giants’ ball at New York 44.

The play: Eli Manning somehow eluded capture in the backfield, then launched a pass into quadruple coverage. Amazingly, David Tyree came down with a 32-yard reception, leaping up for the catch and holding the ball against his helmet on the way down. Four plays later, Manning connected with Plaxico Burress for the go-ahead score.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

ELI MANNING

There weren’t many memorable individual performances, but New York’s quarterback made it back-to-back Manning moments in the Super Bowl. Eli Manning followed brother Peyton’s championship a year ago with a title of his own, completing 19 of 34 passes for 255 yards and two touchdowns, both in the fourth quarter. In less than six months, Manning erased the endless criticism that has followed him throughout his career. It would be interesting to hear what Tiki Barber has to say at this point.

— Patrick Stevens

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