|In one of the biggest upsets in American sporting history, the underdog New York Giants beat the heavily favoured New England Patriots at Super Bowl XLII on Sunday night to gain their place in sporting history.|
The Patriots were favoured by up to 14 points as they took their undefeated record of 18 straight wins to Arizona for the penultimate game of the American football season but were battered by a Giants defence that had risen to the challenge.
Then, with only 35 seconds remaining in the game, Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning connected with receiver Plaxico Burress for the winning touchdown. That 13-yard pass capped off an 83-yard drive that took just over two minutes and saw the Giants triumph by a score of 17 to 14.
Betting on the game was expected to hit an all-time high with an estimated $100 million wagered on the clash in America alone. This amount would better the previous best set at Super Bowl XL two years ago by about six million dollars. According to Sean Van Patten of Las Vegas Sports Consultants, the total amount wagered on the game worldwide could grow to ten billion dollars for the global market, as a general rule is that a Las Vegas total represents about one percent of all total wagers.
Manning was named as the Super Bowl’s most valuable player a year after older brother Peyton won the same award as the Indianapolis Colts defeated the Chicago Bears to take Super Bowl XLI.
However, it was the Giants’ defence that received the most praise as they used wave after wave of blitzes to batter Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and sacked him five times, twice more than in any previous game this season, and held the highest-scoring offence in the history of the league for most of the game.